BAXTER - Terry McGaughey's legacy as a trail and recreation advocate will be commemorated Oct. 16 with the "Terry McGaughey Memorial Ride with Jim" on the Paul Bunyan Trail.
Terry Holm, a trail advocate from rural Brainerd who worked with McGaughey, said Rep. Jim Oberstar was unable to attend McGaughey's memorial service and wanted to help organize a ride in McGaughey's honor.
"It's strictly, just a ride to honor Terry (McGaughey)," Holm said. "They had a good, close relationship."
McGaughey helped organize the annual "Ride with Jim" on the Paul Bunyan Trail as a way to promote trail use. Holm said the memorial ride is expected to be a one-time event.
Dianne (left) and Warren Janzen took a bike ride Tuesday on the Paul Bunyan Trail at the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd. A memorial ride in honor trail advocate Terry McGaughey, is scheduled for Oct. 16.
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The "Terry McGaughey Memorial Ride With Jim" will be hosted by the Paul Bunyan Trail Association, Oberstar and Brainerd Community Action.
The event will begin at noon with lunch at the trail head in Baxter. The ride will begin at 1:30 p.m. and everyone is welcome to join. There will be a stop in Nisswa for a short program and another stop in Pequot Lakes where Oberstar will make comments.
"McGaughey was key in transforming the unused railroad bed into the longest paved bike trail in Minnesota," Oberstar said in a statement. "Terry had a clear vision and volunteered his efforts during the past 30 years to help make this recreational trail available for everyone to enjoy."
The "Ride With Jim" celebrates the commitment Terry McGaughey's efforts to provide quality bike trails throughout the state, organizers said.
Nisswa Mayor Brian Lehman said in a statement, "The Paul Bunyan Trail and the people that it attracts to Nisswa is an economic attraction that has been very good for our businesses. Our resorts, retail shops, and restaurants all benefit from the trail's lure of tourists, bikers and local residents. It's an attraction, year-round, that individuals benefit from in order to keep physically fit while they are enjoying the beauty of our lakes through the greater Nisswa Lakes Area. Without the diligence, hard work, and leadership of Congressman Jim Oberstar and Terry McGaughey, Paul Bunyan Trail Association, the Nisswa lakes area would not have this great amenity to offer our guests each year. We appreciate their leadership abilities in promoting physical fitness and obtaining and keeping our trail system adequately funded. We are very thankful for their foresight."
The ride itinerary:
Noon - Meet at the Baxter Trailhead in the Northland Arboretum lower room for lunch sponsored by Congressman Oberstar.
1:30 p.m. - Leave Baxter/Brainerd Trailhead Start ride.
2:30 p.m. - Arrive Nisswa. Welcome by Mayor Brian Lehman
2:50 p.m. - Leave Nisswa.
3:30 PM - Arrive Pequot Trailside Information Center (Chamber of Commerce) for a short program.
The ride officially ends at the conclusion of the Pequot Lakes program at about 4 p.m. Riders may leave on their own back to the Baxter/Brainerd Trailhead or to any other destination.
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