Bikers taking part in Bike MS: “The Ride Across Minnesota” (TRAM) were diverted from their route through the Good Thunder area on Thursday due to a large mudslide on the Red Jacket Trail.
Mankato resident Daryl Arzdorf is taking part in the ride and says bikers are being redirected to camp out at Land of Memories Park.
“They’re doing that for the safety of the bikers and for the integrity of the ride. So, the bikers are really joyful. It was a heck of a rain this morning that we went through and it’s the safe thing to do.”
This is the 29th year that Arzdorf has participated in TRAM, a bike ride that raises funds for the fight against multiple sclerosis.
“We’ve been in other rain, in fact, hailed on before. But this was the most intense, continuous wind-driven rain I’ve ever biked in.”
Over 700 bicyclists are taking part in the 300-mile ride that started on Sunday in Saint Peter.
“The greatest thing is knowing that this number of people that’s raising this much money over these many years to fight this awful disease, multiple sclerosis. The joy in my part is the friends that contributed, the acquaintances, colleagues over the 29 years and this was the first year I’ve raised over 4-thousand 200 bucks.”
Overnight stops during “The Ride Across Minnesota” include Northfield, Owatonna, Waseca and Mankato. Bikers will finish the ride in Saint Peter on Friday.