Since it is National Bike month and I have a team riding in the National Bike Challenge I brought my bike to International Falls the other day. Knowing my business there wouldn't take all afternoon, I decided to check out the Rainy Lake Bike Trail. What little information I could find out about it on the web said it was a 12 mile long bike trail. And in some places I did find a trail:
However much of the 12 miles in reported length, is more of a bike route following Highway 11 out to the Rainy Lake Visitor's Center. While it still is a very scenic place to pedal I much prefer riding on the trail where there is less traffic to be concerned about. The portion of the trail that runs between International Falls and Ranier crosses several driveways and is not all that special, except for the nice view from the bridge:
Even though it was not exactly what I was expecting to find, it is awlay great to get out and explore some new areas by bike. Enjoy your next pedal!