The Heartland - The Heartland Trail

Friday, July 18

Drove to Grand Rapids and had coffee at Brewed Awakenings.  Drove to Walker, where we biked 45 miles round trip on the Heartland Trail to Cass Lake.  We had lunch in a park where a food festival was taking place.  We checked into the condos (part of Grand View Lodge) on Gull Lake.  Dinner was at the Italian Gardens.

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Morning coffee
Ed checking up on the news

Orienting ourselves

Food festival at Cass Lake
Grand View Lodge

View to the lake

Chillin' on Gull Lake...
...with a view of our condo behind us

Dinner at Italian Gardens

Our own private dining room

Saturday, July 19

Weather report told us to expect thundershowers in the afternoon.  Hence we started early on the Paul Bunyan Trail from Nisswa to Brainerd.  Unfortunately, it began to rain, then pour, when we were about halfway to Brainerd.  We decided to forge ahead, and completed the 15 mile trip in the pouring rain.  We found a Perkins Restaurant in Brainerd, where we hoped to stay until the rain stopped.  At 2 pm, Mary Kay and Janet took a cab back to the trailhead to get the cars.  We loaded up the bikes and returned to Gull Lake.  In late afternoon the rain stopped, and the sun came out.  We had drinks and appetizers on the pontoon boat, and had deli sandwiches for dinner.
Seeking shelter
Loading the bikes in the rain

What fun!!

Trying to stay dry!!
Ken still loading bikes!

Appetizers on the pontoon boat

Jeanne, the 2008 Mary Kay Memorial Hearts Trophy winner, being given the trophy by Ed, last year's winner