Geology Bike Tour (In-Person) Session 1
Instructor: Dale Setterholm
Date & Time: June 11, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Total Cost: $25.00
Skill Level: No Experience Needed
NOTE: Be aware we may cancel class if a minimum number of registrations is not reached. We work to balance teachers’ need to plan for a class with students’ busy schedules — not an easy task. Please register as early as possible!
Let's dig out from our Midwest winter and join retired geologist and biking enthusiast Dale Setterholm for a fun and informative bike ride! Doesn't that sound good?
A 15 mile ride through Marine and Scandia explores some of the geologic features of the area, with an explanation of how they were formed and how they affect life on this landscape. Bicycling offers an ideal pace to examine the landscape thoroughly, but still cover a large area. You’ll not just see these features, you’ll feel them as you alternately climb and descend, mostly on low-traffic roads and paths. The route includes the deep valley of the St. Croix River valley and the flat terraces on its shoulders, exposures of ancient bedrock as we climb out of the valley, a rolling terrain of features related to sediment deposited by glaciers and subsequently eroded by their meltwater, discussion of groundwater resources and lakes, and finally, a sweet glide back into the valley.
The ride is suited to adults (18+) who are comfortable with riding at least 15 miles including hills. Dale is great at accomodating differing rider speeds, and some bikers walk up the steepest hills. Participants will be required to wear a helmet and to follow safe riding practices that will be discussed prior to departure. Make sure your bike is in good working order as no mechanical support is provided.