Author Topic: Connecting to the Northern Tier by way of the old Northern Tier?  (Read 830 times)

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Offline KF8MO

My wife and I are contemplating a tandem tour from Winnipeg, Manitoba to Ann Arbor, Michigan. The idea is to go south out of Winnipeg to pick up the old, pre-Bakken oil field Northern Tier route, continuing on to where it joins the current version of the route (and thence jumping off to the North Lakes). The section of the old NT would be well east of the truck and other heavy traffic that led the NT to be re-routed southerly, so I'm thinking it should still be good to ride. Any advice on that idea, and is there any source for the old route's maps? Thanks.

Offline John Nettles

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Re: Connecting to the Northern Tier by way of the old Northern Tier?
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2024, 06:10:43 pm »
Unfortunately, I only have the summary map going back to 2014 (see attachment) .  I probably have the maps from when I rode it back in '87.  If you are truly desperate for them and no one else can get them, I can probably rummage in some boxes and find them. 

However, I am somewhat confident the original route went from Minot to Fargo without going to Grand Forks.  Of course, that was one of the few sections I was off route at that section so my memory may not be accurate. 

I wasn't sure where you want to connect to the old (or current) Northern Tier.  Regardless, here are the reverse of some routes I did about a decade ago.  I updated the Winnipeg to Pembina route as Winnipeg as improved their cycling infrastructure. 

Here are the routes: 

PNDW-S:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/47112924 (Winnipeg to Pembina).
GFPN-S:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/47113661 (Pembina to Grand Forks).
FGFN-S:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/47113793  (Grand Forks to Fargo).

If you are wanting to do a diagonal from Pembina to say Bemidji, you can check out Minneasota's Bike Map (use the pdf as it is easier to read):  https://dot.state.mn.us/bike/state-bike-map.html  . 

Also, a few years ago during the pandemic, I rode what I call the Heartland Express Route which I created about 8 or 9 years ago.  While the entire route is not finished, maybe these may help you too if you take the Northern Tier to LaCrosse, WI.  The ride across Wisconsin is primarily on rail trails (some unpaved), but is a very nice route.  https://ridewithgps.com/collections/54989?privacy_code=3XmzOFv1x698fxdN  . 

Whatever you decide to do, I wish you a wonderful tour! 
Tailwinds, John

Offline KF8MO

Re: Connecting to the Northern Tier by way of the old Northern Tier?
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2024, 10:40:52 pm »
Awesome, this is wonderful stuff! Thanks so much -Lee