Hello friends of three speeds. I made some noises about wanting to head out to Minnesota (and Wisconsin) in May for the annual Lake Pepin Three Speed Tour. But it looks like that isn’t going to happen, at least not in 2019.
No, it’s not because I’m over the event, or over three speeds. It’s just the practical complications: Emee won’t be able to go because of work stuff, and while I can go solo if I really want to, it’s more fun to go with someone else. Plus, while self-employment means my schedule is more flexible than in the past, I’m pretty broke right now so I should save my cash. And this year is shaping up to be a pretty busy one for me in regards to travels and bike rides. Something has to give.
Still, I feel a twinge of sadness about not going to Pepin. I’ve gone four times so far (2014, 2015, 2016, and 2018), each time being a blast. And Emee had a blast last year, and really wants to go again. But going every year isn’t always possible.
There’s the practical reality of us living in the Northwest and the ride happening in the Midwest. For the trip to be worth it to me, it has to consist of train travel, which is a total of four days, plus some time in Minneapolis (usually three days). Add that to the weekend of the ride, we’re looking at about a week and a half dedicated to the event. That’s quite a bit of time. It’s easier for all those three speed nutters who live in the upper Midwest to go every year, since it’s just a (long) weekend for them. I knew that I wouldn’t be able to go every year even if I wanted. I’m amazed that I pulled off a three year streak.
Emee and I are still hoping to go again, hopefully in 2020. If we do, we’d also like to make the trip even longer so we can do more things out that way. As it was, the Sunday evening of last year’s ride was hectic, as we had to drive back to St. Paul, drop off a rental car, box bikes, and get on a train by 10 PM. We don’t want to repeat that.
In any case, taking a year off should mean that I’ll be even more excited for it in 2020!
In the meantime, there’s plenty of goings-on in these parts. I’m still gearing up for the Three Speed Adventure April challenge and the Three Speed Ride on Saturday April 20th. And Emee and I are heading up to La Conner, Washington on St. Patrick’s Day weekend to participate in the Dandy Daffodil Tweed Ride. While it’s not specifically a three speed ride, it has elements of it. After riding it last year, I felt like it was a miniature Lake Pepin Three Speed Tour. So we’re looking forward to it!
Are you going to be heading to Lake Pepin? Or maybe on one of my rides?