Today started like most Fridays. Get up at 4:45AM. Check the weather. Eat some fruit. Fill water bottles. Pack up stuff. Leave house on bike to meet friends for breakfast.
We've been meeting here at the Colossal in South Mpls for over a year. Some of the crew has been doing it even longer. After a hearty breakfast, we left for work.
Today we had a great crew and the ride was just a bit more spirited than normal. Our group broke into two groups this morning, the road group and the urban adventure group. While the road group took an agreed upon potty break, the urban adventure group rolled on.
Joe Meiser, our Friday morning tour guide and adventure route instigator, led the urban adventure group through the city. Our route consisted of pavement, gravel, dirt, rock, and the occasional grass yard/park section. Conan, I mean Martin, even pulled his trailer on today's ride. Crazy.
The zesty pace ended with a super slide and crash by Hinz while going way too fast through Hyland Park. Ouch. Sorry no pics of this, but it does look like a new left STI and some rest are in store for Trade Show Hinz this weekend.
This post isn't just about our ride. This ride is one of the best parts of my week. Even in crappy weather, I look forward to it every single week. It's helped me get healthier (despite the sizable breakfast!), helped me get stronger on my bike, and really helped me make some good friends that I just so happen to work with.
This post is about challenging each of you. I challenge and encourage each of you to get a group of folks together to meet once a week for breakfast followed by a ride into work. It could change you and improve your life. Even if it doesn't do either of those things, you'll at least have some fun and create some great memories.
Enjoy your weekend.
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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.