Monday, April 30, 2007

Ticks are back


Got out for a nice ride tonight. Trails seem to be dry so that is cool. I did however find my first tick of the season. So yeah, start checking for the little evil bastards. I know at least three people who have had Lymes over the last three seasons so it is for real.

Friday, April 27, 2007

New York Times Story on Wirth Mountain Bike trails



Hey Hurl of CRC got a mention in the NY Times, an interesting story that should be passed around and promoted. Duluth could be all this times ten. Oh, yeah whats up with the dude in the jeans?
http://travel.nytimes.com/2007/04/27/travel/escapes/27adventurer.html?ref=travel

Thursday, April 26, 2007

My video for Belarus (LOW) is now on the Low Site


Check out the vid I made this winter with Brad Nelson. Seems weird to see a ski flick on a bands site but it was fun to work on.
http://www.chairkickers.com/video.html

Off to Midwest Mountaineerings Spring Gala sale

In the spirit of Charlie Farrow's Easy out, frantic return post


I was reading Charile Farrows blog yesterday about his frantic ride to find some lost sunglassed and had to laugh (http://cpfarrow.blogspot.com/). Certainly there are many TYPES of rides that can develope. Some pretty chill, some exciting and some are really just a pain in the ass. Later in the day I hopped on the road bike after a stressful afternoon on the phone. A ride was needed and a ride was what was going to happen. As I pedaled out of the driveway I had this nagging feeling that I had forgotten something. I went through a mental check list as to my pump, tube, Gu, money, music etc. I wanted to go for the ride that could just keep going if I felt good, who knows the sky is the limit right?
About 2.5 hours later I was at an intersection and I had the ability to either add on another five miles or maybe just jet home. For some reason I decided to look at the watch and see what the actual time of the day was. HMMM 4.45pm. OH shit! I have to be at the County Historical Society Board Meeting at 5pm! So yeah, I was about to have the, I am twenty minutes from home, but have to be there in 10 ride. After a solid ride on top of it. I think that these rides would be beneficial if they were not so stressful. Especially when it pulls you out of the nice mindset that you were having before. Most things I would just shrug my shoulders and say, no worries. But being on the board of directors with other people who are serious about it means that you had better go for it! Ughgh, my old man legs and barrell of a belly were hard to stoke but I made it, only about five minutes late for the meeting. Anway, Charlie. Add that to the list of ride archetypes......maybe in there with the Tuesday night slaughter rides that go on around the country like clockwork.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Cloquet State Forest up for new recreational designation


Now is your chance to get political. If you want to put your voice with many others and keep ATV's out of the Cloquet State Forest you can do it now. Go to http://friendscvsf.org/page16.html
DO IT NOW ask for LIMITED DESIGNATED USE

Starfire is creative no matter what he does!


A friend of mine here in Duluth found this note and posted it to http://www.foundmagazine.com/comments/846
You should check it out it is classic. I have to say, Starfire is the king of Duluth pop culure in my opinion and this is the crowning moment!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

On the road in Eastern WI. Clinics, clinics.........







It was a long tough week on the road. I lost an injector on the truck and had to spend more than a pretty penny to get it fixed. I did hit a ton of dealers though and was happy to see all the smiling faces that I associated with summer. The weather was much nicer down south this time of year and I was able to get in some paddles and even a bit of dry singletrack as well.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Water is still stiff in the BWCA


I am on on the road doing the clinic tour this week. While on the road I spoke with some buddies who are planning a two week BWCA trip in mid May. They are super enthusiastic and I love every minute of it. Yesterday however they were doing some route planning and ran into this photo, dated 4/17. Three weeks and counting! They are all hoping for warm weather and rain up there so they have an ice free route to paddle on.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Start your trip planning now! Paddle trip time is near.



Woodland Caribou last October....

Thai Body Work


My Wife Margaret has been taking classes in Thai Body Work. Oh yeah. Did a 2 hour ride yesterday on some soft gravel roads, came home and had a one hour Thai Massage. I am shocked at how far it can bring you back from the dead. It is way more physical and deep than the classic massage, damn painful some times but it gets much deeper into joints and major muscle masses. Recommended for over 25 year old aerobic athletes who have decided to die rather than slow down.......

Monday, April 16, 2007

Duluth Area Trails Association (DATA)


At last! A groupl dedicated to what Duluth has the best and the most of. Trails. Join, support, participate. Here is the link.
http://datadirt.wordpress.com/about/

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Goodbye to one of the best writers in the world


Breakfast of Champions if by far my favorite book in the whole world. All of us have an exit date, but even so I feel sad to see Kurt Vonnegut leave the building.

So it goes

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

NPR Live series


Low was on NPR Live last night so I decided to check it out.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4627437

The concert was great, but I think I was even more impressed by the idea. It reminded me of sitting around the old radio listening to "The Shadow". It was fun to hear a concert that I could have in no way attended and hear it live for free. I was working on getting my clinics ready for the road and emailing back and forth with Philip Curry at Astral and we were listening and talking about the music at the same time. A cool experience, right there in my barn....

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Ahhhhh lets review this again.........


NORWAY

Now this is what I am thinking


Peter turned me on to this site http://www.thecorgroup.org/index.php
Wow, this is exactly how I want to think about and set up my next big adventure. Hope to learn more cool stuff from these guys in the future.

Monday, April 09, 2007

This is going to be me if we get 6 more inches of snow


Found this on http://www.fyxomatosis.com/index.php

What do these two things have in common?



LOW is playing at Shelburne Farms on June 29th, opening for Wilco! Hell yeah. That is one heck of a show. Looking for tickets right NOW.

Bike trailers


I am doing some looking for bike trailers that can carry an 18 foot canoe and have been finding some crazy examples of what people will move by bike. Pretty inspiring really. http://www.bikesatwork.com/bike-trailers/

Bingo


We received 16 inches last week which equaled a week of really good classic skiing. Now, with 4-6 inches on the ground they are predicting, not one but TWO storms on the horizon. Why is that winter storms are always a hoax and spring storms a sure thing?

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Marg in Oslo



We ended the trip with a few days in Oslo. It was cool but it was a hard re-entry after bascially spending a week and a half in the quiet country side skiing. I love the shot of Marg trying to haggle fish down at the Quay.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Man, when will this lame winter end?????


Yesterday I was on a pretty comfortable 2.5 hour ride, today it is dumping snow and were supposed to get 6-8. Man it feels like years not inches. Where were you when we needed you?