Join the ride at Gooseberry
The 10th annual Gitchi-Gami Trail Association North Shore Bike Ride begins and ends at Gooseberry Falls State Park Aug. 21. About 28 miles of the ride is on the paved Gitchi-Gami State Trail.
Bike riders will meet at Gooseberry and need an annual state park vehicle sticker or a daily vehicle pass (provided by the association). The daily permit is also good for other state parks on that day only. Bikers should follow the park signs to reach the ride registration and parking areas.
Registration will begin at 9 a.m. and continue to 10:30. All riders are requested to depart by then. There will be two ride options: a 28 mile shorter trip and a longer 55- mile route. Both rides will follow the Gitchi-Gami through Split Rock Light House State Park and along the North Shore to a rest stop in Beaver Bay, a distance of 14 miles where short-route riders will turn around. The longer route riders will then ride County Road 4 and the Lax Lake Road to Highway 1 to a rest stop near Highway 61 and back to Gooseberry.
The ride allows bikers to enjoy rest stops and to turn around at any spot along the way and to return to the starting point. Adult riders will receive a T-shirt regardless of the length of the ride and younger riders will receive a water bottle.
Registration is $35. Registration for children under age 15 is $5 with a paid adult.
Snacks and refreshments will be provided at rest stops and post-ride. Mechanical, emergency, and support will be provided. All riders must wear helmets and complete and sign a disclaimer form. One form must be completed for each rider.
Ride questions can be addressed to Charlie Michels at (218) 226-3720 or by email to Annualride@GGTA.org. Bikers can check out the Web site at www.GGTA.org for further information, to register online or to download registration forms. Completed forms and checks should be sent to GGTA, P.O. Box 74, Silver Bay, MN 55614.
Share the road
Up to 210 bicyclists will take to the roads in the region Aug. 18-21 as they participate in the fifth annual Bicycling Around Minnesota (BAM) bicycle ride. It includes a stop in Two Harbors. Motorists are urged to make the experience safe and more enjoyable by sharing the road with the bicyclists. Bicycles are legal vehicles on Minnesota roads and they have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists. When passing a bicycle, motor vehicles should leave at least three feet of clearance until safely past the bicycle. Bicyclists may ride two abreast on roadways as long as it does not impede reasonable movement of traffic.
Bicycling Around Minnesota-BAM was organized in 2006 to promote safe bicycling on scenic roads in Minnesota; promote tourism and physical fitness; and to educate motorists and bicyclists on "Share the Road." The four-day tour will start in Cloquet the morning of Aug. 18 with overnight stays scheduled in Two Harbors, Virginia and Eveleth. Each day participants will bike approximately 65-70 miles on low-traffic roads. "Bicyclists Ahead" signs will help alert motorists that they may encounter BAM riders.