Reminder: MARs meeting tonight

June 30, 2011

Just a reminder, we have our monthly call tonight at 9PM for all who are interested in discussing current moto-related activities in Minnesota.  Loose agenda for tonight is:

1. Matthew Lourey State Trail update
2. Update on membership with AMA District 23
3. Update on membership with MARs
4. Update on TMAT trail changes
5. Ride reports, current events, etc.
6. Other?

See the Events page for call information:

Blog subscribers hit 60!

June 30, 2011

We just hit 60 email based subscribers to the Minnesota Adventure Riders blog.  Thank you to everyone who has subscribed.  This doesn’t count the many more who are reading via the RSS news feed (no way to count all of them).

And to all who are listening please consider joining the American Motorcycle Association (AMA) which automatically gives you membership to the Minnesota Adventure Riders as well.  For $30 or so a year you get a subscription to American Motorcycle magazine and some basic towing services too. Well worth it to support all they do for riders.


DNR moves forward with Matthew Lourey State Trail for OHMs

June 27, 2011

Last month I posted about an open comment period the DNR had on proposed access to the Matthew Lourey State Trail for OHMs.  The DNR has finished their study on whether or not an Environmental Impact Statement needed to be done first.  They found that it is not needed.  Hooray!  This speeds up the process and reduces the cost considerably.  This project can proceed to permitting and approvals.  No promises yet on when the trail will open up for OHMs.  But this is good news for those of us who want an easier way to get between Nemadji and St. Croix forests.  A map is here.  It would be even better for the TMAT if they would open up the trail all the way down to the Chengwatana as there is no direct access to that forest from the St. Croix today.


Trip reports of Northeastern rides this month

June 23, 2011

A couple of groups of MN riders were up north this month riding and posted their trip reports on ADVrider:

The photos look great.  I would love to add on a northeastern loop to the TMAT to hit some of those trails and maybe even loop through Canada.  Feedback from anyone out there on trails to include would be great!

Riding and Fishing

June 16, 2011

Just a note to encourage people to break up their long rides by stopping at hidden fishing holes along the way and casting a few times to see what hits. Minnesota Dual Sport trails contain some gorgeous fishing spots that no one else is using because they are too hard for a normal vehicle to get to.

This doesn’t have to be complicated either. I have seen many posts on discussion boards about how to pack your fishing gear on your bike.  People have concocted complex systems for attaching their gear and poles etc.   Some even give up because it is too heavy or cumbersome. I really don’t think it has to be that hard.  See the video below, then add a pole and lures to your packing list for your next trip.

Fishing and Riding from MinneADV on Vimeo.

2011 Ride to Work day. Get Ready!

June 15, 2011

Shine up that bike now, and get ready for the national ride to work day on the 20th.

Ride Reports & new Foothills Loop

June 13, 2011

A couple of ride reports have been posted in the forum.  Jump on over and check them out.

One of the reports was from myself from a ride this weekend on the new Foothills Loop and TMAT-B and TMAT-C routes.  It was a great trip so check out the story and photos.

Camping in Paul Bunyan State Forest

Camping in Paul Bunyan State Forest

The Foothills Loop itself was generated from the other rider report from Papamoto.


The .gpx files for TMAT-B and TMAT-C have been updated slightly due to this ride, just an FYI.

Reminder: Minnesota Adventure Rider forum is now open

June 9, 2011

Click on the “Forum” link at the top of our website and you will be taken to our new discussion board.  Sign up for an account by clicking on Feedback, then Contact Us.

You can subscribe to each forum category via email to get updates when new topics are posted.

Thanks all,


Go for a ride this weekend!

June 9, 2011

Lots of rides happening this weekend so you have no excuse to stay inside. Streeter is leading a group down to Welsh from Hastings, Paul from the TC Dual Sport group is heading to Nemadji, and I am going from Brainerd up the TMAT Central to connect with new loop that I am mapping out near Bemidji.  I am alone so far, so comment on this post if you want to come along.

Get out an enjoy the cold front that is coming before the heat and mugginess of El Nina sets in!

Cass-Hubbard-Wadena map added

June 1, 2011

Thanks to “Danomsp” from the TC Dual Sport group for supplying a PDF file with combined DOT maps of these three counties.  This is a popular area to ride.

Download the PDF to a cd or memory stick, take it to Kinko’s, and for a few bucks they will print it out on their large document printer for you.

Great resource to have.  It is posted to the Trails page.