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Anyone done Lake Itasca to TCs?

Old 07-02-13, 06:40 PM
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Anyone done Lake Itasca to TCs?

Looking to do my second multi-day tour and thinking of biking from Ashland to Lake Itasca, MN then to the TCs then back up this way (actually Washburn, WI). Would like to hear from anyone familiar with the route. A couple weeks ago I did from here (Washburn, WI) to the TCs and most of the way back. Have a hankerin' to do more.

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You provided some places, but not a specific route.

any moons ago, I did ACA's Northern Tier tour. We spent a couple of nights at Lake Istasca S.P. From there, we rode north to Bemidji and then then eventually to the TC. Don't remember the exact route, but I know we stayed in Pennington (Kitchi Lake, I think), Grand Rapids, Palisade, Mile Lacs (Father Henipen S.P.) and Osceola, WI, not necessarily in that order. I remember coming down the St. Croix after crossing back into MN from Osceola and then cutting over to the TC, arriving in town using some bike trail(s).

Here is an overview of ACA's route network:


The different option on the Nothern Tier in MN may be helpful.
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