Some Trails To Consider

It was a beautiful day Saturday, May 21,
There was no wind to speak of, a breeze at most.
The sun was out and it was warm, but not hot.

We weren't the only cyclists on the Wobegon Saturday.
We weren’t the only cyclists on the Wobegon Saturday.

Not bad for May in Minnesota — especially considering there had been frost warnings the previous weekend.
In all, it was a pretty darn nice day to spend on the Lake Wobegon Regional Trail.
So my wife, Sofia, and I drove to Holdingford and biked from there to the Blanchard Dam on the Mississippi — a round trip of nearly 22 miles (partly on the Soo Line Trail) and sort of a tradition for Sofia and I.
For the past three or four years, we’ve biked that stretch of trail, often stopping at Jordie’s Trailside Cafe in Bowlus for lunch.
There are lots of bridges on the trail over everything from creeks to the Mississippi.
There are lots of bridges on the trail over everything from creeks to the Mississippi.

This time we skipped Jordie’s so we’d be hungry enough for supper at Mongo’s, a Mongolian restaurant in St. Cloud.
The Wobegon Trail is one of three trails that stretch from just south of Little Falls to Fergus Falls, a distance of more than 150 miles.
The trails are generally in good shape, although we encountered long stretches Saturday that had cracks in the middle.
But there are also areas with brand new pavement. There is information on the Wobegon website about damage to the trail near Melrose.
There’s also information on the website about trail events that might be worth checking by anyone who wants to participate or avoid crowds.
We've been there several times, but Blanchard Dam on the Mississippi is worth the ride.
We’ve been there several times, but Blanchard Dam on the Mississippi is worth the ride.

Trails throughout the state allow hikers, bikers, rollerbladers and those who enjoy some other non-motorized modes of travel to go for miles without having to deal with vehicular traffic.
The Soo Line, Wobegon, Central Lakes trail combination is only an hour’s drive from Willmar and offers anything from rides of few hours — what Sofia and I did Saturday — to a couple days of riding.
You should try them out this summer.