Outdoors blog: Bicyclist spends a good week in Apostles
By: Sam Cook, Duluth News Tribune
Bicyclist returns from Apostles trek
Marlin Ledin, the Washburn bicyclist who planned to spend up to a week riding and camping among the
Ledin, 25, spent five days last week on the ice traveling about 35 miles in all. He towed a small raft with emergency supplies for safety. He traveled to Basswood and Hermit islands.
“I’ve learned a lot more about ice travel, that’s for sure,” Ledin said. “The main thing I learned is that a bicycle and a person is a lot lighter than a snowmobile or a car, and places that people [in vehicles] normally consider not safe are totally fine.”
Ledin did find some ice so thin he quickly reversed course, he said. He checked the ice thickness with a pocket knife. If he found 4 inches, he felt it was safe to proceed.
“One of the main things I got out of this was — sleeping in my tent on the ice with nobody around, hearing coyotes howling and the ice cracking under me — I felt very small, just a little speck. I felt like I was a guest in someone else’s house, playing by their rules,” he said.
Ledin also made lots of sound recordings of the ice, from both above and below the ice. He’s continuing to gather those sounds on