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All Aboard--Fall Color Bike Train from Duluth to Two Harbors

September 15 Update

The train is officially sold out but within our group we have two extra tickets so if you would like to join us please let me know.  Cost of a ticket is $20.

Emily's restaurant suggested that we make reservations so if you DO NOT want to stop at Emily's for lunch on our way from Two Harbors to Duluth please let me know by Tuesday and the group will not stop there.  Otherwise I will make reservations for the group.

Remember to be at the Train Station by 10:00 am so that you will have time to pick up your ticket and get your bike loaded.   Unlike your hospitable and flexible ride leaders, the train will not wait for you and will depart at 10:30.

If you have questions please email or call me at[masked]-2818.

August 1 Update

As of July 31 there are only 3 tickets left for the train ride so if you are interested in this trip it is time to get on board (no pun intended).  This ride is not about distance or speed but is to enjoy the journey.  There will be stops along the way to view nature's splendors.  We will be biking on the North Shore Scenic Drive (old highway 61).  Shoulders are usually wide and terrain probably has some gentle rolling hills.  There is car traffic on the road but it moves at a slower pace than the main road.  I will be doing a scouting/exploratory trip to Duluth in the next couple of weeks and will be able to provide more information on this trip  after my return.

 

Grab your bike and board the North Shore Scenic Railroad in Duluth for a one way trip to Two Harbors and then bike the famous and beautiful Scenic Highway 61 back to Duluth. Tickets are $20 and includes safe storage for your bike while on the train. As of 7/15 there are about 12 seats left on the train so if you are interested in doing this trip don't delay in purchasing your train tickets. Tickets can be purchased on their web site: http://www.northshorescenicrailroad.org/Home/Home.asp CLick on Train Rides/Special Excursions. Make sure you choose the Bike Train to Two Harbors train. You are responsible for purchasing your train ticket and for making your own travel plans on getting to and staying in Duluth. As people RSVP we can discuss and attempt to coordinate everyone's travel plans. I will probably go up Saturday morning, stay in Duluth on Saturday night and possibly bike part of the Willard Munger trail on Sunday. Questions--call me[masked] or post a comment.  The bike ride from Two Harbors to Duluth will be about 25 miles.

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  • Cathy

    Fantastic ride!!! Thanks so much Marilynn. We had perfect weather and great people to ride with. Nothing could be better. :)

    September 24, 2013

  • JZ

    Sorry, Tamsie. What happens on the train, stays on the train. ;-)

    1 · September 22, 2013

  • tamsie

    I'm curious what "getting stoned" is all about.....Do tell!

    September 22, 2013

  • tamsie

    Well done Marilyn! Sounds like a great time.

    September 22, 2013

    • Marilynn I

      Thanks Tamsie but I don't take all the credit. The ride was really a group effort in that all the attendees made it successful. Without them it would have been a lonely, solo ride and not nearly as much fun. I can't thank everyone enough for taking a chance on a new idea and joining me.

      1 · September 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll cast my vote for best bike ride of the season right now. Just a terrific outing! Thanks Marilynn.

    1 · September 21, 2013

  • Diane

    Loved this ride!!!

    September 21, 2013

  • JZ

    Thanks, Marilynn, for hosting a great ride. The weather was perfect and the people were very nice and fun loving. It was a blast and I have new perspective on "getting stoned." Too funny.

    September 21, 2013

    • Diane

      HaHa!!!

      September 21, 2013

  • Marilynn I

    Thanks everyone for coming and sharing such a wonderful, perfect day. I agree with JZ--'getting stoned' has taken on a whole new meaning. Still laughing.

    September 21, 2013

  • Michelle

    Perfect day, perfect company :-)

    September 21, 2013

  • Marilynn I

    We still have two tickets available for the train ride. Forecast for Duluth on Saturday is 60s and sunny. What better way to spend the last day of summer than to bike the North Shore with your friends? Please let me know if you are interested.

    September 18, 2013

    • Gina

      I could use one of the two extra tickets, if it is still available.

      September 20, 2013

    • Marilynn I

      Hi Gina. We do still have 2 tickets. I will reserve one for you. Glad you are joining us. It will be a fun adventure.

      September 20, 2013

  • Joy Marie Z

    I'm disappointed that I won't be joining you. Have a great time!!!! I'm hoping the weather holds out as I will be up there on Wednesday to ride.

    September 19, 2013

  • Marilynn I

    I was unable to get a reservation for lunch at Emily's. The only available were 12:30 and 3:30, neither of which worked for us. I don't know of any other restaurants along the way so please plan your food requirements accordingly and maybe consider bringing a lunch or snacks to eat on the train. If anyone knows of another place where we could eat please let me know. See you Saturday.

    September 19, 2013

  • Peter L

    Merilyn,
    I like to come, but like to secure lodging first, where are people staying?

    September 16, 2013

    • Marilynn I

      Peter,
      That is a great question and I wish I could give you a 100% answer but I can't. I know some are camping at Spirit Mountain, some are staying in their close by summer homes and some are making it a day trip. I am going up Friday and am uncertain if I am staying Saturday. On Friday I am staying in Proctor. Maybe some of the other attendees will share/post their plans.

      September 16, 2013

  • Cathy

    For those of you staying overnight on Sat - do you want to get together for a bon fire at our campsite?

    September 16, 2013

  • Kathy

    Marilyn,
    What is going to speed of the ride? Don and might be interested, but I don't know.

    September 15, 2013

    • Marilynn I

      Hi Kathy. The terrain has some rolling hills so it is difficult to predict an overall average speed. However on the flat land we will be going 13 - 15.

      September 16, 2013

  • Renae O

    I have a ticket available if anyone is interested. I have a memorial service to attend.

    September 14, 2013

    • Marilynn I

      Hi Barb. Renae's ticket is still available. In fact, there are 2 tickets available. If interested please let me know.

      September 16, 2013

  • Diane

    I am biking with a friend of mine, but we will be making this a day trip and not be staying overnight. Hoping for a beautiful day!

    September 14, 2013

  • JZ

    Hey, Marilynn. I may have two extra tickets for this event. Do you have a waiting list or is anyone else interested? Please let me know. Thanks!

    1 · August 31, 2013

    • Diane

      I am interested in the extra tickets if you still have them. Please let me know! [masked]-6656. Thanks!

      September 14, 2013

    • Diane

      YAY! We are in! Looking forward to the ride!

      September 14, 2013

  • Marilynn I

    This adventure is less than two weeks away. The train is sold out however I have one extra ticket and JZ had a couple of extra tickets. If you plan on coming but have not yet purchased a ticket please contact one of us. Price is $20 each. The train ride is two hours. I think we should stop for lunch somewhere along the route back to Duluth. Someone suggested Emily's which is located near the Knife River intersection on Scenic Highway 61. If anyone else has a suggestion for lunch please let me know.

    September 8, 2013

  • Marilynn I

    Update on the villa reserved at Spirit Mountain. I need two more firm commitments by Wednesday, 8/27 in order to keep this reservation. Two more would make a total of four in the villa. Cost per person for two nights would be $86. Please let me know if you are interested in staying with Renae and me in the villa. To check out the villa go to http://www.mtvillas.com/villa14.shtml

    August 25, 2013

    • Joy Marie Z

      Hello! Looks like I will be going to Duluth twice the week after so I think that I better change my RSVP. Have an awesome ride!!!!

      August 25, 2013

  • Marilynn I

    I was able to reserve the last unit at the Mountain Villas at Spirit Mountain for Friday and Saturday. The unit has 2 bedrooms, 2 baths and a kitchen. Check it out here:http://www.mtvillas.com/villa14.shtml
    I'm willing to sleep on an air mattress so we could sleep 5 people with no one having to share a bed/sofa sleeper. If someone was willing to share the queen bed we could sleep 6. The total cost for two nights was $344. The cost for 5 people would be $69, 6 people $59 and 4 people-$86. In order to keep costs to a minimal I won't go with less than 4 people. Let me know if you are interested in staying here. If I don't have firm commitments (check/cash in hand) from 3 additional people by 8/25 I will be cancelling the reservation.

    August 5, 2013

    • Renae O

      Hey Marilynn, I'd like a spot. I don't mind paying a bit more for less people in the unit. Let me know where to send the check!

      1 · August 5, 2013

    • Marilynn I

      Sounds good. No money needs to be exchanged until a couple of more people show interest in the villas.

      August 6, 2013

  • Marilynn I

    I don't know if people plan to make this a day trip or an overnight trip but for those who are planning an overnight stay I have some information to pass on. If you enjoy camping, Spirit Mountain Campgrounds is an option. One of the attendees has already reserved a site there.

    Hotel rooms are available in Duluth. If you plan on this don't hesitate in making a reservation as some hotels are already sold out.

    Information continued in next post.

    August 5, 2013

  • Marilynn I

    As of August 5 the train is sold out. If you signed up for this trip but did not purchase a train ticket I'm sorry to say that you will not be joining us. If this happened to you, in order to enable me to better plan this trip please change your RSVP to No. Thanks.

    August 5, 2013

  • Lisa B.

    I'd love to do this trip also, but I'll be camping and hiking north of Grand Marais that weekend.

    August 3, 2013

  • tamsie

    Marilynn this sounds like a really unique and fun adventure! Wish I could join you....

    August 2, 2013

  • Renae O

    Ticket confirmed! Thanks for the reminder Marilynn!

    August 2, 2013

  • Cathy

    We are camping at Spirit Mtn for the weekend. Train Tickets purchased for 10:30 am Sat 9/21.

    July 30, 2013

  • Mary

    I know this is a 25 mile ride, but can you comment on how difficult the ride is? Lots of up-hill riding??

    July 16, 2013

  • Angela

    Is this biking on the shoulder of old 61? or on a path? I didn't see information on the website.

    July 16, 2013

    • Marilynn I

      Hi Angela, Biking will be on the shoulder of highway 61.

      July 16, 2013

  • Jaime M.

    Oh my goodness! I would love to do this but I'm booked that weekend! So sad. Is this an annual trip? I would love the chance to do this ride in the future.

    July 16, 2013

    • Marilynn I

      Hi Jaime, This is the first time that this ride has been posted. A repeat of this ride will probably depend on how well this time goes.

      July 16, 2013

  • Joy Marie Z

    I would love to join you on Sunday as well.

    July 16, 2013

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