The annual Pedal Pilgrimage to the Grasshopper Chapel in Cold Spring gets under way at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15. This 23-mile bike ride combines spiritual and physical exercise. Bikers gather at the base of Chapel Hill in Cold Spring, then bike the paths and roads, stopping at country churches before returning back to the Grasshopper Chapel.
Thursday, Aug. 15, is the Feast of the Assumption in the Roman Catholic calendar. While the prayer during the pilgrimage will reflect this theme, the pilgrimage is open to people of all faith traditions. Pilgrims usually return by 7 p,m,, in time for Mass on top of Assumption Hill. Pilgrims and their families are welcome to an optional pizza dinner in Cold Spring before returning home. The Assumption Chapel, also known as the Grasshopper Chapel, is located atop Chapel Hill in Cold Spring on Pilgrimage Road off Maple Hill Road, south of Hwy. 23 in Cold Spring. The chapel gets its grasshopper nickname from a miraculous ending to a central Minnesota grasshopper plague of the 1870s.
The registration fee is $10. Early-bird registrants may order a Pedal Pilgrimage T-shirt.