Last week marked the official 2nd Annual Fargo Adventure ride. Some might argue that it really is the 3rd, but that first one was really just a bike ride with friends that provided the back drop and vision for this annual ride. The concept is really pretty simple. Get like minded individuals together for camping and a non traditional ride that challenges everyone in some way. It's not a race and if folks want to race it, we encourage them to find an actual "race" to enter instead of coming on this ride. This ride is about fun, adventure, challenge and friendship. It could be argued that the routes and adventures are designed to highlight the versatile and capable Salsa Fargo, but I would argue the routes and adventures are planned to challenge folks and that the Fargo is simply the right tool for the job.
Due to severe weather here in MN, this year's event shrunk quite a bit. The campground we stayed at on Thursday evening during the storms was almost vacant. I wondered who would show up for the ride? Nine brave souls came out and trusted me to guide them through my local roads, trails and unmarked pathways. We finished the day with 60 miles of varied terrain and surfaces. All had smiles on their faces. All were challenged in some way. A few of us crashed (me included). In the end, I left the day excited about riding and about sharing my local riding secrets with good folks.
Here are a few images from the day. Hope you enjoy. Someday, maybe some of you can come up here and participate in one of these. Heck, maybe we'll come out to your area and ride with you. Who knows where our Fargos will take us?
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Growing up as a Minnesota farm boy, I developed an appreciation and love for land and open space. This appreciation has fostered two passions, cycling and photography. Both of these passions provide freedom, encourage me to explore and foster creativity. More importantly though, my journey with a bike and a camera reminds me that the world is big and I am small.