I am really tired from city... I'm so missing about my "Belorussian" style of ride. And today I decided to fixed it. I took Yeva, bike and trailer. I found on the gravel map (what a great map!) some place with gravel not far away from my house . Drove to the Elm Creek area, parked my car and just going ahead.. Garmin 1000 ( what I got from Dan on the Christmas ) the best thing... You no need to worries to making route and keep in the mind where is your car...
I was surprised to get first road what is historical Downtown Maple Grove.
During the 27 miles of my ride I will few times see some historical places (I love it, I love history).
Actif Epica 2017 was not in my plans. I had free entry for AE which I won in the raffle at Arrowhead 135 few years ago. But could not to do last year (Yeva was too small to leave her without me)
But when my friends Thomas Woods( I met Thomas first time in 2013 during the Actif Epica race) wrote at FB that he planning to go (2 weeks before the start ), I decided to ask him about carpool. And he said that he is OK about carpool. Next step find place to stay. I asked Doris Nelson (me and Amy O.
stayed at her house last visit) if it will be ok to stay at her house?
And she was so nice to let do it for us . She was volunteer in this year
Arrowhead 135 (AH) have a special place in my heart.
2017 it was my 4th try and 3rd finish.
Every AH never was easy.
2014 - DNF (batteries in my light was dead, I had cold night at my bivy and get frozen butt) report here
2015 - Diarrhea 2nd women finish . At the 1st check point I bought prune juice and rest of the race had terrible diarrhea ) 2016 - SuperMom finish 3rd 7 weeks after Yeva was born with the stop at the check points for feeding baby and pumped my milk during the race (it was brutal race and I proud of myself)report here
It was my old dream to ride |crossing Lake Minnetonka. I rode across small lakes before, but always wonted something BIG )
It was fun to find someone who want to go with Steven Steichen, I never saw or rode with him before. But I found him in a group where is guys with good experience of adventure .
The weather was perfect. In the morning was little cold, but by the end of out trip was really HOT!
I made 14 miles ride with test drive my Russian wool boots Valenki against 45 north . Russia against USA ))) flat pedals against clips . Cheap against expensive.
Russian wool boots this is what my grandparents wearing , what every
family have in a small towns. All my childhood time we had this at
family . It was boots for outside ( when in winter time you have to go
outside for the firewood, to do stuff outside and, of course, to go to
the restroom ( yeah first 15 years in my life we have only outside restroom )) I really love this boots . It keeps my feet warm, have space for the extra#3,#4 pair of socks. For really cold temperatures it will be right choice. Need to thinking about how to make them work with clip pedals )
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This video about RACE I love watch it I have no idea what this race looks like.
And decided to go. Registration. Than preparation.