On my first day off in Willow River, Minnesota, I borrowed the camp director’s bike and explored the area in the early morning. I was having a grand old-time surveying the town (pictures here), when I rolled upon the Willard Munger State Trail bike path. I noticed that the trail went all the way to Duluth, about 56 miles away from where I would get on the bike trail. Since we were going to Duluth for a team trip the next day, I decided to attempt to bike there. Thus, I arose at 6:30, packed four pieces of fruit, water, sunscreen, and my bathing suit, and headed off into the day! I loved biking long distance and I am now inspired to try longer trips in the future. The biggest challenge was a sore butt and the bike being a little big for me…every time that I stopped pedaling or got on the bike, I could barely touch the ground. The next challenge was the fact that I either steered off the bike path either by mistake or I was redirected because of potential flood damage (I will never know). Therefore, during the last 20 miles or maybe a little less, I had to find my own way. I was doing fine until I hit the interstate, but eventually found some hilly country back roads to finish the trip.
This is the only picture from the bike ride that I took during a fruit break. At this moment, I finally found my way after being semi-lost, and was less than 10 miles from my final destination. I was overlooking the town that I wanted to be in, and it was beautiful. The picture doesn’t really do it justice at all…but riding down the hills into Duluth was a lot of fun.
I got back on a downtown Duluth bike trail during the last 2-3 miles and it ended right at the Duluth Public Library. I hopped off the bike, and took this picture:
Much to my luck, my teammates were just finishing up their exploration of the town and were leaving shortly to go swimming…which was the only thing I wanted to do after sweating endlessly for the past 5+ hours. We crossed over to WI and swam in Lake Superior, where the sun was shining and the waves were a-plenty.
After swimming for a while and then getting toasty in the sand, we headed to Fitger’s Brew house back in Duluth. I had a delicious elk burger to conclude the perfect day.
Where should I bike next? Minnesota has a lot of trails!