Biking 37 miles from Itasca State Park to Bemidji. The first 5 miles are bicycle trail, followed by 32 miles on paved road with small shoulder and low traffic. This is a rolling country road with low to moderate hills, no major inclines.
We will enjoy an outdoor breakfast picnic offering yogurt, fruit, granola, bagels, cream cheese, and boiled eggs. Coffee, tea, water, included.
We will check out and leave Itasca State Park on 5 miles of bicycle trail, continuing onto the Great River Road through farmland and forest. We’ll enjoy a rest stop at Minnesota’s newest State Park, Lake LaSalle. Our ride will take us all the way to our next destination, Bemidji, known as the first city on the Mississippi, due to its location on the shores of the northernmost lake feeding the river, Lake Bemidji. We will end our ride at the feet of the famed Paul Bunyan statue, one of Bemidji’s main tourist attractions.
This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own in downtown Bemidji to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
After checking into our next accommodation, we’ll set out on an expert-led exploration of the Beltrami County Historical Depot and Museum. Exhibits feature photographs, Ojibwe history and artifacts, the changing landscape of Beltrami County, and the impact of the railroad and lumbering that has shaped the area.
At the Beltrami County Historical Depot and Museum, we will enjoy a private, catered BBQ dinner with beer, wine, and water available.
At leisure. Enjoy a swim in Lake Bemidji just outside the hotel!