Category Archives: Archived Miscellaneous
By Guido Ebert
This ride – bordered by the Minnesota River to the west and I-35 in the east – carves through the Southern Minnesota Lakes Region, previously known as the Big Woods. Your route will take you between farmland, across the meandering Cannon River and past numerous lakes, parks and wildlife management areas.
By Guido Ebert
Detroit Lakes, located approx. 205 miles northwest of the Twin Cities and 40 minutes east of Fargo, boasts more than 400 lakes within a 25 miles radius. This is a 100-mile excursion. Discover the “412 lakes” region as you roll past lakeside stops from rustic to modern, between fields of beans and corn, and through hardwood forest.
By Ben Goebel
MMM: How old were you when you got your first bike?
Chip Miller: 17 and it was 1968.
MMM: What was your first bike?
Work your way up Minnesota’s spectacular Lake Superior North Shore, past numerous rivers and waterfalls, state parks and the Superior National Forest. Once in Ontario, you’ll see thick boreal forests, lakes and bogland spreading across valleys between hills. The density of residences surrounding the highway rapidly decreases as you travel westward out of Thunder Bay.
Scenic attractions include views of the rolling Northwoods forest, lakes, wetlands, rivers, stands of wild berries and wildflowers, and granite outcroppings.
Road quality varies along the route, changing from smooth to broken two-lane blacktop to gravel road with soft shoulders. Watch for slow-moving vacationers, fast-moving logging trucks and an abundance of wildlife.
The nearest motorcycle service shops include LaBarge’s Used Motorcycle Parts in Hibbing, Dave’s Sales & Service in Hibbing and Five Seasons Sports Center in Eveleth.
This ride within the Mississippi River’s Bluff Country is marked by the river and its many tributaries and associated wetlands, scenic valleys of temperate deciduous forest, pronounced limestone and dolomite peaks, bluff-top dairy farms and horse ranches, and riverside communities.
Time: 3 hours, 48 minutes
In Menahga, MN, leave the Cottage House Café on Cedar Ave. and turn right (east) onto 1st NE/CR21/Twin Lakes Rd. Travel 5.4 miles to CR6. Turn left (north) and follow 2.5 miles to MN-87E. Turn right (east) and travel 6 miles to CR13. Turn left (north) and travel 10 miles to MN-34E. Turn right (east) and ride 16.4 miles to MN-371 in Walker. Turn left (north) and travel 20.6 miles to US-2E in Cass Lake. Turn right (east) and ride 18.6 miles to CR8 in Bena. Turn right (south) and follow this through Federal Dam (7.4 miles) straight onto MN-84S (21.8 miles) to Longville (26.4 miles). Continue along MN-84S for 14 miles. Turn left (west) to continue on MN-84S for 10.8 miles to Pine River. Turn right (north) on MN-371N and travel 7 miles to MN-87W. Turn left (west) and travel 14.1 miles. Turn left (west) to continue on MN-87W. Travel 14.6 miles to CR6. Turn left (south) and continue on Twin Lakes Rd. to Menahga.
This ride takes you on a journey through the picturesque bluff country of southeastern Minnesota & western Wisconsin – passing horse farms and hay fields, traveling through river bottom and railroad settlements, traversing creek gullies and wooded ravines, and rolling along the shoreline of the Mississippi River and the grand Lake Pepin.