Melissa Nordberg 2015Guest Blogger Melissa Nordberg, avid Grand Rapids motorcyclist, shares her favorite motorcycle routes in northern Minnesota.  Melissa is a member of a Grand Rapids Motorcycle Group that rides around northern Minnesota on a regular basis.

Ride the Arrowhead

The Grand Rapids Motorcycle Girls taking a picture at Jay Cooke State Park.

Melissa shares one of her recent motorcycle rides to Jay Cooke State Park located in NE Minnesota. Her Grand Rapids motorcycle group met at a local restaurant by the name of Toivo’s which is located on Hwy 2 W in Grand Rapids. They road to the Kerrick Bar on Hwy 23 for lunch and great bloody Mary’s.  Their next destination stop was Jay Cooke State Park to explore the new swinging suspension bridge.  Melissa shared, “that this area is stunning and the rapids, even though it was a dreary day, was still beautiful and a fun place bike destination”.  They didn’t let the rain dampen their ride; they just threw on their rain gear and road Hwy 2 into Floodwood for drinks at Savanna Portage. Their final destination was back in Grand Rapids on Hwy 2, where they ate back at Toivo’s in Grand Rapids for a late dinner. Melissa shared, “this is a great day trip on a bike”.  A typical day ride for the Grand Rapids motorcycle group is 200 miles on the average.

Edge of Wilderness Byway“My recommendation for a beautiful Fall leaves tour would be to head north up Hwy 38”, shares Melissa.  This is known as the Edge of The Wilderness Scenic Byway that starts in Grand Rapids and continues 47 miles to Effie, Minnesota. This is a stunning color ride, but you will want to take your time on Hwy 38 because it has tight curves and the road is a little rough.  Hwy 38 is a beautiful scenic byway where you will experience lakes on both side of the road and the stunning fall leaf colors.  You will want to make sure you get gas  before you leave Bigfork because there isn’t much opportunity after this.  On Hwy 1 you will see lots of wildlife from eagles, ducks and geese flying overhead and deer and the occasional beer in the ditch or crossing the roadway. This is a curvy road that has some tight corners so you will to take it slow. Cook is located on Hwy 1 and it will offer gas, restrooms and convenience stores. Your next stop will be Ely, MN which has many boutique shops, gas, restrooms and food. Then you will continue on Hwy 1 to Silver Bay and head south on Cty Rd 61 otherwise known as the North Shore.  When you are in Two Harbors you will want to stop for a little treat at the famous Betty’s Pies.  Continue on Cty Rd 61 into Duluth for dinner at one of their many great restaurants.  After dinner head on Hwy 2 out of Proctor and then head back into Grand Rapids for drinks at Toivo’s.  Toivo’s is a motorcycle friendly bar/grille that offers an outside patio and inside sports bar environment.

Grand Rapids, Minnesota is a lodge, gas up, dine, and head out in any direction for wonderful motorcycle rides.  You can download or request a Grand Rapids Visitor Guide or call and speak to a live travel specialist at 1-800-355-9740.