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Skate in Minnesota for 5 Days With Eddy Matzger
Zephyr Adventures is introducing a new five-day
skating tour of Minnesota featuring Eddy Matzger as the
special guest guide. The tour begins the day after the
Northshore Inline Marathon in Duluth, Minnesota, the
largest skating marathon in the North America.
Skaters on the 36 mile Root River Trail in Minnesota
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Minnesota Skate Tour Guided by Eddy Matzger
Minnesota Skating Adventure
September 18-22, 2005
Duluth (1 day after the Northshore Marathon)
Cannon Valley Trail
Chain of Lakes Trail
Root River Trail
Willard Munger Trail
Saint James Hotel, Red Wing
Cottage House Inn, Lanesboro
Best Western Normandy Inn, Mineapolis
The concept of spending your vacation on skates, without any other inducement,
might convince you to join one of Zephyr’s tours. Throw in Eddy Matzger and
the September skating adventure becomes an opportunity hard to resist.
Minnesota has the most paved paths of any state in the United States and features some
incredible skating. For example, the 19-mile Cannon Valley Trail winding
through forests along the Cannon River is privately managed and one of the
smoothest paths around. The 36-mile Root River Trail(pictured above) has three spokes centered
on the hub of Lanesboro, a small town voted both one of the top small arts
towns and top small outdoors towns in America. And the granddaddy of them
all, the 70-mile Willard Munger Trail, offers enough skating for anyone.
Of course, a Zephyr skate tour is not just about skating. Participants
stay in quaint family lodges or historic hotels, eat excellent meals, and have a
thousand laughs with new friends from all over. On Zephyr’s September 18th tour,
Eddy Matzger will also be offering advice on skating techniques and telling
stories of his exploits on skates in such places as China, Egypt, and Bali.
Zephyr’s owner Allan Wright is careful to say the September 18th tour with
Eddy is not just for advanced skaters or racers. "Almost all our tours are
for most skating abilities. Participants can choose among routes of varying
lengths each day, we have a support van, and the goal is fun - whether that
means pushing yourself or stopping to admire the scenery", says Wright.
Join Zephyr on their special Minnesota Skating Adventure with Eddy Matzger
and, six years from now, you might be featured in one of Eddy’s famous stories.
About Eddy Matzger
Here is a story by professional inline racer Eddy Matzger,
about his visit with Zephyr Inline Skate Tours to
Pennsylvania Amish Country back in 1999:
FROM EDDY MATZGER: "What's the name of your horse?" I asked a gentleman who rode his buggy
convertible-style for the balmy weather, without the glass windshield in
front. We were moving along a portion of land without an electrical pole
or wire as far as the eye could see. The horse wasn't spooked in the
slightest. "You'll never guess," he chuckled through his long yellowing
beard. To which I made a stab and said "Chestnut," just then admiring
the orangey-red of the horse's coat. "Chester!" the man exclaimed, and
proceeded to launch into the story how years back he had been so impressed
by a horse named Chester at the races. The gentleman then thrust his hand
out of the carriage, and shaking mine vigorously, said with great
enthusiasm: "I love meeting new people!" Thanks for such a wonderful
welcome, kind sir.
Tour Guide Eddy Matzger
© Kathie Fry
This story, which Eddy tells to reveal the warmth of the Amish people to
inline skaters, tells equally as much about the story teller.
Eddy Matzger, in addition to being one of the winningest inline skaters
in the history of the sport, is also a loving, carefree individual who
seems to enjoy each moment of his unusual life and each encounter with
the many people he meets.
While most inline skaters have never been on a skate tour and many have never
even heard of Zephyr, close to 300 people each year join the company on skating
vacations to such places as Switzerland, The Netherlands, Florida, and Nantucket.
Zephyr has been operating since 1997 and has built a reputation and repeat
participant base that has kept it growing amid the shrinking world of skating
in the United States.
While the 1999 press tour in the Amish country was an exclusive press tour
organized for magazines such as Vogue and Women Outside, everyday inline
skaters now have the chance to spend time on skates with Eddy. Zephyr
Inline Skate Tours is organizing a special five-day Minnesota Skating
Adventure from September 18-22, 2005 with Eddy Matzger as a Guest Guide.
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