Day 1 – Big Lake to St. Joseph

Day 1- Train, Trails and A Little Rain in St Joseph

On the road and it feels good to be pedaling…47.9

miles from 4244 Crocker Ave to St Joseph and the home of Jeny and Mike Meyer.

Met Michael Orange our LCC partner for the first 4 days and his wife Cynthia at the Northstar station near Target Field (photo 2). The train was nearly empty and we zoomed to Big Lake in a jiffy (with Wi-Fi for some last minute Little Falls connections and B-day invites to old friends.

High fives all around and we jumped on our heavily laddened bikes, first turn went the wrong direction as we snaked thru Big Lake neighborhoods. Thinking we’d be on highways all day we were pleasantly surprised to find gorgeous shoulders (8 feet wide and clean) and MRT signs (Mississippi River Trail) guiding us thru Monticello, Clearwater (Lunch at the Park) as we kept dodging the dark storm clouds all the way to St Cloud.

Fast forward to St Joes in the rain, checked in at the Minnesota Street Market (coop) and site for the evening Climate Conversation and a quick shower and clean up at the Meyers (met the wholw family, Max the runner, Jossie 9th grade Ultimate player and Tyler Jonnie and form Wind Chill player, the the pro Ultimate Team in MN….we were with the right family.

Michael got a flat in the rain, Jeny picked him up and brought him home…unparaelled service for sure and the start to a great evening with over 20 area residents including Susie Osaka- Holm from the SC CCL group and our travelling partner to DC for June’s CCL National Gig

Time to leave for Alexandria, photos to follow….bring on the Lake Wobegon Trail and 2 days with no cars…Jeanne Johnson here we come.

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LCC 2017 first stop is St. Joseph, MN

We are excited to announce the first Community Climate Conversation of our 2017 LowCarbon Crossings bike tour.

Minnesota Street Market

27 West Minnesota Street, St. Joseph, MN 56374

7-9pm, Sunday, August 13

Thanks to Minnesota Street Market for hosting our kickoff conversation!

We will be trying something new with this tour using Ride with GPS (  They have a live logging feature that should allow you to follow along with where we are on the route.  You can search for our profile (LowCarbonCrossings) to become a friend if you use the application or watch the blog site and our Facebook page for updates from the road.

Our tour begins on Sunday, August 13 as we board the 10:40am Northstar commuter train in downtown Minneapolis heading for Big Lake.  Join us for a send off at 10:00am at the station.

LowCarbon Crossings August 2017 MN Tour

Plans are progressing for our Minnesota 2017 LowCarbon Crossing.  We are excited to make urban and rural connections with climate conversations in the communities we visit.  We are looking for volunteers to help with hosting in any of our destinations (organizing a community climate conversation, promotion / media, lodging, food, etc.) and riders to join us for all or a portion of the tour.  Contact us if you are interested.

Here’s the plan of dates and destinations:

Start End Est. Miles Day Date
Big Lake St. Joseph 41 Sunday Aug 13
St. Joseph Alexandria 60 Monday Aug 14
Alexandria Fergus Falls 46 Tuesday Aug 15
Fergus Falls Hewitt? 51 Wednesday Aug 16
Hewitt? Brainerd 45 Thursday Aug 17
Brainerd Little Falls 32 Friday Aug 18
Little Falls St. Cloud 38 Saturday Aug 19
St. Cloud Big Lake 33 Sunday Aug 20
Total 346

We could use help finding a place to stop on Wednesday, August 16 between Fergus Falls and Brainerd.  Hewitt is about half way, but we don’t have any connections there.  Know anyone in the area?

MN tour coming in August

Planning has begun for the summer 2017 LowCarbon Crossing. Stay tuned for details as they continue to form. Mid August we will embark on a week long bike tour of western Minnesota. We will connect urban and rural dwellers on our shared concerns and our differing perspectives. We will explore topics of climate change solutions, agriculture, citizenship and more in community conversations along the way. Join us for part or all of the tour. We’ll also be doing some half day fun rides leading up to the tour. Let us know if you’re interested in joining in to ride, plan, sponsor or volunteer. 

Upcoming Presentations with Mindy

Friday, February 10, 6pm refreshments, 6:30pm program, Compassionate Ocean Zen Center, 652 17th Avenue NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413 flyer

Saturday, February 11, 10:00 am, First Lutheran Church, 615 W. Fifth St., hosted by the Red Wing Citizens’ Climate Lobby chapter, stay for the international Citizens’ Climate Lobby phone call at noon

Thursday, February 16, 6:30 pm, By the Rivers, 690 Cleveland Avenue South in St. Paul, hosted by the Minnesota Pachamama Community

Wednesday, March 1, 9:30 am coffee, 10am program, RIDGEPOINTE Apartments, 12800 Marion Lane (West Building), Minnetonka, MN 55305, hosted by DFL Women

Sunday, March 12, 9:00 am and 11:00 am pre-service speaker, St. Joan of Arc Catholic Community, 4537 3rd Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55419  Watch the video

This is the most concise version of talking about the bike trip that Mindy has done:

So, How was the bike ride?

Join us to find out and to get in action on climate solutions!img_0075

Monday, December 12, 2016
6:30 Refreshments and socializing
7:00 Presentation
8:00 Action opportunities

Edina Morningside Community Church
4201 Morningside Rd, Edina, Minnesota 55416

Come hear Mindy Ahler, Co-Director of Cool Planet, talk about her recent LowCarbon Crossings (LCC), a 4,000-mile bike tour from Seaside, Oregon to Washington, DC. LCC riders travelled through 14 states on the northern tier of America to raise awareness and inspire action on climate change solutions.

Mindy has just returned from Washington DC, delivering nearly 400 hand-written “take action on climate” messages to Congressional offices frompeople in the 14 states the LCC visited.

Joining Mindy on the journey was Ryan Hall from Livonia, MI for the complete distance and her Cool Planet partner Paul Thompson for 850 miles through SD, NE, IA and the final stretch from Pittsburgh to Washington DC

Presentation includes photos, video and stories from the journey and a discussion of how we all can take positive action to address our changing climate. The program is family friendly for children 8 and older, bring the youth, it’s their future we are building.

more info

We Made It!

Thanks to all who joined us on Sunday to make the ride into DC a special event and a great ending to our bike across the country.  Now the work continues for climate solutions…

img_0074Join Mindy at the Midwest Mountaineering Outdoor Adventure Expo for her presentation on the trip and how you can get involved:

Saturday, November 19 3:30 – 4:30 pm

U of M Hanson Hall, Room 102

More information here.

Didn’t get to be there live?  Watch the video!


Upcoming Events!


Cycling Toward Climate Solutions

Mindy Ahler and Ryan Hall are biking 4000 miles across the US this fall to inspire conversations on climate. Hear about their trip and join the conversation:

 Wednesday, November 9, 2016

7:00 -8:30 PM

Conference room at YMCA, Cumberland, MD

(601 Kelly Road, Cumberland, MD)

For more information and to see their route:, or on FB, or #Bike4Climate on Twitter, or 612-810-4664 (Paul)

Cycling Toward Climate Solutions

Mindy Ahler and Ryan Hall are biking 4000 miles across the US this fall to inspire conversations on climate. Hear about their trip and join the conversation:

 Thursday, November 10, 2016

7:00 -8:30 PM

At Town Hall, Hancock, MD

(Small meeting room, 126 High St., Hancock, MD 21750)

For more information and to see their route:, or on FB, or #Bike4Climate on Twitter, or 612-810-4664 (Paul)