Paul Bunyan


For climate change deniers who go back ten thousand years or so, here is the explanation for all the lakes of Minnesota. It was not a melting glacier that created all the lakes, it was Paul Bunyan’s footsteps through this part of North America. And the Great Lakes? He created them too so that his blue ox could have a few watering holes.

After leaving Fosston, indeed the open prairies ended and the forested landscape dotted with lakes began.


The storms that I experienced several days ago had also ripped through this area, damaging many trees along its path.


I make it from Fosston to Bemidji, Minnesota in time for long lunch at a funky coffee shop. We decide to make it a short day and stay in this town that lays claim to being the home of Paul Bunyan. We try for over an hour to find a place, even a place to camp. There is a big little league baseball tournament in town and it is the weekend following July 4th so nothing is available in this lakeside town.

So we drive through the national forest that separates Bemidji from Grand Falls and find an Inn for the evening.

Stats – for Saturday 7 July 2012

Start: Fosston
Finish: Grand Falls (drive from Bemidji to Grand Falls)
Distance: 71 km (cycling)
Time on Bike: 3 hrs 3 min
Average Speed: 23.2 km/hr
Distance to Date: 4,108 km

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  3. As lovely as the people in the prairies seemed to be, I imagine you are happy to reach the land of lakes for a change of perspective. We are really enjoying reading about your journey and send much love.

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