Photos: A Week on a Bike Tour with Randall and Natalia

Last fall, Minneapolis bike community fixtures Randall Dietel and Natalia Mendez set out from their home in the city with a plan to bike 400+ miles through Minnesota and Wisconsin to a finish line in Green Bay.

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Dietel, a former bike courier and winner of many local alleycat races, rode a Surly Troll bike loaded with panniers and gear for the road. Mendez, also on a Troll, had a hamburger-shape bell and cue cards on her handlebars to reveal preplanned turns in the route.

Over six days they rolled country highways, rails-to-trails bike paths, slept on the ground in farm fields, and generally lived the wonderful nomadic existence of a bike tour.

Here are a few of Dietel’s photos from the trip. Makes us want to jump on a bike and hit the road right now! —Stephen Regenold

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Long trail through Wisconsin



Bluff country scenes

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Map of the route

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Cockpit view


Kissy-kissy! Natalia Mendez makes friends with a salamander on the trail


Rest stop

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Reprieve from the precip in a tunnel along the trail

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Bandit camping in a farm field

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Breakfast on the road

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Foggy morning on the tour

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Map of the day

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Cue cards reveal each turn on a preplanned route

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Rolling into peace on a long Wisconsin trail