Preparations for a Bikepacking Adventure

Posted by  Daniël Cronk   in  ,      1 year ago     20343 Views     Comments Off on Preparations for a Bikepacking Adventure  

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This year has been extremely frustrating. With most international travel all but canceled, due to COVID-19 quarantines and a high infection rate, I needed to come up with something that seemed reasonable responsible, while giving me a sense of accomplishment.

I've lived in Minnesota for 20 years now and have never left the cities. So I decided that this would be the year to do so, except not by car but by bike. It may seem quite a bit ambitious but if successful, it will give me a great sense of not only seeing the state I call home, but also a great accomplishment of having done it by bicycle.

The plan is to spend the first 3 weeks of September (well, almost 3 weeks) to journey through the heart of North/Central Minnesota.

Proposed Route:

My proposed route will take me 700 miles through the heart of the state.

St Paul - Minneapolis - St Cloud - Rice - Little Falls - Brainerd - Nisswa - Pequot Lakes - Backus - Hackensack - Walker - Laporte - Itasca State Park & Headwaters of the Mississippi River - Bemidji - Chippewa National Forrest - Leech Lake - Grand Rapids - Hibbing - Eveleth - Beaver Bay - Split Rock - Gooseberry Falls - Duluth - Sturgeon Lake - Hinkley - Minneapolis - St Paul

This is only a tentative plan, as I needed to ensure I would have enough time to not only bike the entire distance but also give me time to explore. I have mapped it out but have 4 additional days that could be used as "free" days, adjusting to the will of my body. There are a couple of long days, at > 80 mile days, so having the extra days built in will be good. Plus, I've already built in rest days to the trip. The additional days will likely be used along the coast of Lake Superior.

04-SeptSt. Paul, MNRice, MN93 mi / 147 km
05-SeptRice, MNNisswa, MN69 mi / 111 km
06-SeptNisswa, MNHackensack, MN34 mi / 55 km
07-SeptHackensack, MNLake Itsasca, MN62 mi / 100 km
08-SeptLake Itasca Rest Day  
09-SeptLake Itasca, MNCass Lake, MN55 mi / 88 km
10-SeptCass Lake, MNNashwauk, MN90 mi / 145 km
11-SeptNashwauk, MNToimi, MN89 mi / 143 km
12-SeptToimi, MNSplit Rock34 mi / 55 km
13-SeptSplit Rock Rest Day  
14-SeptSplit Rock Rest Day
15-SeptSplit RockGooseberry Falls8 mi / 13 km
16-SeptGoosberry Falls Rest Day 
17-SeptGooseberry FallsMoose Lake, MN87 mi / 140 km
18-SeptMoose Lake, MNSt. Paul, MN114 mi / 183 km
735 mi / 1182 km

Gear List:

Bike & Packs:Camp Gear:
* Giant Escape 2 XL
* Axiom Seymour Oceanwave P35+ Panniers
* Axiom Seymour Oceanwave P7 Handlebar bag
* Blackburn Outpost Frame Bag, L
* Axiom Journey Rack
* Tent
* NEMO Tensor Sleeping Pad
* Pillow
* Sleeping bag
* Pack Towel, quick drying

Clothing, Riding:Clothing, Casual:
* Pearl Izumi bib shorts
* Pearl Izumi jersey (x2)
* Pearl Izumi gloves
* Shorts
* Shorts, casual
* T-shirt (x2)
* Casual Shirt
* Underwear (x3)
* Socks (x3)
* Thermal leggings
* Long sleeved thermal shirt
* Raincoat
* Reflective Safety Vest
Camera Gear:Miscellaneous:
* Canon 6D Mark II
* Canon 24-70 f/2.8L mark II
* Canon 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L mark II
* Canon 1.4x extender mark III
* UV & Polarizing Filters
* PolarPro Quartzline, 6-stop, Neutral Denstiy Filter
* Sunpak Tripod

* Minnesota Paper bike route map
* Pearl Izumi Pro Barrier Wall Shoe Covers (rainproof)
* Sea to Summit Waterproof Stuff Sacks (8L x2, 6L x1)
* Quad Lock Phone Mount
* dzNutz Chamois Cream
* Petzl Tikka Headlamp
* Electronic Organizer (cables/cords)
* Gods of Jade (book)

* 3L Platypus reservoir
* 24oz Camelbak Podium Chill waterbottle
* Ultima Replenesher Electrolyte Hydration Powder
* Katadyn Micropur Purification Tablets


I am very passionate about traveling. My goal is to visit as many places and experience as many things as I can during my short journey on this earth.