Sunday, August 24, 2014

Fiddlin' Fifty Recap

What a perfect day for a ride on northern Minnesota gravel and forest roads!! 
The rain held off for the whole day, a few sprinkles here and there, but otherwise as near perfect of a day as there could've been! 

Scott and Susan put on a small, quality grass roots gravel ride in style! 
The volunteers were AWESOME!
The course layout and cue sheets were spot on! 

The feeling of being in the middle of no where is an awesome feeling I love and know well, being from this area! 

20 people signed up, 18 showed. 
Those who passed on this years ride, missed out..... And should really put this ride on their 2015 ride calendar!

A special shout out to Mr. Deathrider! 
Thanks for hanging out until my slow ass finished!! LOL
It always amazes me the quality types who attend these events!! 
It was spelendid finally shaking your hand, and BSing with you after many years of talking over the net and phone! You made a great impression on my family; and hopefully we can join you and your family this coming weekend at Cuyuna! 

The fast guys were really fast!!
I always like to see those guys kick it down, as I usually bring up the rear. Lol 

As always it was a great day for two wheels!! 
A few photos, as always, as I find more I'll post them up.

Dino, Mr. Deathrider, and myself.

Scott talking bikes.

My girl cheering me on..... Soon she'll be rocking these rides herself! 

Our Zack riding with the group at the start....... By hanging out at these events, he's starting to get the gravel itch!!

The crew!

Rolling out....

I had a nice time chatting up these two,
Al and Vel Jurenic of Eveleth, Mn., and look forward to seeing their fat tandem they have plans on getting built! 

Posing with grouse. 
Don't ask, because it's not my story to tell!! Lol
Rob Raplinger, Virginia, Mn.
Dean McCauley, Ely, MN.

Photo credit to Erik and Kristin Ricker-Coleman of Duluth, Mn.
As Erik says, "various children." Two of the "various children" are ours. Lol

A special thank you to Mom/Cindi for all the wonderful pictures!!
(Unless it's noted different)
She's starting to get the hang of her new camera!!

Pedal On!!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

FatBikes + Mud + Kids

Equals FUN!!!

I was nice to them and we went and used the pressure washer at work, for the bikes, NOT them!! 
Ha Ha 

Pedal On!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Tuesday Afternoon

Come home from work..... Kids being ramrod's, Mom breathing deeply in corner, (not really, but she could've been)....  Me.... "When I'm done with my shower, we're gone!!" 
They put the hurt on their mother all day.... Yup.. You know I'm gonna hurt them just a little bit on this ride!! ;)

It started out fine.... Just to keep it normal for awhile. LOL

Ok, now the hurt just a little part!! ;)
We stopped and threw rocks 1st. Ha Ha 

The hill isn't that long, but my point was made, and they knew it without a word being said!!
Don't mess with Mom!!! 

A couple of troopers right here!!! 
Sleep came easy, when they finally were done cleaning the red ore off themselves!! Now I need to clean the shower!!! Lol

The Fiddlin' 50 goes off this Saturday.... Looking forward to it, and finally meeting a few people face to face!! 
Pedal On!!!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

9:ZERO:7 and Sand

It's just like snow..... Well, ok.... Not really....... BUT

9ZERO7 Namib Desert from Take Note Media on Vimeo.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Iron Ore and Gravel

Just shy of 20 miles last night. 
Started off on iron ore.....

Then it was time for some gravel.
I will say, if the gravel roads 8-9 miles north of town are anything like they are around town here....... The 23rd should/could be a fast 50 miles! 

Friday, August 15, 2014

The Legendary Laurentian

So, after the Fiddlin' Fifty on 8/23/2014, (only 5 days remain to get those postcards in), The Fiddlin' Fifty FB Page.

Have your sights set on September 20th.........
Giants Ridge is hosting this gravel event. 
$20 gets ya a 50 plus mile ride, lunch/dinner (depending on how long it takes you to finish ;) and a beverage of your choice. 
The Cycilsts of the Laurentian Divide also have a FB page you can check out. 

If you're on the fence about this ride, consider it your shakedown ride for The Heck of The North in October!! 

Anyway, it's looking like it's going to be a steller fall for pedaling in northern Mn. 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Fiddlin' 50

1st roster posting!
I know a couple people..... And it looks like by (two names alone), I'll be the slow guy!! HA HA 

Photo credit: Scott and Susan

In all seriousness; it looks to be an awesome local event!! 
Get your postcards in, and keep adding names to that roster!! 
Pedal On!!