Day two of the LPTST was vastly different for me than last year. Since main riding buddy, Steve (above), was ill last year, I spent much of the second day riding solo. Since I didn’t know about the various alternate routes, I tended to stay on the main route along the lake. The main route is fine and includes many great views of the water, but the alternates offer more elevation variation, challenge, and much less traffic. This year I had two riding buddies, Steve and Shawn, we took the roads less traveled, and it (as the saying goes) made all the difference.
I intended a smaller number of “highlight” photos, and I actually edited many out. But this post is still photo heavy because these images evoke too many happy thoughts to omit.
Early in the day, happy to be on low traffic roads, and before any major climbs
Climbs looming in the distance
Three-speedin’ through the green
Shawn seems to always climb with a great attitude
Steve climbing up through high humidity air
After the initial steep climb to the plateau, the roads wound left and right and the going was somewhat easier
It was quite blustery up top, mostly tailwind, and we rolled on just out of reach of the rain showers
Pausing to admire a view of Lake Pepin…way down there
The interesting variation in old barns is impossible to describe, we loved riding by them all day and admiring them
Using the tree as a wind block for our stoves at the Lake City brew-up
Just ride…until its time to stop for tea (or coffee)
Hanging out lakeside with my lollygagging buddies
You’ll have to take my word that its a Bald Eagle. We don’t see these where I come from, so it was a thrill for me.
Jon, the Shirt Tail Organizer, leaves Lake City on a lovely tandem. He had a stoker on the first day.
Ahhh…empty gravel roads, just like back home…well, not exactly
Last year there was an old one lane bridge here. This year, the wide, new monstrosity was much less pleasant to the eyes. But we used it as re-grouping place anyway.
The traditional Frontenac wall gathering and photo-op.
You don’t see the Dursley-Pederson bicycle every day. Hmmm…maybe I try a bow tie next time…
Top of wall view
This Hill Avenue alternate route is as pretty as they come
Don’t let this fancy dressed lady fool you…she is a strong rider.
While pretty, Hill Avenue does include one challenging climb. Although this isn’t the hardest part, its still much steeper than it looks in the photo.
Noel, in many ways, is the heart and soul of this tour. I want to ride like this man when I’m his age. Everyone loves Noel.
Flower Valley Road is a long, gradual uphill which included (yes) wildflowers blooming all along the way.
After this came the rushing descent into Red Wing, and the bittersweet end of the LPTST for another year. For three of us, however, there was more three speed touring ahead. I’ll speak to that in my next post.