The Adventures of Grandma & Grandpa

One big world, 2 bikes, 6 grandchildren many postcards…

Minnesota’

Goodbye Mississippi

Sunday would be the day we say goodbye to the Mississippi River. It was spitting with rain as we decamped. By the time we were ready to go, the thunder and lightening was getting ever closer, so we just made it to the park shelter in time before the heavens opened. We were sharing the… Read More

Goodbye Old Friend

This is the final leg of our Mississippi River Trail adventure. Setting off from Brainerd we used a good cycle path out of town until it ran out at the Mississippi bridge 7 miles from town. Bob Robinson’s book says that there are plans to extend it to Crow Wing State Park but it is… Read More

Paul Bunyan – Fact or Fiction

Our stay at Itasca was mixed, but we did meet our first fellow touring cyclist, Frank, who was cycling from Maine to Seattle. Good luck, hope you reach your goal. We set off from the park and, if this were a day when everything could go wrong, it did. First, my ailing Mongoose defaulted to… Read More

I don’t like Sundays…

Tomorrow is Sunday and you will soon know why we don’t like Sundays in Minnesota. We left Grand Rapids after our Super8 breakfast easily along the MRT.  Once again, the weather was in stark contrast, cold, windy and wet. The ride to Bena would have been a doddle if not for the north wind. It’s… Read More

Mighty Mississippi??

Tom Sawyer, Hucklebury Finn, Steamboats and huge metal bridges are our lasting memories of the giant Mississippi from New Orleans to Memphis. Now, our view from Aitkin, Minnesota is a new baby muddy, barely 30 metres across. Now we are on the MRT properly heading for Palisade 25 miles away. We took the alternative route… Read More

Casinos… But no cows!

Wisconsin is the Dairy State of the USA, yet all the farmland we pass is corn and more corn for as far as the eye can see. So where are all the milk and cheese producing cows? Sadly, they don’t get to graze in lush green fields, cooped up in huge grain fed sheds instead.… Read More

What made Milwaukee famous..?

This will not be the last reference to Rod Stewart songs or beer! Our cycle trip this June started from Chicago O’Hare and we were heading across Wisconsin to Minnesota and the Mississippi headwaters. It could not have been a more perfect start. A few miles from our airport motel, we joined the Des Planes… Read More