Gary Schmidt is on biking adventure from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico

Gary Schmidt has begun a bike tour adventure that will take him coursing along America’s second longest river, the Mississippi River Trail that winds its way from the headwaters near Itasca, Minnesota, to the Gulf of Mexico.

Schmidt, a 1965 graduate of Springfield High School now living in Dunkirk, Maryland, met his biking companion, David Edgren of Wascilla, Alaska, in Itasca State Park on Saturday, August 26, and together they began their journey along a system of bicycle-friendly roads and multi-use pathways that connect 10 states, the cities of Minneapolis St. Louis, Memphis, New Orleans, and hundreds of smaller towns.

They walked across the mighty Mississippi as it starts its winding journey 3,000 miles to the Gulf of Mexico.  “It will be quite an adventure,” Schmidt said during an interview last week while visiting relatives and friends in Minnesota.  

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