"Camping" & Biking the Paul Bunyan Trail

Melanie and I had planned a camping/biking trip for our adventure this weekend, but it turned into more of a “camping” trip. Why the quotes? Well, let’s just say we added a few stops to our agenda that you don’t find on most camping trips.

We were planning to leave town ASAP friday night after work since it was at least a 2 hour drive to the campground. But as I mounted my bicycle to start the ride home after work, I found that I had a flat tire. I had to cal Mel to come give me and my lame bike a ride home. So we were off to a late start. By the time we were on the road, we were on track to arrive at the campground around 10:00 pm. We didn’t want to have to bother with cooking in the dark, so our first stop on our “camping” trip was at Arby’s.

We arrived at Rock Lake Campground in the dark, just in time to pitch the tent and fall asleep. We woke up, broke camp, and were back on the road. As we passed through the town of Brainerd, we realized we hadn’t had any breakfast, so the next stop on our “camping” trip was Perkins!

After breakfast, we’re finally ready to begin our bike trip. Here’s a photo of us before we start.
The Paul Bunyan Trail is a former freight-rail corridor, so its mostly straight, very flat, and extremely easy to ride.
A few miles into our trip, it started raining. We tried to tough it out for a while, but when it became clear that the rain wasn’t going to stop anytime soon, we turned back. Total, we probably cycled about 30 miles – still a good ride, but not as much as we were planning. Here’s what we looked like when we finished.

After changing into some dry clothes, we noticed that the trailhead was located immediately adjacent to the movie theater in Brainerd, so we concluded our “camping” trip by watching the matinee viewing of The Dark Knight.
All in all, it was a fun trip, but not exactly a typical camping trip – that’s why we call it “camping.”

6 thoughts on “"Camping" & Biking the Paul Bunyan Trail”

  1. yeah, sometimes you just have to adapt to the circumstances. it was kind of fun to see the other bikers on the trail who were toughing it out in the rain, some of them did not look like your typical hard-core bikers. one of the funniest things about the trip was after we came out of the movie theater the sun was shining and there was no sign of rain- just in time for us to get in the car and drive home!

  2. Dude! Where is our next adventure? I've been waiting and waiting for an update. You see, we tend to get our ideas from you adventures… kind of. At least inspiration. We're waiting 😀

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