Then you ride another 4 miles down the Soo Line Trail which is the next section beyond the Lake Wobegon Trail. Dick also brought a shovel in the Bob trailer.
After crossing the bridge in front of Blanchard Dam, you follow the canoe portage trail down to the water.
Then you sit in the gravel/rocks and sift rocks looking for twinned staurolite crystals, called "cross rocks." It took a couple of hours, but Susanna and I were lucky. We each found one 3/8" specimen of good quality. I actually came back with a bag of staurolite crystals which I will mail to brother-in-law Tom, a geologist who loves this kind of thing. Dick rolled his eyes at the thought that I'm going to carry a bag of rocks on my bike. The best way to see a picture of "cross rocks" is to go to this website: http://www.littlefallsmn.com/CrossRocks.php
In the evening, Marcus and Susanna made us a German specialty: potato pancakes with homemade applesauce. Absolutely delicious.
To aid digestion, we also had a little (just a little) frozen Linie Aquavit. A great big thank-you to Jen and Jan for their generous hospitality. We had a great time staying with you.