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Old 01-06-14, 11:41 AM   #1
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Cycling in Minnesota (Road)

We are planning a trip with road bikes to Minnesota this summer (2014). We bring our own bikes. We are looking at some of the Rails To Trails trails. We are looking at the longer trails. Hartland State Trail (from Park Rapids to Cass Lake) looks nice as does the Central Lakes State Trail (from Osakis to Fergis Falls). We plan to stay in one location for about a week and ride from there. Can anybody recommend either of these trails (or another)? With that recommendation can you suggest where we should call home base? Also, what is the best time in the summer for great weather? We live in South Central Texas so I don't like cold weather. Thanks
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weatherspark.com has a yearly averages page for many cities. There's a lot of graphs of temperature, rain, sunlight hours, humidity, etc.

For instance, Park Rapids MN

Average high and low temperatures:



precipitation probabilities at some point in a day:

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Google maps shows bike trails in dark green when the Bicycling option is selected.

Wow, Minnesota has a lot of trails, and many of them link together.
Here's a central MN map. Zoom way in, and the trail's name is repeated down the green line.

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We are planning a trip with road bikes to Minnesota this summer (2014). We bring our own bikes. We are looking at some of the Rails To Trails trails. We are looking at the longer trails. Hartland State Trail (from Park Rapids to Cass Lake) looks nice as does the Central Lakes State Trail (from Osakis to Fergis Falls). We plan to stay in one location for about a week and ride from there. Can anybody recommend either of these trails (or another)? With that recommendation can you suggest where we should call home base? Also, what is the best time in the summer for great weather? We live in South Central Texas so I don't like cold weather. Thanks
wish she I could answer more questions but I'm a pretty new rider here. Regardless, last year was my first summer here and the best weather was mid July to mid august with the hottest weather (mid 90s) in the last half of August. Otherwise the summer was anywhere between mid 70s-80s with low humidity and a breeze.

I did did hear that itasca state park has some great riding.
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