Monday, April 22, 2013

Summer is coming, maybe - Country Bike Rally

This photo was taken on my commute home a few nights ago. While that snow didn't survive the sun, we're supposed to get up to 10 more inches tonight. It's April 22.

But next weekend it's gonna be 70F, so maybe Spring/Summer will actually be here soon. Maybe.

Assuming the meteorology catches up with the calendar, I'm expecting a good summer of riding. The first "event" of the year for me will be the Midwest Country Bike Rally. It's been easy for me to forget that this event is less than 6 weeks away, but it will be held June 1-2 in Spring Valley, MN. I expect warm weather and lush greenery, but who knows.

The riding will commence around 8 AM on June 1 and finish in the afternoon/evening on June 2 for a total of approximately 100 miles. The roads will be a mix of paved and "rustic", and there will be some big hills. Like last year, we will try to keep the group together, waiting for slower riders if necessary, and in general riding at a relaxed sightseeing pace. There will be a camping overnight somewhere near Preston, MN. There will be no sag wagon or support provided, so we'll have to carry our own stuff and hope for the best. You'll have to bring your own food and camping gear and have your bike in good working order. I'll navigate the route, and organize camping accommodations for the evening of June 1.

If two days of riding don't quite satisfy you, consider riding to/from Spring Valley on May 31 and June 3, respectively. It's about 130 miles each way. That's how I'm planning to do it. I'll be leaving HC early in the AM on May 31 and making a day of it. Please contact me if you'd like to join this part of the adventure. Alternately, you could cut the bike distance in half by taking Amtrak to Winona and riding to Spring Valley. Amtrak is somewhat risky though, because the train is routinely several hours late. If that happens, you could be in for a long day.


UPDATE: Posters are in stock. Please stop in the shop to purchase, or order through our web catalog here.

Here's a testimonial that I enjoyed:
"I got mine the other day - it's at the frame shop now. Beautiful! And better yet, it made my daughter (9 years old) want to go bike camping this summer."

Last Fall I took this picture at our unofficial campsite in Upper Michigan.
The photo has been a favorite of mine, conjuring up the pleasantest memories. I asked Adam Turman to use this photo for inspiration for the 2013 edition of the annual HC poster. Here's the result.
I couldn't be happier with this one.

I expect to start shipping these by mid-April, but you can pre-order now. Go to Under the "categories" heading, click "search" and type in "poster" for the keyword (you'll also see the few remaining 2011 and 2012 posters that are available for a reduced price while supplies last). Sorry for the odd ordering instructions, but there are technical issues that arise when I try to post a link to this.

Also, please note that shipping in the US is $5 (poster tube plus actual USPS charge). Our shopping cart will tell you it's $10. Please don't email me about this. I process orders manually and will charge $5 for shipping.