Ride this weekend
From the Gitchi-Gami Trail Association
The 14th Annual Gitchi-Gami Trail Association North Shore Bike Ride will take place on Saturday. The recreational bike ride will once again begin and end in Gooseberry Falls State Park, located between Two Harbors and Silver Bay, on Highway 61.
Because of road construction scheduled this summer, this year’s ride has some important changes from prior years. The regular 28-mile ride – out and back on the Gitchi-Gami State Trail (GGST) from Gooseberry through Split Rock Lighthouse State Park to Beaver Bay – will take place as usual. However, the 37-mile and 55-mile loops will not be options this year. A 34-mile option will take riders out and back on the new GGST trail segment from Beaver Bay to Silver Bay. Because the trail is not complete from the Beaver Bay end to Highway 61, this route will entail a short ride on the highway (marked and separated from the highway traffic lane) and a mile of gravel road – ½ mile each way on the West Road. As an added attraction this year, the GGTA has made special arrangements for riders to tour Split Rock Lighthouse. The historic site, operated by the Minnesota Historical Society, is right off the GGST at the top of the park drive. Entry is free with ride registration (the usual cost is $9). As always, registered riders will also receive a free entry pass to Gooseberry, which is also good for free admission to all state parks on ride day. The ride begins at 9 a.m. Riders are requested to depart by 10 a.m. Parking for the ride is in a lot inside Gooseberry Falls State Park. Snacks and refreshments will be provided at the Beaver Bay rest stop. Mechanical, emergency and sag support will be provided. All adult riders will receive an artist-designed t-shirt, and younger riders will receive water bottles. More information is available on the Gitchi-Gami Trail Association (GGTA) website, www.ggta.org. On the website, riders can register for the ride online and can also download mail-in registration forms. Ride brochures with registration forms are also available along the North Shore.Bikers are welcome to register on ride day, but cannot be guaranteed a t-shirt. Proceeds from the ride benefit the GGTA, a nonprofit organization working with the Minnesota Departments of Transportation and Natural Resources, and the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission, in the planning, construction, maintenance, and promotion of the GGST.When completed, the Gitchi-Gami State Trail will be an 88-mile non-motorized, multi-use, paved recreational trail between Two Harbors and Grand Marais, paralleling Lake Superior’s North Shore. Several segments of the trail, totaling over 28 miles, are complete.