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Ride Report – Noran Clinic MS150 Duluth to Anoka MN(21 posts)

Ride Report – Noran Clinic MS150 Duluth to Anoka MNScot_Gore
Jun 11, 2002 10:13 AM
Mark's and others ride reports inspired me, so I thought I'd try one of my own. I don't have a digital camera so these are all scanned from prints, hopefully they will still look OK.

This ride was June 8th & 9th. 2439 riders and 165 teams. The Minnesota MS chapter invented the MS150 23 years ago, they put on a great event. The Noran Clinic MS 150 starts in Duluth, MN on Lake Superior. We bike south to a northern twin cities suburb called Anoka. The first day is 70 miles. We overnighted in a sleepy little rural town called Hinckley whose claim to fame is that it burned to the ground in a great forest fire in 1894. The second day is 82 miles. Here's a big picture of the route.
Ore BoatScot_Gore
Jun 11, 2002 10:16 AM
I took a Friday morning warm up ride around Duluth. Here's a 1000 foot ore boat coming into Duluth harbor. Duluth is the end of the St. Lawrence Seaway. Ocean going ships visit the harbor between spring and fall. It's pretty spectacular to see the big ships coming in and going out in the heart of the Midwest.
CaptainScot_Gore
Jun 11, 2002 10:18 AM
I participate with a ride team named "Half Brain Will Pedal". Here's our team captain, John, at the start of the ride.
St. Louis RiverScot_Gore
Jun 11, 2002 10:20 AM
Crossing the St. Louis River in Jay Cooke State Park.
Trail BridgeScot_Gore
Jun 11, 2002 10:23 AM
The entire first day of the ride is on a state rail to trail called the Willard Munger Trail. It was a great day for riding Saturday. Temps were in the mid 70's, slight tail wind of about 4 MPH and a little overcast to keep the sun directly off you.
Skunk LakeScot_Gore
Jun 11, 2002 10:25 AM
This entire area burned in 1894 in the great Hinckley fire. 350 Hinckley citizens escaped death by riding a train through the blaze. The trail is built on the rail line they rode. They got about 11 miles north of town before the train itself was being consumed by fire. They stopped by this small lake and swam into the water and survived.
HalfwayScot_Gore
Jun 11, 2002 10:29 AM
I got to play Mr. SAG on Saturday. First, I stopped for two riders. They had blown a tube on a 650c road rim and had no spare. I told them the chance of somebody coming by with another 650 was pretty slim so I got out the patch kit. I rode with one of members of their team the next day, and learned that my patch was still holding, YEAH!!! The second was a flated tandem. They had blown a gasket on their pump so I CO2ed enough to limp to the next rest area. I don't know anything about tandems, they were running a standard 700X23 on the rear. Is this normal? Here I am at the Hinckley halfway point (yes I'm one of those fast <> fat guys on charity rides mentioned a couple weeks back)
Team PicScot_Gore
Jun 11, 2002 10:32 AM
Here's a team shot in camp on Saturday.
Day 2Scot_Gore
Jun 11, 2002 10:35 AM
Sunday's forecast was for highs in the 80's, wind 10-25 with gusts to 30. I got off right at the 6:30am start time, hooked onto a couple of fast groups and made it to the lunch point before 9:00. I was glad, after lunch the wind came. Here's a team rider (Trevor) and team volunteer (Jenny) at lunch.
Along the wayScot_Gore
Jun 11, 2002 10:38 AM
Rode most of the rest of the way solo. I came across my friend Charlie around mile 50, saw him at every rest stop from then on, he was pushing a 30+ lb bike, I was impressed with his pace. Here's Charlie and his shot back at me.
The FinishScot_Gore
Jun 11, 2002 10:40 AM
Here I am at the finish.

Hope you enjoyed the report.
Oh this is great. I'm loving all these ride reports.MB1
Jun 11, 2002 11:50 AM
What a wonderful way to see other parts of the country.
Take the credit....You started it all (nm)Scot_Gore
Jun 11, 2002 6:56 PM
re: Nice Ride Report - Thanks (nm)JL
Jun 11, 2002 11:56 AM
great ride reportTig
Jun 11, 2002 12:26 PM
I'm with you about wanting a decent digital camera. I wish I had the nice scenery you have up there. It sounds like you had a great time. Thanks for the report and pictures.
All these ride reports are inspiring!
How cool is that?Sintesi
Jun 11, 2002 12:42 PM
Enjoyed the pics. Feel free to do it again sometime.

cheers.
Great report, Scott. I've got to get my chops up and...RhodyRider
Jun 11, 2002 12:49 PM
...file a report of my own, with pix, of the Rhode Island MS 150 from this past weekend. It was an awesome route, both days were spectacular in every way, the support and enthusiasm were phenomenal, and most importantly it raised a ton of dough for a great organization. Kudos to you and your great ride!
I'd love to see RIScot_Gore
Jun 11, 2002 6:45 PM
My MS150 raised an estimated 1.3 million last weekend. My team expects to land around $75,000 in total fund raising. We hope to repeat as top fund raising team. Team Accenture is breathing down our necks, we'll see final numbers in 3 or 4 weeks.

Scot
re: Ride Report &#8211; Noran Clinic MS150 Duluth to Anoka MNPMC
Jun 11, 2002 5:54 PM
Great ride report!
Two guys I work with ended up crashing into one another and couldn't ride the second day. It sounded like a case of day dreaming and drafting all in one.

Don't forget about Hinkley other claim to fame. Toby's!! The carmel rolls are a must have, so I've been told.

Regards
Pete
RumorsScot_Gore
Jun 11, 2002 6:51 PM
Pete,

I heard rumors of a broken hip and broken wrist, were those your friends. Sorry to hear about the crash. Remind them that they missed the 10-25MPH headwinds (or nice cooling breeze as I was trying to convince myself along the way) so they definitly got to ride the best portion.

Scot
thanks SO much! way cool! nmnamir in SoCal
Jun 11, 2002 8:14 PM