Monday, July 23, 2012

80 miles on my Trusty Pugsley!! Crazy or not; it's what I do.......... ;)

Friday found me working a 1/2 day; that...... in it's self is a good thing!! 
Ha Ha

The main reason was to see how long it would take me to get to Grand Rapids, Mn. About a  30-40 car ride from Hibbing. You see on August 4th there's the annual Great River Energy Mesabi Trail Tour ride. This year it starts in Grand Rapids and ends in Virginia, Mn. 
64 miles along a paved trail in northern Mn. 
Every year this event highlights a different section of this soon to be 115 mile long trail from Grand Rapids to Ely, Mn.  This event has become an annual event for the kids and myself. With the kids joining me at different spots along the trail.
This year Zack will join me in Hibbing for the 26 mile ride to Virginia, with Jenna joining her brother and I in Buhl, Mn. for her 13 mile ride to Virginia. It's always a fun time, and very challenging for the kids. Which in my eyes is a good thing for them. 

I hear you; so how long did it take you!!?? 
The ride to Rapids took me 3 hours and 47 minutes! Just under an 11 miles an hour average, with a 13-15 mph head wind. I figure early a.m. On the 4th I can cut that time down to 3 or even 2:30 with no head wind. We'll see on that one though!! LOL

Anyway, that brings me to another point I was asked before I left work Friday. 
All I heard from the guys I work with was....... WHY???

Truthfully? I did not know how to answer them!! The only reply I could muster was; 
Crazy or not!!
The guys who really know me didn't even question, they already know that's how I am. 

Yes, a road bike would've made the journey easier, but then again; that's not the point now is it? A road bike would not have made it more FUN though; and to me, that's the be all and  end all......... FUN!! 

It should be noted..... That picture of the thermometer,  was with it in the shade!!!!
I almost didn't attempt the ride back, but after a lot of water and gatorade, and an hour of sitting in "the shade" I mounted up and started my journey back home!! ;) 

Crazy or not........ Ride what ya want and LOVE IT!!

As always, a big thanks to my family for letting me "DO WHAT I DO!!"
I LOVE you all!!



  1. A good post with a great sentiment......


  2. I think it is great you are including your children.

    Riding into the wind...oh boy. I bet it's even tougher on the big tire.

    Loved the pictures and the write-up. Great post!!