I received my advance copy of the Minnesota Bike Atlas, 7th Edition the other day. (Disclosure: one of my maps is in it.) It’s a very nice book whose proceeds help support the work of Hostelling International – Minnesota and the Twin Cities Bicycle Club, and has lots of easy-to-use maps in it. New this year is a CD of the routes.
HI-MN will be distributing it via local book shops shortly, and it’ll also be available at the Minnesota Ironman Bicycle Ride on April 27. Note for those who have not done the ride previously that this is not an Ironman like a triathlon – it’s Ironman like ‘are you ready for a long freakin’ ride at the end of April when the weather could be agony or ecstasy?’ Last year’s weather was perfect, although it was the first time in 10 years I didn’t attend – I had gotten married the day before and wearing heels on grassy lawns all day did a real number on my calves. We can only hope for such weather this year, although once again I shan’t be riding, only volunteering.