Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Northern Minnesota
Bikes: 11 steel, 1 scandium, 1 carbon
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I live near Grand Rapids on the River Road, so I'm somewhat familiar with the options.
Highway 6 is way West for you, but it is less busy than 169, which is the most direct route. 6 has some very narrow, shoulderless sections, so use caution.
Consider HWY 65 to Jacobson, then left on 200 for about a mile, then right on Great River Road to Grand Rapids. The River Road has wide bike lanes both sides from Jacobson to GR and parallels the Mississippi. The entire route (65 and River Road) is scenic.
I don't know of any back-road route from South to North, but 65 is not too bad on Monday through Thursday. The River Road is always sparse.
Let us know how it goes!