Thursday, October 21, 2010

Lester Park Single Track on target.....


I took a bit of time today and played hooky.  But then again in this job it may also be considered work?  In any event I certainly took my experience to heart.  Some of my favorite rides are in very early spring and very late fall.

These are the times when the leaves are down, the undergrowth is gone and the landscape takes on a fully different feel and look.

You ride on the bones of the beast.

Today as I was ripping down the Lester River Trails I was thinking about if the new trails were doing what COGGS had hoped and that was to bring new folks to the sport, to create a much more entry level riding experience in Duluth. All my questions were answered when I came around the bend and ran into this family.  There were three kids (one went home before the pic was taken) and the father.  They live in the Lakeside neighborhood, rode from home and it was their first time riding the trails together.

The results were obvious.  I actually heard them way before I saw them.  The kids were hooting and laughing so much it that their noise echoed down the valley.  I have not heard that much fun being had since my last VT Pow Day.

Imagine what growing up will no be like for these kids.  Killer single track literally in their backyard and out the door.  On the reality side these folks had no idea what COGGS was but once they had ridden the trail and learned from me what the intention was, they were all about joining and getting involved, it was plain as day that the father had just discovered something else he could be doing with his kids and having fun alongside of them.

So I say good job COGGS, keep up the great work, you are inspiring new riders and giving kids and fathers experiences that they can share and cherish for the rest of their lives.

Monday, October 18, 2010

My weekend with Tae

Totally loves the power bar breaks!

Single Track junkie, age 2.5

Last weekend Margaret spent some time with her sister in Utah.  That gave me a four night stand with Tae.  It was a lot of work, but it was great too.  We pretty much had guy time for a bunch of days.  We paddled the Res, we hiked, we shot photos, we rode our bikes and we generally had a great time.  Kids amaze me with their enthusiasm, it is either fully on or fully off.  The pics above are on one of trails next to our home.  I have been taking Tae in the bike trailer, strapping his bike on the back and then riding to a cool spot and letting him go buzzing around.  That way he does not have to ride the same stuff all the time.  He gets totally stoked when he sees the big views, or the river etc.  He almost goes so fast that I cant keep up with him!  Sometimes we hike, we catch "Green Hopping Creatures" (grasshoppers) and laugh and smile a lot....

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Chasing the Wiley Thunder Chicken!

Daylight in the swamp

Self portrait

Friends in the hunt

Thunder Chicken (Ruffed Grouse)

My Grandfathers "Boomstick"  Browning A5 Belgian, 1940's era
Here are a few quick shots from my weekend up in the Bigfork, MN area at the family cabin.  I have hunted up in this area since I was a kid.  The cabin has been in the family since the early 1930's and someday when I get a chance I will post some shots of that place in general.  It is like a museum of family history from generation to generation.  Truly a treasure.  I started riding my bike to hunt the forest roads in the Chippewa National Forest a few years ago.  I have come to the conclusion that hunting for me is all about exploration, tradition and remembrance.  While I cruise through the forest I see places that my grandfather used to hunt, some of it truly unchanged, some of it completely changed.  When I return to the cabin I see old photos of the 1940's and 50's of the exact places I had just been.  I gives me solace to realize that there is such deep family history there, that some things in the this world have been somewhat consistent.  When I do run into a Grouse it is usually a funky tap dance of reaction, usually the Grouse wins but some nights I eat pretty well, especially this season.  This trip while riding one of the endless forest roads up there I did an out and back.  On my return I was watching my tire tracks when I noticed a disturbed area with a lot of Wolf Tracks, turns out that two or three wolves had been tracking me for most of the ride then bolted when I turned around.  Their tracks mimicked mine for nearly three miles....

Monday, October 11, 2010

I am missing summer already!

Bassin in my backyard.....
I was going through my photos from this summer and stumbled on this one of Chris and Leslie Kehmeier fishing with myself and DD on the Res.  Man where did the days go??  I had a pretty intense summer of work, travel and family time, so I will be posting shots after the fact as I get time to stumble through them.  Enjoy.

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Another Good Cuyuna Shot

Cuyuna Country Overlook, Crosby MN

Trek Advocacy Dealer Camp 2010

Had a great three days in Cable with the Trek crew. Thanks to Geoff, Maury, Mike and Ken for putting on a great advocacy event.  We saw some great trails, I made a pitch for support and we geeked on bikes! 
 Ever Drink Baileys from a shoe?
 Broke my bike, luckily there was a killer wrench to fix it!
VW Rock
A double rainbow! What does it mean???