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Self Contained Touring in Northern Minnesota

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litespeed:
Minnesota and Wisconsin are fine bicycling states. Good shoulders on the roads, plenty of trails and campgrounds, lots of state and municipal parks with camping spots, lots of services and a bike-friendly populace. Also, the state parks have a policy of always finding a spot for bicycle tourists, even when full.

My only quibble is that there are often frost cracks on the highway shoulders every ten feet or so but this is hardly a major problem.

indyfabz:

--- Quote from: litespeed on February 05, 2013, 11:39:37 am ---My only quibble is that there are often frost cracks on the highway shoulders every ten feet or so but this is hardly a major problem.

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When we crossed into MN from ND we hit them almost immediately. Kathunk, kathunk kathunk every few seconds, but it wasn't nearly that bad most places.

OP: Grand Rapids is the home town of Judy Garland. Saw a bear cub in Malmo. Bemidji has its own gaint Paul Bunyon and Babe statues. My biggest annoyance were the skeeters. A coulple of afternoons I set up my tent find blood spots on the hite parts from skeeters that had gotten in that morning and been squashed when the tent was rolled up.

bikenorth:
I live in Duluth and the route from Duluth to Grand Marais is decent. Beautiful of course because the whole ride is along the shore of lake superior. Plenty of good camping with many state parks and plenty of options for wild camping. The road is good for most of the way with wide enough shoulders and  some of it is covered by the gitchi gami trail which is very nice.  Some of Hwy 61 has narrow to non existent shoulders but overall it s good.

The mesabi trail is awesome. Lots of options on the areas you are looking at.

Let me know if you need more information.

If you are into beer, Duluth has many microbreweries. Very good stuff.

Mike

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