Another reason to label this ride as a better-than-average-kerfuffle is the pocket-sized Tourbook. It was a last minute surprise for all the 2003 riders and in the end was a big hit. The Tourbook introduction is reprinted below, every rider receives a copy and no, I won't put them on eBay. The 2004 Tourbook had more pages and a map of Wabasha. The 2006 Tourbook had more space for notes and the 2007 version had feature illustrations from the 1934 BSA Cycles catalog. The 2019 Tourbook is something I've always wanted to do: a complete Frank Patterson edition.
"This little pocket book is meant to be part queue sheet, part tour guide, part map and part memoir. On each page you will find a listing of a town or attraction or a spot to write your notes. In the middle you will find a map of the Lake Pepin area. All the entries are in the same order as you will visit them on the tour. Feel free to write in what you see, what you’ve learned, where you ate and, best of all, what you think about the Bay City Hill. You will also find illustrations from the 1937 Raleigh Cycles catalog. Store this book in a safe spot when you get home and when you come across it ten years from now you’ll stop dead in your tracks and read it again."