This is why I love northern Minnesota (watch video). Just last year we finished building a house in Duluth allowing my family to move back north. The Gunflint Trail is a dead end highway that reaches deep into the Minnesota border region with Canada, and is the premier canoeing region (BWCA) of North America (along with the Quetico Superior in Canada which it borders). Enjoy my three day bike ride, interspersed with some hikes and a short canoe trip. In total I travelled about 130 miles by bike, and an unknown distance by foot and canoe. Thankfully my son, Carl, carried the canoe on all six portages. After all, his Dad (me), had already biked 50 miles up to Tuscarora Lodge earlier that day.
Post update on October 25, 2011
Dartmouth Alumni Magazine Ham Lake Fire Article readers ...
The Ham Lake fire was tragic all around. Carl (my son), who worked this past Summer at Tuscarora Lodge, maintains his own blog. It has some great photos from the BWCA, including this Fall's Pagami Creek Fire. During my trip this June I canoed past the site where the fire started. Ham Lake is still beautiful, and is experiencing a rebirth (see Tuscarora Lodge, Gunflint, and Ham Lake photos in my video).
For additional information beyond the Dartmouth article, you may wish to read this blog post from from Voyageurs Canoe Outfitters, and this dramatic entry from Tuscarora Lodge (with photos) from the day the fire started and nearly burned down the lodge.
Gunflint Trail Tour on PhotoPeach
And of course, my Gramin data from the 3 days of biking! Click to maximize!