This year I was not able to racing a lot. I changed my priority. First of all family. But is is hard ..
I love to ride with my girls. After our 2 days bike trip from Minneapolis to Duluth I started to dream about another. Now I know that Nadia is strong girl and could ride all day long.
I talked with my friend Alex Oenes about interesting rote, because this guy know everything . I love his wild style of riding. And he told me about this rote.He said that will be tunnel .. Oh I saw picture one day from some of my friend and so wanted to see it.But when I saw rote I was not sure about can we do all? Alex prepare to me all info, map ... I am lucky to have so nice friend.
Nadia had days off at school in October and I decided to use this days for our another wild trip.
I "forgot"that winter camping gear is much more heavy than in summer time.When I started to pack my stuff i had a panic : HOW i can pack all of this? How I will ride with trailer and all this stuff?????
Because Nadia's bike seat is so low I can not put anything at her bike. I put some her stuff in bike frame bag, all rest of the stuff was in my bags and trailer.
Dan never say nothing bad about any of my crazy ideas. No matter what it is bike wedding, AH 135 after 1?5 month of delivery baby .... He always says that he want that I will be happy ).He dropped us in camping Wednesday night with all our staff and back home (he had work).
Early morning we wole up, had breakfast , pack our stuff and slowly started. I was little worries - it was SUPER heavy bike.. Also at the start St Croix Bluffs Regional Park our way by St. Croix city was on HWY . Big shoulder on the road let me worries little less.
After 5 miles I had first mechanical problem with my bike. I fixed it and we kept going.
After that we keep going . I realized that I can not my plan 70 miles per day.The day light is shorter than in summer. And my goal was 50- 55 mile per day.
Nadia was strong girl. She rode all uphills and never says that she is tired.
That is way I love traveling. I love to see how other people live.. I love small towns. Life in small town much different than in big. And people also.
The nature around us was unreal beautiful. After flat Twin cities area all those hills was so nice to us.
I do not had plans WHERE we will stay at night. About 5 pm I started to looking for some place tor our tent. But next 5 miles was only swamp. I little worried.. I do not want to ride in dark.I turn after swamp to the woods , It was private property (as most in USA ((! ). I do not see house , but font sign with phone number of owners. I called him, asked to put tent for night at his wood. He said - NO!
Ok! We need hurry
We rode another 2 miles . I saw house by hwy and stopped to asked owner to put tent ( I do not have time to looking for something better- day is almost over).
The guy say that no problem . YEAH!
I never before sleep as close to the road, especially to HWY )))
I made dinner. Nadia never eat as good at home as the does in our trip ))).55 miles dome.
This is mean we can ride side by side and talk. Nadia love it )
My main problem that my phone do not normally charged. And always was close to dead battery and worse that my rote was on the phone. For emergency I have paper map of WI .
We was on the boarder of Onalaska and La cross when day was is over. When I saw few very strange guys on the trail I do not want anymore put tent on the trail. I found house close to trail and ask women to let us put tent at her private property .
She was so nice. She bring home made banana bread , I gave her Russian cookies .
Her husband asked us "вщ you need anything &do we want to took shower?"
I love America, I love so pleasant people here ).
I said - no, thanks.
After amother 20 miles of riding at the 3rd day we came to Sparta - bike capital of USA (I do not know WHY they called it like this)
about trail :
The trail is 32 miles in length on the abandoned Chicago & North Western Railroad bed and passes through three rock tunnels. The three century-old railroad tunnels hightlight the trail. The Kendall and Wilton tunnels are 1/4 mile long and the Norwalk tunnel is just over 3/4 mile long. The tunnels are dark and cool, even on the brightest days, and water from springs above the tunnels can trickle onto the trail. Bikers should walk bikes through the tunnels. The Trail is covered with limestone screenings and provides a smooth riding surface. The bridges are covered with planks and are guarded with railings. "
our lunch was in the park under this wonderful monument
after lunch we had 3!!!! tunnels. Road before each tunnel goes slowly and up up up... and speed down down down (((
In tunnels area was big traffic. For the last 2 days we do not meet almost nobody... but here a LOT of people who walked m rode bikes ....
Another 20+ miles and our trip was done. Dan came to pick up us...
When we sitting at gas station and waiting Dan Nadia said to me " so sadly that our trip is over"It was best what I can dream to hear.
For 3 days 180 miles. With THAT elevation, with all my stuff I am proud of us, I am PROUD of Nadia. At 11 years old I never rode more that 15 miles per day.
I hope she will keep this in рук mind/
Yeva was a wonderful kid - do not crying and best child ever )
I love my girls team!
PS and yes, I broke another spoke )this is traditionally in this year for me
our rote ( not sure that all opened
We finished at Kendal city.