This is it, the cause of my sudden attachment to my bicycle, the reason for my forays out into the wind and weather for training, the shift from running to cycling. It’s the Trans-Superior Tour!
Never heard of it? Probably because it was my husband Rich’s brainchild. The route, the idea of spending 9 days cycling together, the challenge, and the custom cycling jersey. It’s not his first such adventure, but it is mine. I’m a cycling novice, remember? But I’m up for it!
I have to admit, his route is rather ingenious. We wanted to focus on Lake Superior, and many of the best views from the road are on the Western end. So how to contain the trip to that portion of the lake? No problem – we’ll just ferry across using Isle Royale as a stop-over! Not a bad way to get a rest mid-trip and perhaps a few hours of hiking in the wilderness.
So here is the official route. We start in Duluth, work our way along the South Shore and up the Keweenaw Peninsula, right up to the top at Copper Harbor. That takes five days and is the most challenging part of the route, with the longest cycling days and the most hills. From there we ferry across the lake and return along the North Shore to Duluth.
I suspect that whittling down my travel essentials to one set of panniers is going to be one of the trickier aspects of the trip. However, Rich’s mode of travel involves staying at inns and little motels along the way, so I am spared the need to schlep real gear on this venture. And I admit I like the idea of reliable shelter, hot showers and real beds.
I have between now and mid-August to be ready for this cycling tour. I will periodically update my training progress and the finer details of our trip plans during that time. And if you want the male point of view on this journey, visit Rich’s blog, NorthStarNerd.org.
Oh, and did you read the fine print on the jerseys? That last line reads “500 Miles of Love.” It has to be, or we wouldn’t be doing this!