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    Minneapolis to Faribault

    Tomorrow I am taking my first out of town trip on my new giant ocr touring bike. I am planning on taking Pilot knob road to farmington and then Hwy 3 all the way to Faribault. I am just wondering if anyone has done this little trip and if my route is ok or is there a better way. Thanks in advance. And oh... in case you are wondering how I have a new giant touring bike scince they dont make them any more. I happend across a lbs that had one still in the box from 2004 and were trying to get rid of it for what I thought was a good deal so I grabbed it.

    Thanks again for any input

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    The Ironman route uses Cedar-Galaxie-Foliage-Eveleth (I think it's Hwy 23) to get from Lakeville to Northfield. It has a nice shoulder and will get you to Hwy 3 in Northfield. You can cut over to Cedar from Pilot Knob on 50 (that's part of the Ironman 30 mile route). I don't really know what's best though. Kudos to you for braving such a trip in this weather. If I go for a ride tomorrow, I am sticking to a known route with plenty of shade.

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    Well I am back. It was not as far as I thought. Only 58.6 Miles from my door in downtown Minneapolis to my parents door in Faribault. It was not bad on the way down until the last 11 miles, from Northfield to Faribault I really felt the wind slowing me down. I only averaged 14 miles an hour on the way down. I came back this morning and with the wind at my back I managed to ave 17.5 mph. Now that I made this trip there and back on two of the hottest days of the year I know I can do this trip anytime I want to and that is a great feeling!! Very liberating, especially scince I dont have a car. This was a great experience and I am glad I went with a beefier touring bike over a lighter more breakable racing bike. I can see that I will probably be going on lots of little trips from now on. Thanks for your feedback Fixed Up North.

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    Quote Originally Posted by giantour
    Well I am back. It was not as far as I thought. SNIP. Now that I made this trip there and back on two of the hottest days of the year I know I can do this trip anytime I want to and that is a great feeling!! Very liberating, especially scince I dont have a car. This was a great experience and I am glad I went with a beefier touring bike over a lighter more breakable racing bike. I can see that I will probably be going on lots of little trips from now on. Thanks for your feedback Fixed Up North.

    Hi giantour and congratulations. Yes, HOT. Could you please set out pretty much your exact route from your door to Faribault? I am interested in making this same ride and then going on south following I-35 into Iowa. I live around 49th & University in (technically Fridley) Minneapolis and I can get to any obvious starting place with no problem. You apparently went over Mendota Heights bridge - 55 - from near Ft. Snelling - so maybe you could start from the south side of that bridge and give me some pointers, please. And thanks very much. Glad you made it safely.

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    so maybe you could start from the south side of that bridge and give me some pointers, please. And thanks very much. Glad you made it safely.[/QUOTE]

    After you cross the hwy 55 bridge there is a tar path (dont know the name of it) And it is literally immediately (like 10 feet) after you veer left off of the bridge...take a right (south) on this path and stay on it till it ends at the junction of pilot knob road and hwy 13. Cross 13 and go south on pilot knob. There is a tar trail along the side of pilot knob rd all the way to farmington. There is a bus transit station on your left at 494 and pilot knob that has restrooms and a great drinking fountain to fill up at. There are 3 gas stations you pass after that on pilot knob and the 3rd one on your left about 180th st I think has a sink that is in the main area by the food and pop so you can fill up there without having to use the gross bathroom sink. Anyway on with the directions. Take pilot knob rd past 195th street where the tar trail actually ends. Stay on pilot knob until it ends in a T with hwy 50 . Take a left (east) on 50 and go through the actual town of farmington. There is a park on your left with a single person restroom big enough to bring your bike into and lock the door behind you. Anyway take 50 to hwy 3 and take a right (south) the shoulders are nice and wide once you get out of town. It is 13 miles from farmington to Northfield then a few miles through town, and then 11 miles from northfield to Faribault. There are plenty of places to stop and eat or get water in northfield also. Just a warning there is NO shade from the end of pilot knob road all the way to Faribault unless you pull off the road and very little shade on Pilot knob rd. Maybe this just seemed like a big deal to me because it was so hot and this was my first out of town trip scince 92 when I rode my mtn bike from college in Mankato home to Faribault.

    Sorry I have a way of making simple directions complicated. Here is a very condensed version.

    Take a left off of bridge go about 10 feet and take a right onto path (going under the bridge).
    Take path (staying to the left) until it ends at 13 and pilot knob.
    Take pilot knob S to hwy 50.
    Take 50 e to hwy 3
    Take 3 south all the way to Faribault.

    Hope this helps any questions at all I will be glad to answer them.

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    I am impressed that you put that kind of milage in this weekend. I wimped out. Have you checked out www.mplsbikelove.com? You might want to put a write-up of your trip/route in the route planning thread. Other locals could benefit from your first-hand experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by giantour
    Hope this helps any questions at all I will be glad to answer them.
    Thank you so much. That is just wonderful information and I had no idea there is a path / trail / etc along Pilot Knob. That makes it so much safer and more pleasant. I am happier about this than I had expected I could be and very grateful to you for turning me on to this. Possibly even as soon as tomorrow I will explore the north end of this route in order to get ready for my tour to Iowa. Getting out of a metro area can be a hassle sometimes and this really is exactly the way I wanted to go. Thanks. See you out there sometime. -jb.

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