Who: Susan Hoppe & Scott Dahlquist
Scott and Susan live on six acres in Minnesota's Balkan Township. We are literally surrounded by hundreds of acres of Superior National Forest. In addition to biking, we enjoy all kinds of sports with our Irish Red & White Setters. In fact, the dogs are where the name of our ride came from. Susan plays fiddle in a local band, which is why we chose to call the kennel Fiddlin' Irish Red & White Setters. The ride is ours, starting from our house, so...
What: The Fiddlin' Fifty Gravel Grinder and Potluck
|Riding a [Mountain] Bicycle Built for Two|
The route is about 55 miles. The only pavement comprises fewer than four (4) miles of the route. Fewer than two miles are on snowmobile trail rather than actual gravel roads. The terrain is all north of the Laurentian Divide. There are no killer hills though there are a lot of undulations in the road. Most of it is noticeably within Superior National Forest but there are a couple of spots that open up to farmland.
It is unsupported. We'll come get you if you break your bike beyond field dressing or arrange a ride with flashing red lights and sirens if you need one; otherwise, you are on your own. There are no stores or gas stations en-route. The only water available is the form of lakes and streams. Prepare accordingly.
We are having potluck. Bring a dish to pass if you wish to participate--make sure you label your dish. We'll organize the food while you are on the road. We don't have a lot of chairs, so if you want to sit on something other than the ground, you may want to bring your own.
When: 23 August 2014
Specifically, you need to come between 7:30 and 8:00 to check in and sign waivers. The ride itself begins at 9:00. It will finish when you are ready for it to be over.
Where: Balkan Township, Minnesota
The Fiddlin' Fifty begins and ends at our house. Other than that, we aren't telling you any of the route until the day of the event, at which point you will receive cue cards. We have friends who are going to test the cards for accuracy and useability this weekend. (added 16 July 2014)
We are taking the first 100 registrants only and we ask that you have your postcard to us by 20 August. Send your cards to: Fiddlin' Fifty; c/o Scott Dahlquist; 6479 Colombe Rd.; Chisholm, MN 55719.
On your cards we need to have your name, address, primary and secondary telephone numbers, e-mail, and age. For the waiver, we will also ask for an emergency contact number, so please make sure you know what it is ahead of time.
|Relaxing After a Great Ride|
You can ride whatever you want, but you must wear a helmet.
Why: Just for Fun!
Scott and Susan