Mike "Dominator" Colaizy wrote me about getting some people together to resurrect the Death Ride this Sunday, so I'm all over it. Here are the gruesome details:
What: Ride from St. Croix Falls to Danbury on the Gandy Dancer Trail
Where: Leave St. Croix Falls Visitor Center at 8 AM (to have a hope of getting back by dark)
Who: Mike Colaizy is leading this ride--it is an unsupported ride (you don't call it "The Death Ride" because it's easy).
Why?: Because it's THERE!
Here's the Map of the Gandy Dancer trail, according to this, the total distance is about 95 miles (I have heard reports that it could be as long as 110 however).
History of the Death Ride
This ride has been going on in one way or another for about 20 years. Frank Lundeen and Terry Baillargeon did the first death ride completely by accident back in the day. If my memory serves me (which is probably doesn't), they were riding under the red light of a lunar eclipse...trapped in a wasteland of endless soft Gandy Dancer limestone that stretched forward and backward as far as the eye could see. The two of them were both Tour de France fit at the time, yet they pushed on for countless hours in silent agony having wandered deeper into the pain cave than mortal man was designed to endure.
The trail was a little softer then than it is now, so regular people should be able to complete this. Still, be advised that this is a NON-SUPPORTED ride. If you're on the fence about doing it, I'd recommend coming along, but monitor how you feel and don't be afraid to head home early. The Death Riders could use your support! Be a death rider...we might have to get some jerseys made up for this!