Monthly Archives: February 2013


Backed in the garage for a full blown run at the snow. I got about 10 feet.

Not sure what to say. Almost 17 inches of snow overnight. Huge drifts. A month ago I might have been pumped, but not so much today. I guess I really am past the designated pray for snow time. The video is about as stuck as a little crappy in the snow car can get. I hate when that happens.

Where was this two months ago. As of 1pm, my car is still stuck in the drive. Plow guy wont get to me until late afternoon. I hitched a ride to the store. Nothing going on. Streets around the store are not even passable with a car yet.
I should of just called a snow day.

The snow is mostly lake snow. Inland did not get near as much, which is opposite of what usually happens. With the planned store move tomorrow and Sunday, I will also try to get a grooming in tomorrow morn. 

That’s about it for now. Prepping for the move. I expect a run on ski rentals and will prepare to handle that along with the move.

Next time we talk it will be game on, truck rented, full blown moving mode.
Wish me luck.



As good as it gets for classic.

Its been so long for me. Having a weekend away. I have so much to say. The past month the blog was getting a bit boring Im sure. Working 10 to 12 hours a day for 6 days a week does that to a person.
Today, I feel so much better mentally. I could post a week on what I did and saw. But I wont.

Friday we went up late afternoon pretty much right in the snow storm. Was down to 40mph on the highway sometimes. But it only took an extra 20 min to get there. I knew the weekend was going in the right direction when I found out the hotel “room” I booked was really a condo. Bedrooms upstairs with full kitchen\living room. Two and a half bathrooms. Nice. Less than a mile from the park. I love Fish Creek. Mostly cuz of the park. I would consider Peninsula Park my second H.P.  Its huge. And full of cool stuff. I try to get here at least 5 times a year.

 Its been at least three years since I skied on trails this good. Perfect, fresh snow. 30 degrees. Sun. Both Saturday and Sunday I skied without hat or gloves. It was that nice out.

Almost two hours on Saturday. About a hour Sunday. Ive been pretty stagnant for the last month so Im not sure I could have done much more than that. Im sore.

Saw this guy Saturday. This pic was with my phone. I got about 15 feet away. Saw another (or same one) flying Sunday. You dont see a Pileated too often.

Late season skiing is the best. The sun is high during the day making things warmer. More people are out. The snow may be softer but thats fine by me. Slows me down going downhill so I dont fall as much. Again, I cant remember skiing in better conditions, ever.
Now that Im home, they got a lot more snow that we did. Double. The woods was deep for the snoshoers too. People were out in the park by the numbers.

I have never skied Peninsula Park before. Just MTB’d it. The huge park has a ton of trails. Some skate too but we stuck to the classic only.

I love skiing on systems like this. Sure the big trail systems are cool. 30 yards wide, like a highway. Skaters flying past.

But to me, this is the way to CCski. Compared to those big systems, this is like single track.  Its narrow and twisty turny thu the woods. Sure there are some fun hills. But not neck breakers. When Im on a big system, a good portion of my time is either climbing or trying to slow down. Here, your just skiing. So much better.

This stuff is why I dont skate ski. I have no intentions of doing the Birkie. I just not fond of skiing a trail 30 yards wide that can accompany 100 skiers at a time. For me, its getting in the woods and seeing cool stuff. Like a cool woodpecker.

I would love to come back here soon. Like within a few days soon. 2 hour drive. I would be lucky to get any skiing in this week.

Alas this is hell week for me. And we seem to have more snow on the way so Im planning on grooming the local trails as some point this week. The store will be moved Thursday and Fri. And will be open during. But will be closing early on Friday to move the computers and such.

Tomorrow is new carpet, Wednesday is electrician. Wednesday is product moving. Friday is product, display and and phone\computer.

Its going to be one hell of a week.

Most likely will not post tomorrow. this one is late so consider this Tuesday morning. All in all this weekend did what I wanted it to do. Talk my mind somewhere else. And it sure did that. But it already seems like a million years ago.

Time to set everything up. Time to move.
And so it begins….




Today is the day. The day I forget about life for awhile. Still, a ton of loose ends this morning but right after lunch I will be headed north for some rest and relaxation. And some skiing.
Some fresh snow has made the trails groomable but I wont be back to do so till Monday. Seems right that we get some good snow the day Im leaving, and when I no longer want it. Looking ahead, it looks like mid to upper 30’s all next week. It is near March. I hope to get the cross bike fired up for some base miles soon.

As crazy as this sounds, and for the first time in well over 10 years, I have not been on a bike in one month.
You heard right.
Its been over 30 days since. That is a personal record. And Im really not that upset about it. Which kinda concerns me. But the crappy or cold weather hitting only on the weekend, and all the new store stuff, it seems almost right. Im going to pardon myself on this one. And when its time, Im going to hit the saddle with a vengeance.

That’s not going to be far away as Im doing the fatbike Birkie in two weeks. That will be an expensive trail ride for me. No way am I in shape to race anything or anybody.
I will go into that race as I do any other. My expectations will be the same. My threefold criteria is as follows: Don’t crash. Don’t take last. Pass someone on the last lap (or near the end).
If I get those issues done its a good race for me. Im easy to please in that respect. Keeps it fun.

The store is ahead of schedule by design, so I can sleep well this weekend.
The fresh snow will make the skiing and hike very nice I hope. Should be a nice weekend between the skiing, hiking, eating and drinking.
However, in the back of my mind is the impending move next Thur\Fri. Its going to be quite a week.
But that’s next week. This is still this week.
Have a great weekend.



April 2009
As I said a million times in the last two days Im working on all the issues that come up in store moving. Mostly construction problems. The timing of the carpenter, plumber and electrical, painter, carpet guy.

It consumes me.

But today, as I sit back, all problems solved for now, thinking about the pending out of town weekend.

That puts my mind in neutral. Slowing it down from the 24 hour storm it has been in the last few days. Ive been taking sleeping aid pills to sleep at nite. If not I would just be staring at the ceiling, thinking about stuff.

So this morn, as my mind slows and tales a breath, I got a little sentimental. I really cant believe the store is moving. 4 years to the month in this ol’ corner spot. Its just seems like  a week ago I started this deal  I am exited about the new place but sad to leave where it began.

 For the most part, Im here more than at home. And in a day over a week I will be somewhere else. Makes me realize things.
May 2009

Ive made a lot of new friends going into the bike biz. But lost a couple too. But it kinda felt like their ghosts still hung out when at this old store. Day to day I still felt their presence.  And moving will put the past behind me and it makes me a bit sad if the new store erases those memories. 

Moving on always makes you rely on your memory. And I have a ton of good memories here that I hope I can bring with me when the final truckload of product is carried into the new store on March 1st, and I turn the lights off here for that last time. The businessman in me is glad for the move. It sets up growth. Its the right thing to do. A business’s window for such things are small and sometimes you have to do it when its available,  not when you want to. All these sad thoughts will be short lived. Once in the new place it will be game on and I will not have the time to look back. At least not right away.

So before that happens I just want to thank all the individuals who helped get this thing off the ground in the first place. No names. You all know who you are. I cant write enough here. I planned on this being two posts but when its in my head I gatta type the words.

If these people did not do what they did back then I would not be able to do what I do today.
Thank you.
I hope your ghosts follow me to the new store.

I have a ton of people to thank pertaining to the new store. That’s another post.

Moving on……