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Cross-country cyclists ride through Carlton County

From left, Cindi Rauch, Emmy Pellico, Katy Smargiassi and Laura Schroeder ride their bikes across the pedestrian bridge from Spafford Park to the north side of the St. Louis River as they start the next leg of their journey across the United States. Contributed Photo1 / 2
Katy Smargiassi shows on a map at Gordy’s Warming House where the four began their long bike trip in Maine and where it will end in Washington. They stopped in Cloquet and stayed with resident and fellow bike enthusiast Tim Krohn, who they found on, “for bicycle tourists and those who support them.” Contributed photo2 / 2

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, 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 — and — 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.