Cross-country cyclists ride through Carlton County
A group of four teachers bicycling across the continental United States stopped in Cloquet for an overnight stay and some ice cream July 5.
Cindi Rauch, Emmy Pellico, Katy Smargiassi and Laura Schroeder began their official journey — although training went on for months before that — in Bar Harbor, Maine, on June 1. They hope to finish in Anacortes, Wash., around Aug. 11.
The four cyclists met Cloquet resident and biker Tim Krohn through a website called warmshowers.org, which connects "bicycle tourists" with people willing to let them sleep in their homes or pitch a tent in their yards, feed them and use the various facilities we all take for granted.
According to their blog sites — spinningsisters2018.wordpress.com and rideonsister.wordpress.com — the four teachers also visited Jay Cooke State Park and the Magnolia Cafe and Streetcar Kitchen and Pub in Carlton on their way to Cloquet, where they ran into more bike-riding teachers, although this group was only out for a day ride.
Krohn said the group, who call themselves "The Spinning Sisters," called him about a month in advance and the timing worked out. He gets about five calls a year. Sometimes they result in a guest (or four) and other times, things don't work out.
This time it did.
"I took them to the Warming House, gave them dinner, we talked and then they headed north after breakfast the next day on Highway 33," Krohn said. "They were aiming to get to Hill City."
According to their blogs, the spinning sisters made it to Hill City, Leech Lake, Bemidji, Lake Itasca and beyond.