Cycling

New this year!  If you like cycling in beautiful environments then this trip is for you. You'll get to experience two of the areas premier biking trails:  Great River State Trail and the Root River & Harmony-Preston Valley State Trails.

More about the Great River State Trail, from Bike Trails.net
Bird-watching is a special attraction along the Great River trail, which passes through portions of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge and the Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge. Eagles and pelicans can be spotted in the latter refuge.

Eighteen bridges along the trail's 22.5 mile length have been upgraded to accommodate bicycles. They cross several waterways including the Black River, Shingle Creek, Tank Creek and Halfway Creek. Bottomland areas provide an excellent opportunity to observe many wildlife species including songbirds, ducks, great blue heron, egrets, deer, squirrels and raccoons. The Great River State Trail is a great place for recreation, bird watching and fun!

More about the Root River State Trail from Landesboro.com
This trail offers 60 miles of outstanding views of soaring limestone bluffs and Fillmore County’s rural landscape. Wildlife is abundant and sightings of wild turkey, deer, hawks, and turkey vultures are common. Built on abandoned railroad grade, the Root River Bike Trail is level for more than 27 of the 60 miles.

Dates: Sunday, August 26- Friday, August 31
Participant Max: 10

Cost: $395

Special Requirements:   Must provide your own bike, be in good physical condition and be able to cycle 30+ miles or more a day.

Experience needed: None, but basic cycling skills would be helpful

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE
Day 1:  Great River State Trail
This day is used to ensure everyone is comfortable on their bikes and will include some basic bike maintenance instruction.  The group will start cycling from campus and will ride on the Great River State trail north to Trempealeau and back.  Participant will stay in their residence hall for the night.

Day 2: Root River Trail
The group will start in Harmony, MN and cycle north/east to the fun little town of Lanesboro, MN where you'll camp for the night.

Day 3: Root River Trail
The group will continue to travel east along the Root River Trail heading towards Houston MN where you'll camp for the night.

Day 4: Root River Trail
The final day.  The group will continue east along the Root River Trail heading towards the Mississippi and the final our destination Peterson, MN.