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Old 04-25-05, 09:50 AM
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Hi all, I'm looking to do 2 weeks or so in northern MN this August, starting most likely from Duluth. Places to go? Things to see/avoid? How are the cycling conditions along the coast on highway 61?
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I don't know about the cycling conditions first hand but have driven the route on my way to and fro Canada. It is very pretty route and appears to have bike lanes/paths along at least part of the way in the touristy and State park areas. Many parts of the road have been repaved in recent years. Watch for wildlife, I have seen bears, moose , and wolves along this stretch. You might check with MN dept of tourism or transportation.
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check out temperance river, which is a *****in river carved out of an old lava flow, about 70 miles north of duluth. Well worth the effort. Also stop by gooseberry falls, somewhere in the same area. I miss living in minnesota.
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If you go west instead of north, the area around Walker/Bemidji and Itasca state park is very nice. That's quite a ways from Duluth and doesn't sound like the direction you are headed though. Northern MN is one of the most beautiful places around. That I grew up in that area has no influence on my opinion I'm sure .

Have a great trip.
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I'll do some looking at the links I have on my lap top and get you some links to some great stuff up there. The DNR puts out a couple good maps on the bike routes throughout MN, and there are some great ones up in that area, that connect in an offhand way with the cities. One site that's my favorite is the only gas station Frank Lloyd Wright ever designed in Cloquet, MN it is South west of Duluth. There are some awesome single track MTB to take in as well.

https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/

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Just about all the rivers that Hwy 61 crosses are cool, there are some great waterfalls, some reached by short hikes from the road / waysides. Temperence, Baptism, Caribou & more.

The other 'major' sites would be the split rock lighthouse & cascade head. Both are worth a quick detour.

Where do you plan to stay? Campgrounds are very full, particularly on weekends. State Parks take reservations, but you have to plan in advance. I prefer forest service campgrounds, but plan to arrive early - particularly on weekends. It might be worth claiming a site on a Thurs & doing day trips on Fri/Sat from that site.

quick trivia:
how did the Temperance River get its name?
Because there's no bar at its mouth...

One more thing: in August, bring bug spray!
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Geezus you people.....arent you forgetting the most important thing.....MOSQUITO SPRAY!!!!!!!!!!!!
I miss going up there. Beautiful place! Whatever you do.......stay........away........from.....Ely. One word........D-E-L-I-V-E-R-A-N-C-E.
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