Central Minnesota’s congenial secret

We're in Dalbo, Minnesota, and earlier today our route leaders mentioned tonight may be a treat. We showed up at The Bicycle Bunkhouse, a barn-turned hostel for touring cyclists. Donn and Sherry Olsen are the couple responsible for building and maintaining it, and Bike the US for MS presented them this year's Dymond Award for …

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Leaving part of my heart in Minneapolis

A week ago, we thought we'd be getting two days off in Minneapolis, but late in the route, we realized we could shave a whole day off of riding if we added miles on Friday and went straight into Minneapolis from Prescott, Wisconsin. And since it was off-route, our maps were useless and we had …

Descending Route 7 in Minnesota (aka Controlled Fall Down A Mountain)

It's short, simple and pretty basic, but I finally uploaded some of Drew's GoPro footage! This is Route 7 in Minnesota, and we each hit around 40 mph. Drew is filming, Joe's in the black/charcoal helmet, Skylar's is red, Steph's is white/blue, Jen's is also black, and mine is white with the red stripe. But …

We are underway!

Three days, ~200 miles and about a dozen bananas into the trip, and I'm sitting in a quaint little lodge in Naples, Maine. Here's my view as I'm writing this: The whole trip began when we left Blacksburg to head to Bar Harbor, Maine last week. While the drive was seemingly never-ending, it was a grand …

The sun is rising over a sea of love and waffles and possibility

I'm either currently in, or poised to enter post-grad limbo, depending on your participle of choice. After walking at graduation, the fancy new video board in Cassell read something like, "Congrats Class of 2013!" So I turned to take a picture, thinking it'd be a nice way to capture the moment. This is what I got. Symbolically …