Not long ago, I put together a little Fatbike River Ramble. Several brave souls showed up. My desire for the day was to ride from Saint Paul, MN to Shakopee, MN on the Minnesota River Valley. There is a trail that runs this distance, but the intent was to not ride in trail. It was about fun and exploration and we'd be off trail for much of the time. This would not be possible without fatbikes and my bike of choice is the Mukluk Ti. We explored some new areas that most of us have never seen before despite riding this trail frequently.
As the self appointed tour guide, I had explored the area a couple times the week prior. I had scouted a beaver dam that I thought would be fun to ride. It had roughly a 6-8" wide firm mud track, water to the left and branches and sticks everywhere to the right. I got out there to ride it and given my skill level and the fact that I was carrying camera gear, I decided to walk it. Koski, one of our engineers, rode it. He didn't give me any time to grab or set up my camera gear so the above shot is quick and in the moment. Koski is riding a prototype Salsa Mukluk with hand painted Surly Rolling Daryls with Nate tires. He killed it no problem.
In the end, we rode 35+ miles of trail and off trail. We found new routes as well as some old washed up junk. My favorite part of the day besides the perfect fall weather and exploring was seeing people experience for the first time the "I can go almost anywhere and ride over just about anything with my fatbike." As an observer, I could visually see the freedom that a few of the folks felt when they left the main trail. That is exactly what I had hoped for when I planned this one fall ride.
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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.