The official start location:
To prove I was there and to note the OFFICIAL START
It starts to flow from the lake and continues on. It's pretty easy to play in the river here.
The beginning of the "trail" is on (good) county roads. The state of Minnesota has put up 640 of these:
Where the owner of the Lake Itasca State Park bike shop lives (really):
Crossing the (not so) mighty Mississippi
and on it flows
The brutal south wind was gone today. Too bad--I went north a lot. The wind was a mild westerly which did proved a tailwind at times. The most pleasant thing all day was the aromas. The lush forest within the park was so nice I rode a few extra miles there before heading for Bemidji. The sights and smells of the maples,, oaks, sumacs and sundry vegetation was about as calming and enjoyable as any bike ride I have done.
Once I left the park, I was still blessed by little or no traffic and the pine forests that lined many of the roads provided yet another sensory delight.
I cruised into Bemidji just a few minutes behind Cathy. She had located a nice restaurant where we had our "Celebrate the start of the MRT" dinner. She had been craving walleye pike for years and I could see why.
It's a long day tomorrow from Bemidji to Grand Rapids (I had to connect with the route from the border). Data follows: