I called Thomas after yesterday’s awesome crust ride, and asked if he’d like to check it out today. He gave me his typical answer…. “sure thing Dad what time??”
I had to drive bus until 10 a.m. so we left shortly thereafter.
Today was potentially the last day for such riding, with forecasted overnight lows in the upper 20’s and daytime highs reaching the 40’s…… so it was good to get out for a little bit.
This year’s ride was a huge hit; even with conditions that were less than ideal.
Almost 2.5′ of snow the week before ride day; the most snow since the Halloween blizzard of ’91…. then temps never dipping much below freezing, made conditions that were less than optimal.
Still, 37 rider’s showed up with awesome aditudes, not surprising knowing the fatbike crowd.
I really CAN NOT say thank you enough to all the rider’s!!
Also, my family and the volunteers came through with flying colors to make year 4 of the Pie Burner go off without a hitch!!
A tip of the hat to you all!!
Below is only a fraction of photo’s taken mostly by our 13 year old Zack; who has shown he may have a future behind the camera lens!! Thanks Z!!
I’d like to thank all the sponsor’s for their generosity… but a special shout out to Surly Bikes, you all were more than generous!! THANK YOU!!
And as always Sandy and Palmers Tavern did an outstanding job host all us fatbike freaks!!
The quality human beings that attend this event always blows my mind!!!
It shouldn’t be that way, but as long as it stays…. we’ll keep putting on this ride!!
One Brian Hatsly getting recognized for being the driving force behind this ride on the 4th ride year!! Thanks to MBR for donating the gallon flask. Beside this here guy being a solid human… he’ll also put this gallon flask to good use!!
See you all in 2017!!
And a perfect example of our ever changing terrain in northern Minnesota. Photo credit to David Ristau
The Pie Burner Thanksgiving Weekend FatBike Ride Toys For Tots Donation update…..
$305.00 raised!! 36 toys, books and stocking stuffers donated!!
You fatbikers are a kickass crew!!
Or so it would seem…. bring on the Fiddlin’ Fifty!! 😉
Today down the Bunker grade….
Our next test as a riding crew will be The Fiddlin’ Fifty Gravel ride. It goes off August 27th in Balkan Township just north of Chisholm, Mn.
This is the rides 3rd year…. Scott and Susan do an awesome job with their grassroots event!!
The event has two distances this year…. the names sake 50 mile ride and a new 15 mile route. Something unique, and a great way for new people, or younger riders to experience riding gravel without committing to a longer distance.
Anyway…. we are preparing for our ride day….
Extremely proud of this group.
Goals were set, met, and blown out of the water!!
These two biked 70 miles….
This one 25….
This scary individual pedaled around 42 miles
As usual the weather was perfect.
The company was stellar, and smiles were all around!!
Following will be random shots taken throughout the day….
A final break before we made the final push to the finish.
These 3 were stronger than some adults I saw throughout the day!!
Food makes everything better after pedaling some good miles…..
The “century boy’s”
If you were 12 and rode your fatbike 70 miles, you’d need a bit of a nap after too. 😉
Well done children!!
Before Saturday’s GRE Mesabi Trail Tour ride.
My crew is all set!! Our last long ride is in the books.
Our turn around spot was “The Stand” in Chisholm, Mn. 11 miles in. The carrot of ice cold frosty mugs of root beer’s, was just what was needed on the hot sticky August 1st pedal!!
The rest of these pictures tell the story better than any word’s can!!
What’s any bike ride worth if there’s not some goofing around time???
It’s that time of year for our annual Great River Energy Mesabi Trail Tour ride. More on that in a moment.
The past 2.5 months have been consumed by U10 girl’s softball.
These girl’s opened my eyes once again to the fun sports can entail!!
Thanks for that young ladies!!
Our future all star!! 😉
This Saturday is the GRE Mesabi Trail Tour…. our miles are on our ass’s and it’s soon to be go time!!
These picture’s are from our final 27.5 ride last Thursday…..
Everybody likes ice cream!! 😉