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Here is you chance to explore more of Bluff Country's wonders on the bluff weekend bike ride.

Explore Southeast Minnesota on the 2nd Annual Bluff Weekend Bike Ride

Many enjoy the scenery along the Root River Bike Trail. Here is your chance to explore more of the Bluff Country’s wonders on the weekend bike ride this summer. Scheduled over July 7, 8 & 9th, the Bluff & Valley Bike Tour participants will discover many of the “driftless areas” mysteries.

First stopping at the historic Fremont General Store and meeting Martha, is always a treat.

First stopping at the historic Fremont General Store and meeting Martha, is always a treat.

This three-day weekend bike ride allows you to pedal your way up through weathered ravines, on roadways that take you to the top of limestone bluffs. Here you will have a chance to visit a general store from the 1800’s, still in operation. Then take a ride on the Amish Buggy Byway. These are just a few of the highlights of Bluff Country as you dip in and out of the picturesque Root River Valley. You can visit the eight Root River Trail Towns on the way.

Follow the weathered ravines through the limestone bluffs.

Follow the weathered ravines through the limestone bluffs.

The ride covers between 50 to 65 miles each day, (with short-cut options). Beginning in Peterson, the ride features overnight camping or lodging stops in Rushford and Preston. A repeat from the 2016 inaugural tour, the ride offers a whole new set of routes and scenery. Over the weekend participants will pedal on some of the most scenic back county roads and trails that roll through this picturesque region of the state.

The Bluff Weekend Bike Ride Starts in Peterson

On this years tour, the ride leaves from this Norwegian community to explore the many scenic roads that take you along the bluffs. The first stop on this years tour is the historic Fremont General Store. A store built in 1856 that reflects a time long gone by. Plus, meeting Martha is always a treat!

Now running the north faced ridge, discover Vinegar Hill Pass on your way down to Houston for lunch. On the far east side of the Root River Trail, you will find the National Owl Center. After lunch, check out the bike sculptures and head to Rushford for an overnight visit.

While enjoying some Norseland Leftse take a selfie with a friend as Ole and Lena.

While enjoying some Norseland Leftse, in Rushford, take a selfie with a friend as Ole and Lena.

Visit the historic Rushford Depot & Village Museum to learn about in the town’s milling culture. Then wander downtown to sample some locally produced lefse and other delicious dinner options. Afterwards, enjoy some of the local entertainment or take in the historic walking tour showcasing the architecture of this once vibrant milling community.

Saturday on the Bluff Weekend Bike Ride

After a hearty Bluff Country breakfast, the tour cruises through the rolling Amish countryside and down “Buggy Lane” on Minnesota’s Amish Byway. On this section of the route, you will see draft horses being used to work the field. Many farmsteads along the way offer fresh baked goods, honey, and crafts.

On you bike, cruise down the “Buggy Lane” on Minnesota's Amish Byway.

On you bike, cruise down the “Buggy Lane” on Minnesota’s Amish Byway.

Today’s lunch stop will be in Harmony, on the south end of the Root River Trail System. Learn more about the Amish culture while watching this busy farm community in action. Departing, the afternoon route circles to the northwest passing a couple ghost towns before coasting into Preston

An Evening of Fun and Games In Preston

Saturday night’s dinner and overnight stay will be in Preston, Minnesota’s Trout Capitol. The evening will be full of fun, music and games. If you’re interested in another historic walking tour, Preston has a very interesting itinerary and map.

Sunday on the Bluff Weekend Bike Ride

Leaving Preston after breakfast, the tour visits Fountain, the “Sinkhole Capitol of the World.” Here visit the Fillmore County History Center Museum. With several buildings full of captivating historical exhibits, you’ll want to plan another trip back here to take it all in. This is also a great place to find out more about the area’s ghost towns that you passed on Saturday. You will also learn more about the interesting facts about the sink holes here. Turns out, they supply the clean water to the areas springs that eventually flow back into the Root River. It’s amazing!

Stopping at the Museum in Fountain on the Root River Bike Ride is always interesting

Stopping at the Museum in Fountain on the Root River Bike Ride is always interesting

On the road again, take in the charm of Lanesboro, then on to Whalan for pie. Nationally known for their “Stand Still Parade,” the first thing you’ll notice in Whalan is its miniature golf course and a beautiful park area in the center of the small Irish community. Before leaving town, take a quick spin around the neighborhood and see Ernie’s 1917 filling station.

Ernie's Service Station is a prime feature of Whalan, Minnesota's Past.

Ernie’s Service Station is a prime feature of Whalan, Minnesota’s Past.

Back on the Root River Trail, it’s roughly nine miles to Peterson. Check out the fun possibilities there, before loading up and heading home. If you missed out on the pie earlier, or you want to do a taste test and compare, check out Burdey’s Cafe. Another well-known stop for sinfully delicious desserts and Sunday dinners along the Root River Trail.

More About the Bluff & Valley Bike Tour

Camping and other lodging options are available on this supported ride by the Root River Trail Towns. Get more information and registration here to guarantee your spot on the Bluff & Valley Bicycle Tour. *Please note: the ride closes May 18th to allow time for jersey orders included in your registration .

The following miles each day are an estimate at this time as all routes are being reviewed by both county and state departments for any upcoming road construction that may change the route and mileage. Currently we are looking at:

  • 58 miles for Day 1 [48 miles using RR Trail short cut]
  • 62 miles for Day 2 [48 miles using RR Trail short cut]
  • 56 miles for Day 3 [40 miles using RR Trail short cut]

Peterson, the start of the ride, is located about 2 hours south of the Twin Cities. [Google Maps Location]

The ride benefits the Friends of the Root River Trail. All the the Trail Towns and HaveFunBiking.com look forward to you riding the tour. For a printed version of the Root River Bluff & Valley Bike Tour Package, click here.

Road bikes have been popular in cycling for longer than any other category.

Spring is Almost Here and So Are April’s Bike Events

by Andrew Ellis, HaveFunBiking.com

The temperature is starting to rise as we hopefully had our last snow falls for the season. As spring arrives on Monday, soon You’ll start to see more grass and you won’t have to dress like an Eskimo to go outside. April is only 15-days away and that means its time to get your bike ready the spring bicycling season. Start April off with the 30-days of biking pledge.

Bike Events for April

Minnesota

Saturday, April 1st
Begings “30 Days of Biking
World Wide
Gold Medal Park, Minneapolis
Pledge to Bike

30 Days of Biking is a pledge to ride your bike everyday for 30 days in April. Also, there is no minimum distance requirement so you can even ride your bike around the basement for a little bit. Just have fun, or be as serious as you want. And if you miss a day, it’s okay, just keep riding. Also, Remember to share your adventures online, and include the hashtag #30daysofbiking.

BMX

Saturday, April 1st
Saturday Racing Action
Registration: 2: 00 PM – 3:00 PM
Rum River BMX
Industrial Park
Isanti, MN

These races are for every skill level, and perfect for putting those new skills to the test. And if you just want to watch, then you can get into these bike events for free. Fee is $16.

Sunday, April 2nd
Sunday Funday Racing
Registration: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Rum River BMX
Industrial Park
Isanti, MN

You may have to go back to work or school tomorrow, but enjoy Sunday afternoon at the tracks! These races are open to all skill levels. Fee is $16.

Tuesday, April 4th
Rum River BMX Practice
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Industrial Park
Isanti, MN

It’s April and it’s getting closer to where it’s time to hit those outdoor tracks. So get yourself ready by getting in some good practice on the indoor BMX track at Industrial Park. You’ll also be able to meet other riders, and hone your skills in preparation for warmer weather. Fee is $11.

Thursday, April 6th
Rum River BMX Clinic
Industrial Park
Isanti, MN

These clinics are designed to help you improve your skills no matter your skill level. Each clinic will go over specific aspects of BMX racing such as going through the gates and jumping. These sessions are also taught by certified coaches, assistant coaches, and trainers.

Friday, April 7th
Rum River BMX Practice
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Industrial Park
Isanti, MN

It’s April and it’s getting closer to where it’s time to hit those outdoor tracks. So get yourself ready by getting in some good practice on the indoor BMX track at Industrial Park. You’ll also be able to meet other riders, and hone your skills in preparation for warmer weather. Fee is $11.

Saturday, April 8th
Saturday Racing Action
Registration: 2: 00 PM – 3:00 PM
Rum River BMX
Industrial Park
Isanti, MN

These races are for every skill level, and perfect for putting those new skills to the test. And if you just want to watch, then you can get into these bike events for free. Fee is $16.

Sunday, April 9th
Northland Fire & Ice Series
Registration: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Rum River BMX
Industrial Park
Isanti, MN

This popular racing series will have two races each month and will culminate with the final event in December 2017. Also remember that everyone is welcome to race in these bike events. Fee is $16.

Tuesday, April 11th
Rum River BMX Practice
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Industrial Park
Isanti, MN

It’s April and it’s getting closer to where it’s time to hit those outdoor tracks. So get yourself ready by getting in some good practice on the indoor BMX track at Industrial Park. You’ll also be able to meet other riders, and hone your skills in preparation for warmer weather. Fee is $11.

Thursday, April 13th
Rum River BMX Clinic
Industrial Park
Isanti, MN

These clinics are designed to help you improve your skills no matter your skill level. Each clinic will go over specific aspects of BMX racing such as going through the gates and jumping. These sessions are also taught by certified coaches, assistant coaches, and trainers.

Friday, April 14th
Rum River BMX Practice
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Industrial Park
Isanti, MN

It’s April and it’s getting closer to where it’s time to hit those outdoor tracks. So get yourself ready by getting in some good practice on the indoor BMX track at Industrial Park. You’ll also be able to meet other riders, and hone your skills in preparation for warmer weather. Fee is $11.

Saturday, April 15th
Saturday Racing Action
Registration: 2: 00 PM – 3:00 PM
Rum River BMX
Industrial Park
Isanti, MN

These races are for every skill level, and perfect for putting those new skills to the test. And if you just want to watch, then you can get into these bike events for free. Fee is $16.

Tuesday, April 18th
Rum River BMX Practice
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Industrial Park
Isanti, MN

It’s April and it’s getting closer to where it’s time to hit those outdoor tracks. So get yourself ready by getting in some good practice on the indoor BMX track at Industrial Park. You’ll also be able to meet other riders, and hone your skills in preparation for warmer weather. Fee is $11.

Friday, April 21st
Rum River BMX Practice
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Industrial Park
Isanti, MN

It’s April and it’s getting closer to where it’s time to hit those outdoor tracks. So get yourself ready by getting in some good practice on the indoor BMX track at Industrial Park. You’ll also be able to meet other riders, and hone your skills in preparation for warmer weather. Fee is $11.

Saturday, April 22nd
Saturday Racing Action
Registration: 2: 00 PM – 3:00 PM
Rum River BMX
Industrial Park
Isanti, MN

These races are for every skill level, and perfect for putting those new skills to the test. And if you just want to watch, then you can get into these bike events for free. Fee is $16.

Sunday, April 23rd
Sunday Funday Racing
Registration: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Rum River BMX
Industrial Park
Isanti, MN

You may have to go back to work or school tomorrow, but enjoy Sunday afternoon at the tracks! These races are open to all skill levels. Fee is $16.

Tuesday, April 25th
Rum River BMX Practice
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Industrial Park
Isanti, MN

It’s April and it’s getting closer to where it’s time to hit those outdoor tracks. So get yourself ready by getting in some good practice on the indoor BMX track at Industrial Park. You’ll also be able to meet other riders, and hone your skills in preparation for warmer weather. Fee is $11.

Thursday, April 27th
Rum River BMX Clinic
Industrial Park
Isanti, MN

These clinics are designed to help you improve your skills no matter your skill level. Each clinic will go over specific aspects of BMX racing such as going through the gates and jumping. These sessions are also taught by certified coaches, assistant coaches, and trainers.

Friday, April 28th
Rum River BMX Practice
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Industrial Park
Isanti, MN

It’s April and it’s getting closer to where it’s time to hit those outdoor tracks. So get yourself ready by getting in some good practice on the indoor BMX track at Industrial Park. You’ll also be able to meet other riders, and hone your skills in preparation for warmer weather. Fee is $11.

Saturday, April 29th
Saturday Racing Action
Registration: 2: 00 PM – 3:00 PM
Rum River BMX
Industrial Park
Isanti, MN

These races are for every skill level, and perfect for putting those new skills to the test. And if you just want to watch, then you can get into these bike events for free. Fee is $16.

Sunday, April 30th
Sunday Funday Racing
Rum River BMX
Industrial Park
Isanti, MN

You may have to go back to work or school tomorrow, but enjoy Sunday afternoon at the tracks! These races are open to all skill levels. Fee is $16.

Other Bike Events

Saturday, April 29th
Falls Duathlon
Hanna’s Bend Park
Cannon Falls, MN
Duathlon

The race is a 2-mile run, 14-mile bike, and 3-mile run. It goes all around Cannon River giving you some nice scenery to look at as you put your body to the test.

Sunday, April 30th
51st  MN Ironman Bicycle Ride
6:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Waconia High School
Waconia, MN
Recreational

This is the perfect way to start the spring season. There are three different length choices available to fit your preference so you can enjoy the ride as much as possible. There is no mass start for the ride. And you can start as soon as you register and get your wristband and official map. Register now for #braggingrightsguaranteed.

Sunday, April 30th
MN State-Mankato Sprint Triathlon
9:00 AM
Minnesota State University
Mankato, MN
Triathlon

It’s time to put all that training to the test with a 300-yard swim, 14-mile bike ride, and limit-testing 5k to the finish line. It’s $25 per person to register and you can also register as a team of 2-3 for $60.

Iowa

Races

Saturday, April 1st
Gents Race 7.0
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Nite Hawk Bar and Grill
Slater, IA
Race

This 5-member team racing event is described as time trial meets alley-cat meets Cannonball Run. The race will cover at least 65 miles of roads surrounding Slater, IA.

Sunday, April 9th
Iowa Spring Classic Hills/Iowa City
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Old Tap Hills
Iowa Hills, IA

In its 8th year, this ride has two groups for both men women. There’s the beginner races and the advanced races for both mountain biking and road biking. There are also prizes for the first three places of each group. Registration is $20 both before the race and on the day of.

Sunday, April 9th
Single and Loving It!
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Polk County River Place
Des Moines, IA
Mountain Biking

Grab your single speed bike and head over to the Central Iowa Sing Speed Championships. The race lasts an hour which will result in one male and one female winner. Afterparty to follow. Those without single speeds bikes can ride as well. Those bikes will be adjusted accordingly. Cost is a $15 donation to the Young Women’s Resource Center.

Other Bike Events

Saturday, April 1st
6th Annual Q7 Tweed Ride
9:30 AM – 11:00 PM
Iowa City BrewLab

Come on out for a nice leisurely ride through Iowa City. The ride is roughly 10 miles long and there will also be several stops along the way with a nice after party starting at 7 pm. Registration is $20 on the same day and is also available throughout the route. The first 25 registrants will receive a Q7 jersey, and the first 90 will receive an armband.

Saturday, April 1st
15th Annual April Fools Ride!
11:30 AM – 11:55 PM
The Getaway Bar and Grill
LaPorte City, IA
Party Ride

It’s the first time this ride has actually happened on April 1st. There’s no registration or cover charge to join. But get up to the Getaway Bar and Grill wearing blaze orange, the ride’s official color, and get ready for the 24-mile roundtrip ride to Phat’s and Grub in Brandon, IA. There’s the option of taking the scenic Cedar Valley Trail or a low traffic highway route.

Saturday, April 8th
Full Moon High Trestle Bridge Ride
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Slater Trail Head or Madrid Trail Head
Slater or Madrid, IA

Get the experience of riding under a full moon. This ride is scheduled every time the there is a full moon in the lunar schedule. And remember to be prepared for riding in the dark.

Saturday, April 8th
Mr. Pork Chop’s Thaw Ride
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
North Kossuth Gold Club
Bancroft, IA

This is the 5th year of the ride and great way to test your fitness in time for the spring season. You should also be prepared for all kinds of weather. There’s a choice of the 27 mile ride and a 38 mile ride. Registration is $15 for just the ride and $25 for the ride and supper. All registrations are final and non-refundable. Click here for mail-in registration form.

Friday, April 14th
20th Annual Lizard King Annual Good Friday Ride
11:00 AM – 5:15 PM
Prime Time
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Party Ride

It’s 20th anniversary of the 20 mile ride around the 4 Quadrants of Cedar Rapids. The ride starts at Prime Time and then takes the bike trail downtown, and then across the river. The ride will also stop at a few to-be-determined bars before ending back at Prime Time.

Saturday, April 15th
Mayor’s Annual Ride and Run for Trails
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Richard A. Clark Municipal Service Center
Des Moines, IA
Trail Ride

The approximately 23 mile route will be led by Mayor T. M. Franklin County. There will also be a post-ride meal and entertainment as well as a drawing for a Momentum brand bike. Click here for registration info.

Saturday, April 15th
4th Annual Obro
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Cellar Peanut Pub
Oskaloosa, IA
Party Ride

This ride is less than 15 miles and takes you on the trail around Oskaloosa, and there will be a few stops along the way. $20 registration includes one raffle ticket, and $25 membership includes registration, a t-shirt, koozie, and 10 raffle tickets.

Sunday, April 16th
Rock Road Renegades
9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Coopers Place Main St
Ryan, IA
Gravel Ride

This ride is mostly on gravel and has a 35- and 70-mile option. Also, the 70-mile ride starts at 10:00 AM and the 35-mile ride starts at 11:00 AM. There’s a $20 cash entry fee.

Saturday, April 22nd
Sag & Shandy Ride 2017
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
The Sag Wagon
Cedar Rapids, IA
Trail Ride

Come ride in support of the Willis Dady Foundation. The ride starts and ends at The Sag Wagon, with stops along the way. The cost is $10 for each rider with all proceeds going to the foundation. There is even chance to win a trip to Chippewa Falls.

Sunday, April 23rd
Bike Lehn 2017
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Sag Wagon Deli & Brew
Cedar Rapids, IA
Trail Ride

Ride 35 miles roundtrip in support of the Dan Lehn Scholarship Fund at Coe College. It starts at The Sag Wagon South in Cedar Rapids and also travels to Sag Wagon North in Centerpoint before heading back on the Cedar Valley Nature Trail. Register before April 13th to get a t-shirt.

Education

Wednesday, April 5th
Women with Wrenches: Basic Maintenance
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
World of Bikes
Iowa City, IA
Education

This women-only clinic will cover every part of your bike. You’ll learn how to clean your bike, adjust the seat height, basic day-to-day maintenance, and more. You can also bring along any tools and small bike accessories you have questions about. Registration is $35.

Root River Bluff & Valley Bicycle Tour

Also, think about the Root River Bluff & Valley Bicycle Tour, in Southeastern Minnesota this summer. Join the fun as the nine Root River Trail Towns host the 2nd Annual Bluff & Valley Bicycle Tour over the weekend of July 7-9, 2017. A repeat of last July’s successful inaugural Bicycle Tour, this year’s three-day ride offers a whole new set of routes and scenery. Starting in the Norwegian community of Peterson, participants will pedal through some of the most scenic back-county roads and trails rolling through Minnesota’s Bluff Country.

These bike events should help feed your urge to pedal and help get you ready for the spring and summer. If the winter blues are keeping you down just remember spring is on its way. And soon you’ll be on your way to your #nextbikeadventure.

Follow the weathered ravines through the limestone bluffs.

Root River Trail Towns Offer A Weekend Of Fun On Their Annual Ride

Join the fun as the nine Root River Trail Towns in Southeast Minnesota host the 2nd Annual Bluff & Valley Bicycle Tour over the weekend of July 7-9, 2017. A repeat from the 2016 inaugural tour, this year’s three-day weekend ride offers a whole new set of routes and scenery. Starting in the Norwegian community of Peterson, participants will pedal on some of the most scenic back county roads and trails, rolling through the picturesque Bluff Country.

The Root River Bike Ride and fun starts in Peterson MN.

The Ride showcases many of the bike friendly attributes in the area, allowing ride participants many fun challenges

The Root River Bike Ride Starts in Peterson

On this year’s tour the ride leaves from Peterson, Friday morning to explore the many scenic roads that take you along the bluffs. Many of these roads parallel and overlook the Root River Valley and its popular trail system.

First stopping at the historic Fremont General Store and meeting Martha, is always a treat.

First on the tour is stopping at the historic Fremont General Store and meeting Martha, always a treat!

In Fremont, this historic store location was built in 1856 and is still in operation by owner Martha Johnson. Leaving the store, the tour starts a meandering downhill run to Rushford for a taste of some Scandinavian delights.

Now heading east for lunch, riders will discover Vinegar Hill Pass on the way down to Money Creek. Then heading south, passing an elk farm, it’s a slight downhill cruise to Houston. The far east trail head of the Root River system, visit the National Owl Center and bike sculptures at the Houston Nature Center at the Root River Trail head.

Every seams to have fun on the Root River Bike Ride

Everyone seems to have fun on the Root River Bike Ride with all the good food and tasty treats along the way,

After lunch the tour heads back west towards Rushford for an overnight visit and a chance to experience the town’s milling culture before a fun-filled evening.

Friday Night, the Tour Enjoys Rushford

After settling in ride participants will have a chance to visit the historic Rushford Depot & Village Museum. Then wander downtown to sample some locally produced lefse and other delicious treats.

While enjoying some Norseland Leftse take a selfie with a friend as Ole and Lena.

While enjoying some Norseland Leftse take a selfie with a biking friend, as Ole and Lena.

As evening approaches, riders will find several restaurants to replenish their energy for Saturday’s adventure. Then enjoy some of the local entertainment or check out the historic walking tour of the architecture of this once vibrant milling community.

Every seams to have fun on the Root River Bike Ride

The 3-day weekend Root River Bike Ride guarantees all riders will have fun and take home many fond memories.

On Saturday, after a hearty Bluff Country breakfast the tour pedals through the rolling Amish countryside finally cruising the “Buggy Lane” on Minnesota’s Amish Byway. Along this section of the route you will see draft horses still used to work the fields while many farmsteads along the way offer fresh baked goods, honey, and crafts. *Please note, if you stop and purchase any of the Amish item offered, our sweep support staff will stop and haul them for you.

For lunch today the tour visits Harmony, on the south end of the Root River Trail System. Here learn more about Amish culture while watching this busy farm community in action. While checking out the town you will find several statues throughout the community to take a selfie with. Departing, the afternoon route circles to the northwest passing a couple ghost towns before rolling into Preston.

An Evening of Fun and Games In Preston

Saturday night’s dinner and overnight stay will be in Preston. Located along the southern branch of the Root River it is also known as Minnesota’s Trout Capitol and home to the National Trout Center. In the evening enjoy the music and some fun games that are planned. If you’re interested in a self-guided walking tour, Preston has a very interesting itinerary and map.

Stopping at the Museum in Fountain on the Root River Bike Ride is always interesting

Stopping at the Fillmore County Museum in Fountain, on the Root River Bike Ride, is always interesting.

On Sunday, the tour heads north and rides the Root River Trail to Fountain, the “Sinkhole Capitol of the World.”  In Fountain the tour stops at the Fillmore County History Center Museum and Genealogy Library. Here you will get a sampling of the area’s past. With several buildings full of captivating historical exhibits, you’ll want to plan another trip here to take it all in. This is also a great place to learn more about the area’s ghost towns that you past through on Saturday. Plus, learn more on the facts of these  sink holes that supply clean water to the areas springs and eventually flow into the Root River, its amazing!

Take in the Charm of Lanesboro, then on to Whalan for Pie

On the road again, the tour circles out through Bucksnort Pass before coasting down into Lanesboro. Surrounded by bluffs, this Bed & Breakfast community here is rich in the arts and has some fabulous local diners and restaurants for lunch. Also, be sure to save room for pie. After visiting some of the shops in Lanesboro, the tour heads west to Whalan.

Ride with old and new friends om the Root River Bluff & Bluff Bike Tour.

On the Root River Bluff & Bluff Bike Tour you will have a chance to ride with old and new friends .

Nationally known for their “Stand Still Parade,” the first thing you’ll notice in Whalan is its miniature golf course and a beautiful park area in the center of this small Irish community. You will also find Whalan’s famous Aroma Pie Shoppe, which offers some sinfully delicious desserts to select from. Before leaving town take a quick spin around the neighborhood to see Ernie’s 1917 filling station.

Ernie's Service Station is a prime feature of Whalan, Minnesota's Past.

Ernie’s Service Station is a prime feature of Whalan’s, past, tucked under the bluffs on the bank of the Root River.

Now back on the Root River Trail, it’s roughly nine miles back to Peterson to check out the fun possibilities visiting this Norwegian community before loading up and heading home. If you missed out on the pie earlier, or you want to do a taste test and compare, check out Burdey’s Cafe. Another well-known stop for their desserts and Sunday dinners on the Root River Trail.

More About the Bluff & Valley Bike Tour

Camping and other lodging options are available on this supported ride hosted by the Root River Trail Towns and run by Have Fun Tours. Get more information and registration here to guarantee your spot on the Bluff & Valley Bicycle Tour.

The following miles each day are an estimate at this time as all routes are being reviewed by both county and state departments for any upcoming road construction that may change the route and mileage. Currently we are looking at:

  • 58 miles for Day 1 [48 miles using RR Trail short cut]
  • 62 miles for Day 2 [48 miles using RR Trail short cut]
  • 56 miles for Day 3 [40 miles using RR Trail short cut]

Peterson, the start of the ride, is located about 2-hours south of the Twin Cities and about 45-minute west of LaCrosse Wi. [Google Maps Location]

The ride benefits the Friends of the Root River Trail. And all the the Trail Towns and HaveFunBiking.com look forward to you riding the tour. For a printed version of the Root River Bluff & Valley Bike Tour Package , click here.

This Friday would be a great time to get registered for the 2017 Root River Bluff & Valley Bike Tour.

Bike Pic Feb 10, Today’s A Great Day To Get Registered for the Bluff County Ride

This Friday seems like a great time to get registered for the 2017 Root River Bluff & Valley Bicycle Tour. Where else can you enjoy 3-days (July 6-9) of beautiful bluff country scenery, with eagles soaring above as you ride the quite county roads and trails with amazing company?

Starting in Peterson, MN, this years bike tour has overnight stops in the Root River Trail Town’s of Preston and Rushford!

Planning your #NextBikeAdventure take a look at the new Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide.

Thanks for viewing Today’s get Registered for the Root River Bike Ride Pic

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Who said it's too cold to have some ice cream?

Bike Pic Jan 29, Never Too Cold For Ice Cream This Sunday

Who said it’s too cold to have some ice cream? Get out there today and enjoy a nice big scoop. You deserve it and your family too!

Photo was taken at a bike event in Peterson, MN last summer along the Root River Trail.

Planning your #NextBikeAdventure? View the new Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide and remember to register for the Root River Bluff & Valley Bicycle Tour.

Thanks for viewing Today’s Ice Cream Sunday Pic

Now rolling into our 10th year as a bike tourism media, our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike and have fun. While highlighting all the unforgettable places for you to ride. As we continue to showcase more place to have fun we hope the photos we shoot are worth a grin. As you scroll through the information and stories we have posted, enjoy.

Do you have a fun bicycle related photo of yourself or someone you may know that we should post? If so, please send your picture(s) to: editor@HaveFunBiking.com. Include a brief caption (for each), of who is in the photo (if you know?) and where the picture was taken. Photo(s) should be a minimum of 1,000 pixels wide or larger to be considered. If we do use your photo, you will receive photo credit and acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As we continues to encourage more people to bike, please view our Destination section at HaveFunBiking.com for your next bike adventure – Also, check out the MN Bike Guide, now mobile friendly, as we enter into our 8th year of producing the guide.

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure. Please share all our picks with your friends and don’t forget to smile. We may be around the next corner with one of our camera’s ready to document your next move while you are riding and having fun. We may capture you in one of our next Pic of the Day posts.

Have a great day!

It's Sunday again which means, Ice Cream Smiles Sunday is back at it again this week!

Bike Pic Jan 22, Ice Cream Smiles Sunday Out On Our Root River Trail

It’s Sunday again which means, Ice Cream Smiles Sunday is back at it again this week! We take a look back from our Inaugural Root River Bluff & Valley Bicycle Tour  we stopped and enjoyed some Ice Cream at this little shop in Lanesboro. We’re looking forward to stopping again this year, will you be joining us?

Planning your #NextBikeAdventure? View the new Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide and remember to register for the

Thanks for viewing Today’s Ice Cream Smiles Sunday Bike Pic

Now rolling into our 10th year as a bike tourism media, our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike and have fun. While highlighting all the unforgettable places for you to ride. As we continue to showcase more place to have fun we hope the photos we shoot are worth a grin. As you scroll through the information and stories we have posted, enjoy.

Do you have a fun bicycle related photo of yourself or someone you may know that we should post? If so, please send your picture(s) to: editor@HaveFunBiking.com. Include a brief caption (for each), of who is in the photo (if you know?) and where the picture was taken. Photo(s) should be a minimum of 1,000 pixels wide or larger to be considered. If we do use your photo, you will receive photo credit and acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As we continues to encourage more people to bike, please view our Destination section at HaveFunBiking.com for your next bike adventure – Also, check out the MN Bike Guide, now mobile friendly, as we enter into our 8th year of producing the guide.

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure. Please share all our picks with your friends and don’t forget to smile. We may be around the next corner with one of our camera’s ready to document your next move while you are riding and having fun. We may capture you in one of our next Pic of the Day posts.

Have a great day!

Are you registered for our second annual Root River Bluff & Valley Bicycle Tour? If not you won't want to miss out on this amazing 3-day weekend bike adventure, July 7th - 9th. We will be exploring what the Root River Trails have to offer!

Bike Pic Jan 12, Root River Trail Thursday, Register Today

Are you registered for our second annual Root River Bluff & Valley Bicycle Tour? If not, you won’t want to miss out on this amazing 3-day weekend bike adventure taking place July 7th – 9th. We will be exploring what the Root River Trails have to offer!

Planning your #NextBikeAdventure? View the new Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide.

Thanks for viewing Today’s Root River Trails Pic

Now rolling into our 10th year as a bike tourism media, our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike and have fun. While highlighting all the unforgettable places for you to ride. As we continue to showcase more place to have fun we hope the photos we shoot are worth a grin. As you scroll through the information and stories we have posted, enjoy.

Do you have a fun bicycle related photo of yourself or someone you may know that we should post? If so, please send your picture(s) to: editor@HaveFunBiking.com. Include a brief caption (for each), of who is in the photo (if you know?) and where the picture was taken. Photo(s) should be a minimum of 1,000 pixels wide or larger to be considered. If we do use your photo, you will receive photo credit and acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As we continues to encourage more people to bike, please view our Destination section at HaveFunBiking.com for your next bike adventure – Also, check out the MN Bike Guide, now mobile friendly, as we enter into our 8th year of producing the guide.

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure. Please share all our picks with your friends and don’t forget to smile. We may be around the next corner with one of our camera’s ready to document your next move while you are riding and having fun. We may capture you in one of our next Pic of the Day posts.

Have a great day!

With 2016 coming to an end, we want to do some reflecting on all the good things we've done this year at HaveFunBiking. From the Root River Bluff & Valley Bicycle Tour to the Free Bike 4 Kids events at Mall of America.

Bike Pic Dec 31, Reflecting on 2016 Highlights at HaveFunBiking

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As #2016 comes to a #close. Us here at @HaveFunBiking hope you enjoyed all the #stories and #pics we have posted this year. Throughout the season we have #captured photographs of #cyclists exploring new bike-friendly destinations. At co-sponsored events, like the @minnesotaironmanbikeride held each spring, and the Root River Bluff & Valley Bicycle Tour, we covered more memorable fun. Then topping off the year we covered the successful @fb4k. This annual program, held at @mallofamerica distributed over 5,000 #bikes to kids in need. Covering all these fun we are proud to be one of the leading bike tourism medias encouraging more to stay active. #nextbikeadventure #nextadventure #picoftheday #picofday #onlyinmn #mallofamerica #fatbike #rootrivertrail #trek #salsa #freebikes4kidz #fb4k #bicyclingadventure #braggingrightsguaranteed #bicycle #unicycle

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Here is to reflecting on 2016, as it comes to a close. With all the good things you have seen on the HaveFunBiking blog we hope you enjoyed all the stories and pics we have posted this year. Throughout the season we have captured photographs of cyclists exploring new bike-friendly destinations while having fun. At co-sponsored events, like the Minnesota Ironman Bicycle Ride, held each spring, and the Root River Bluff & Valley Bicycle Tour, we covered more memorable fun. Then topping off the year we covered the successful Free Bikes 4 Kids event. This annual program, held at Mall of America, distributed over 5,000 bikes to kids in need. Covering all these fun experiences we are proud to be one of the leading bike tourism medias encouraging more to stay active.

Don’t worry, if you missed out on this years inaugural Bluff & Valley Bike Ride, registration for the 2017 Tour is open, so click on the link above and sign up today!

Then, see all the other places to explore in 2017 by downloading the new Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide

Thanks for viewing Today’s Reflecting on the Year Bike Pic

Now rolling into our 10th year as a bike tourism media, our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike and have fun. While highlighting all the unforgettable places for you to ride. As we continue to showcase more place to have fun we hope the photos we shoot are worth a grin. As you scroll through the information and stories we have posted, enjoy.

Do you have a fun bicycle related photo of yourself or someone you may know that we should post? If so, please send your picture(s) to: editor@HaveFunBiking.com. Include a brief caption (for each), of who is in the photo (if you know?) and where the picture was taken. Photo(s) should be a minimum of 1,000 pixels wide or larger to be considered. If we do use your photo, you will receive photo credit and acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As we continues to encourage more people to bike, please view our Destination section at HaveFunBiking.com for your next bike adventure – Also, check out the MN Bike Guide, now mobile friendly, as we enter into our 8th year of producing the guide.

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure. Please share all our picks with your friends and don’t forget to smile. We may be around the next corner with one of our camera’s ready to document your next move while you are riding and having fun. We may capture you in one of our next Pic of the Day posts.

Have a great day!

This Friday Fun Day we're taking a trip down memory lane back to last summer on our inaugural Root River Bluff & Valley Bicycle Tour.

Bike Pic Dec 30, Friday Fun Day Riding in the Root River Valley

Riding down memory lane this Friday Fun Day photo was taken last summer on our inaugural Root River Bluff & Valley Bicycle Tour.  Riders from Minnesota and neighboring states enjoyed the 3-day trek through the beautiful country side and were so impressed that we’re bringing the tour back again this year! If you’re interested in riding with us in 2017, please click on the link above to find out more.

See all the places to explore while gearing up for the bike ride in the new Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide

Thanks for viewing Today’s Friday Fun Day in Root River Country Bike Pic

Now rolling into our 10th year as a bike tourism media, our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike and have fun. While highlighting all the unforgettable places for you to ride. As we continue to showcase more place to have fun we hope the photos we shoot are worth a grin. As you scroll through the information and stories we have posted, enjoy.

Do you have a fun bicycle related photo of yourself or someone you may know that we should post? If so, please send your picture(s) to: editor@HaveFunBiking.com. Include a brief caption (for each), of who is in the photo (if you know?) and where the picture was taken. Photo(s) should be a minimum of 1,000 pixels wide or larger to be considered. If we do use your photo, you will receive photo credit and acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As we continues to encourage more people to bike, please view our Destination section at HaveFunBiking.com for your next bike adventure – Also, check out the MN Bike Guide, now mobile friendly, as we enter into our 8th year of producing the guide.

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure. Please share all our picks with your friends and don’t forget to smile. We may be around the next corner with one of our camera’s ready to document your next move while you are riding and having fun. We may capture you in one of our next Pic of the Day posts.

Have a great day!

Have you always wanted to take an adventure on your bike, but afraid of going alone? Well we're hosting the second annual Root River Bicycle Tour.

Bike Pic Dec 29, Root River Adventure in Minnesota’s Bluff Country

Have you ever wanted to take an adventure on your bike, but afraid of going alone? Well look no further, here at HaveFunBiking.com, we are co-sponsoring the second annual Root River Bluff & Valley Bicycle Tour. Benefiting the Friends of the Trail that helps make community improvement along the system get your bikes ready to venture out on this 3-day trek through the beautiful country side in Southeastern Minnesota’s Bluff Country. Register today by following the link Root River Bluff & Valley Bicycle Tour.

See all the places to explore while gearing up for the bike ride in the new Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide

Thanks for viewing Today’s Root River Adventure Bike Pic

Now rolling into our 10th year as a bike tourism media, our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike and have fun. While highlighting all the unforgettable places for you to ride. As we continue to showcase more place to have fun we hope the photos we shoot are worth a grin. As you scroll through the information and stories we have posted, enjoy.

Do you have a fun bicycle related photo of yourself or someone you may know that we should post? If so, please send your picture(s) to: editor@HaveFunBiking.com. Include a brief caption (for each), of who is in the photo (if you know?) and where the picture was taken. Photo(s) should be a minimum of 1,000 pixels wide or larger to be considered. If we do use your photo, you will receive photo credit and acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As we continues to encourage more people to bike, please view our Destination section at HaveFunBiking.com for your next bike adventure – Also, check out the MN Bike Guide, now mobile friendly, as we enter into our 8th year of producing the guide.

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure. Please share all our picks with your friends and don’t forget to smile. We may be around the next corner with one of our camera’s ready to document your next move while you are riding and having fun. We may capture you in one of our next Pic of the Day posts.

Have a great day!