Monday, May 24, 2010

Lake Pepin 3-Speed Tour

This was the third time in four years that I've done the Lake Pepin 3-Speed Tour. The casual slow-as-possible atmosphere and the quirks of old 3-speeds make this ride unique and enjoyable. Adding to my enjoyment this year was my 5-year-old daughter, Elissa, who rode with me on a 1960s Gitane tandem, converted to 3-speed:
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My mom was along for part of the 3-speed tour, too:
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As you can see, we didn't necessarily stick to the main roads. The 3-speed tour has the potential for some real adventure, as there are some very rustic (and scenic) roads that can be used as alternatives to the busier roads.

And then there are the bikes:
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And the locals:
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Elissa befriended this horse and fed him some grass.

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This year's 3-speed tour had an age range of riders spanning 87 years, from Elissa at age 5 to a gentleman from Michigan at age 92. They are the youngest and oldest ever to pedal the 3-speed tour, I believe.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

interesting concept for a bicycle rally. was the gitane converted to a 3 speed cogset/derailer or did it have an actual internally geared 3 speed hub? if it was an internally geared hub, were you concerned about it withstanding the rigors of dual pedalers compounded by steep, rocky uphills?

Shaun said...

Congrats to Elissa for being the youngest ever to ride the tour! That's fantastic!