Our Biking Adventure
Next week, several friends and I will be riding the Minnesota portion of the Mississippi River Trail (MRT). Total mileage is approximately 470 miles with our shortest day being 55 miles and our longest day being 78.
The Mississippi River Trail (MRT)
The MRT courses along America’s backbone, the Mississippi River, from its headwaters in Itasca, Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. The Trail offers approximately 3,000 miles of on-road bikeways and pedestrian and bicycle pathways for the recreational enjoyment, health, conservation and tourism development of river communities, river states, and the nation.
The Headwaters to Hills ride
The Headwaters to Hills ride is a collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota and Wahoo! Adventures. It is a bicycle tour celebrating the Mississippi River and the completion of Mississippi River Trail Bikeway (MRT, also called U.S. Bicycle Route 45). This is the inaugural (August 26 – September 2) ride to celebrate. Minnesota features the river’s headwaters and over 800 miles of MRT, which totals nearly 3,000 miles and ends at the Gulf of Mexico. We will kick off the ride with a ribbon cutting ceremony in Itasca State Park at the headwaters, dip our tires, then begin our journey crisscrossing the Mississippi River numerous times as we bicycle through a variety of communities that will welcome us to their local parks, people, unique features and stories.
Minnesota’s MRT route is on roads and multi-use paved paths that take us from Itasca to Bemidji, Walker, Pequot Lakes, Brainerd, Little Falls, St. Cloud, Elk River, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Hastings, Red Wing, Wabasha, Winona, and LaCrescent, before ending at the Minnesota-Iowa border town of New Albin.