Thursday, November 28, 2013


 Last night we were blessed with about 3" of nice powder snow.  Add the current temp of 24°F, today would be a perfect day to ride.  That is all great, but it is the annual whitetail deer hunt here in WI.  Even though it is the week of Thanksgiving here in the United States, I have come to despise this week.  Despise would be putting it lightly.  One can not spend any time in the woods or trails without being dressed in blaze orange for the fear of wackos and stray bullets.  Even dressed in orange I don't feel comfortable riding a bicycle...I mean afterall, the bicycle is moving.  It shouldn't be that way.  I put a lot of the issues to the macho kill something mentality.  Brown it's down!!  Get that Big buck!!  That and greed!  Taking potshots at what they think may be a deer.  One of my cousins calls it hate your neighbor week...not too far off. Do not get me wrong, I agree with hunting.  Populations need to be controlled. And a meal of venison is delicious.  But the fact of the matter is the hunting tactics of many are something to be improved upon. Although this year seems to be safer than most.  

 A recent ride had me riding through the nearby Bird Sanctuary. 

 It is a very peaceful place. Serene.

 They have put in some new trails.  I am glad I had the fatty on this day!

 Nice remote trails.

 I was able to ride this ice...carefully.

 I snapped this photo a few days ago.  The geese were standing on the ice as the rest of the lake was freezing over.  Almost all of the lakes in our region are ice covered now.  

OK, after the opening rant, the best thing about this week is Thanksgiving.  Getting the entire family together to eat too much and shoot the breeze is PRICELESS!!  And I WILL eat too much. But that's OK!  I consider myself very fortunate.  Fortunate for family.  Fortunate for friends.  Happy Thanksgiving!!

Thanks for reading and the comments!
As always...
Lets get outdoors and have some fun!!


  1. Liked your rant! Have been riding Mike's fat bike. If I keep this up, me thinks I will have to get a frame of my own. (Mike's is too big but I can ride it comfortably with the seat down.) Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. I'm never happy when the snow flies. Maybe if I had Fatbike...........;)

  3. I got to try riding a fat bike last winter in Marquette. It was really awesome.

    I hope you ate too much with family and friends on Thanksgiving!

  4. Enjoyed your 'rant'..... :-o
    Trust that you had a great Thanksgiving...