Angry Lake\Weekend


Angry lake today. Huge surf rolling in.  A couple inches of wet snow last nite but its raining now. A combo of snow and rain on and off for the next 30 hours or so.  I have road tires on the 920 now. And skinny fenders. Im not taking them off to put the 40c tires back on even tho they would be good for the crappy roads we are going to have in the morning. But Im tired of switching parts around for just one ride. Besides, I have service bikes I can work on now. So my days are busier now. Always a good thing.

I’ll maybe try something with the fatbike. Maybe a quick beach ride or something. But if the surf is up like this morn thats not going to be possible. I’ll figure something out.

So on Marquette. I have not talked to anyone up there yet but it seems they are not getting the 9 to 10 inches predicted. I think. If its half of that we should be in good shape. If the groomer is out even as late as Sunday morn we should be OK. So far its game on. But I won’t go unless I at least talk to someone tomorrow. If I can’t get ahold of my usuals even a call to a local shop is better than nothing.


Here’s a Birkie trail cam pic just a few minutes ago. So far just a dusting covering the ice. While I think they have more snow coming it appears that they will not have the time to work it up. I hope for the best. I hear they will make the official call at noon today which is in two hours. I can’t see anything good.

So the plan is to leave early Sunday morn, head up to Marquette for a afternoon ride, the hit the local scene and grab another ride Monday morn. Have some lunch and head home. I have the store covered on Monday. Originally we were going Sat\Sun but bumped it off one day to let the guys up there work on the new snow.

It’s going to be a quick trip so I will not bring any computer to post with. So my next post will be Tuesday I guess with the U.P. report. It’s going to be a crappy weather weekend here but get outside anyway. And good luck to the Birkie, hoping they can come up with something.

Have a good weekend.


Pending Again.

Wednesday morn

No ride Wednesday morn. Just too foggy. My next shot is tomorrow (Friday) morn but it looks like rain so will have to play that one by ear. I hope to get a few miles in anyway. Saturdays group ride looks to have both rain and snow. I guess spring is done for awhile. Good thing I have fenders back on the 920.


9am today

It’s still kinda warm out. In fact yesterday the weather dudes said it was 70 degrees here but not by me along the lake. Maybe 60. Which is still nuts. Today it was 40 degrees when I got up but its acually going down all day.

And while it will get above freezing a bit during the day it will be below freezing at nite and that gives me hope for some moring beach rides ongoing for awhile.

So as I would expect, the Marquette trip is in jeopardy. Why would this trip be any different than the others?  So the NWS is calling for about 9 inches of snow to start Friday morn to Saturday afternoon. Talking with the guys we have now pushed our departure off until Sunday looking to ride Sun\Mon. Talking with the dudes up in Marquette it seems pretty slim they will get the trails groomed in time to use them Sunday. It will be cold enough but most of the base is gone and they pretty much have to start over. So they said come on up but no guarantee the trail will be set up by Sunday afternoon.

So here I am today and tomorrow checking the weather every 20 minutes. Once again its maybe a 50\50 chance of going\canceling. If its a cancel, that will be it for the winter for Marquette. With the bike Birkie coming up the first weekend in March. First winter in 5 years that I would not have gotten a weekend in Marquette.

All my skiing friends are up in Hayward for the ski Birkie. Right now they are most likely staring out their hotel window waiting for that snow to hit. The same snow that will hit Marquette. It’s going to hit Friday there also, and the ski race is Saturday. Everyone is just waiting to see what happenes there. Me included.

I’ll know more about this weekend tomorrow.




I did not plan on posting today.As I type its heading tword 60 degrees again today and tomorrow too. The time I spent in the park this morn was on my fav bench in short sleeves. The sun was out and that helped.

I just sat there and watched this balloon in the lake. Im pretty sure it was tied to a string that was holding it on the water. Wondering if it came all the way across the lake to get here? Probably not. But whoever owns this balloon sure has no idea it ended up in the lake.

Staring at it made me think about stuff so my visit was a bit longer than usual. This was the second time I sat on my summer bench this week. How cool it would be to just wander around like that balloon.

Even when I say Im letting winter go in the back of my mind I always wish it wasn’t so. But looking at the 10 day has temps barely below freezing. It will snow and it will get crappy out but winter is over. Even if we get enough snow to groom the trails I most likely won’t as it will melt toimg_0437o quickly and nobody would care anyway. Im ready to turn my keys to the parks groomer shed back in. It’s really over. I groomed 3 times and skied three times.

I have all my spring orders set to ship in the middle of March but I might call and get a few in early. At least the stuff I get longer billing terms. You can get in trouble pulling in too much too soon before it starts selling. But foot traffic is way up already and not that its a bad thing with the crappy winter we just had. The sooner the better now.

Next week when I get back from Marquette the ski and winter stuff will go upstairs and the main floor sales area will go full on spring mode. Anyway, thats next week stuff.

Still keeping my eye on the weather for Marquette next weekend. Could be a lot of snow. Too much snow. Too deep to ride if ungroomed. Too soft to ride if not set up. The temps seem cold enough tho… so if it’s wet snow it will freeze pretty good over nite. Hope things work out there.

Might get a quick road ride in tomorrow morn. Its the only morning I have open this week with the impending weekend away.


Summer in Feb.

Sunday. Summer in February.

Somedays I just feel like writing a lot and today is one of them. I have a ton of pics to share also.

Saturday morn was the group ride and as one would expect on a near 60 degree day in February the boys of summer showed up. We had 25 bikes. Road bikes, cross bikes, tour bikes and mountain bikes. I mentioned that to the guys with road bikes and they kept it tame for the most part. I was feeling much better than last Saturday and only got dropped a couple times in the usual places. One of the nice things about a bigger group is the fact that I was always with someone. Not that they were as slow as me but fell back to help. There are more people willing to do that in a bigger group. Overall a good hard ride for me. I finished with the group so thats a thing.

Large group Saturday.

Im not sure I stayed in the game longer due to the tweeks I made on the 920 (first in line in the pic) or the fact that I acually ate and drank something before that ride. Or maybe throw in a calmer ride and it all added up to fun ride that was the third day in a row that I rode a bike.

When you checked my last post I had a great frozen beach ride on Thursday. Two days later it was sunny and 60 degrees on Saturday. Sunny and over 50 on Sunday. Ongoing in the 50’s all this week until Friday when its first going to drop under freezing then.

Sunday I did not ride. I took the 920 home with me on the roof of my car but didnt touch it and thats fine as I was a little sore still from the Saturday ride. Instead I drove out to the park to hang out on the beach.

I rarely post a pic of myself but what the hell. Short sleeves on the beach in February. Crazy weather. It’s not hard to wish away winter when the temps hit 60. This little hawk that I have yet to identify was thinking the same thing as I walked past. There was a million people out. How nice would it be if it stayed this way. It’s not.

After the beach visit Sunday I went home and just hung outside. Im sure everyone’s mentality was this was the first day of spring. The Sandhill Cranes came back this weekend. Very early for them. Spring birds like Robins are here but I dont think those ever left this winter.

With all the sun everyone was in a good mood too this weekend. Me included. As I look at the National Weather Service information those smiles might turn into frowns next Friday. Nobody is calling it out yet but a major snow event is possibly on its way. The weather dudes are waiting to see what direction it will go. I will keep an eye on that for sure.

I am in fact leaving for Marquette this Friday or Saturday. Its nuts to have cancelled two trips up north due to warm weather\lack of snow only to have one cancel due to too much snow but that just could be the case. Such a crazy winter.

One last note about the weather. The Birkie up in Hayward is this coming Saturday and they are going thru such a meltdown right now. Almost 60 tomorrow.


I sure hope the trails survive. Rain on Wednesday. Then below freezing Thursday nite with chance of snow Friday (like I mentioned earlier). So there is hope. I have a few skis to wax up for people heading up that way.

So thats about it for now. It was hard to have a crappy weekend with the weather. It was nice even if you didnt do anything. Almost all the snow is gone except for the piles the snow plows made. If it would stay dry we could ride on dirt but thats not going to happen.

With my pending trip this weekend my work week is shorter and even during the slow times that keeps me busy here in store.