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The Mini Ramble

a course correction

Story by Glenn Charles December 10th, 2015

a gift left for me

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The river bank

In need of a change, a bunch of guys descend on Minneapolis, Leica Camera’s and Fatbikes in tow, in hopes that a weekend of riding, shooting and bonding will break them out of there collective funk. For me, I seemed to be at an all time low, lacking creativity and feeling nothing but self doubts. I needed this trip in the worst possible way. What follows are my favorite images from the trip that hopefully show the joy we had riding bikes, drinking coffee & whisky, taking pictures, and sharing in each others company.

Day one, we head out to the river bank for some of Jason’s favorite shooting grounds. While riding was important, playing under the bridge with the bikes and cameras was of the utmost importance. Brady lends me his 15mm Voigtlander Super Wide Heliar, a lens that I am now in search of lest I can score the Leica Tri-Elmar some how.

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Bobby Wintle, aka, District Bicycles, never stops smiling

A little snow, a little bushwacking

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the Leica f2.0 90APO

So hard to shoot, so rewarding when it comes together

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Angry Catfish

One of the coolest bike/coffee shops in the country. Friends coming together to embrace the things they love.

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Brady's Leica M240 Safari edition is one of the sexiest cameras I have ever seen

one wacky diner

I thought I was transported into a Seinfeld episode with the Soup Nazi, although this time it was the Diner Nazi and she had a smile on her face. Something like 10-12 seats at the bar and waiting room was the person standing directly behind you. Delicious food for sure.

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Day 2 in wisconsin

Crazy warmth took away the Minneapolis snow so we went to Wisconsin to ride dirt. Along the way we made new friends including that special, ‘Crazy Kate’, who’s words can’t be repeated here but will forever be ingrained in our memories.


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trail stewards and global fatback day

Such diverse terrain

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love you guys

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Semi fat on his moots Frosti 27.5+

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beer and whiskey of course

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coffee a constant theme

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hey big guy

Tobie, it took us a while, but the wait was worth it!!

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crazy rock formations

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wheelies matter

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Beer, where to start

You know it is good when everyone talks about how much they smiled the entire trip

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one word

I left on this trip, down and full of doubt. I knew that something had to happen to shake up this funk that I was in and I knew if it was going to happen, this was the group of guys that could help me through it. I come back re-energized and more focused than ever, so here is to CHANGE and all the fear, doubt and success that comes with it.

Now, lets go Follow The Path

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Footnote: Photos shot with a Leica M240 and a Leica Monochrom