|Riders assembled and getting ready for the Fargo Reunion Ride|
Of course, since we arrived a little late, the rest of the crew had gotten wind of the previous night's escapades. Jason was giving us the business, as he should have, and noted that several Guitar Ted Death Rides had started out similarly. Yes......it is true.Well, I had to put on my "big boy pants" and suck it up. I had no one to blame but myself if there was some friendly ribbing or a tough day in store for me.
Besides myself, there were eleven riders there. One, Timothy, from as far away as Kentucky. MG, of course, Martini, Justin The Younger, my friend Tony, and several people I met for the first time. It was a good group. The first order of business after mustering was to head over to the famous Nerstrand Meat Market to load up on meat products.
|The Nerstarnd Meat Market is a fifth generation family business.|
|The Birthday Boy doing what he loves- Riding with friends and taking pictures!|
|(L-R) Tony, Timothy, and MG following in the wake of the County Maintainer. You couldn't do that in Iowa!|
|Good conversations, good views, good roads.|
|Jason said, "Barns for GT!" as we rode past this farm.|
|Martini, a photography buff himself, was snapping away all day on the ride.|
|The level of preservation of some farms and barns was amazing. Here even the garage survives seemingly intact from original.|
|This way boys!|
|MG describing the contents of the silo. There was a package of Oreos in there!|
|Products from the Nerstrand Meat market were being consumed along with some good conversation at the silo stop.|
MG was a curious soul and stuck his head into the slot of an opening on one side of the silo. He then commenced to give us all a description of the contents of the silo which were well below ground level. Apparently, there was a package of unopened Oreos down there. No one offered to retrieve those, so we began to slowly get along to remounting our bicycles and getting back on to the road to more sights and bigger hills than we had ridden all day.
Of course, this big loop was mostly based off of the old Rawland Route, of which I was very familiar with having ridden it back in 2010. I remembered that there was a big climb on a Level B Maintenance road called "Shady Lane". I wondered if we might be heading there sooner or later. I was wondering if I was up to the task of tackling that hill. I didn't know for sure, but it was such a cool climb on such a beautiful road that I almost didn't care if I wasn't up to it. Roads like that one are hard to come by! With no cue sheets and only Jason's and Ben's directions to go by, I would have to wait to find out.
Tomorrow- The Fargo Reunion Ride- Part 3