I posted this in one of the regional sections and got little response. I thought I would try here. I hope that's okay with everybody.
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