Salsa Ride Day - Spring Gravel

Last Friday some of the Salsa Crew celebrated April 1st with our first Ride Day of 2011. For newcomers here, Ride Days are days when Salsa takes the workday to the pavement, singletrack, or in this case, gravel. We schedule these special days out well in advance so that as many of the crew can partake.

This time around some folks couldn't escape the office but that didn't stop the our minimal group of five from getting out, spinning the cranks, and getting in a nice solid ride on a blustery gray day.

Jason plotted the route this time around and gave us a peek at one of the routes he used while training for the 2010 Dirty Kanza 200. We met up south of the Twin Cities in Northfield, had a quick coffee and pastry, and then climbed aboard our bikes for a few hours of gravel.

Here are a few photos from the day.

The forecast called for rain or snow but the Luck of the Ride Days continued and it stayed dry all day. Mark and Thomas splitting fields.

Hiding among all those farm fields was a treasure trove of hills. They were a quick reminder as to just how long our Minnesota winter is.

A few puddles remained from rain the night before but the roads were surprisingly dry. We had a lot of snow this winter but there were very few reminders of it around.

The route was a nice blend of rolling terrain with a few steep uphills thrown in. I think we were passed by about 4 cars during the 3-hour ride.

Jason putting the hammer down after hanging back for some photos. The good news is that 'What goes up...'

'....must come down.' Justin says hello to his friend gravity.

We did get a quick spot of sun at one point when we rolled up to an old historic church. We took a short break there but the wind was really sucking away the body heat so we didn't sit long.

Justin must have had his photo-mojo on last Friday. He leads Mark and Thomas through another roller.

Enroute back to Northfield, Jason took the Crew past his future retirement property where he's going to build a home. It was April Fool's Day but we have a sneaking suspicion that he wasn't kidding.

To all the folks riding in this Saturday's Ragnarok 105 we wish you the best of luck. Enjoy the gravel.

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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.


Glenn Charles | April 8th, 2011

Awesome photos guys! Got a chance to ride Errin’s new Ti Fargo the other day and it is really one sweet ride!

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Tom Hammond | April 8th, 2011

Amazing photos. Please have your photographer respond with the equipment he uses (camera, lens, etc.) Great composition.

Tobie DePauw | April 8th, 2011

Great article, guys.
Don’t you have another gravel ride day planned in May? May 29th, maybe?

Kid Riemer

Kid Riemer | April 8th, 2011

Thanks Tom, I’m slowly getting back into the photo thing after quite a few years away from it.

Camera body was a Nikon D90.

I don’t have any fancy new glass so I was using some old school lenses that make me use manual focus and manual exposure only. The two lenses were Nikon 85mm F2.0 and a 200mm F4.0.

The nice thing about those old lenses is they are small and pretty light. Bought both used long ago but they are still pretty sharp…probably far sharper than my eyesight which is slowly going bad.

I did have a Panasonic Lumix point and shoot with a nice wide lens along with me but never took it out of the bag that day.

Daniel Clark | April 8th, 2011

What gorgeous dirt roads you have there! “Passed by 4 cars on a 3-hour ride” says it all.  And great, great photos once again!

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John B | April 8th, 2011

My wife and I have been really happy with the the nikkor 50mm f1.8. It is a crisp prime lens with some of the best optics Nikon ever made. these older manual lenses are a steal.

Jerry | April 8th, 2011

it was great to see you guys last Friday. Love the pictures. Jason-I’m one step ahead of you on that farmer trail property. it’s 50 acres and would make some nice single track next to the some the best gravel roads in rice county.  unfortunately they’re asking $200,000 for the land. we may need to take up a collection.

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Wally | April 9th, 2011

I know most of those roads. Nice. Wish I was there.

Daniel Clark | April 9th, 2011

Your ride inspired me to do one of my own today.

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Allen Beauchamp | April 13th, 2011

Gorgeous shots, as usual. Nice to see you all out grinding the gravel :)

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