Monthly Archives: August 2017

Almost Water Spout

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Spent some time on my favorite bench this morn. Just a nice relaxing way to start the day. Im here maybe 3 times a week. But as Fall approaches a bit less as my riding increases. Today for the first time I had the heat on in the car on the way to the park. Just a little. Fall is getting closer.

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Heres kinda how the way the lake looked today. Some heavy, low hanging clouds were coming to shore. And then a first for me. Or maybe almost a first.

A waterspout almost formed. It was close but never got closer to the water than this. It tried for maybe two minutes and then was gone. First time I ever saw a almost water spout. I gave it words of encouragement but the little guy just could not do it. But still kinda cool.

So back in spring my kids asked about going Disney World with them and the grandkids and I thought why not. Ive brought my kids there about 10 times in the 90’s. So I agreed. But I was informed this week that this trip will be for 8 days and thats a bit much for me. Don’t get me wrong, I will enjoy the time with my fam, but Im not sure I can do 8 days. But the flights are booked and I leave Sept 23rd to Sept 30th. It’s been 20 years since I was on a trip that long. And 17 years since I have been to Disney. Should be pretty challenging. This is happening in three weeks. I just need to get thru that one and I have another trip planned in the books. Nothing set in store and I won’t work on that one until Im back from Florida. But this could potentially be bigger than the Disney trip….

Back on the bike front. I sold one of my BMC’s on eBay. The red one I rode for a month before my demo bike came this spring. I dont like eBay and I did not make much on the sale but its gone. My main bike, the Roadmachine One, has had some hits but nothing that sticks. Its hard to sell a $6k roadbike in the fall.

It seems I most likely will recive my 2018 bike in a few days, give it a few weeks and strip the 2017 and build the 2018, then sell the 2017 frame only. The cheaper you make something the bigger user group to buy it. So will see how that go’s

Yesterday I put in 40 miles with a few guys. It seems LRW (long ride wednesdays) is back on. As I cut summer hours from my hired help its always challenging to keep the store covered and ride at the same time. But this fall looks good in that respect.

Im planning a nice ride in the morning also, so this will be it into the weekend. A long weekend too. Im closed Sunday and Monday. And need to try and make the most of that.

I hope you do to.

DLD

Failure to Launch.

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Friday

Friday morn I grabbed the 920 for a shakedown ride. It’s been almost 6 months since I swung a leg over this bike and have never turned a pedal on it since I put it back in tour mode. So a test ride was due. Im happy to say nothing fell off the bike and as soon as I got back I emptied the bags and started final pack for the weekend.

But all was not good in that respect. The weather dudes were calling out 90% chance of rain Sunday\Monday. Chance of storms. After thinking about it I decided I did not need to be a hero and tour in adverse weather and I pulled the plug early Saturday morn. The tour bike will have to wait to get another call to action.

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Saturday. Same spot different bike.

So Saturday morn after I pulled the plug I grabbed the cross bike for a little woods\road before work. A nice hour and a half. I was glad to get the ride in as I suspected no riding Sunday.

But besides a little drizzle Sunday morn it had been dry the rest of the day and I wondered if I made the wrong choice to pull the plug. But my decision was vindicated this morning at 4am when a few pretty good storms blew thru. And I was glad I was not in a tent at the time. So its back to the drawing board for some bike camping… And the summer is going fast.

Next week the kids go back to school and the store slows a bit. Now is the time I look ahead to see how much time off\riding I can do. I am heading into the best riding time for me. Slower store, cooler temps. And I have to take advantage.

I have some big plans Im working on. So big they seem impossible right now but Im working hard on making them happen.

You will know as soon as I know.

DLD

Mid Week/eBay

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Had a good visit to my park bench this morn. Cooler temps had the bugs down a bit. Nice breeze. Caught a pic of the Federal Drawso heading to Milwaukee. The ship shows from the Bahamas. Thats a long ways away.

I can’t believe its past mid week and a week ago already I was driving up to Hayward. It kinda seems like I just got back.

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Yesterday morn I rode for the first time since the weekend. The legs sure felt flat to start but got better as I rode. About 40 miles on the road bike with two others. It’s been close to three weeks since I was on this bike. I really like it.

As far as my road bike go’s. It’s time to get rid of it. I always hope to get it to a local but with such high end stuff its hard to sell that locally. So for the first time in years I put a demo bike on eBay.

See it here.

I hate using eBay for selling a bike. Always a high potential for disaster. But I’ll give it a go one more time. But I dont think I ever had a pleasant ebay bike sale. I hope that changes. In fact, I hope to open a small eBay store just to see what happenes.

Here’s the start.

I have no expectations. Just want to move some of the product thats been here too long. If I can just get my money back out of it so be it. And with all the eBay fee’s and such thats about the best I can hope for. And if the road bike sells I will ride my Crockett on the road. Maybe get another wheelset with road rubber on it. I really like that bike too and for the most part dont mind a road ride with the 40mm tires on anyway.

Another thought today is Im heading out Sunday for an overniter on the tour bike. Leaving Sunday, back Monday. Heading to a State Park about 60 miles away. I have yet to even throw a leg over my 920 this summer. Id better take it on a shake down tomorrow morn. That bike has been disassembled\assembled several times last year and I better make sure it works…..IMG_0387

I just dont get to tour like I want to these days. Just too time consuming. But maybe someday I’ll have more time and would love to do a couple weeks some summer.

That’s about it for this week. Im going to try and ride in the morning and that will bring us to the weekend. I have no plans. Short ride before work Saturday but now we are close Sundays so I have that day to figure something out. Road bike? MTB? Not sure.

I like to keep my Sunday options open. Have a good weekend!

DLD

Hayward Visit

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No visit to Hayward is complete without a stop at Paul Bunyan’s in Minocqua.

Had a great visit to Hayward. If you googled the term “blown out” you should see a pic of me. 9 hours of MTBing in three days. I was in bed by 9pm almost every nite with throbbing leg muscles. And tons of cramps to go with it.

Thursday was a nice drive up. In and out of rain showers all the way. A quick stop at Paul Bunyan’s in Minocqua is always a great way to start the vaca. However as I got closer to my destination in Seeley it was apparent that even if the rain stopped the trails were going to be too wet to ride on Thursday. But I had my cross bike and could settle on a nice road ride on some secluded road up there. We all know the area for MTBing but the road riding is also second to none.

But twice I was ready to kit up and the rains came right as I made the decision to go. The last time was at 4pm. I figured the roads were dry enough and as I started to get ready another rain came thru and that was the end of any riding on Thursday.

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We stay at Lenroot Lodge on Seeley. Just a couple miles from the main trailhead on “OO”. So with the rain out me and another just went out to eat at River Eatery in Cable. Alway good food.

Fri morn we had two others coming around noon so we headed out on the cross bikes looking for gravel or just some way to get in trouble. But not too much trouble. We rode down to the OO trail head and grabbed a little single track on the cross bikes.

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While I wouldn’t suggest a long ride on the trail with a cross bike it still was fun to do a shorter one. Seeley Pass is a must do trail there and heads north out of the OO trail head towards Cable.

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Makwa heads south towards Hayward. We had to cut the single riding short as the other guy broke a spoke. That happens when things get a little rowdy on the trails.

After limping the broken spoke home, just maybe¬† a couple miles, we waiting for the others to come and I decided I wanted to look for that new over\under bridge I’ve been hearing about.

So we headed to the Birkie start line and the beginning of the Ojibwa trail. This trail is one of the oldest in the area and was one of the original Telemark Resort trails from years ago. But it was apparent that CAMBA has been taking some time to spruce up the trail. We saw many spots where the trail has been freshened up. So a shout out to CAMBA for not just building new but protecting the old too. Not many systems do both.

After a while the other guys wanted to leave Ojibwe and I wanted to stay to look for the bridge so they turned left at an intersection and I turned right. After about 10 minutes alone I found what I was looking for.

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The new over\under bridge connects Ojibwa to the other old Telemark trail called Esker. The connecter in not complete but the section they have done is awesome with this bridge. Burms and small table jumps before and after you cross this. Another great feature on these trails for sure.

Meanwhile, the other guys were busy getting lost. I had the keys to one of the cars bach that the trailhead so I finished my ride, went back to the Lodge and cleaned up before they even got back. Day one was a blast and was pretty blown out.

I’ll lump day two and three together. Saturday was the day we went to OO and headed south on Makwa towards Hayward. This was going to be the big ride day and it didn’t disappoint. About 20 miles of single track and just under four hours of ride time. Heading south the elevation goes down. Heading back it was more going up and that was a good workout for a old fat guy. But really they have these trails trails laid out so well you climb a lot but dont know it at the time. These’s a bridge over a swamp on Makwa that was blown out with all the high water they have up there so its been closed all summer. As we headed south we came across the detour signs. I wanted to ride over to see it but we decided to stay on the detour on the Birkie trail. Then, on the way back north, maybe a hour later all the detour and trail closed signs were gone. What the heck? So we took the trail anyway and if someone complained about us riding a closed trail we just would play stupid since all the signage was gone. Turns out the bridge had just opened like 10 minutes before we got there and I was the second or third bike across. Very cool.

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The new bridge is three feet higher than the old one. And a bit wider too. Very nice!

After Saturday’s ride I could barely walk. I need to train better for my vacations. Dinner and in bed before 10. I was so sore I could not fall asleep very well. But I’ll take that anyday if its from riding a bike in the woods.

Sunday the guys planned a three hour ride and I just did not think I could do it so I drove to a farther north trailhead and went south to meet them. After about 20 minutes going south we met up and headed about 30 minutes or so north. When we flipped it they were about a hour and a half away from their cars but I was only 30 minutes from mine. A nice ride just a little over an hour. Not a lot but we had to get back, cleaned up and out by noon. So we did. Stopped at the Sawmill to have lunch, said our goodbyes and we left for home.

Another successful Hayward weekend. I dont think Im riding a bike for a few days… A little recovery is needed. And that is a indication of a good bike vacation weekend.

DLD