Gregg Aamot of Willmar, left, and his son, Manny, 5, bike Wednesday afternoon along the trail next to County Road 41 in Willmar. While bicycles have always been popular for the health benefits and recreational opportunities they provide, they are increasingly being purchased for their utilitarian value as well. (Tribune photo by Gary Miller)
Neither bumps nor fiscal pits keep West Central Minnesota bicyclists from outdoors
WILLMAR -- A harsh winter has taken its toll on the Glacial Lakes State Trail, making it a bumpy ride for the many bicyclists who ply the scenic route that follows an abandoned railbed from Willmar to Paynesville.
Tight budgets are making it difficult too for those who want to see more trails developed and existing routes improved.
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