This year's second 600k, the Southern Tour, will start at the AmericInn in Apple Valley. This event is a double loop ride starting with a 234 mile loop going east over to Prescott in Wisconsin, down the Mississippi River to Pepin, the hilly route over to Durand then returning to Wabasha, Zumbrota and Cannon Falls for some rolling country then back to the hotel. The Day 2 loop will go west and south of the Cities down to Faribault for a section on the Sakatah trail then up to Cleveland and over to Lonsdale using parts of the William Dodd Road Ramble route. In general Loop 1 has more hills and scenary, Day 2 is flatter and has more c-store/services opportunities.
GPS links for the loops:
Day 1: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/40232699
Day 2: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/40232757
You can ride the loops back to back if you are contemplating a straight through ride.
A block of rooms have been booked at the AmericInn for Friday and Saturday. Riders are responsible for booking their own hotel accomodations. A supper buffet will be available when you arrive on Saturday evening and breakfast when you get up.
Cost for the meals and support is $30/rider.
|james r shannon|