This thing called the 'Jaunt with Jim' was started in 1974 by Jim K. A columnist for the Star Tribune for 35 years, Jim became a bike tour leader before bicycle touring was popular, when riders wore cut-off jeans and T-shirts and longed for watermelon rest stops at the side of the road on a hot day. We reveled in the camaraderie of our band of misfits, a community on wheels. Now, 46 years later, the ride is called the Tour of Minnesota and is one of the oldest bicycle tours in Minnesota. Our goals are to visit small towns and out-of-the-way places around the state, enjoy the heritage and culture of those areas, and bring economic development to local businesses.
` Bicycle Tours of Minnesota
We enter as strangers and leave as friends.