Road Diary

A Day-By-Day Recap

What’s the Chance That We’ll Get a Weather Window?

June 2, 2018

A storm came loudly at 3:15 a.m., wind and hard rain hitting in an instant.  It settled quickly into a steady rain that continued…

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Bike Repairs in Dorset

June 1, 2018

The diary isn’t going to write itself.  Nor is the breakfast going to cook itself.  Nor are the bikes going to ride themselves.  It…

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On a Mission

May 31, 2018

We were awake a little earlier this morning, and Matt began preparing a breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage, while Justin was trying…

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We Have a Plan

May 30, 2018

We awoke in Cloquet to a pancake and sausage breakfast made by Justin and Matt, and we had a plan. Sometimes plans work better on…

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Fine Dining Indeed

May 29, 2018

The 13th Annual Merchants Bank CEM900 is officially underway!  The ride is starting a day early this year to accommodate schedules, and we will have…

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It’s All Downhill From Here, Baby!

June 8, 2017

While John, Dennis and Jay were sitting around the campground this morning, Brian told us that he had a very odd experience during the…

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Like Pedaling in Concrete

June 7, 2017

This is the largest group we have ever had on the CEM, and we were actually supposed to have one more. Jack had intended…

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Welcome to Lanesboro

June 6, 2017

We reconvened at John’s house this morning with a brand new crew. Most joining John and Dennis are returning riders on the CEM, including…

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Kathy’s Big Adventure

June 5, 2017

Somehow nobody remembered that the USG manufacturing facility is just across the river from our campground in Cloquet. All night long there was a…

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Hello Mr. Bear

June 4, 2017

The sky was clear as we emerged from our sleeping quarters one by one, the smell of coffee in the air. Soon Doug started…

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Batman Returns!

June 3, 2017

Jack, aka Batman, has made his return appearance to the CEM900! Doug and Zack referred to Jack as “Batman” regularly on last year’s ride,…

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Heading to Bemidji

June 2, 2017

We awoke to another beautiful morning lakeside, a virtual repeat of yesterday’s start. While the rest of us relaxed, Matt cooked some breakfast sausages…

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