Sunday, April 24, 2011

BALLS Ride this weekend

BALLS coming up. With very limited riding/training time due to broken bone in foot not sure what to expect...nor what to expect in the weather.
From 4 the first year to 50 this year.

BALLS I, 2008 what all the rest of them have been compared to.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Random "Up North" pics

Part of the land I purchased last winter. Selling the house with some river frontage.

Big Falls, Kennan, WI.

Cooper checking things out.

A different kind of chainsaw art.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Maple Syrup, 2011

Out of commission for 6-8 weeks. Got my foot in a place it shouldn't have been on the tractor below while gathering sap....ouch!!

yep, it's broke.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Kevin Nierman

If you like pictures with a biking theme, check out Kevin's stuff. I have a number of prints for myself and have used them for gifts all framed up nicely.
When I saw this one last winter, which was used for the cover of Dirt Rag Magazine issue 153, I called Kevin immediately to secure the original....It has northern WI written all over it.

Made a small side trip after my last southern swing trail ride in AR to meet Kevin in MO to pick it up.

Womble Trail, AR

Last ride of the spring fling trip....Womble trail in AR. IMBA Epic. Looking for a great ride as I've learned that the IMBA Epic standards are predictable. I went to the left, southwest, based on the recommendation of a local that passed through the parking lot as I was setting up.

A few creek crossings.
Long sustained climb....looking forward to the return as it's an out and back trail.
Looking down....
Same spot looking up.
Burned over section.

Went about 10-11 miles in one hour and turned around. Trailhead was about a mile beyond HWY 70 and went about a mile past the Forest Service 92 Road.
Started down that nice section on the return and 3/4 of the way down BLAM! stans flying everywhere.
Slit my back tire from the center of the face all the way to the shale out there. Tubeless setup.
Cut my water bottle with the same shale that cut my tire and made a boot to put on the inside of the tire so the tube wouldn't look like a hernia.... Pulled out my spare had a hole in it, probably from rubbing inside the seat bag. Walked out, 5 miles or so after trying some shortcuts through the woods a and old logging to my Jeep and was putting on a spare tire and tube when I discovered that my tire wrench set has a small compartment that contained a patch that I had forgotten about...well, the walk was ok, nice day and all, but riding would have been much better.

What is a Womble, anyway?