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2004 Lake Pepin 3-Speed Tour
3 speeds, 2 days, 1 more reason your spouse will ask "What now?"

By Jon Sharratt, Shirt-Tail Organizer.

The second Lake Pepin 3-Speed Tour came off without a hitch! Surprisingly little rain but plenty of English mist added up to perfect 3-speed weather. The mechanical failures amounted to Terry “Flat Tire” Osell with his annual puncture and me with a Loose Wingnut but I’ve been called worse.

The Bay City Hill was a challenge and everyone made it to the top; some walking, some riding but the backside was true relief with a 35 mph breeze in your face and a breathtaking view at the wayside at the bottom.

The Smiling Pelican Bake Shop survived the barrage of hungry Tourists and we enjoyed decorating their garden with rusty English Iron and little droplets of Sturmey oil.

Saturday lunch was a treat at the Pickle Factory in Pepin, or some of us back-markers (Ron, Dave, Noel, Melanie and I) found hearty fare at the Star Café in Stockholm.

Steamboat Lanes was a pleasant surprise with a special purchase of Bass Ale for thirsty English Tourists and a very good menu. Some of us stayed for open bowling after dinner and the, uh, clown shoes were certainly interesting especially when they turned on the black light.

The Eagle’s Nest coffee shop provided a hearty breakfast of French (Gasp!) Toast to fuel everyone on through Read’s Landing and into Lake City. Undocumented markers at the Lake City pier were discovered and may appear in the TourBook next year. The Chickadee Cottage Tea room served buckets of hot English tea and scones to the Riders in the Mist. Some of us lingered to chat with a gaggle of Red Hat Society ladies that trundled in and there I was; one of the back-markers again. We (Ron, Dave, Richard, Melanie and I) pushed on to the next rest stop and found another undocumented marker and we were still within the Lake City limits.

The tailwind seemed to strengthen as we moved on to the French Trading Posts on Lake Pepin marker. It was a unanimous decision to press on through the Old Frontenac optional loop and I must say it seemed like a page from the turn of the last century. It was well worth the time as we found Manypenny Avenue and a stone fence that looked to be from 1840s New England. We also found little cottages, picket fences and a quiet tone that was a welcome respite from busy Highway 61.

We hated to leave that treasured spot but even back-markers have to move on. We skipped the alternate route to the top of the bluffs on County 2 and 5 but vowed to try it next year. As we approached Red Wing the sky darkened and we had moderate rain for the final leg of the journey.
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Date(s): May 22, 2004. Album by Jon Sharratt. Photos by Jon Sharratt. 1 - 115 of 115 Total. 11010 Visits.
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Our hero Noel Robinson

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Group Photo 1

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Group Photo 2

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Group Photo 3

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Assembling Tourbooks
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Folding Tourbooks

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Steve Meier wins the print

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Bow and Arrow Historic Marker

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Up the Bay City Hill!

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Melanie at the Wayside
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Moulton Riders
Jon, Dave, Melanie, Ron

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Moulton Riders 2
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Carradice Baggers

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Lake Pepin Historic Marker

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John and Scot
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Jon with Moulton classic

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Perfect Formation 1
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Perfect Formation 2

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Almond Muffin and Banana Pie

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Invaders of the Garden
At the Smiling Pelican bake shop in Maiden Rock WI.

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Orchard Ladder
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Dave at Chestnut Street
Maiden Rock WI
"Nice sweater!But is it British?Hmm."
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Lake View OTW

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Dave and Melanie pass the sign

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Quiet roads, wide shoulders

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Distant Riders
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Melanie and Dave in the distance

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Melanie and Dave in the distance 2

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Melanie and Dave by the bluffs

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Bluffs and lake as far as you can see

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Mist in the distance
Point-No-Point is on the left. Or is it?

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View upstream

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Ron wanders by

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Ron by the bluffs

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Big barge close to the MN side

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Ron up ahead

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Melanie with 3-speeds
Note the barge in the background.

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Melanie taking a break

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Noel by the bluffs

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Amazing scenery

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Maiden Rock historic marker

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Moulton found in the ditch

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Cycling past Maiden Rock 1

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Cycling past Maiden Rock 2

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Cycling past Maiden Rock 3

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Cycling past Maiden Rock 4
Noel, Ron, Melanie, Dave.

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Moulton squadron
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Lake Views

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Moulton Formation 2

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Melanie, Jon, Ron

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Ron, Noel, Jon, Dave
at the undocumented scenic overlook.

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Pepin Depot Museum

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Chippewa River crossing 1

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Swallows at Chippewa River

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Approaching Nelson WI

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Crossing the Mississippi
coming into Wabasha at the end of the day.

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Banquet at Steamboat Lanes 1

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Banquet at Steamboat Lanes 2

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English cycling shoes

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Jon, Melanie, Dave, Ron

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Black light effects

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Ron won

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A Very Old Fish Story
at Lake City MN

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At the Lake City Pier

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Downstream from Lake City

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Lake Pepin with Dunelt

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At the Chickadee Cottage Tea Room

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Red Hat ladies

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French Trading Posts marker

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Richard Booth

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On the road to Old Frontenac 1

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On the road to Old Frontenac 2

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Moulton at Old Frontenac

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Jon at Old Frontenac

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Richard Booth OTW

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Melanie at Villa Maria in Old Frontenac

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Moulton in the distance

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Dave crossing Manypenny Ave

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By the wall

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Richard's Raleigh Lenton

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Moultons classic and chrome deluxe

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By the wall 2

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Down Manypenny Avenue

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Lenton by the wall

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Jon's Moulton classic

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Ron's Moulton 4-speed

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The corner of Manypenny Ave and Burr Oak Ln

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Melanie OTW

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Ron Grogg OTW

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Ron is going through pastry withdrawl
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Richard spots an Eagle
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Lauterwasser bars, swan neck stem, hand stitched grips
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Leaving Old Frontenac

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Mark Stonich w Raleigh Sports 'Bent
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Jane Stonich & her Stonich Mixte
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Kevin MacAfee w Merlin

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Larry Bontreger with his Dunelt

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Jon Sharratt w "Morris Minor Green" Moulton
"Sorry Richard, it ain't celeste"
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Jon Cameron and Robin Hood Sports

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Scot McCollum & Raleigh Sports

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Heroic Terry Osell with his Osell

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Errol "Inch Pitch" McCollum and his Raleigh Lenton Sports
"Dad you look slick!!!"
"Errol you're bike looks fancy"
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Noel Robinson and his Phillips

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Le Anne Eickhof and her Huffy Sportsman

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Ron Storm and inverted 700c Raleigh Sports

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Steve Maier and his JC Higgins

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Ron Grogg and his Moulton 4 speed

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Dana Siskind and her Raleigh Sports

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Tom Majure fetching his repairs kit

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Jim Kingsbury and his Gazelle Dutch Roadster

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Dave Brierly and his Classic Armstrong

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Gregg Richmann w his Raleigh Sports

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Melanie Steinborn and her Chrome Moulton Deluxe

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Jim Robinson with his Dunelt

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Steve Kramer & Peggy Wilcox-Matched '63 Raleigh Sports

 
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