Ride Local

Late last week I opened up Facebook and found an invitation from an old friend of mine to take part in his Fatbike Adventure Ride that weekend. Josh, or Deathrider, as I know him, likes to have fun and I figured he’d have a treat in store for anyone who showed up. 12 of us did, and I only knew a couple of them.

We rolled past a dead beaver (perhaps an omen of sorts?) and stopped so Josh could address the assembled mass of fatbike folks. It went something like this: “We’re going to ride a bunch of different surfaces including dirt, sand, rocks, and creek beds, climb up a cliff, pull our bikes up with a rope, push up and down some unrideable steeps, do some mud runs…and you definitely are going to get wet.”

And he was right. We did all those things, and more, on a six-plus hour route that took full advantage of both the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers and the surrounding natural terrain.

It was a fantastic reminder that adventure really is where you find it…or perhaps, where you look for it.

You see bumper stickers all the time that say Eat Local or Buy Local or Shop Local. Perhaps it’s time for one that says Ride Local?

Get out and find something new in your neighborhood. Then share it with someone.

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Mike Riemer

Mike Riemer

I love being outside. I prefer to ride on dirt. Or snow. If I was born a hundred years earlier I might have been a polar explorer. There's a great natural world out there to see, smell, taste, listen to, and experience. Life slows down out there and the distractions we've created will disappear if you let them. Give me a backpack and let me go.


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John | October 18th, 2011

Where are the pictures??!!

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Kid Riemer | October 18th, 2011

John: I actually forgot the camera…and (this might sound strange) am actually glad I did. It was nice to just ride a bike and have fun and store the images and events in my mind for a change.

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Deek | October 18th, 2011

Josh posted some pictures to his blog. Look away, Kid, so as not to disrupt your mental images. :)


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Pete | October 18th, 2011

Bummed I missed it but I have been riding some good fat bike miles in SoDak at the in-laws this week.  Hopefully this becomes a regular event.  :D

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cmherron | October 20th, 2011

Totally awesome!  Seriously.

Daniel Clark | October 20th, 2011

I love riding local!  If, and/or when I get a Mukluk, there is going to be yet even MORE local riding.  I will be exploring railroad beds and anything that looks remotely rideable.  Currently, my first-gen Fargo gets most of it’s use on the local county dirt roads.  We have a decent amount of them in Kent County, Michigan.  You just gotta seek them out!

FT | October 23rd, 2011

Great post.  All the epic expeditions are cool and interesting, but most of us don’t have the means to fly off to far away lands for bike adventures.  Thanks for giving props to finding local adventures!  We were riding some of those same trails the night before… if it weren’t for beers and bikes late into the night, I would have joined you guys.  Hopefully next time.

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