Featured Trip Reports The best S24O in Minnesota (bike content)

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  1. jmeb

    jmeb Stereotypical Front Range Weekend Warrior Skier

    Nov 13, 2015
    Seven years ago I was introduced to a little piece of magic. The Square Lake Music and Film festival.

    In a fellows backyard, once a year, some 4-500 people assemble for world class Americana music and local films. It all takes place on a little hill, a small stage, and in a barn. It brings out all ages. Spotify playlist for those curious: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7xRS3GVJj80LIreZ2Qhq0e?si=8ukV0XxPSNq16qRfW2K8qA

    Some 2-300 folks bike out to the show each year about 30 miles out from the Twin Cities. Not only do you get a ticket at 40% the price ($15, no stupid fees), you get a sag wagon, fantastic food trucks on arrival, and coffee the morning after while you pack up camp.

    I hadn't been in five years. I left the Twin Cities a mess of a person. This weekend my last summer was one of the few up moments. Flying back, I was convinced I had an unrealistic memory of how wholesome and good this festival made me feel. Some nostalgic bullshit.

    Despite it raining a good bit the day of the festival -- it was everything I remember.

    Simply put -- the best S24O (sub-24 hour overnight) bike trip you'll ever go on in Minnesota.

    Photo dump....included are a few shots from the day before/after as I rode the Grand Rounds of Minneapolis.

    (And @Philpug -- sorry I was out doing this when I should've been finishing the article! This week!)

    Setup shot from the day before on the Grand Rounds.

    Heading out of town...
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    Shot for bike gear nerds:

    Newmann's -- the oldest continually operating bar in St. Paul (tech N. St Paul)

    The rain opened up on the last hill.

    The festival -- stoke for all ages
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    After hours jam session in the barn

    Scenes the morning after
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    Into Stillwater for breakfast, then up the bluff back to St Paul, and back for a beer at the neighborhood brewery.
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    Last edited: Aug 15, 2019
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  2. Jim Kenney

    Jim Kenney Travel Correspondent Industry Insider Team Gathermeister

    Nov 27, 2015
    Bikes, beer, music and ladies.
    jmeb likes this.
  3. Tricia

    Tricia The Velvet Hammer Admin Pugski Ski Tester

    Nov 1, 2015

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