I'm getting fired up for the Mammoth Gravel Classic this weekend - the second leg of our Dirty Millennium quest. Training has been sporadic, but we managed an 80 mile ride last weekend following a circuitous route to & from Stillwater.
We were both on new bikes so the day was as much about feeling our way around our rides as it was about getting time in the saddle. Heading East to Stillwater we followed the Gateway trail to the end & then rode South on 55 into Stillwater. The outbound trip was upwind, but we rode pretty hard and felt the benefits of our new bikes.
The ride home was downwind and super easy - I barely even remember pedaling. We rode straight West on 12 out of Stillwater, connected up with the Gateway trail then took the Bruce Vento trail into St Paul. The Vento trail was a nice surprise and a route I'm sure we'll follow again.
As usual our trip was punctuated by stops at preferred watering holes: this time we chose Whitey's in Stillwater and the Summit Brewery in St Paul. Another nice day on the bike.