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Cross-country via the MRT - 2012


Canada to The Gulf of Mexico along the MRT

2,244 miles (3,611 km) over 34 days from May 18, 2012 to June 20, 2012

Topic: Bicycle Touring  
Categories: Tour diaries, Road bikes, 1-3 months
Locales: North America, United States, Minnesota, Beltrami, Bemidji, Louisiana, Orleans, New Orleans
Year: 2012

Permalink: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/9645

Copyright © 2012-2014 By Bobby Rone - (contact)

Status: Completed Jun 2012
Last update: Friday June 22, 2012 08:38 (US/Pacific)
14,666 hits since February 1, 2012 (hitcounts updated nightly)
243 pics


Table of Contents

Ride Planning

The Riders and Logistics

Getting started: Meeting at Neil's house and the long drive north

Day 1- International Falls, MN to Blackduck, MN: The great adeventure begins - bite your tongue, Huck Finn!

Day 2 - Blackduck, MN to Itasca State Park, MN: First view of the Mississippi

Day 3 - Itasca State Park to Bemidji, MN: Great scenery, nice town

Day 4 - Bemidji, MN to Grand Rapids, MN: Bald eagles and rain

Day 5 - Grand Rapids to Deerwood, MN: Washout!!!!!

Day 6 - Deerwood, MN to St Cloud MN: Chilly start, great ride!

Day 7 - St Cloud, MN to Minneapolis, MN: Another rainy day

Day 8 - Minneapolis, MN to Prescott, WI: Into the second state

Day 9 - Prescott, WI to Fountain City, WI: Wisconsin bluffs

Day 10 - Fountain City to Ferryville: Bike Trails!

Day 11- Ferryville, WI to Cassville, WI: Hills!

Day 12 - Cassville, WI to Bellevue, IA: Another washout as we go into our third state

Day 13 - Bellevue, IA to Davenport, IA: Chills and Hills!!!

Day 14 - Davenport to Oquawka: Into the fourth state

Day 15 - Oquawka, IL to Keokuk, IA: Pleasant country ride!

Day 16 - Keokuk, IA to Hannibal, MO: Into tne fifth state - Mark Twain lives!

Day 17 - Hannibal, MO to Grafton, IL: Peaceful farm country and Illinois hills

Day 18 - Grafton, IL to Crystal City, MO: St Louis blues - but the first grits!

Day 19 - Crystal City, Mo to Fruitland, MO: Hills and rumble strips

Day 20 - Fruitland, MO to Charleston, MO: Ozark Hills

Day 21 - Charleston, MO to Reelfoot Lake, TN: Two new states

Day 22 - Reelfoot Lake, TN to Covington, TN: Out in the country

Day 23 - Covington, TN to Memphis, TN: Hills, humidity, and VERY scenic route

Day 24 - Memphis, TN to Helena, AR: Ooops! Rain again!

Day 25 - Helena, AR to Greenville, MS: Our 9th state, along the Mississippi Blues highway

Day 26 - Greenville, MS to Vicksburg, MS: Out of the delta

Day 27 - Vicksburg, MS to Natchez, MS: Vicksburg, MS to Natchez, MS

Day 28 - Natchez, MS to New Roads, LA: Into the last state

Day 29 - New Roads to Donaldsonville: Plantations

Day 30 - Donaldsonville, LA to New Orleans, LA: Across the spillway and into the French Quarter

Day 31 New Orleans, LA to the Gulf of Mexico: Aborted ride to the Gulf

Final thoughts


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