Monday, July 9, 2007

And now for something completely different

Mark Wheat, maybe you were behind our throng of beer-thirsty, anarchist riders as we peacefully assaulted St Paul on a hot, hot Saturday. I sure as hell hope so.The Thirsty 7's Fat Tire Tour. Grandmaster Nick Sande put this one together and it was nothing except A-Class cycling entertainment for a thirst-quenching cause. 7/7/07 -- a Saturday. Seven stops including three breweries. I paced myself and I was happy. After all, the long night before and the 96 degree heat were pressing upon me to be kind to myself. My bike of choice? The 1X1. Fat tire, baby, all the way. Single speed. When you're drinking beer on an all-day Saturday ride, who wants to think/worry about shifting gears. Just go.

Dave Gray wows us all at the start. A couple of weeks ago he broke his femur. (Check out the juicy details on the Surly blog at http://www.surlybikes.com/) He rode up that morning on a specially modified Big Dummy. He's nothing short of an inspiration. Bill acting like he's had a 4-pack o' Surly already. The first stop was a beer stash at Hidden Falls. Julia is enjoying the shade. Shade was a good thing. Shade was my friend.
Brauer Power gleans the nectar from a punctured vial of Furious. Ever resourceful and thrifty is that Brauer.An animated Dave Lee and his beautiful fiance, Dawn. Our group pretty much took over the plaza across from Great Waters in downtown St Paul. We stormed the holy city, upsetting three weddings in the process.

There's more. Look for a link to my Flickr page to be posted soon with all the juicy details chronicled digitally from start to finish. Okay ... this way to the Thirsty 7's photo page!

2 comments:

3p0 said...

man, I wish I could have been there for that ride.....

hidden falls hu, sounds like a destination for yours truelly when I mozzy back north for a weekend...

I saw that picture and I thought.. hff hobo camp...

I am in the process of gettin myself a nice hammok for traveling... I think I can strap it to my bag... then just fall asleep somewhere, get up ride.. drink, ride, drink ride. go back to lincoln...

Patch O'Houli said...

That's a good idea. Even though it's only 5 blocks, I should have had a hammock for B-Rose's party.