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    Root River & Harmaony-Preston Trails Minnesota

    Thinking about spending a weekend or long weekend on these trails with some friends. Any advice on where to stay, what to see, any advice, etc... from those who have ridden this area?

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    Quote Originally Posted by landshark1
    Thinking about spending a weekend or long weekend on these trails with some friends. Any advice on where to stay, what to see, any advice, etc... from those who have ridden this area?
    I have a few pages and pictures from this area: http://stockdell.org/bike_front.html Scroll about half way down the contents.

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    Don't forget the local lefse. It's perfect snack food for biking!

    I think it's made in Rushford, but, during the off-season you can only buy in the local grocery store. During the holidays you can order it bulk. NUM!
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    I had never thought of lefse as a touring food, but since at least some types were designed for long travel it should work very well. I'd love to ride through places where you could get it fresh as a part of meals -- might not be good for me, but I'd love it! When we crank up the holiday baking I may have to try to make enough extra for touring. Of course I'm not sure how to hold off eating it long enough to save some for touring.
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    OMG! You make lefse! So do I! I have a lefse backing pan, and a rolling pin + turning sticks that were hand-carved for my grandmother by her neighbor's husband. We're german, but, when you're living amongst the norwegians, you make lefse. My grandmother taught me how to make it, and, gave me her rolling pin + sticks for turning.

    You have to take small package of lefse. Fresh, homemade lefse will mold pretty easily, since it's moist. My guess is that it would last about a week, max, unrefrigerated.

    This place in Rushford, MN, is great. Next time I'm there I'll try to take photos. The 'factory' is an automated mom-and-pop place. And, they don't use preservatives. Back to the topic, their website features a photo of the Root River Trail + a map of SE MN:

    http://www.norslandlefse.com/
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    Now I absolutely have to go there. If for nothing else than to discover what Lefse is! :-) Thanks for all of your replies.

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    There's also a German wurst haus in Lanesboro.

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    Lefse is a flatbread very similar to tortillas, except made from potatoes, flour, and butter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by landshark1
    Thinking about spending a weekend or long weekend on these trails with some friends. Any advice on where to stay, what to see, any advice, etc... from those who have ridden this area?
    I've camped at the Old Barn Resort in the past and the location is near the Root River and Harmony trail junctions which is handy for day rides out and back on either. It is also only a 3 or 4 mile hop to Lanseboro which has some interesting things to see.

    A very scenic trail with much to see in the area - a great destination for biking.

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    Has anyone tested out the fishing there? I suppose I could get a pack fly-rod onto the bike.

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