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Map from Auburn, CA to Osseo, MN

 

 

  • View from Chuck and Mary Gail Dorn's living room over looking their pool - Auburn, CA
  • Fireplace in the Dorn Living Room
  • Chuck & Mary Gail before our start
  • Our journey begins!
  • Moe Hirani and Jim Gragg from Chuck's bicycle group rode with us out of Auburn on the first day
  • Working our way up I-80 to Truckee
  • On our way to Truckee, we stopped to wait out the only real rain we will see on this whole trip.
  • Looking back towards Sacramento on I-80
  • Our first summit - Donner Pass (Notice the Pacific Crest Trail Sign in the background. I crossed here in 2002 on my trek to Canada.
  • Our first summit - Donner Pass (Notice the Pacific Crest Trail Sign in the background. I crossed here in 2002 on my trek to Canada.
  • Donner Pass
  • Donner Pass
  • Chuck's bed at the car dealership where we spent our first night out in Truckee, CA
  • My bed!!!!
  • Looks pretty pleased with himself!
  • Chuck and his good friend, Wade Beardsley. Wade owns the car dealership in Truckee.
  • Bike path along the Truckee River on the east side of Reno, NV
  • Back on I-80 east of Reno for another 30 miles as we work our way to US-50
  • We saw lot of this made by former bikers riding US-50 through NV--this is part of the Adventure Cycling Western Express route
  • First of many passes we will go over in the 100 degree heat of NV!
  • Chuck is back there somewhere
  • Chuck's son, Jason, catches up with us and will be our support person across NV. Chuck is resting his feet in the car.
  • Sign
  • Looks like rain - but no such luck - although cloud cover dropped the temp below 100 for awhile.
  • Sign
  • Typical view along our US-50 route through Nevada
  • Chuck resting his feet at the end of the day. He has Morton's Neuroma, a painful nerve desorder in the balls of his feet. Flared up mosty in the afternoon so we'd stop for a few minutes every hour or so until the pain went away. Tough Man.
  • Just a short stop for Chuck to rest his feet.
  • Small town in NV
  • Another summit completed. Many more to go!
  • Sign
  • Hickison Summit
  • Hickison Summit
  • Nevada
  • Pinto Summit
  • Pancake Summit. Damn, I thought Nevada was flat!
  • Rest Stop
  • That looks inviting!
  • Little Antelope Summit
  • Just outside Ely, NV
  • Our last day with Jason outside Logan, UT
  • After the desert of NV, trees and green vegetation real looks good
  • Highway 89, Idaho
  • Highway 89, Idaho
  • Highway 89, Idaho
  • Idaho farm
  • One must do what one must do!
  • Working our way along HWY 89. Beautiful area. Worth a trip back someday.
  • Summit before Geneva, Idaho on the border of Idaho and Wyoming
  • Town of Geneva
  • We stopped for weather at this church just outside Geneva. Nice people.
  • Just entered WY on HWY 89
  • Chuck thought we should ride one of these for awhile
  • Lander Cutoff Information
  • Lander Cutoff Information
  • Lander Cutoff Information
  • Lander Cutoff Information
  • Heading up the Salt Lake River Pass
  • Salt Lake River Pass
  • Chuck resting his feet at the Salt Lake River Pass
  • Chuck resting his feet at the Salt Lake River Pass
  • Chuck resting his feet at the Salt Lake River Pass
  • Beautiful Salt Lake River Valley along HWY 89 as we work our way to Jackson, WY.
  • Elk antler arch
  • What? We started in Auburn! Oh,,,Auburn, WY
  • Osprey all along HWY 89 in the Salt Lake River Valley
  • Osprey all along HWY 89 in the Salt Lake River Valley
  • Osprey all along HWY 89 in the Salt Lake River Valley
  • Snake River south of Jackson, WY
  • Snake River south of Jackson, WY
  • Rafters on the Snake River. Our family back in the 80's did this same trip.
  • Rafters on the Snake River. Our family back in the 80's did this same trip.
  • Chuck getting ready for the 3 minute rain we are about to get! It's his first trip like this!!!!
  • Chuck getting ready for the 3 minute rain we are about to get! It's his first trip like this!!!!
  • Tetons through the smoke. Many fires in this area.
  • Tetons through the smoke. Many fires in this area.
  • Tetons through the smoke. Many fires in this area.
  • Construction along HWY 26 as we head up to Togwotee Summit - 9658 ft. Our highest climb and and one of the toughest I've ever done.
  • We thought we were at the top of Togwotee Pass - WRONG - we still had to go over the mountains on our left! Tough ride.
  • Wind River Valley area on the east side of Togwotee Pass. Beautiful!
  • Wind River Valley area on the east side of Togwotee Pass. Beautiful!
  • Wind River Valley area on the east side of Togwotee Pass. Beautiful!
  • Wind River Valley area on the east side of Togwotee Pass. Beautiful!
  • Wind River Valley area on the east side of Togwotee Pass. Beautiful!
  • Wind River Valley area on the east side of Togwotee Pass. Beautiful!
  • Not much between Riverton, Wy and Casper, WY
  • Somewhere in East of Casper, WY
  • Antelope outside Casper, WY
  • Chuck having breakfast in Lusk, WY
  • Leaving WY and Entering NB
  • Leaving WY and Entering NB
  • NB Turkeys
  • NB Longhorn
  • Traveling along HWY 20 Northern NB. Very scenic road.
  • I’ve been told many times one should take the time to smell the flowers. This time, it’s Chuck’s turn.
  • Missouri River Ahead
  • Brought back great memories of my 2006 cross country paddle
  • Minnesota sunrise
  • No comment.
  • Getting Closer!!
  • Posing for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune newspaper
  • Posing for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune newspaper
  • Posing for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune newspaper
  • The SUV in front of Chuck are reporters for NBC-TV in Minneapolis. They caught up with us around Lake Minnetoka near Minneapolis and filmed us for about 10 miles.
  • Our families in front of Osseo High School. We made it - two weeks early!!!!!
 
 

In 2012, Chuck Dorn, my high school buddy, and I rode our bicycles from Auburn, California to Osseo, Minnesota for Osseo High School's 50th class reunion. We started on August 13 and got to the high school September 1 -- only 2 weeks early.

Be sure to check out the newspaper and TV video clip that got picked up by several stations!

Link to USA Today Video

 

MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE, August 31, 2012

Classmates pedal 2,000 miles toward Osseo High's 50th reunion

OSSEO PRESS AND NEWS, September 2, 2012

OHS Class of 1962 reunion features biking warriors