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.

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

Long trail through Wisconsin

Bluff country scenes

Map of the route

Cockpit view

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

Rest stop

Reprieve from the precip in a tunnel along the trail

Bandit camping in a farm field

Breakfast on the road

Foggy morning on the tour

Map of the day

Cue cards reveal each turn on a preplanned route

Rolling into peace on a long Wisconsin trail

Stephen Regenold

Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.