My friend Jill (from the Ada Bike Shop) and I left early Thursday morning. I had only been home for three days since Ore to Shore and I will be the first to admit that I was NOT organized or prepared in the least for this trip. Scott stayed home with the dogs and I'm pretty sure I heard him mutter "hurricane Danielle" more then once as I was frantically unpacking and packing. Luckily I have it down and didn't forget anything.
Twin Six Brent told me to run a 32x20. Jill ran a 32x21 since she tore her ACL last winter in roller derby and only recently got "full clearance" to do full impact sports. Like riding a singlespeed over rocks and roots and roller derby. Finally we arrived around dinner time!
That's me...right there!!!
METAL group, all on single speeds! It was really cool to see.
favorite bike company in the world! Minneapolis kind of feels like my home away from home!
The head boss man of Salsa...
I was drooling over both of his bikes...
I had a lot of fun following E-fred around. He showed me the good lines to take and I got some good rock practice in...
After our ride Jill and I headed over to QBP, also known as bike heaven!
Dork alert! PS. Not sure what I was looking at in this picture!
This was my second time touring QBP and I was just as in awe as I was the first time. We saw most of the 2014 Salsa bikes and they all are incredible. I think I'm in trouble! There are at least 4 that I absolutely need for racing next year. I could have stayed there all day but eventually we left, had dinner and then started to get our gear ready for the race. We had to be up at 5 a.m. to drive up to Winona the next day and by 9 p.m. I was getting a little stressed about going to bed. I hate early mornings.
At this point Brent mentioned that he had to go back to Twin Six headquarters and any thoughts of going to bed early went out the window. I grabbed my purse and was out the door before he could finish his sentence! New T6 t-shirts triumph sleep any day of the week!!!
There were too many cool t-shirts to choose from but I did a pretty good job of restraining myself. And I remembered Scott!!!
Finally it was time to get ready for bed. It was 10:30 p.m. and I was completely exhausted. Bikes and gear were all ready to go and Jill had picked out which booty shorts to race in....we were as ready as we could be!
To be continued...