Wobegon Weekend — C ride — June 24-26, 2022
These out and back rides are on the Lake Wobegon Trail in central Minnesota. We leave the trail to find lunch, an important component of these rides.
You must be a TCBC member to participate in these rides. You are welcome for any or all days. Self-sufficient riders are welcome to ride ahead; anyone is welcome to ride shorter or longer distances. We ask that you let the ride leaders know.
Please register for the ride(s) by Wednesday, June 22, 2022.
Each day, the ride begins at the Wobegon Trailhead in Albany. From the Cities, follow I94 west until you get to Exit 147. Turn right — that’s Albany. It will take about 1.5 hours from the Twin Cities. The Baymont hotel is on your left as you enter town; the trailhead is to the right at 400 Railroad Drive. You’ll see a small park with covered pavilion and a parking lot, and the City Hall and Library nearby
A block of rooms will be held at the Baymont by Wyndham for June 24 and 25 until June 3. Call the Baymont hotel at 320 845 2145 and mention Twin Cities Bike Club to reserve one of the block rooms. The address is 820 Shamrock Lane. Rooms are standard – 2 queen beds; continental breakfast included; the group rate is $109 per night plus tax. Cancellations must be at least 24 hours in advance. Other lodging is available in nearby towns, such as Melrose, and of course there are many hotels nearer St. Cloud.
Please see the ride calendar for maps and updates.
FRIDAY, JUNE 24, Day 1
Albany to St. Joseph and return, 29.5 miles 10:30 a.m.
Meet at the Wobegon Trail Head in Albany at 400 Railroad Drive. Today we bike east to St. Joseph. We’ll stop for lunch either at Kay’s Kitchen (303 College Avenue N., St. Joseph — large group seating available) or the Local Blend (better for a smaller group, 19 West Minnesota Street, St. Joseph).
There will be a happy hour at the hotel from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Dinner options include fast food near the hotel or Neighbors in St. Joseph (large seating area – 2010 County Road 75, St. Joseph). [From Albany, this is a 16 minute drive – head east on I94 from Albany and take St Joseph/Hwy 75 exit. Neighbors will be on the right.]
SATURDAY, JUNE 25, Day 2
Albany to Holdingford and return, 22 miles 9:30 a.m.
Or Albany to Bowlus and return – 37 miles;
with extension to Soo Line Trail – 47 miles
Mileage options: 16, 22, 36, 46
Today’s ride begins at 9:45 a.m. from the Albany trailhead. We will head west on the Wobegon Trail and north on the Holdingford spur and go through Holdingford to Bowlus and return, for about 36 miles round trip. An option from Bowlus is to ride three miles to the Mississippi River dam and return; or continue about 5 miles to the Soo Line South Trail head and return.
A shorter ride option involves driving to Holdingford and biking to Bowlus from there. Round trip is about 16 miles.
Lunch option 1 is a stop at the BoHo Cafe when we get to Holdingford. It is bicycle friendly and has outdoor seating (42450 4th Street, Holdingford). There is an extension from the trail to get to Art in Motion; BoHo is just next to that.
Lunch option 2 is to bike to farther along the trail and return to BoHo for lunch.
Lunch option 3 is to stop for lunch in Bowlus at Jordie’s Café at 101 1st Avenue South.
At the time of this post, the suggestion for Saturday dinner is Anton’s, 2001 Frontage Road North in Waite Park. This is a former speakeasy and has upstairs private dining room facing the Sauk River. The BoHo Café in Holdingford may be another alternative.
SUNDAY JUNE 26, Day 3
Albany to Melrose and return, 24.5 miles 9:15 a.m.
Albany to Sauk Centre and return, 41.5 miles
Today’s ride begins at 9:15 a.m. We head west from Albany to Melrose or to Sauk Centre for a lunch stop.
A good stop in Melrose is at True North, 223 East Kraft Drive SE, which has outdoor seating as well as large area indoors. For those wanting more miles, you can bike to Sauk Centre and dine at Jitters, 403 Main Street (this is THE Main Street of Sinclair Lewis notoriety) with large indoor seating and limited outdoor tables too. Another option is to bike to Sauk Lake (3 blocks north and 1 block west of Jitters) and have a picnic lunch.
If you need further information, contact one of the ride leaders:
Duane Kasper cell: 952-412-5654
Lyle Koehler, cell: 612-516-2053
Miriam Simmons, cell: 651-212-0775