The Ride Across Minnesota (TRAM)

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  • poppers

    Hi people. For those who are interested here is a link to my training blog for this year's TRAM (The Ride Across Minnesota). ... g=personal

    This year's 300 mile 5 day bicycle ride starts in Bemidji, Minnesota as we make our way from there to our first stop in Walker, Minnesota on Monday, July 23. Then it's on to Park Rapids, Minnesota on Tuesday. From there we go to Wadena on Wednesday, then to Fergus Falls on Thursday, and we complete our last leg of the tour to Alexandria, Minnesota on Friday. It should be a great ride this year, with 3 days of riding on bicycle trails.

    TRAM is a once a year "Bike MS" event that's been held each year in Minnesota for the past 27 years. It is the only MS sponsored event in the country that is 5 days and 300 miles long. All others are 1 or 2 day rides. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society uses money collected from Bike MS events to fund cutting-edge research, drive change through advocacy, facilitate professional education, and provide programs and services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. I'm willing to work my muscles hard to help those who can't do that themselves. If you can help me do that I would be very grateful.

    If you wish to help sponsor me you can use the above link to make a donation to the MS Society. Or you can PM me if you prefer to donate via check. If you don't want to sponsor me, then that's fine, but I would appreciate any moral support you can muster by reading and commenting on my training blog.


    Here's a couple of pictures of me from last year's TRAM. This will be my 3rd TRAM, and it looks like it will be the best one yet. I can't wait.

  • PaintedToeNail

    Here's to hoping for cloudy skies, cooler temps, a light breeze and no rain for your TRAM!

  • Slidin Fast
    Slidin Fast

    Is that ......... Sparlock on your shirt? Take it off, burn it that you may not make Jehovah,,,,,,,, sad.

  • poppers

    Is that ......... Sparlock on your shirt?

    LOL! Yeah, it could easily be seen that way, but alas, it's only "Big Ole", the famous landmark in Alexandria, Minnesota depicting the Viking's discovery of America.

  • Open mind
    Open mind

    May the wind be at your back and your crotch not ache too bad.

    Spin on Poppers!


  • poppers

    Thank you, Open mind. I'm pretty well saddle broke so that's not an issue. Wish there was something I could do to ensure good weather though. If it comes to choosing between riding in rain or wind I would choose rain. Hopefully neither will be a problem.

  • poppers

    Yesterday I reached a new milestone in my riding career - I completed my first "century" ride, topping out at 101 miles. I had hoped to get a century ride prior to TRAM, but it was unexpected to happen this soon.

    After riding 60 miles I visited a friend, with the intention of riding the remaining 8 miles to home when I left. But I was feeling reinvigorated and fresh when I got on my bike again. The temperature was cool, there was low humidity, overcast skies, very light winds, and I was feeling like I got my second wind, so I thought why not try for those last 40 miles, and so I did.

    Surprisingly, I'm not sore in the slightest, though I am a bit tired. Next ride is planned for Friday, weather permitting.

  • poppers

    Another century was ridden today, with a total ride of 115 miles. I getting some great training in.

  • finally awake
    finally awake

    We went for a little ride last weekend. I did 10 miles or so, not too bad for a fat lady on her first long ride. Maybe someday I'll be in a shape to do a century :)

  • poppers

    Good for you, FA. Keep it up. Start small and work your way up gradually. Happy trails.

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