Adventure: Biking to Stillwater

Saturday morning, we set off to conquer a new horizon – we wanted to go bicycle camping.  We chose our destination – Willow River State Park in Wisconsin, we loaded up the bikes, and prepared for our journey.  We were camping “light” – meaning we weren’t really bringing any food with us – we’d just buy food as we got hungry along the way, but we wanted to carry our own tent and sleeping pads with us and stuff.  So here we are with our loaded bikes:


Notice that I’m using the sweet new bags Mel made me for my b-day.  This will be their first real road test.  We brought along Netflix with us, just to drop it off in the mail on our way out of town.  We’re hooked on Dexter and can’t wait for the next disc to arrive!



The weather forecast on said there was a 30-40% chance of rain all day.  We knew we were taking a risk when we decided to make the trip anyway – especially when we started feeling the raindrops before we even left the driveway.  Here is Mel, making an earnest appeal for blue skies to Zeus, God of Rain.

And here we are ready to start our adventure:

The first order of business was to drop off our Netflix movie so that we can hurry up and get our next dose of Dexter:

Good times on the Midtown Greenway:

By the time we made it to the Mississippi River, it was raining enough that we had to put on our rain gear (frown):


We made it to the Gateway Trail, and it was still raining:



We hate rain:


It kept raining the entire trip to Stillwater!!!  We were soaked to the bone when we stopped in for lunch at Nacho Mama’s (click on this link if you want to hear some really, really bad MIDI music that sounds like it was made back in 1997 by some kid in his basement on a pirated version of Cakewalk).

Here I am in the restaurant looking like I’ve never seen a cell phone before:

“Hey Reuben, let me take a photo of you with our burrito.”

“OK, I’m ready.”

“I can’t fit all of you in the photo.  You have to get closer.”

“I can’t get closer. I’m scrunched up as far as I can go.”

“No, you have to get your face closer to the burrito before I can take a picture.”

That’s how you end up with photos like the following:

Mel looooooves nachos:

After lunch, we decided that we were soaking wet enough that we weren’t gonna have fun if we stuck with the original plan to camp.  So, like a Choose Your Own Adventure novel, we chose to just turn around and ride home – we’d try camping again some other day.  Here’s soaking wet Mel on our way home:

Here’s the best part.  After we rode all the way back to South Minneapolis, as soon as we were on the Midtown Greenway, a mere couple miles from home, the sun came out and it turned into an absolutely lovely evening – but we were too tired to go outside and do anything.



8 thoughts on “Adventure: Biking to Stillwater”

  1. Not every plan works out, but you rolled with it, and your positive outlook is uplifting and helpful to some of us.

    So Thanks.

  2. Nice trip. I dig the food posing.

    Carly's family lives in Stillwater, so we have a warm & dry place to stay when we get out there via bikes. Good times.

  3. You guys are hilarious. Sorry about the rain, but thanks for the entertaining photos of your journey. Better luck next time!

  4. @Tacy – if you go to Nacho Mama's, you should probably split a burrito. They're very big. If you go, let us know if you liked it.

    @Anonymous – you're welcome… hey. And it makes me feel good when people leave comments on this here blog – even if they're anonymous. So Thanks.

    @Ed Kohler – You've probably made the trip on bikes a few times, then, huh? This was our second bike trip to Stillwater. Ever been to Nacho Mamas?

    @Nicole – Glad to entertain!

  5. What a great adventure! I give you both two thumbs up for at least trying and, from the looks of it, having a blast while trying! Great photos, with the big burrito and all! 😀

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