Saturday, January 31, 2009

Doesn't Get Much Better

I went for a nice 2.5 hour ride today. The conditions were excellent and there was very little traffic. A question for you CAD...How does a big piece of liverwurst stack up for a post ride snack? It was gooood.Some have looked at me quizzically when they hear that I ride in the winter, but then many times ask, "What do you wear when you ride in the winter?" I tell them I wear the exact same thing as when I am cross country skiing. It was +30 when I left and +42 when I returned. It was not cold today, but this is what I wore. For the head, a Katandin Microtherm helmet liner, a helmet and a Sugoi helmet cover. For the top, a Iron Clad cold condition first layer and a thinly lined nylon jacket. Bottom is a pair of biking shorts covered with a Iron Clad cold condition first layer and a thin lined nylon wind pant. For the feet is a pair of merino wool socks and a pair of polyester///cotton socks and then just regular shoes. For me, this is good from +10 to +40. If it is lower than +10, I will add a sweater and a pair of sweat pants and more face covering.
This picture should have been down two more places but, $%#@ it...and...for some reason, you can't click for big as you can with most of the other pictures we post. This was taken with the trail cam a couple years ago. This shows how the turkeys and the whitetails get along. As with all for big.

These are some White Tail Deer that I got close to today. I don't think they wanted get off the road very badly.

This was along one of the roads I was on today. This is where the turkeys have been scratching looking for food. These are small ones. Sometimes in the woods, these scratching areas are huge.

This is what most of the roads looked like today.....Peeerrrffeeeecccttt.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Not much bin happin round here lately...but I did get out for a nice ride after work. I was overdressed...and...not smart enough to stop and take a layer off. I do not know why. It seems on short rides, I just tough it out. On the longer rides, I will stop and adjust. Why I do not do the same on the shorter rides is anybodies guess.It was 13 degrees when I left the house and I rode 12.8 miles. The last mile was a nice light snow falling. The roads that I rode tonight are basically snow packed so much, that they are now a sheet of ice. That doesn't matter with the studs. They work great.
Had this "little pecker" at the feeder before I left on the ride.

Stopped and took one picture. G-2 froze solid before home.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Rudimentary Analysis

I signed up for the Mn Ironman this morning. If you get signed up no later than Monday, you save $5 and get your name in the hat for an early bird drawing. I have always had a good time at that ride. Last year we rode the 100 mile ride and finished just in time. While we were loading the bikes on the rack, it started to snow...big flakes and accumulating fast.
Here we are doing some "Rudimentary Analysis" for the purpose of studding up the tandem. It was negative 21 this morning and negative 11 when we were up to this. On a side note, it takes a hardy soul to fish in this kind of weather.

We put Janice's bike on the trainer this morning.

Now she can have some fun also.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Fantasic Ride

I took the Timberlin out for some exercise this afternoon. It lives basically just for winter now and it was getting lonely sitting in the garage. I have had it out this year, just not enough to keep it happy. The conditions were ideal. Roads were excellent, 22 degrees F and just all an around f i n e ride. I was out for 1 hour 25 minutes and put some serious thought in to taking just one more road, but that would have led into darkness and I did not bring the batteries for the front light.I have been trying to talk Janice into letting me stud the tandem so she could ride with me. She is say the least...about that idea. I am still working on it. If anybody out there has put studs on a tandem, please let us know how it worked. I sure can't see any issues.
It is feeling better already.

Nobody out today.

What does the name of this road suggest?

This is a picture of almost the whole road. One and half miles with about 3 little tiny rollers. Sounds tough though. HILL ROAD.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Recovering from a small bout of the flu. Feeling much better just in time for the weekend. I am not ill...physically that is...very often. Janice pampered me, like according to her most wife's do.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Janice Walloped Her Head

While skiing this weekend, we encountered a few hills. We came to one on Saturday that was medium length, steep, down and right back up. I tried to keep my momentum so that climbing the up side would be easier and that worked quite nicely. After getting up over the top of the hill and looking Janice. I went back to the crest of the hill and discovered she was laid out on the hill. Thoughts immediately went to panic as I hollered down to ask if she was alright. Her response was ......"I have fallen and walloped my head."..... I again ask if she was alright and she confirmed that she was just fine...but then she added again..."I walloped my head a good one." I cannot remember the last time I have heard the term "walloped" used. It seems like one of those words that is not getting much use.
Another word that is being used less and less...."You're Welcome." You say "thank you" to someone and most likely the response will be....No Problem....No, Thank you....Forget it.
Just saying....and I am as guilty as anyone else....and another thing, is it Your Welcome or You're Welcome. No wonder it's getting less use. It's complicated.
We reckon that will be about it for now. Do you know of other words that are disappearing? Or is it just us. We maybe should start wearing our helmets while skiing, so if we wallop our heads, the damage may be limited.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Trego Lake Skiing

We went to the Trego Lake Trail to do some more cross country skiing this afternoon. The trail is located approximately 1 mile north of Trego, WI on highway 53, then east 2 miles like the sign says. The trail has tracks set for classical skiing. There would be no room for skate skiing as it quite narrow. There are three loops...easy, intermediate and most difficult. Signs on the highway to point the way.

If you have not been here before, study this sign at the beginning, because it is the only map there.

Janice did the easy loop.

We parted ways and I skied the rest...even the most difficult. How difficult was it you ask...even the sign has trouble staying upright.

The peckers have been working on this tree lately. Most likely some easy pick'in.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Cross Country Ski

We finally went out cross country skiing today. We went to the Superior Municipal Forest trail. It is $5 a person to ski there or I think $20 if you wanted to pay by the year. The trails were nicely groomed for both skate skiing and classical. Man, some of the skate skiers are fast. I do the classical style.The weather was perfect and we were out about two hours. This was a little spur trail.

Some Cattails.

There are a lot of the cattail are edible, the natives had many uses, and you can also make ethanol with it.

I noticed a few of the White Pines that were really loaded with cones.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

The roads around here have a coating of a loose sugar or sand like substance, which isn't all bad, but it is very dirty also. So, I did the interval thingee tonight. 15 sets of 1 x 3's. I should get out the ski's. I have a new head lamp I received for Christmas that would work well for cross country. One of these times.
A Nerd, A Nude and a Bike
A nerd was walking on campus one day when his friend, another nerd, rode up on an incredible shiny new bicycle. The first nerd was stunned and asked, "Where did you get such a nice bike?" The second nerd replied, "Well, yesterday I was walking home minding my own business when a beautiful woman rode up to me on this bike. She threw the bike to the ground, took off all her clothes and said, 'Take what you want!'"
The second nerd nodded approvingly, "Good choice. The clothes probably wouldn't have fit."

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

While I was doing the brick tonight, I watched my son trying to eradicate all the virgin snow from in front of the house. That snow deserves every thing he is throwing at it.
He said "How could a person ever get tired of that"

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Cabin Weekend

Spent the weekend at the family cabin. It is always fun when we can get the family together, but when it is at the cabin, that is really fun. We spent Saturday fishing...and this young man caught his first thru the ice fish....note...many more than one. That is what fishing is about in my world. The kids having fun and just keep just enough for a meal. I do not believe in putting fish in the freezer. Catching enough for a meal now and then is fine. By releasing what you do not need will help ensure fishing into the future for the young'ens. We had 15 people for the evening meal...which Lisa, our daughter, called a feast. We awoke Sunday morning to a fresh 4 inches of snow. With the sun shining bright, Janice and I went for a nice 3 mile walk. There is something special about exercising in brisk weather. It was 3 above zero...fresh snow...fresh critter tracks...and thankful to be able to do such things. All smiles///click for big

And more smiles

Thursday, January 1, 2009


If it the dust ever settles at work, I would like to purchase a new ride...or two...this spring. I would like to get a fixed gear and as I have said before, a better ride for touring. We will wait and see how things go. work this week. Three people gone...Two with 30 plus years. Hopefully the dust settles soon.

The trouble with unemployment is that the minute you wake up in the morning you're on the job......Slappy White

Spent a hour+ on the trainer this afternoon. I have not watched TV since July, but today it was Road Runner, the Coyote and the trainer.

I stink, but I do not spring leaks and towel.