Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Bike Packing, 'Sconie Fall Ride

Met a couple of friends, Todd and Scott (Bear) from  Barneveld, WI  (just west of Madison) in the middle of their 10 day jaunt around WI.
I met them about 45 miles NE of Plover at The Dells of the Eau Claire Co. Park.
From there we rode 2 days covering about 230 miles ending up at Trempaleau, WI.
From there they continued on SE towards Barneveld with 2 more days of riding and I went NE  back to Plover, about another 120 miles.
Great fall ride on various roads, bike paths (rails to trails) some paved, some not. Toss in a few gravel roads and we got to see it all.



 






Faster than a locomotive and stronger than a speeding bullet....or is that reversed?
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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Oregon Mt. Bachelor Ride

Found myself in the Pacific Northwest again for work. With my son and DIL recently moving from Los Gatos, CA to Bend, OR it worked out great to snag my sister that lives in Portland and head over to Bend to see their new digs.
They had a 50k run planned, The Flagline Trail Fest, that starts at Mt. Bachelor.
So I planned a mtn. bike ride that started very near there and rode the trails into Bend. About a 35-40 mile ride.
Started out at Swampy Lakes and made my way down Swede Ridge/Shuttle to the Phil's Complex trails. Whoops, Phils and up and over Heli-Pad, then south on Storm King finally connecting with the Deschuttes River Trail into Bend.
Met my sister for lunch in town then continued on to their house.
Got to ride my DIL's Rocky Mountain Instinct....very nice ride.
Great weekend!

 Off  the deck of their house. They have a great view of Mt. Jefferson, Hood and the Deschuttes River.


The start of the 50k.

On the bike trail.



xc ski/snowshoe cabin. Getting ready for winter.


Still have collarbone issues so didn't take many chances. That, plus we forgot to swap out her flats for my SPD pedals.



Didn't actually ride this trail....will some day though. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Superior100

Did some volunteer work for the Superior100 race. Figured it was a good time to do my part seeing as how my biking was a bit curtailed yet.
Did some marking and some sweeping. Probably hiked close to 35-40 miles.

I find it hard to believe how these athletes can run this trail when just hiking it is so difficult. Very rooty, rocky and steep as it follows the Sawtooth Mountains. Those not from the midwest might snicker calling these hills mountains, but the constant elevation gains and losses are not to be taken lightly.

The race follows sections of the Superior Hiking Trail (SHT) along the route from Duluth MN, to the Canadian border on the North Shore of Lake Superior.
One of the best spots along the route is the Temperance River area.

Views of Lake Superior are very common.




In-land lakes Bean and Bear.





Buggy


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Jason, 15 miler

This ride was 9 days after my crash.....thought I'd take Jason for a ride. We had this ride planned for a long time.
Used my wife's old Giant mtn. bike so I could just swing my leg through instead of over the frame.
It sits up straighter as well, less back angle and pressure on my broken ribs.
He out rode me.....We met Grandma for lunch, climbed all around the local train display, went to the Children's Museum and rode home. It tool most of the day, but what a great day!
Covered 15 miles.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Japanese Students

A friend of my wife asked if we'd be interested in housing a college student from Japan Dokkyo University that was studying at our local University, UW-Stevens Point.
We thought we'd try it out.
The first weekend we had our grandkids as well so Jason helped them experience an American extended family.

The gal on the left is Nanami, who we had for the first weekend along with Aya on the right. Aya went on to spent 2 weeks, 3 weekends with us while Nanami went to her host family once they got back from vacation.
We had a very busy couple of weeks, doing things we probably wouldn't have done but wanted to give Aya a good time in Wisconsin.
- Irish Fest in Milwaukee
- Wisconsin Timber Rattlers baseball (farm team of the Milwaukee Brewers) in Appleton
- Concert in the Park in Kimberly, WI with the group Force of Habit, of which the Father of our DIL is part of. Classic Rock and damn good, as well!
 - Wisconsin Dells Duck Tour
- Moody Blues concert
- Bicycle ride to the polls to watch me vote in a local election.
It was a great experience, I hope that Aya felt the same.

Local U-Pick blueberries.

Granite Peak State Park.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Downtine, 2014

Was out riding with some friends a few weeks ago, the end of July on a local trail called 9-mile.
This trail has entertained National 24 hr. Championship races in the past.

In any case, while out on the trail I decided to take a rock drop/jump.
Broke clavicle and 5 ribs all on the left side. Bruised and punctured left lung.
A tree landing will do that to a guy.

It's been just a couple of days over a month. Been back on the bike for 3 weeks. Maybe 60-70%. No single track, just rails to trails.