Sunday, August 24, 2014

Great Times!!

Great Times!!

 Well, another dry spell with the blog.  I had planned on loading up a recent canoe trip we made and then some La Crosse, WI stuff we did, but never got to it.  That being said, I will combine some things on this post.  The people that follow Face Book have already had the opportunity to watch the canoe trip video we uploaded to YouTube.  I will load those here for anybody that is interested.

These are the videos I loaded to YouTube and Face Book..

This is part two

 We spend three days on the Namekagon/St.Croix Rivers. 

 We eat breakfast in the early mornings, canoe up through the middle of the day and set up camp early afternoon.  Then it is time to relax. Set back in lawn chairs, read and most importantly...Relax!!


During our vacation, we also spent time on the tandem bicycle.  We have two tandems. One road tandem and one mountain. This mountain one is slower of the two, but is by far my favorite of the tandems. We have it outfitted with some good touring tires, as we do not ride the trails on the tandem. It still moves right along with two people pedaling. :-) 

Fall is in the air, as they say. The leaves have already started changing and this Tamarack will not be far behind.  I think the older a person gets the faster time goes by.  It seems like summer just started and it is already getting ready to walk out the door.

A video we made while riding the tandem.


It has been a lot of fun to be able to ride the tandem again.  I realize they are not for everyone, but we sure enjoy them. 

Thank You for watching and I appreciate any comments you may have!
As always,
Lets get outdoors and have some FUN!!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Ummmmm

 Ummmm, yep still here!  Still riding!  I admit I have failed this semester of blogging.   I could sit here and try to make excuses, but there are no excuses.  I also could say I will make it up at summer school, but summer has about run it course and we will soon be moving on to fall.  I want to thank all of you that have taken the time to check in with me and see that things are still good.  They are! 

 Although the last few rides have seen me riding the fatty, I have put miles on the touring bike, the plastic bike, my normal road bike and I have had the mountain bike out also. .

 The title of this blog entry was of what...ummmmm!?!?!?!  No shyness here. Just nature at its finest. They rode along for miles. 

 This was one of the lunch spots today...today's ride had two lunch spots...hehe

 The flowers are full out!  Lots of them.

 Fall is in the air around these parts of the world.

 The flowers were glowing today.

 Ummmmm!  I noticed a lot of flowers being pollinated today.  I took several pictures but this one I thought this one showed it best.

 A nice little pond on a quite road.

 This was a great spot for the second half of the sandwich today. I do eat here quit often though.

Again, I want to give a BIG THANK YOU to those who have recently inquired about me.  

As some of you may know, I have been uploading some YouTube videos lately.  If you like them, subscribe to the channel to keep in touch.


Thank You for reading
and 
I appreciate any comments you may have.

Lets get outdoors and have some FUN!! 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Yum Yumm

 Thought I would stop by the blog and load up a couple pictures from the last few days.  The above picture was from this last Sunday riding across the bird sanctuary located near Gordon, WI.

 This was from Saturdays ride taken near the Moose River.

 This picture was taken on Sundays ride looking upstream on the Moose.

 AND...the above picture is in the same place as the one above this one.  Does that make sense?  I hope so.  It is another Moose picture.  Sunday to Tuesday...big difference. Spring is on its way.

 The Sheosh. 

Tuesdays ride had me sitting and having lunch along Douglas County highway M.   With the temp near 50, the southern facing bank made it feel much warmer.  I could have easily taken a nap.  What was for lunch?  I am glad you ask, because it was delicious.  Natural organic peanut butter, homemade cranberry jelly and multi grain bread...yum yum!! 


Lets get outdoors and have FUN!!!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Fantastic!

 Just some pictures and a quick blog. 

 Three pairs of critters in this picture...that we can see.

 Yep speed bump ahead and I kid you not, at the end of this row of trees, I took a digger. The only one of the day fortunately. I blame the speed bump! Even if it is under a couple feet of snow.

 This is the island below the Gordon Dam. There is a video of this on my facebook page.

 Upstream from the dam.  

 I rode a lot of snowmobile trail today.

 The recreational trails had a lot of ruts and under the recent little snow event was ice. SO, that made it for some sketchy riding today.  I stopped to let out some air.  I had recently had them pumped to 15lbs riding the back roads. I dropped them to 8 and that helped a lot, but probably should have gone lower.     

 Great day and no one on the trails...but me!

 It was nice to see some bare ground on a southern facing bank.  I decided to eat up half my lunch here.

 Man...what great fun!

 It is getting on to about 12:30 and the trails are starting to get a little soft in spots.

 Anyone who has been around Gordon as a youngster knows this spot!!

A couple Whitetails.  I think there were more a little farther back in the bush. I was out for 3 hours 35 minutes and it was fantastic!

Lets get outdoors and have some fun!!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

30-30 and A Hint of Spring

 WOW...we hit 50°F today.  Just a hint of spring, because I hear we may have another snow on the way.  Along with that the 10 day forecast isn't showing anything near as nice as we had today.  It is weather.  It will be...weather.

 If you could pick them out on the picture above just over the top tube and upstream on the St Croix River were two Swan/Snow Geese.  I know last year I walked up stream and jumped some Snow Geese, but I am thinking these may have been Trumpeter Swans.  They were far enough away that I couldn't tell with the naked eye. I just went back and blew up that picture...I am going with Trumpeter Swan.

 With today's warm temperature, I needed to shed some clothes.  That is OK though.  That is why that back trunk rack is on there.

 Golf anyone??  I think it will be a late start this year.

  Those that know me know I do most of my riding alone.  Last year I was lucky enough to be able to ride with a couple new friends.  This is a road we would ride.  One of them called the other day to go for a ride, but it didn't work out for me.  I wish it had because I really enjoy the fun. BUT we will get out!!

Can you say wind.  I started out with a nice 5 miles right down the throat of mother wind.  I then sailed with her at my back for a good 15 miles.  And you know what that means.  Time to take it on the chin. Yep wind on the fixed gear can be rather challenging. But I am OK with that. 

 Lunch was served at the 30 mark today.



Lets get outdoors and have some FUN!!

Friday, March 21, 2014

2014 Spring??

 HAPPY SPRING!!!  I think it will be a while before the snow pack is gone here in northwest WI.  In the above picture there are two good sized lawn chairs beyond the dock.  It may be a while before anyone sits on them. They say more snow on the way.

 I like the idea of having the daylight go into the evening hours.

 The temperature was near 40°F on this ride.  I could hardly believe the difference a couple hours makes in the ice melt.  The video at the bottom of this post was taken 2 hours later on the same afternoon.

 I will be watching the Moose River to see when it starts to open.  

 There are still some snowmobiles riding the trails.  In looking at the 10 day forecast, I would say the snowmobilers have those 10 more days and more, as there is no warm weather in the forecast.

 Like my mud guard?  I knew the roads were going to be wet in spots today.  So...a piece cut from an ice cream pail, couple drilled holes, a quick shot of paint, two zip ties and good enough for me.  It worked great. Hmmmm, those tires have some miles on them.

 As witness to the depth of snowpack we have is the top of this fence post.

 I saw these tracks that came from a vast open area.  I am not sure what critter left them, but I am thinking a Bobcat. The toes were round, had no claw marks and were about the right size. I know they mate in the spring..and TODAY is spring!!  As I said, I am not sure.

 The tracks came from out in the open. It walked up and checked out this tree that a deer had nibbled on earlier in the winter and then moved on.  

The house is gone, but the barn still stands.  Nice old barn! I noticed there is some hay stored inside.

OK...so another crappy video.  A lot of things wrong with it, but I loaded it anyhow.  The quality is poor.  The explanation of the fixed gear is poor.  Whatever! It's on here. 

Lets get outdoors and have some fun!!

Thanks for reading and any comments!