Tag Archives: Mississippi River Trail ride

Bike Pic August 2, BikeMN angel looking out for MRT riders safety

Here cyclists enjoying the Mississippi River Trail (MRT) with the BikeMN angel (van) looking out for their safety. This HFB photo was taken on June 25, as riders rode back from Big Lake, MN to Minneapolis on the Train & Trail Tour.  See all the photos at HaveFunBiking’s Facebook Page Photo Gallery.

BikeMN (Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota) has a vision to make “Minnesota a place where bicycling is a easy, safe, and fun for everyone.”

Find many more bike friendly places to explore in the new Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide.

Thanks for viewing the Bike Pic of the Day here at HaveFunBiking (HFB). 

Now rolling into our 10th year as a bicycle tourism media source, our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike, while showcasing unforgettable places to ride. As HFB searches and presents more fun cycling related photos, worth a grin, scroll through the information and stories we have posted that may help you Find Your Next Adventure. Then, while out there if you see us along a paved or mountain bike trail, next to the route you regularly commute on, or at an event you plan to attend, be prepared to smile. You never know where our cameras will be and what we will post next!

Do you have a fun bicycle related photo of yourself or someone you know that you would like to see us post? If so, please send it our way and we may use it. Send your picture(s) to: [email protected] with a brief caption (of each), including who is in the photo (if you know?) and where it was taken. Photo(s) should be a minimum of 800 pixels wide or larger for us to consider using them. If we do use your photo, you will receive photo credit and an acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As HaveFunBiking continues to encourage more people to ride, please reference our blog and the annual print and quarterly digital Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide to Find Your Next Adventure. We are proud of the updated  At-a-Glance information and maps we are known for at the HFB Destination section on our website and in the guide. Now, as the Guide goes into its seventh year of production, we are adding a whole new dimension of information, now available for mobile devices.

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure – we may capture you in one of the next photos we post.

Have a great day!

Bike Pic June 12, miles off smiles Sunday!

A Fun Multi-modal Bicycle Experience

Bike riders out having fun, getting ready for the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota’s (BikeMN) Train & Trail Tour, June 25th.  This is a multi-modal experience riding the Northstar Commuter Rail, with your bike, out to Big Lake, MN and then pedaling back to the Twin Cities on the Mississippi River Trail (MRT). BikeMN is also the beneficiary of the Saint Paul Classic, held the second Sunday each September, which also supports bicycle safety and promotion of biking in Minnesota.

Find many more bike events and friendly places to ride and explore in the new Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide.

Thanks for viewing the Bike Pic of the Day here at HaveFunBiking (HFB). 

Now rolling into our 10th year as a bicycle tourism media source, our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike, while showcasing unforgettable places to ride. As HFB searches and presents more fun cycling related photos, worth a grin, scroll through the information and stories we have posted that may help you Find Your Next Adventure. Then, while out there if you see us along a paved or mountain bike trail, next to the route you regularly commute on, or at an event you plan to attend, be prepared to smile. You never know where our cameras will be and what we will post next!

Do you have a fun bicycle related photo of yourself or someone you know that you would like to see us post? If so, please send it our way and we may use it. Send your picture(s) to: [email protected] with a brief caption (of each), including who is in the photo (if you know?) and where it was taken. Photo(s) should be a minimum of 800 pixels wide or larger for us to consider using them. If we do use your photo, you will receive photo credit and an acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As HaveFunBiking continues to encourage more people to ride, please reference our blog and the annual print and quarterly digital Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide to Find Your Next Adventure. We are proud of the updated  At-a-Glance information and maps we are known for at the HFB Destination section on our website and in the guide. Now, as the Guide goes into its seventh year of production, we are adding a whole new dimension of information, now available for mobile devices.

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure – we may capture you in one of the next photos we post.

Have a great day!

Bike Pic May 5, all-aboard for the Train and MRT Trail Tour

The Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota (Bike MN) and Metro Transit will host the fifth annual Train & Trail Tour on Saturday, June 25th. This multi-modal event allows you and your bike a chance to ride the rail, from downtown Minneapolis to Big Lake, then back following the scenic Mississippi River Trail back to the Twin cities.

See many more bike friendly places to ride and explore in the new Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide.

Thanks for viewing the Bike Pic of the Day here at HaveFunBiking (HFB). 

Now, rolling into our 10th year as a bicycle tourism media our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike, while showcasing unforgettable places to ride. As HFB searches and presents more fun cycling related photos, worth a grin, scroll through the information and stories we have posted that may help you find your next adventure. Then, while out there if you see us along a paved or mountain bike trail, next to the route you regularly commute on, or at an event you plan to attend, be prepared to smile. You never know where our camera’s will be and what we will post next!

Do you have a fun bicycle related photo of yourself or someone you know that you would like to see us post? If so, please send it our way and we may use it. Send your picture(s) to: [email protected] with a brief caption (of each), including who is in the photo (if you know?) and where it was taken. Photo(s) should be a minimum of 800 pixels wide or larger for us to consider using them. If we do use your photo, you will receive photo credit and an acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As HaveFunBiking continues to encourage more people to ride, please reference our blog and the annual print and quarterly digital Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide to find your next adventure. We are proud of the updated – At-a-Glance information and maps we are known for at the HFB Destination section on our website and in the guide. Now, as the Guide goes into its seventh year of production, we are adding a whole new dimension of information, now available for mobile devices.

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure – we may capture you in one of the next photos we post.

Have a great day!

Bike Pic April 20, springtime ride along the Mississippi River Trail

Three happy bike riders on a springtime ride along the Mississippi River Trail. Here Barry Cole, John Ziess and Micheal Becker stop along he road south of Grand Rapids, in northern Minnesota for this photo-op.

See many more friendly places to ride and explore in the new Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide.

Thanks for viewing the Bike Pic of the Day here at HaveFunBiking (HFB). 

Now, rolling into our 10th year as a bicycle tourism media our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike, while showcasing unforgettable places to ride. As HFB searches and presents more fun cycling related photos, worth a grin, scroll through the information and stories we have posted that may help you find your next adventure. Then, while out there if you see us along a paved or mountain bike trail, next to the route you regularly commute on, or at an event you plan to attend, be prepared to smile. You never know where our camera’s will be and what we will post next!

Do you have a fun bicycle related photo of yourself or someone you know that you would like to see us post? If so, please send it our way and we may use it. Send your picture(s) to: [email protected] with a brief caption (of each), including who is in the photo (if you know?) and where it was taken. Photo(s) should be a minimum of 800 pixels wide or larger for us to consider using them. If we do use your photo, you will receive photo credit and an acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As HaveFunBiking continues to encourage more people to ride, please reference our blog and the annual print and quarterly digital Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide to find your next adventure. We are proud of the updated – At-a-Glance information and maps we are known for at the HFB Destination section on our website and in the guide. Now, as the Guide goes into its seventh year of production, we are adding a whole new dimension of information, now available for mobile devices.

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure – we may capture you in one of the next photos we post.

Have a great day!

Bike Pic April 19, a fun multi-modal transportation event

The Train & Trail Bike Tour is a multi-modal transprtation event coming in June 25th. Here cyclists from last years event are departing the train in Big Lake, MN prepared to ride back to the Twin Cities.

See more friendly places to ride your bike and explore, in the new Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide.

Thanks for viewing the Bike Pic of the Day here at HaveFunBiking (HFB). 

Now, rolling into our 10th year as a bicycle tourism media our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike, while showcasing unforgettable places to ride. As HFB searches and presents more fun cycling related photos, worth a grin, scroll through the information and stories we have posted that may help you find your next adventure. Then, while out there if you see us along a paved or mountain bike trail, next to the route you regularly commute on, or at an event you plan to attend, be prepared to smile. You never know where our camera’s will be and what we will post next!

Do you have a fun bicycle related photo of yourself or someone you know that you would like to see us post? If so, please send it our way and we may use it. Send your picture(s) to: [email protected] with a brief caption (of each), including who is in the photo (if you know?) and where it was taken. Photo(s) should be a minimum of 800 pixels wide or larger for us to consider using them. If we do use your photo, you will receive photo credit and an acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As HaveFunBiking continues to encourage more people to ride, please reference our blog and the annual print and quarterly digital Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide to find your next adventure. We are proud of the updated – At-a-Glance information and maps we are known for at the HFB Destination section on our website and in the guide. Now, as the Guide goes into its seventh year of production, we are adding a whole new dimension of information, now available for mobile devices.

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure – we may capture you in one of the next photos we post.

Have a great day!

Bike Pic Nov 11, road biking Minnesota

Here the bike pic shows, Mark and Cheryl Norton, a Burlington Iowa tandem couple, cruising the Mississippi River Trail, near Brainerd, MN having fun!

Thanks for viewing the Bike Pic of the Day here at HaveFunBiking (HFB), hope you enjoyed the photo.

Now, rolling into our 10th year as a bicycle media, our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike, while showcasing unforgettable places to ride. As we search and present more fun photos worth a grin, scroll through the information and stories we have posted to help you find your next adventure. Then, while out there if you see us along a paved or mountain bike trail, next to the route you regularly commute on, or at an event you plan to attend with your bike, be prepared to smile. You never know where our camera’s will be and what we will post next!

Do you have a fun photo of yourself or someone you know that you would like to see us publish? If so, please send it our way and we may use it. Send your picture(s) to [email protected] with a brief caption (of each), including who is in the photo (if you know?) and where it was taken. Photo(s) should be at least 620 pixels wide for us to use them. If we use your photo, you will receive photo credit and an acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As HaveFunBiking continues to encourage more people to ride, please reference our blog and the annual print and quarterly digital Bike/Hike Guide to find your next adventure. We are proud of the updated – At-a-Glance information and maps we are known for in the HFB Destination section on our website and in the guide. Now, as the Bike/Hike Guide goes into its seventh year of production, we are adding a whole new dimension of bicycle tourism information available for mobile devices where you may see some additional bike pics – maybe of yourself so.

Bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure – we may capture you in one of the next photos we post.

Have a great day!

#FindYourNextAdventure

Fun Bike Pic – July 31, MRT

Rohanda and Jim Victorsen look on, with a grin, as Jen Pacyga waves (front right) as she prepares to dip her wheel into the Headwaters for the ride of her life (May of 2012), on the Mississippi River Trail (MRT).

Thanks for viewing the Bike Pic of the Day here at HaveFunBiking, hope you enjoy the photo?

Now, rolling into our 10th year as a bicycle media, our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike, while showcasing unforgettable places to ride. As we search and post more fun photos worth a grin, scroll through the information and stories we have posted to help you find your next adventure. Then, if you see us along a paved or mountain bike trail, next to the route you regularly commute, or at an event you plan to attend with your bike, be prepared to smile. You never know where camera will be and what we will posted next!

Do you have a fun photo of yourself or someone you know that you would like to see us publish? If so, please send it our way and we may use it. Send your picture(s) to [email protected] with a brief caption (of each), including who is in the photo (if you know) and where it was taken. Photo(s) should be at least 620 pixels wide for us to post. If we use your photo, you will receive photo credit and an acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As HaveFunBiking continues to encourage more people to ride, please reference our blog and the annual bike guide to find your next adventure. We are proud of the updated, at-a-glance information, and maps we are known for in the Destination section of our website. Now, as the Bike/Hike Guide goes into its seventh year of production, we are adding a whole new dimension of bicycle tourism information available for mobile device. Plus, beginning September 2015, this year’s e-version of the Guide will move to quarterly editions where you may see some additional bike pics posted.

 Bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure – we may capture you in a pic to post!

By Bike, Join MN’s Mississippi River Trail Celebration

Printby Kerri Kolstad, Founder of Wahoo Adventures

Join us in August to see why Minnesota is the 2nd best bicycling state in the U.S. as we tour 470 miles of the state’s Mississippi River Trail (MRT) system. Over eight days enjoy pedaling along the scenic and industrious river, from Itasca State Park to the Iowa Border.

Dipping tires at headwaters of Ol' Man River, at Itasca State Park,  on the 2012 Mississippi River Ride -photo HaveFunBiking

Dipping tires at the Headwaters, at Itasca State Park, on the 2012 Mississippi River Ride -photo HaveFunBiking

In this inaugural Headwaters to Hills Bicycle Tour you will enjoy many celebrations along the way, including:

  • A ribbon cutting, for the completion of the MRT, with signage along the 800 mile stretch from the Headwaters – with the MnDOT Chief of Staff, DNR Parks and Trails Director, Mississippi River Parkway Commission, and the Director of the Minnesota Bicycle Alliance
  • A chance to ride the recently designated 72 mile stretch through the Twin Cities, by the National Park Service. With route options on both sides of the river from Dayton to Hastings, this section of the MRT is also signed as the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area
  • In St. Paul, at the tours halfway point, enjoy a party in the downtown area, near Old Man River, with the Mayor of the City and the National Park Service Superintendent. Then a relaxing evening at the Hotel 340. The next morning the National Park Service Rangers will lead the tour towards Hastings to begin our tour of the southern section of the MN’s MRT
  • Upon arrival at the Iowa border we will celebrate our trans-state tour with balloons, barbecue, and ice cream sundaes
  • And, everyone will receive personalized, autographed copy of the book “Bicycling Guide to the Mississippi River Trail” by Bob Robinson.
One of the many river crossings as the MRT makes a north, east, south and west arc through the Minnesota's wooded forests.

One of the many river crossings as the MRT makes a north, east, south and west arc through the Minnesota’s wooded forests.

The Mississippi River Trail starts right here in Minnesota!  This is a world-class bicycle route that originates and follows the river from its headwaters starting in Itasca State Park, it continues through ten states to the Gulf of Mexico. It is a 3,000-mile network of bicycle-friendly roads and multi-use paths that provides a cross-section of America.  Also known as U.S. Bike Route #45, when complete will help the U.S. Bicycle Route System encompass more than 50,000 miles of routes and create amazing new opportunities for cross-country travel, regional bicycle touring, and commuting by bicycle.  To date, 8,992 miles of U.S. Bicycle Routes have been established in 18 states.

Bikers visiting Paul Bunyan and Babe, in the first city on the Mississppi River, Bemidji.

Bikers visiting Paul Bunyan and Babe, in the first city on the Mississppi River, Bemidji.

On this Headwaters to Hills Bicycle Tour we will also be celebrating with the towns we travel through, they include:

  • Bemidji – Home of Paul and Babe
  • Walker – Eelpout Capitol
  • Brainerd – Home of Zebulon Pike – Pike’s Peak Fame
  • Little Falls – Birth home of Charles A. Lindberg
  • St. Cloud – Red River Ox Cart Route
  • St. Paul – Tour the Fort Snelling Site
  • Red Wing – Headquarters for Red Wing Potter and Red Wing Shoes
  • Lake City – Birthplace of Water-skiing
  • Wabasha – Relax and enjoy the National Eagle Center
  • Winona – Marine Art Museum

Here is your chance to fall in love and celebrate the MRT, the river and its history that we will uncover along the way – Join Wahoo Adventures and several State Agencies this summer for this fun Headwaters to Hill Tour – with proceeds benefiting the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota.

Find more information about this bicycle adventure, go to the Headwaters-to-Hills Tour.

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Signs for the Mississippi River Trail route