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Conveniently located on Hwy 210 in Carlton, MN, just 3 miles off I-35,
right on the Willard Munger Trail near Jay Cooke State Park.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Carlton Disc Golf Sanctuary


Last weekend one of our regulars skipped on over to the Disc Golf Sanctuary to check things out, and guess what? We weren't surprised at all, but he was. This is one very sophisticated disc golf course.

John Oberg and his son Jade, pictured here, were doing the course and both were impressed at the high standards. Well laid out, very well marked, and simply satisfying.

For what it's worth, there are two upcoming events you'll want to mark on your calendar. The first is during Carlton Daze. On Sunday morning July 31 at 10:00 a.m. there will be a competition event, with entrants divided by age group. The younger, from 0-15 (we doubt there will be many zero-year-olds) and the older group 16 and up. There's a $6.oo entry fee and fine prizes, plus a one dollar optional Ace Pot.

On August 20th there is another competition for serious disc golfers. The grand prize is a tournament bag with 8 discs and other prizes. The $25 entry fee will get you two discs and a key chain. There's a limited registration, so you may wish to inquire early here at Carlton Bike Rental.

For casual disc golfers, we have all the discs you need here, to rent or purchase. And treats to help you chill when you have finished a hot run in the sun, though much of this gorgeous course is through the trees.

You really owe it to yourself to check it out. It's summertime.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

A Sunny Summer Weekend

Today was a nice one. There were a lot of bikes out on the trail this weekend, especially this afternoon. Whole families were meandering through Carlton, gliding up toward Jay Cook State Park and about the neighborhoods in between. Can't say we blame them on days as pretty as this one.

Someone asked about our hours the other day. Just so you know, we have them posted right out front by the door. We also have a cool sign letting folks know we not only rent and repair bikes, but have some very tasty ice cream treats and other goodies to help refresh you after a hard ride. (Or a leisurely one in the sun.)

And there's a lot more here for you if you stop by. Of course we just want to say hello and get to know ya. Hope your summer's feel special for you.

Till next,
your friends at Carlton Bike Rental

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Summertime

There are lots of songs about summer. Everyone here in the Northland looks forward to it. In some places people want to escape it, but here we delight in the prospect of nice weather that warm and not too hot.

Here's a favorite from the wayback machine... Doc Watson sang it, and many others have chimed in. Summertime.

Summertime, and the livin' is easy,
Catfish are jumpin' and the cotton is high.
Your daddy's rich, and your momma's good lookin'...
hush, little baby, darlin' don't you cry.

We do hope you'll make it down our way this summer, weather to check out the paintings and pictures on our walls, or to take one of our bikes out on a trail. There's plenty to see, and most of all, we'd like to see you, too. So come on down.

Batique horse by Charla.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Oowie, It Sure Is Nice This Weekend

Some folks might say California is the Garden of Eden, but that's because they've never been to Northern Minnesota in the summertime. I'm here to tell you that if you've never been, you're missing something. And the best way to take it in is to slow down. Leave your car by the side of the road and find a trail. Or better yet, park your car here at Hobo Junction and take one of our bikes down the Willard Munger Trail. Head north or head south, but come on down and head somewhere, because there's a lively world to see out there. As Woody Guthrie once observed, "This land is your land."

Even if you're just out for a hike, leave your car at our place, Carlton Bike Rental, and take your leisurely time for as long as you like. We'll have cold treats for you when you get back.

Next nice day, stop on by. Even if it's only to say "Hi" we'll welcome you with a smile 'cause we're eager to make your acquaintance. In the meantime, have a great, great day.