I can now happy to report that Midtown Freewheel will be hosting a bike touring workshop that Shawn will be putting on while they are in Minneapolis! The event goes down on Sunday, September 11. Midtown Freewheel will be putting out the spread for this - there will be food and beverages plus the usual Freewheel hospitality. The Facebook event page is here - please RSVP so our gracious hosts can get a handle on how many people are coming and get the food right.
Freewheel will be putting on a BBQ beginning at 11:30 AM. The workshop will begin about an hour later. Shawn has done these types of workshops for years, and their current trip (detailed on Shawn's blog) has been an adventure, so it should be a good time.
It's nice to see an event organized around touring. I've noticed an uptick in touring, and general interest in touring, this summer (that even includes me - I got that LHT tricked out and am contemplating S240's). Yet this is an sub-set of the cycling world that doesn't get much play in the Twin Cities. It will be good to drag this more into the limelight and maybe encourage a few people to give it a go.