|Alex Rhode enjoying his summer day off|
|Perfect DH conditions at Spirit|
When you live in the Northern half of Minnesota, you learn to love summer. Sure there are those of us who love Winter but even they have to admit that summer is a lithe, fleetingly perfect experience that is meant to be savored.
My strategy for a perfect summer is to pack it with as much outdoor time as possible. Every second, every space is filled. Savored, tasted and consumed. The idea being that once winter hits, I will so damn tired and beaten that I will relish the cold weather down time and use it as a way to recover.
This weekend was no different. It started on Thursday riding at Spirit in the evening and it went until Monday morning. Single track at Lester with a visiting VIP. My buddy Mike Riemer came up later in the day and we went bike Fishing for Trout on Friday evening, then hitting the St. Louis River, upper and lower all day on Saturday, with Bloody Mary's and lunch at the Street Car in between. Sunday was spent ripping single track at Brewer and Piedmont then taking photo's with the gals at the Ladies All Ride event at Spirit.
Intense! Thanks to all the folks I hung out with over the weekend for a great time. Now back to the grindstone for another great Minnesota summer week!
|Morning on the Louis|
|The Kid getting ready to tie into his first batch of Smallies|
|The Kid ties them all by himself|
|Night time on the river. We rode our bikes for hours, sometimes in the light and sometimes in the dark!|
|Rock bank, St. Louis River|
|Fond Du Lac|
|I saw a National Geographic photo essay on the St. Louis River. It did not look like this.|
|Just between us boys Miker|
|Heading for the put in|
|The rough and tough ladies of Spirit Mountain|