The ride will leave promptly at 11:00. Please arrive with tires pumped and be ready to ride.
We will ride through historic Swede Hollow, under the shadows of the Hamm's Brewery (brewery #1) on the Bruce Vento Trail, then along the shores of Lake Phalen where we will meet the Gateway Trail that will take us to the Brown's Creek Trail and into Stillwater.
In Stillwater we will take a well deserved break at the Maple Island Brewery (http://mapleislandbrewing.com/) (brewery #2), where we will enjoy a cold draft brew and some food before we head back. Not into craft beer? No problem, right next door is the Northern Vineyards Winery (https://www.northernvineyards.com/), and PD Pappy's (https://www.pdpappysonline.com/) is just a block north. When refreshed, we will follow the same trails back to St. Paul.
This ride will be at your own pace, as the ride is basically out and back. For those that would like a faster pace, feel free to break from the group, but, watch for the trail junctions, as you will be on your own. That said, someone will be at each trail junction to be sure our leisurely riders will not miss a turn and be left behind.
The round trip from the St. Paul start to Maple Island and back is about 40 miles. A bit much? No problem. Our route will take us past No. St. Paul's Rotary Park (https://www.google.com/maps/place/Rotary+Park,+Gateway+State+Trail,+North+St+Paul,+MNfirstname.lastname@example.org,-93.0011292,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x52b2d3bc2306f879:0x5b8c586ce2d98282!8m2!3d45.0117537!4d-92.9994487?hl=en). For those who would like a shorter route, you can join us at Rotary Park. It will take the riders from St. Paul about 40 to 45 minutes to ride to the park, so be ready to depart the park by 12:00 noon. Its about 24 miles round trip from Rotary Park.
What about that 3rd brewery you say? Well, those riders who began in St. Paul will enjoy a 7 mile downhill run from Rotary Park to our parking lot. The Flat Earth Brewery ( http://flatearthbrewing.com/ ) is just a short 2 minute jaunt away.
For those who end their ride at Rotary Park and want to enjoy the great patio and music of the Flat Earth, No problem. The brewery is just a short 6 mile (15 minute) drive. Here are the directions.(https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Rotary+Park,+Gateway+State+Trail,+North+Saint+Paul,+MN/Flat+Earth+Brewing+Company,+688+Minnehaha+Ave+E,+St+Paul,+MNemail@example.com,-93.0715464,13z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x52b2d3bc2306f879:0x5b8c586ce2d98282!2m2!1d-92.9994487!2d45.0117537!1m5!1m1!1s0x87f62bb996b3e6c7:0xd851fc9203bd4555!2m2!1d-93.0716083!2d44.962711!3e0?hl=en).
This is not a rain or shine event. Clouds are OK, but eminent rain, No. In case of cancellation due to bad weather an email will be sent few hours before the start time to all who have RSVP-ed. So, please RSVP.