Thursday night, I flew out of Sac with Bluebell, my new-to-me Bike Friday New World Tourist. I was terrified as I left her in the airline's custody. After a quick three hour flight, those fears were put to rest as I opened the case back up to see everything in pretty good shape and all accounted for.
That afternoon, I put her back together and was pleasantly surprised to see that everything was as it should be! The only casualty was that I popped the front tube when I inflated it back up too quickly and got a pinch flat.
I stayed overnight at a fellow Adventure Cycling staff member's house in Minnesota. I even saw a family of bald eagles!
The next day, we drove out to meet the participants and get the tour started.
It's been a great trip. Today, after setting up the lunch stop and cleaning it back up, I had some time to ride the route once everyone was back. I was so glad to have gotten out as I hadn't ridden in a couple of days and really needed the exercise with all this great food lying around.
It was just a 16 mile day so it was quick enough to do in an afternoon. A perfect, meandering ride, mostly on bike path. The weather has been beautiful. Tomorrow is a longer day as we head down the Paul Bunyan trail toward Braxton.
Bluebell rides beautifully. I need to make a few adjustments and get used to the shifting a bit more but we're having a blast!