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2005 Lake Pepin 3-Speed Tour:
Climate Control Malfunction

By Jon Sharratt, Shirt-Tail Organizer

The 2005 Lake Pepin 3-Speed Tour was, shall we say, character building. The planned invasion of pastry encampments was delayed by true English weather; we managed to arrive at the first rest stop dry but as we remounted, rain began and continued for an hour or so. Spirits were undampened, however, as we took the Bay City Hill. The descent was a refreshing relief except for the stinging 40mph raindrops in the forehead. We pressed on to the first of the aforementioned pastry encampments; the Smiling Pelican Bakery. The surprise waiting for us was a crushing defeat: a tour bus. We tried our best to repel the marauding hoard of retirees but it was futile; they simply had the upper hand and forced us to wait in line. The humility.

Our determination paid off and soon the rain stopped as we enjoyed our rations. Capes were stowed as we were beginning to dry. We pressed on to other downstream rest stops and overlooks but not without a visit from another nemesis; the headwind. We battled our way up hills and down with 30mph gusts taking their toll. There were no complaints to be heard as we soldiered past Maiden Rock and on to Stockholm and lunch. Hearty fare was found at Gelly’s; a new restaurant with a new outdoor dining area. The menu was a bit of an enigma with both “grilled ham and cheese” along with “grilled cheese with ham” listed. Undaunted by the attempt at confusion; we hungry tourists broke the code and manage to plough our way through it all.

Pressing into the wind we managed to gain a foothold on the Pepin Railroad Museum for reconnaissance and a short break. Soon we were off to Nelson with the promise of ice cream. 3-Speed Tourists are a remarkably diverse lot when it comes to ice cream preference; no two alike. Some even mixed flavors with 2 scoops. Brilliant maneuver!

Wabasha was a welcome furlough to a fine day; compliments were heard about the fine English weather and the Newcastle Brown Ale was welcome refreshment for the entire Battalion.

Sunday morning required something never needed on any previous 3-Speed Tour: sunscreen. For the first time in 3 years we enjoyed a bright blue sky.

The Eagles Nest Coffee shop served an amazing breakfast including English toast (the precursor to French toast). Eggbake, fruit, bagels and jam served with buckets of hot tea warmed the spirits and prepared the troops for another confrontation with our arch nemesis. Yes, even though we reversed our direction for the return to Red Wing, the unbroken headwind returned for the second day.

Marching on through Reads Landing and other scenic overlooks we made our way to Lake City. Several Tourists enjoyed tea and scones at the Chickadee Cottage Tea Room and the locals marveled at the rusty iron littering the gardens. Alas, the Red-Hat ladies were AWOL this year.

A welcome break from the wind found us gliding through the forest into Old Frontenac, a village founded in 1839. We found the familiar stone fence on the corner of Manypenny Ave and Faribault St and staged a fabulous photo with all the 3-speeds lined up against the ramparts. We then visited the old Lakeside Hotel; a historic steamboat era resort that is in danger of being lost from neglect.

The final press into Red Wing was difficult but manageable. The wind was still very strong and now it had clouded over.

The old 3-speeds proved their worth by handling the difficult conditions with ease; rain or wind made no matter. We were all transported reliably and in relative comfort. We were able to climb the biggest of hills in the worst of conditions and carry all our gear with no complaints from our favorite trooper: the Trusty Steed.

We shall return!
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Photos by Brady Robinson, Larry Bontreger, Jon Sharratt, Rob Riggins, Ken Keberle.
Web page: www.3speedtour.com
Contact: jon.sharratt@mts.com
Date(s): May 21,22, 2005. Album by Jon Sharratt. 1 - 171 of 171 Total. 9324 Visits.
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Noel and his Phillips
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Assembling Tourbooks

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Bag Tags

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Larry and Andre

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Jon Cameron

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Carrie and Scot

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Sign-In Table

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Mark Stonich's 3-speed recumbent

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Stuart Frescas and Ken Keberle

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Lugged Cantilever Frame

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Kevin's Merlin

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Bob Allen

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Rob Riggins, Andre and Larry Bontreger

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Terry Osell and his 3-speed recumbent

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Dave Brierley
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Becky Street Wins the Print!

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Finally leaving Red Wing!

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Over the Shoulder Shot
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Erroll & Scot McCollum, Carrie

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Open Road

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Historic Marker

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Jon's Moulton Deluxe  with full chrome

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Bob Allen

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Andre

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Bow and Arrow Marker

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650B tyre, Phillips light, Carradice cape

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Barn and Gardens

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Brady Fixes a Flat

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At the Top of the Bay City Hill

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Jon's Raleigh

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At the Top of the Bay City Hill
Stuart Frescas, Doug Heinzen, Steve Maier, Le Anne Eickhoff, Becky Street, Melanie Steinborn.

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Jon's Raleigh

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Lake Pepin Overlook

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Inclinometer!

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1930 Raleigh Model 9 Light Roadster

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Raleigh 2

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Raleigh 3

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Raleigh 4

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Stuart and Bob in the Rain

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Bluffs in the Rain

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Noel, Ron and Brady

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Smiling Pelican

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Andre and his Soaked London Fog

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Triple Berry Pie
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Ken Keberle from Arizona

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Dave Brierley

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Ron Grogg and his Moulton 4 speed

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On the Wheel

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Nearing the Sign

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How many Tourists Does it Take to Change a Tube?

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Dave Rolling By

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Beautiful Roads and Bluffs

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Noel Fights the Wind

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The Wrecking Crew
Jon Sharratt, Jim Robinson, Steve Kramer

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Raleigh

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Jon's Raleigh by the Wall
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Brooks

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Raleigh by the Wall 2

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Dave's Raleigh

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Dave Ambles by Maiden Rock

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Look Close
Jon seems to have picked up a new shoelace.

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Great Views!

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Raleigh at the Rock

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Brady Rides the Wall

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Larry Bontreger and his Warwick

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At Gelly's

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"Stewart, I hardly knew ye!"
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Pepin Depot Museum

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Approaching Nelson WI

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Newcastle Ale at Riverboat Lanes

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3-Speed Camp 1

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3-Speed Camp 2

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3-Speed Camp 3

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The Robinsons
Noel, Brady and Jim

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Noel at the Eagle's Nest

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Eagle's Nest

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1937 Raleigh Tourist Model 21X

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Stuart Is Ready To Go
The Owners of the Eagle's Nest hate to see us leave. Sonny is on the right.

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Grumpy Old Tourists

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At the Eagle's Nest

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Larry Gains the Hill
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Ambling By

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Doug and LeAnne

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Bob Allen and Jon Cameron

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Dave Siskind at the River of Rafts Marker

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Lake Views

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Romantic Lake Pepin

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At the Marker

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The Group
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Lake View

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Andre

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Lake View again

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Lots of Trains Both Days

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Gregg Contemplates the Headwind as Steve Loses His Hat

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Gregg Richmann

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Melanie and Jon at Lake City

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Melanie and Jon

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Lake City Marina

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"Three" Speed Tour
Jim, Steve and Jon

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Some Tired Tourists
Melanie, Noel, Linda.

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Trading Posts Historic Marker

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Close to Old Frontenac

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Old Frontenac Retreat Center

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1850s Mansion at Old Frontenac

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Raleigh at the Wall
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Geeze, Another Raleigh Shot

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"Contemplating the Incalculable"
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The Stone Wall

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The Stone Wall 2

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1937 Raleigh Tourist Model 21X
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The Trusty Warwick

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