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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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.