|The "unofficial" Fargo Adventure Ride where I was introduced to the Fargo in '08|
It was a really great ride, and was dubbed as the first "Fargo Adventure Ride" by myself and others, but "officially", it was just a Salsa event. The adventure was awesome from my point of view. I had never done anything quite like it before. I had my first taste of trailside coffee on this ride, but there were more firsts. I recall that this was when Obama was elected, I had my first taste of Sriracha sauce on hard boiled eggs, (thanks Mike Reimer!), and I came home with a brand spanking new Fargo, which I have been riding off and on to this very day. Definitely a "red letter day" in my life!
|That's me on the left riding the last "official" Fargo Adventure Ride. Image courtesy of GNAT.|
|My Fargo leaning up against a grocery store on 2009's GTDRI ride.|
|Me at Odin's Revenge last Summer (Image courtesy of M Quigley)|
I have ridden this Fargo through Winters, muddy Spring times, at the Night Nonsense gravel event when it rained all night on me. I've ridden this bike on awesome rides all alone and with groups of folks that were a blast to be with. There are just so many great times associated with this bike.
Finally, I have to say that even in 2014, the Gen 1 Fargo still works as a concept. It is not suspension corrected, which may be off-putting to many, but as a "heavy duty- all road bike" with "mountain biking/bike packing/adventure characteristics, it has no peer at this time. (Well, maybe there is that Co-Motion rig, but those are rare.) Is the Gen 1 fargo "perfect"? Not by a long shot, no. I wish it had the Alternator drop outs, for one thing, but it is dang close to being a perfect rig for these crazy gravel road and dirt road adventures I like.
I know one thing- there's going to be more memories forged with this bike, and I cannot wait to get to doing that!
See Jason Boucher's take on the first Fargo appearance at the GTDRI and what effects it had on him here.