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Bicyclists can ride reclaimed railroad bed

Hardpack 30 bike ride will benefit Three Rivers Trail upkeep

September 2, 2012
By JOE SUTTER, , Messenger News

HUMBOLDT?COUNTY?- The Three Rivers Trail runs 32 miles from Rolfe to Eagle Grove on a reclaimed railroad bed. It crosses a total of three rivers and numerous creeks on old railroad bridges.

It's also underappreciated, according to Jake Zweibohmer, of Humboldt. He and two friends organized the Humboldt County Hardpack 30 bike ride to encourage more people to use the trail.

"What got us going on this was, several of us would go riding on a Saturday and often times didn't see anybody on the trail," Zweibohmer said. "We began to think the community at large wasn't fully aware of the benefits of that trail, and what a great resource it is for the community."

The 30-mile ride will go from the Rutland City Park to Thor and back again along the trail. Those who prefer to ride only 15 miles should arrange their own transportation back from Thor.

Money raised from registration fees will go to Humboldt County Conservation for maintenance and improvement on the trail.

Zweibohmer, Jerod Hatcher and Rob Lammers belong to an informal biking club called the HBT Pathfinders. They worked closely with the county conservation office to organize the ride.

Fact Box

If you go:

What:?Humboldt County Hardpack 30 bike ride

Where: Begins at Rutland City Park. Ride from Rutland to Thor and back.

When: 9:30 a.m. Oct. 6

Registration: $25. Preregister by Friday to reserve a T-shirt. Late registration is 8 to 9:30 a.m. the morning of the ride. Visit for registration forms and more information, or email

Zweibohmer hopes the ride will grow and become an annual event.

"The name 'hardpack' in the Humboldt County Hardpack 30 is a reference the surface. It's fine limestone gravel," he said. "It's not loose like a gravel road. It's a really smooth ride. It's really well-maintained by Humboldt County Conservation.

"Because it's an old railroad bed, there are several bridges that cross creeks. It's a real gentle grade, not intense at all. That's why we made it 30 miles. Since it's an easy, gentle ride we thought we'd make it a longer one and people could enjoy a nice long morning trail ride in the fall."



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