Sunday, January 24, 2010

Light rain fell most of yesterday with 2 to 3 inches of wet snow this morning...still snowing too.  That put me back on the trainer for an hour this morning.  Whoooopie.  Next year though, it may be a custom made bike similar to a Surly Pugsley that this fellow is riding.  We will see.  It isn't bad to be outside today.  I have been out to shovel the deck, feed the birds, cleaned some snow from the garage roof and then had to plow it out of the way before it froze.  It isn't bad once you pry the butt from the comfy chair.  Speaking of sitting in the chair, I would imagine a lot of people will be doing just that, watching the football.  I will not be watching, and no I am not a Vikings fan, although I have many friends that are, so go Vikes. 

I was strong this morning. I kept looking in the mirror, but no one caught me. 

Monday, January 18, 2010

Sunday Snowshoe/Ski

Janice, our daughter Lisa, our niece Sarah and I went for a snowshoe/ski on Sunday. We parked on the West Mail Road. We headed east across the Moose River and then up an old trail alongside the St Croix River. Approximately a mile up river sits the Gibson cabin. It is a unique old log cabin. I have heard it was built between 1914 and 1916. When the Wild River Act was inacted by congress in 1968, all properties within 1/4 mile on each side of the rivers bank were eventually controlled by the National Park service. The Gibson Cabin was included. I remember well when the River Act went in and the consquences at the time. We knew people whose properties were effected by this. I think looking back now 40+ years, it has been a good thing.

I took these photos with my phone as our regular camera was left in the vehicle. It took me...finally had to ask son...until today to get them off the phone.

These are the type of trees the cabin is made from...Cedar

These are the lovely ladies I had the pleasure of snowshoeing with.

I could live here. No electricity, although the Gibsons had a generator.

It is a nice peaceful setting on the St. Croix Rivers edge.

Nice rock fireplace

There are two bedrooms downstairs and the open area upstairs I understand was more sleeping quarters

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

A Tease

I did the inside mini brick thingee last night...trainer and elliptical. Tonight on the other hand, the weather was much too nice to stay inside. It was +28 when I left the house on the bicycle just before dark, which is very warm for this time of the year at our location. The roads were showing a reflection of glare ice, but the studs work nicely.

We are starting to organize our team, Gitchigumi Gear Mashers, for the 2010 MS150 in MN. Anyone interested in joining up with us, please feel free to sign up. We really would like to grow our team this year, so if you are interested, now is the time. Join in. We are doing this for a good cause and a good time. We will put some info up later.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Feels Good

I tried to talk Janice into riding with me Sunday morning. I have two of the steeds rolling studs, but no way would she ride. I ended up doing a 14 mile loop by myself. It was a cool 12.4 degrees when I left with a strong SW wind. I had debated on whether or not to wear my booties as they are heavy. I did not. Extra layer of socks. No toe room. Toesy were cold. I should have worn booties. I nailed the rest though. Nuf said...lesson learned.
As Ben Franklin said "The doors of wisdom are never shut."

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Brisk...Sat...No Work...Excellent

Did it get cold out last night...Yes, yes it did. We had -28.8F this morning. I did a nice 30 minutes on the elliptical early. It warmed up in the afternoon, so Janice and I went for a ski on the trails we have made. Tomorrow, it's going to be fixie time. The condition of our back roads could not get much better for winter bicycling.
One hour 45 minutes this afternoon.

The sun was shining bright.

Just a little opening...Maybe a pond some day.

I have been packing the trails with a snowmobile. It works nice on days like today when there was about an inch of fresh powder on them.

Fox tracks.

This is one of the many deer stands that we have. This particular one our youngest son put in.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Bike Tour?

Thinking I should do a Bike tour this year. Not a long one. Maybe a week or so. Going to start looking into that.  

Monday, January 4, 2010


A brick or not a brick?

Back indoors for a little, but hopefully not for long. Run for 30 min and then another 40 on the trainer. I have noticed that I do not mind the first few times doing the silly indoor stuff.

PS...Please check out our friends at Up North Cabin Decor ...also a link on the top right side of blog page...Thanks

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Cabin Time

We wish you all a belated Happy New Year. We want to thank who ever may read this thing. We want to especially send a thanks to those who make a comment now and then. That is always nice.

We have had some family time at our family cabin these last few days. Our son Michael caught a nice Northern. We added some Crappies and had a nice dinner for the nine of us that were staying at the cabin. It is rare we have a freshly caught fish dinner. We only keep the fish we are going to eat and do not believe in the practice of putting fish in the freezer. 

And speaking of a freezer...Negative 30 degrees fahrenheit this morning...Ain't that great!!