Thursday, June 16, 2011
We awoke to grey skies to begin the longest ride of our 7-day trek – 80 miles today from International Falls to Big Fork. We all unexpectedly set new personal bests for one-day of bicycling after reading an optimistic itinerary that told us to plan for a 65 mile day. Luckily it was a cool overcast day with no rain. Today and numerous planned stops with drink and food topped by ice cones in Eppie. Scott Peterson was recognized at our final dinner tonight as the most diligent cyclist.
Over the course of six days, we made many new friends and found the Klobisher riders to be a close knit group that looks forward to the “Jaunt with Jim” much as an annual family reunion. Much to our delight, these folks are a diverse and talented group. They taught us much about bicycling – there were many types of cycles from folding bikes to road bikes to recumbents and trikes. Top of list was John Murrin’s three-speed antique Road Show bike.
Tonight we rest for our final leg back to Blackduck and our vehicles that take us away from our new friends and as great adventure comes to an end.
|80 mile route from International Falls to Big Fork|
|Big Fork, Minnesota, population 464|
|Morning orientation at International Falls|
|Singing tribute to Jim Klobuchar|
|Big Fork River|
|Bob and Dan at big Fork|
|Double decker outhouse...take the high road|
|Finally a Big Fork sighting|
|John departs a day early to meet with his parole officer|
|Scotty, gets awarded the determination award... 76 yrs old...400 miles|
|OMG...NOT THE CHICKEN DANCE...what happens in Minnesota...|
|Dan has issues after 80 Miles in the Saddle|