Friday, January 6, 2017

Fat Biking - A record

Since mid-December, Mike and I have ridden 16 days on our fat bikes, a new winter record for us. The rides have all been relatively short so far, a half hour to an hour long on three different local trails. We've ridden in temperatures down to 12 degrees F but no colder as of yet. The past three days have seen sub-zero temperatures with significant wind chills on a couple of days.
One of the trails we've been riding is essentially flat but quite narrow with some very tight turns, which make the route fun and somewhat challenging. Fat bike trail conditions in the area are excellent right now, fast and hard-packed due to a recent thaw/freeze and little new snow accumulation in the last few weeks. We have lots of trails to choose from as about 50 miles of trails in the Hayward/Cable area are being groomed for fat biking thanks to the efforts of the Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA).
The Hollywood rack on the back of our truck has made it very easy to load the bikes and take off for a trailhead, making it more conducive to getting out almost every day. Anything that helps one get over inertia, especially on cold and overcast days, is a plus in my view. With this rack we have no excuse that it's too much effort to load up the bikes.
The rack has wheel holders that are easy to interchange and that are sized to fit the wide fat bike tires, pictured here, or narrower mountain bike tires. The velcro straps for the wheels and the rubber-covered frame clamps keep the bikes secure. Once it warms up a bit, we're looking forward to trying out some longer more challenging trails.

If you're planning to be in the Hayward/Cable area January 21-22, consider checking out the Fat Bike Workshop geared toward land managers and presented by IMBA and CAMBA and the Seeley Big Fat Race at 10 a.m. on January 22.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

30 Days of Biking - Day 30, Loons

When Mike and I set out on our ride this afternoon, the winds were blowing again at 20 mph or more. We rode to the bike path by the golf course via Riverside and Hospital Roads and then followed the path across Hwy 63 until we got to the bridge over the Namakagon River on Hwy 27.
At that point, Mike decided he'd had enough of the wind and headed home. I wanted to get in a longer ride, so I continued on my own and did the Anderson/Rainbow/Williams Road loop in reverse of the way we usually ride it. I was hoping to be able to make a photograph of a Great Blue Heron but the two that I spotted flew away as soon as they saw me. One was on the water right in front of this bench.
But, I was lucky enough to see a pair of Common Loons and they didn't fly away.
It's been a somewhat challenging 30 Days of Biking, my third year in a row of making the commitment to ride every day in April. Once again, I'm glad I did it. It's a great motivator and a great way for me to start the riding season. Thanks for following along. #30daysofbiking

Friday, April 29, 2016

30 Days of Biking - Days 28 & 29, Ticks!

I did two short rides on Thursday, one to yoga in the morning and a shorter than planned ride in the afternoon to the fairgrounds and back. No pics, but my friend Joan can vouch for me re: the yoga ride.
Friday was beautiful with clear skies. Mike and I were about to set out on a ride in the afternoon when Mike discovered he'd been bitten by a tick. Ugh! We made an emergency visit to Marshfield Clinic for antibiotics and then rode to Spring Lake and back before heading to dinner with friends.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

30 Days of Biking - Day 27, Great Blues

Winds were blowing at 20 mph with gusts to 24 when Mike and I rode this afternoon. I saw two Great Blue Herons for the first time this spring, one on Spring Lake and another on one of the four other lakes we rode by on our route. It's good to know they are back in the area. Great Blues spook very easily so it's difficult to make a good photograph of one as I ride by on my bike. They almost always immediately take off as soon as I stop.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

30 Days of Biking - Day 26, Sun & Marsh Marigolds

Today's weather was a far cry from the past two days but I didn't go on my ride until early evening, a delightful time to ride with beautiful light.
I did the Spring Lake/Highline loop, passing five lakes along the way and saw a deer and an osprey.
Everything is starting to green up this week and I stopped to photograph the first marsh marigolds I've seen this spring.

Monday, April 25, 2016

30 Days of Biking - Day 25

It was another day of downpours from morning until late afternoon so I waited until early evening, when the rain had finally stopped, to get in my ride.
I rode to the end of the road we live on ( a dead end) and back, another wimpy ride. But, hey, it was freezing out there, damp and barely 40 degrees (F). And Wunderground says it feels like 34F.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

30 Days of Biking - Day 24

This or worse is what the radar looked like all day. I kept waiting for a break in the rain but it didn't come so I finally donned my Bogs and rain gear and went for a spin late in the day. I took Riverside to the Namekagon River and had to dodge numerous night crawlers that were trying to keep from drowning in the over one inch of rain we've received in the last 24 hours. Robins are going to have a feast tomorrow.
I took shelter in the old Hayward Wood Products building so I could make a photograph without getting my camera wet.