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Memorial Day Veteran Ride & Fishing Excursion with Hometown Hero’s

May 25 - May 26

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Memorial Day Veteran Ride & Fishing Excursion

The Tread Lightly Off Road Group is hosting a group off road ride on Saturday, May 25th, 2019. The group is sponsoring 6 Vets from Hometown Hero’s to ride along, plus two support staff. On Sunday, May 26th 4 of the Vets will be heading out for a day of fishing either inland or out on Lake Superior.

Hometown Hero Outdoors is a 501(c)3 charitable non profit with the mission of providing law enforcement officers, military service members, and military veterans with outdoor opportunities to assist in healing and building healthy relationships within the community.

Tread Lightly Outdoors is a Grand Marais based group of off road vehicle enthusiasts, who emphasize community and respect for off road vehicle recreation. The group is open to join, and encourages everyone who rides along to bring garbage bags with in their vehicles–leaving the places they travel better off than they were before. All garbage collected is taken in by North Shore Waste for free.

Schedule of Events

Saturday, May 25th:

Meet at 9:00 am at the Grand Marais Holiday Gas Station, travel to the NAPA car wash to clean the under carriage of our vehicles prior to the ride.
$2 for each vehicle is being donated by TLOR member Heidi Do0-Kirk, including information on how to stop the spread of invasive plant species.

After the ride everyone is asked to gather at Artist Point for a group photo. Professional photographer David Johnson is generously donating his time and talent for this event.

The group will be traveling east to Hovland, then making their way back to the Gunflint Trail (CSAH 12) using roads and trails that are open to any highway licensed vehicle. When they reach the Gunflint Trail they will head south utill the USFS road, (dead end road) the go to Pine Mountain Lake. They will then turn around and head back to the Gunflint and back into Grand Marais–about a 6 hour ride. This route has been established to steer clear of the Le Grand Du Nord bike race happening at the same time.

6:30 pm: Dinner and gifts  at Grandma Rays: Home of the American Legion Post 413.

Sunday, May 26:

Four veterans will spend the day on Lake Superior with charter service North Shore Outdoors

Two veterans will spend the day with a personal guide on inland lakes.

TLOR has received generous donations & gifts from many local businesses to support vets:

Grandma Rays

Birch Terrace

Grand Marais Dairy Queen

Gunflint Tavern

Java Moose

Grand Marais Holiday Gas Station

Grand Marais Super America

Grand Marais NAPA

Various members of TLOR


Grand Marais will see a lot of unfamiliar highway legal vehicles this weekend. Wolf Off Road, a southern Minnesota club will be participating as will Thunder Bay Jeeps. There could upwards of 20-30 vehicles taking part in the ride. These vehicles may have one person or entire families, children of various ages. Some of the children maybe as young as 3 years old.