Friday morning?? Beautiful.
Red was Friday with Jeff and Eric, blue was my short route to/from Lanesboro's Rhubarb Festival.
I arrived at my committed to 9-ish and had my tent setup when Eric arrived just a short time later.
Very quiet that early down at Registration, but not too early for Twin Headlight Ernie to be ready set to get his vending location spec'd out.
I didn't stop but according to buzz around camp, there were some excellent deals available here. Buddy Michael started the trip home this morning with a 'Stich electric vest that he hadn't left home with.
Jeff (our second CRF 250L) arrived right around his slotted 11AM. There weren't very many Honda's at the BMW rally and even fewer 250's. It just dawned on me that we three were the Two Fifty Gang this weekend!!
Michael's got the Friday rally thing completely nailed down....tent up, morning sun and a camp chair.
Eric's not afraid to do the same; Jeff soon following suit.
Here's what they look like when they're together.
Jeff's traveled extensively, all over the world. I take him to Iowa and he gets silly, likely preparing himself for what will soon follow.
It seems Jeff wasn't the only one to suffer....
Iowa...Iowa roads....take a look at the video, we found a gem...it had to be with a name like Itchy Koo!! Out the other side.....up on top.
Did we go to New Albin for jerky?? We most certainly did!!
Time to refresh....
Friday evening, comfortably enjoying the peace and quiet.....then it was time. If you remember, a few weeks ago I made an extremely bold claim that my AeroPress coffee, the world's finest, would and could easily take on all comers. Jeff was not about to let the audacious quip go unchallenged so we had a Brew Down. An impartial and very fair judge was to be present, Jeff would use his 1876...sorry Jeff, 1976 brewing system, to put everything on the line. Our judge, willing but only reluctantly so, watched the entire process with anticipation (I'm not sure it was fair with me sitting there so near). I was completely enthralled and as such, not a single image was captured, it was that spectacular. Tasting, deliberation....it was obvious that I'd have to be completely on my game Saturday evening, plenty of time for Eric's taste buds to
In the evening, a fairly quiet campground, BMW's and a few others :)
Saturday morning we went back to Rushford for breakfast and then took the scenic route on to Lanesboro.
I was intent on spending some time at the Rhubarb Festival; Jeff and Eric walked the grounds with me, taking time for a treat before heading out on their own. I took time, special time, for Multi-Berry/Rhubarb Pie and Rhubarb Ice Cream. Eric found a muffin I believe and Jeff, horror of horrors, somehow, who knows where, managed to find a chocolate brownie!
While enjoying our treats, friend Paul texted that he'd soon be in Lanesboro to join the guys for their afternoon ride. Paul, thanks for coming over, really good to see you!
The 3 guys soon left for some gravel and I returned to learn more about rhubarb and the people that enjoy it.
I returned back to the Rally so that I could go for a test ride, courtesy of Leo's Motorcycles.
I tried a very impressive and fun Ninja 400...
I was right behind Paul and Bill....
Sunday morning packed up and getting ready to leave, Jeff planning to follow me as far as Frontenac. Eric had left an hour or so ahead of us.
We took the back way into Frontenac, using our nearby Minimum Maintenance Road.
Attendance was right around 225, down from where it should have been and following what seems to be a trend. Still, we had great weather and a great time. I do know this....if you're looking for gravel in SE Minnesota, you'd be hard pressed to find better road companions than these two guys.
Jim, a real pleasure to meet you. Dan and Lisa, hope to see you again soon! Paul and Jeff, see you (and Lorelai) up on the shore of the big lake in a couple of weeks.