The Great Long Fellow Ride...Or NOT?

Sunday June 3, 2018

Hosts: John and Helen Mattsen

This route gets an A+ for being constantly scenic and interesting. (Therefor “great”).

Distance: 35 miles. In years past, this route has been severely plagued by floods, road construction, rock slides, and has been closed off entirely for sanctioned bike criteriums and rock concerts. IF WE CAN’T DO THIS ROUTE, THE RIDE WILL BECOME “THE AIRPORT EXTRAVAGANZA RIDE.” Either way, it will be a day of fun with fellow tandem enthusiasists.

Almost the entire course is on bike trails or in designated bike lanes on city streets. We will be eating at the Longfellow Grill (for which the ride is named). It’s just two miles uphill from the Longfellow Grill to the end of the ride. One mile up the hill is Izzy’s Ice Cream. There isn’t a bad climb on the route.

Here is the route in a flash. We start at Aldine Park near Snelling and Marshall in St. Paul. Summit Avenue past the Cathedral, down through St. Paul on St. Peter Street, across the river on the Wabashaw Street Bridge, down Water Street bike trails to the yacht club, up through Mendota on the bike trail, over the Mendota Bridge to Fort Snelling, through Minnehaha Park, around the lakes, down the Midtown Greenway to the river, over to the Longfellow Grill, and back up Marshall to Aldine Park. (Okay, there is one little hill on Marshall that is steeper than railroad grade).

No maps provided. Riders who need to be guided through the course should be able to maintain, say, 14 mph on flat terrain with no wind. However, anyone who knows the route can travel at any speed they like, and increase or decrease the distance as they please.

Meet at Aldine Park ( GPS reference 1712 Inglehart Avenue, St. Paul). Sunday June 3, 2018, 8:45 AM briefing with 9:00 AM departure. Please RSVP (and give us your cell phone number) by Saturday June 2 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Chili Ride, Woodbury, MN

Sunday September 30th, 2018

Hosts: Rachel & Chris Gilchrist, Lynn Pagliarini & Ralph Hapness

The chili ride will be co-hosted by Chris and Rachel Gilchrist, Lynn Pagliarini and Ralph Hapness at the Gilchrist's in Woodbury, MN. Plan to meet at 10 a.m. for pre-ride refreshments and leave as a group for the ride at about 10:30 a.m. We plan to head in the direction of Afton and anticipate the mileage to be no more than 35 miles with the ability to make the route shorter or longer.

Following the ride we will share a potluck feast featuring chili or soup. Bring your favorite version or try a new one. If chili or soup is not your forte, bring any other culinary delight you want to share (appetizers, bread, salad, and desserts). We have plenty of outlets for crock-pots. We will try to eat around 2:30. Please RSVP by Friday, September 28 and leave an e-mail or phone number so we may contact you if needed.

Please R.S.V.P. Call Chris or Rachel Gilchrist (651 731 8714) or e-mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Location: 1892 Leann Drive, Woodbury, MN 55125
(red house West side of street)


Root Beer Float Ride

Saturday August 25th, 2018

Hosts: Helmut and Joan Porcher

On Saturday, August 25th, Joan and Helmut Porcher will host a ride in the Lake Elmo, Grant Township and Stillwater areas using the Gateway and Brown's Creek State Trails and some county roads. Estimated distance is about 33 miles with shorter and longer options. Briefing at 8:30 am and ride starts at 8:45 am from their home at 4990 Jasper Ave N, Lake Elmo, MN. Refreshments (the ride's name sake) will be available at a yet to be chosen location on the route.

Contact Joan and Helmut Porcher by Friday (8/24) evening at 651-779-8248 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you e-mail or leave us a voice mail message please give us your phone number so we can contact you if the ride needs to be cancelled.

For more information about the Gateway Trail go to:

Rain date: Sunday, August 26th, same time and location.


Enjoy Realife Ride

Saturday July 21st, 2018

Hosts: Linda Sandell & Stan Van Valkenburg

We will head south towards the Mississippi river on the east side, crossing the river on the trail that goes west over I694. We will head north and turn west on 85th Avenue and take a bridge that crosses Hwy 252. Heading west on a trail to Noble Parkway where we will cross Hwy 610. We will then join up with the Rush Creek Regional trail that will take us to the Coon Rapids Dam. We will be following the MRT (Mississippi Regional Trail) from the Dam back to Realife. This is a leisurely, scenic stay together ride. All the trails are paved.

Realife Cooperative
7735 Silver Lake Road
Mounds View, MN 55112
4:00 PM Ride Start (arrive any time after 3:30 pm)
Ring the bell for the Silverview Room in the front entrance.

Approximate ride length will be 25 mi.

After the ride we will enjoy a Potluck in the Realife Silverview party room. A full kitchen is available. We will provide beverages plus wine, beer & coffee.
Guest parking is available in the front lot. If the lot is full, street parking is available on the north side of the building across from the Holiday Gas station. There is also a back lot if needed.

Questions or RSVP appreciated. Call or email.
Linda Sandell
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• 763-226-5687
Stan Van Valkenburg
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• 612-221-1269


Stillwater to Scandia Scamper

Sunday September 16th, 2018

Hosts: Matt Tillotson and Deb Liang

Come join us for a beautiful ride through the St. Croix Valley on Sunday, September 16th! We will start our ride in Stillwater at the corner of 4th Street & Churchill Street near “The Chilkoot Café” (826 4th Street South) – you can get breakfast here or just coffee & espresso!

Be ready to ride by 9:30am. We will have four ride lengths for you to choose from – 39 miles, 33 miles, 27 miles and 17 miles. The 39-mile and 33-mile routes will go through Marine on St. Croix with the longest route going through Scandia.

All routes will utilize the same route out of town and back into town but the 27-mile and 17-mile routes have cut offs for smaller loops and will not go all the way to Marine on St Croix or Scandia.

Marine on St Croix will be holding their annual Art Festival that weekend - - so there will be much to see and do in Marine on St Croix, including the Art Festival, a new yogurt shop & coffee roastery (Surf Yogurt Bar), and a new MN art and crafts store. (HWY North

Be aware – because of the Art Festival, there will be more vehicle traffic to contend with that day.

Upon arriving back in Stillwater, ice cream is available at Nelson’s or lunch is available at Chilkoot Café – or both!

RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday, September 14th so we know who to expect and can contact folks if the ride needs to be cancelled! This a fair-weather ride.



When: Friday evening (gather at hotel) July 6....ride Saturday and Sunday July 7-8, 2018.

Where: Sparta Wisconsin on the Elroy-Sparta Trail (Saturday). Ride the Buffalo River State Park Trail (Sunday) on the way back to Minnesota.

Lodging: Best Western Plus Sparta Trail Lodge: 4445 Theater Road. AARP weekend rate would cost about $250 for both nights taxes included.


THE PLAN! (Weather permitting).

  1. We gather together at the Best Western Friday evening.
  2. If you are not familiar with the Elroy-Sparta Trail, it is characterized by railroad grade climbs in tree lined canopy to a train tunnel....walk through the tunnel (one is 3/4 mile long), and then a descent to another town, all
    on hard packed crushed limestone trails. 700 X 25 tires work fine, but 700 X 28 tires are better. Virtually all bike trails in Wisconsin are crushed limestone.
  3. Convenient Round Trip distances would be 22 miles to Norwalk, about 36 to Wilton, 54 to Kendall, and about 66 to Elroy.
  4. Sunday, on the way back home, we travel to the Buffalo River State Trail, probably getting off of Highway 94 at Osseo, WI. We have never done the trail. We will have things figured out by then.



Because of the cost of the hotel, the distance to Sparta, the weekend commitment, and the relative spur of the moment announcement, we need to know how many tandem teams would attend the event... BY SUNDAY JUNE 24! Not enough interest we cancel the event. Enough people sign up, we can probably come up with a group rate for the hotel.

So, send us an email message with your cell phone number if you are interested in attending this event. John and Helen Mattsen.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.