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The 2010 Lake Pepin 3-Speed Tour
Force 8 on the Beaufort

The Riders of the Realm assembled with their ship-shape Worthy Steeds at the Red Wing waterfront for another mission to sail around Lake Pepin. Baggage was deposited in the hold of the 3-speed lorry, old friendships were renewed, hands were shaken and soon the Vicar was delivering the highly-anticipated Blessing of the Bicycles from the Bulletin. The message of Godspeed from the Queen was delivered by Petty Officer John Palmer and First Mate Willy Gobert. This year included a signed letter of recommendation from the Canadian Parliament to Admirals STO and Noel Robinson. Gone are the days when we questioned the ability of this leaking old vessel to complete the appointed tour of duty; this English Navy is hale and hearty, thank you, and quite up to the task.

Soon we shoved off from port Red Wing and those friends and family left behind were waving their kerchiefs as we floated off into the unknown. Cool and cloudy with a light breeze at Force 3 on the Beaufort Scale proved near perfect sailing weather as we cruised past the Bow and Arrow marker. Soon, a rogue wave appeared on the horizon; the Bay City Hill. Some fortified themselves with ice cream and readied themselves for the charge. Full speed ahead was the call to the engine room as the bow rose up to meet the challenge. At the top, the Nutters felt the wave to be nothing more than a gentle swell and they paused to gather their courage for the descent. Down they went into the trough hurtling at high speed. Several more waves were encountered plus a welcomed rain shower that kept our record intact (there has never been a 3-Speed Tour without rain) and soon we were in Maiden Rock.

With the Smiling Pelican Bakery in dry dock, Maiden Rock proved to be an empty port-of-call and so we moved on. Wave after wave came our way but we rode them all and soon Stockholm harbour was in view and shore leave was granted for lunch. While we ate, and without warning, Force 3 became Force 4 and so the die was cast. By the time we hoisted anchor, Force 5 was upon us and we could do little but ride it out. The pier at Pepin soon was a welcome sight. For one unlucky Sailor who was enjoying the day on the pier, his 3-speed was caught by a Force 6 gust and off it went to Davy Jones Locker in 12 feet of water. A rescue mission was immediately mounted and soon both rider and steed were found dripping safely on shore. From Pepin, the Force 6 wind turned into a Force 7 gale. We fought our way toward [Lord] Nelson whereupon we were greeted with Force 8 and hapless Sailor Scott was cast adrift and blown off course to Alma; several miles down stream. A chance encounter with good friend Dave Siskind who happened to be on tour in the area, fixed Scott’s rudder and set him back on course. At that time we received word about another castaway, Peter 'Wrong Way' Jourdain, who became separated from the group early on and then rode to Wabasha mistakenly on the Minnesota side.

We finally made Wabasha and the Eagle’s Nest proved a welcome port for the evening. All the appreciative Nutters were well fed by Java Jim and Java Jan as we shared an entire roast hog fresh off the spit along with our favourite; English mushy peas washed down with English ale. Cap’n Porter, our Keeper of the Cask, declared the taps open and rations of grog was issued to the crew. After dinner we honored our oldest rider Bob Gibbs at 91 years of age, Ron Grogg, our Opportunist, announced a toast and the Vicar then led us in boisterous song with accompaniment by the Carrigan Girls.

Sunday morning dawned pleasant with Force 2 winds but humid and cloudy and after another amazing breakfast by the Eagle’s Nest we set sail on course for Lake City. The hills seemed like pleasant waves as the miles rolled by. Beautiful views of the lake were at every curve. Lake City could be seen in the distance like a beacon as the tailwind push us along. Finally, safe harbour was gained, supplies were procured and the Brew-Up was under way. Truly a new Gentleman’s and Gentlewoman’s sport, the competitive tea brewing proved popular to contestant and spectator alike. Some Nutters watched, some napped, but all were impressed when fine china was pulled from the saddlebags, tea was brewed and treats were served. The crew of Sandy Muzzy and Mark Wagar were declared the winners but Peter Jourdain and Juston/Judy Anderson were very, very close behind.

The next port-of-call was Old Frontenac and a quick visit to the 1850s cemetery was in order. The Old Stone Wall was next on the list with many photos taken and lots of chit-chat. By then, the heat was becoming oppressive but we had one more stop to make: the geodesic treehouse. An amazing structure placed well up in an ancient hackberry tree, it proved a worthy curiosity and completely unexpected in this idyllic setting.

We pressed on through New Frontenac and down Ski Road; a delightful alternate route that was lined with wildflowers and scenic vistas across the valley.

Eventually we made Red Wing and dropped anchor. Sadly, our tour of duty was over for another year. Dinner at the Staghead was a welcome relief from the heat and all the Nutters raised a glass to our successes, failures, discoveries and promises. Once again proving the humble 3-speed is the ship-of-choice for adventure both nautical and otherwise.
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Date(s): May 22 and 23, 2010. Album by STO. Photos by STO. 1 - 153 of 153 Total. 8449 Visits.
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After the headwinds between Pepin and Nelson I swore never to ride this again. Thank God for faulty memory so here I am again ready to take on the elements!
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Gayland Hokanson, Sun, 27 Mar 2011 8:08PM
Can't wait for next year.
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Steve Dilger, Tue, 25 May 2010 8:20PM
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Tim Potter on board the Titanic Edit
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John Arrives via Motorcycle Edit
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Mike Tanner Edit
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Steve Brink Edit
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Alan Lloyd, Noel, Garth and the Queen Mary Edit
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Peter "wrong way" Jourdain Edit
Taken shortly before he embarked on his infamous "wrong way round" ride! Note the injury to the left knee, from a tumble the previous evening - fortunately his bicycle was unharmed. Edit

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Henry Cole and The Vicar Matt Cole Edit
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Willy Gobert and John Palmer Edit
They delivered the Message of Godspeed from the Queen plus an authentic letter of recommendation from the Canadian Parliament. Edit
"What a spiffy pair of Canadians!"
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The Quicker Vicar Edit
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Leading us Nutters in song Edit
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The Robinsons are ready Edit
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Rob Riggins is ready to go! Edit
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Lucia waits while the boys do some engineering Edit
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Jim Robinson and Leonard Provincher Edit
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Senator Mark Miller Edit
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Juston and the Raleigh Superbe Edit
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1951 Humber Sports Edit
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Jim's bag tag display Edit
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Rolling into Bay City WI Edit
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Ian Lindridge Edit
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Bob Allen and his new Moulton Edit
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It appears our reputation preceeded us Edit
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The STO with ice cream Edit
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Caboose Edit
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Steve and Tim at the top of the Bay City Hill Edit
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Juston takes a drink before the big descent Edit
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Humber again Edit
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1951 Humber and 1956 STO Edit
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Tim and 1938 Raleigh Edit
This bike was donated to our campus bike shop by a '50 alum of our univ.  He told me he bought it used in the mid-40's.  He'd never changed out the rear tire/tube!  Yes, I changed both tires/ tubes for this tour; the rear took my head-mechanic 1/2 day to change out! Edit

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Bob Gibbs Edit
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Our favorite photo stop Edit
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Bob looking good Edit
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Tim, Bob and Leonard Edit
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Anna and Chris Hope Edit
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John Carlson and Terry Hansen Edit
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Steve and Melanie Edit
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The view downstream Edit
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Please be gentle, we want this back in shape Edit
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Melanie on the wheel Edit
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View from the helm Edit
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Can you see the barn? Edit
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Rob Lucky Edit
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Tom Majure Edit
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Terry Hansen Edit
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Mike Tanner Edit
"This bike is on craig's list."
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Bob lashes the evil squirrel Edit
Ironically, all the Stockholm town bikes are painted the same blue. Edit
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"And the squirrel was annoying, too."
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Melanie with the sculpture Edit
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Not another Humber shot... Edit
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Jon with the Tin Lady Edit
Standing in the sun, she was hot... Edit

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French Territory from 1686 Edit
I'm glad we don't have to do this on French bicycles. Edit

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Tim Potter, Peter Akimoto and Chris discuss favourite pipes Edit
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Mike Bullis Edit
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Courtney Bullis Edit
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Tim and Swiss pipe with wind cap Edit
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Peter napping again Edit
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The view upstream Edit
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Tim napping Edit
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Chap from Denmark Edit
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The anchor from steamship 'Phil Scheckel' Edit
Plied the Chippewa river Edit

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Mike Feinan drafting the Duchess Edit
Note the twin GC mugs; one for himself and one for Duchess Chandra Edit

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Widers of the Wealm? Edit
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The final push over the bridge into Wabasha Edit
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Piggy on the spit Edit
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Mary looks hungry Edit
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Roast pork, mushy peas and tomato basil soup Edit
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Bob hams it up Edit
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Bob Allen does the English poetry slam Edit
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Troy Mayne takes a turn Edit
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Carrigan Girls Edit
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Sing along! Edit
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Beautiful breakfast spread Edit
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English Toast Edit
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Ron Grogg Edit
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Noel announces 'Mount up' Edit
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Java Jim on the wheel Edit
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Nutters on the wheel Edit
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Sandy and the Queen Edit
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Our Youngest at 18 months Edit
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Juston and Trigger Edit
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Marlis shows us how steep the hill was Edit
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Ron borrows Steve's bike for a great photo Edit
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1950 Humber Elf(?) had the original tires on it up until the night before the ride. Edit

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Jeff Allen has a flat, Dave Brierley helps, Angela joins in Edit
Note the upside-down baskets make handy work benches and the bars/saddle are protected from the gravel. Edit

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This is how we deal with a flat tyre Edit
30 or so Nutters will gather and offer comments, laugh, rest and enjoy the view. Note Neville's nice pith helmet. Edit

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Owen Lloyds Raleigh Clubman Edit
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Ian's fabulous picnic set Edit
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Juston and Judy Anderson Edit
An outstanding cyclists tea kit from ca. 1905 including tins for tea, sugar and butter. Matching stove, cups and saucers as well. It all interlocks together in a compact travel case. Edit

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Note framed artwork; an essential accessory Edit
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The spectators doze off during competitive tea brewing Edit
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Garth and his clever pot and tiny stove Edit
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Garth's tidy kit for tea: very nice and compact Edit
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The Vicar's table Edit
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Mike and Silver Anniversary tin Edit
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Marlis with excellent egg salad sandwiches Edit
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Ron the Opportunist Tea Judge Edit
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Sandy pouring a cuppa Edit
All the treats were home made including cheesecake and South African 'rock buns" (I think) like a tiny scone. All served from the spotless Raleigh mixte with proper wicker baskets and fine china. Edit

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Note the proper storage box and lace tablecloth Edit
The champagne was a nice touch, and live flowers would have been better but all-in-all, simply outstanding. Edit

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Watercolor travelogue done DURING the tour! Edit
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A toast to the winners, Mark and Sandy Edit
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Peter Jourdain's high tea on the wheel Edit
Lancashire cheese scones (home made), Devonshire cider cake (home made) and danish ham. Wonderful menu and display. Edit

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Garth samples the delights Edit
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More customers Edit
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Note the vintage copper pot Edit
Peter "wrong way" Jourdain Edit

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Keith Pierson samples some tea Edit
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Pearl of the lake wanders by Edit
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Another view Edit
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Anna and Noel make a toast Edit
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Tim on the way to Old Frontenac Edit
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Wooden boxcar Edit
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STO and wooden boxcar Edit
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The Garrard family and local history Edit
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Bob and Juston on the wall Edit
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The gondola Edit
It travels up and plugs into the bottom of the structure for a seamless look. Well, except for the myriad of branches sticking out of it. Edit

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Noel on the way to Red Wing Edit
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Note the Old Frontenac Church... Edit
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...and the birdhouse in New Frontenac Edit
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The route past Frontenac State Park Edit
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The old barn near Red Wing Edit
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Scot McCollum wanders in Edit
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Melissa, Jim and Pam Edit
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STO at the Staghead Edit
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Judy says: "You better be here next year!" Edit
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