MN North Shore Dual Sport Rides

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MN North Shore Dual Sport Rides

Postby Cannonshot » Sun Mar 09, 2014 10:49 pm

This project developed out of a visit to the Minnesota North Shore Shindig. After enjoying a couple of group rides there, I realized that there was a lot of untapped potential in the area. I undertook a project wherein I would map recon potential dual sport paths in the area and prepare scouting GPS tracks for people to follow to verify the path and report whether it was usable or not. Some local riders followed up with the tracks and sent back raw tracks and comments. jwalters and C-Zulu put on a lot of scouting miles to help build this project along with contributions from Klay and some others that I'll have to go back and look up. :D Routes were verified using the MVUM and other official maps where appropriate. A few tracks were taken from routes previously furnished by jwalters and c-Zulu. Most are based on the new material we were able to develop as a result of this project.

This is the first cut on these tracks. There are still some scouting tracks in the scouting file that need to be verified. Once we get more data and more feedback on these paths, it is likely that some will be revised over time. The scouting file is here: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=39

This is an overview of the ready to ride paths. There are 22 tracks and about 175 waypoints in the file. If you have a standard GPS that only holds 20 tracks, you will have to delete two that you won't be using before you upload the tracks. The tracks themselves are in a variety of colors that were used only to show the contrast between the tracks. There may not be the best colors for your use on the trail. Best to change the colors as you see fit and turn off tracks that are not in use to prevent confusion where short segments may overlap. In posts that follow, I will give a few more details about each ride (origin, miles, longest gas, etc) to help you plan your rides. Pay attention to the waypoints. Some warn of difficult sections (no big bikes) or a required direction to navigate a path.

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These rides will prove useful for the MN North Shore Shindig that jwalters hosts near Finland. This event provides a chance to ride these paths with other like-minded riders based out of a campground near Finland. http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=660162
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Long Ride - Echo Trail

Postby Cannonshot » Sun Mar 09, 2014 10:58 pm

3 track segments.
282 miles.
Longest gas 86 miles.
Starts in Finland.

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Segment 1
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Segment 2
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Segment 3
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Rides Based Out of Finland

Postby Cannonshot » Sun Mar 09, 2014 11:05 pm

Finland 1
1 track.
100 miles.
Longest gas 85 miles.
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Finland 2
1 track.
65 miles.
Longest gas 65 miles.
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Finland 3
2 tracks.
127 miles.
Longest gas 69 miles.
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Finland 4
1 track.
109 miles.
Longest gas 80 miles.
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Finland 5
1 track.
171 miles.
Longest gas is 96 miles.
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Between Finland and Ely (NNW of Finland)
Knotted Pine
2 tracks.
154 miles.
Longest gas is 88 miles.
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Rides Based Out of Grand Marais

Postby Cannonshot » Sun Mar 09, 2014 11:10 pm

Grand Marais 1
1 track.
120 miles.
Longest gas is 64 miles.
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Grand Marais 2
2 tracks.
173 miles.
Longest gas 87 miles.
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Grand Marais 3
1 track.
107 miles.
Longest gas is 107 miles.
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Gunflint Trail
2 tracks.
Out and back about 116 miles.
Longest gas 54 miles.
Details about POIs can be found in this ride report: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=798771
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North Shore Drive

Postby Cannonshot » Sun Mar 09, 2014 11:17 pm

This is a segment that follows the paved and dirt roads long the north shore from the Canadian border back to Finland. It can be used as a return route, bail-out route, or road ride.
2 tracks.
131 miles.
No gas issues.
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If you want more details about the Duluth to Canada border area along the North Shore, check out this ride report. http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=798771

There is also a GPS file available for download: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthre ... st19065473

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Old Border Route

Postby Cannonshot » Sun Mar 09, 2014 11:21 pm

This can be a ride to take in scenic POIs and great roads or an alternate path in place of the shore road for someone traversing the North Shore area.
2 tracks.
156 miles.
Longest gas is 78 miles.
Some interesting POIs on the route.
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Segment 1
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Segment 2
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Ride Out of Temperance River

Postby Cannonshot » Sun Mar 09, 2014 11:23 pm

1 track.
81 miles.
Longest gas 81 miles.
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Ride Out of Two Harbors

Postby Cannonshot » Sun Mar 09, 2014 11:25 pm

1 track.
115 miles.
Longest gas 115 miles.
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