Monday, July 22, 2019

HAYWARD ROADTRIP!

Birkie Start line. Also Ojibwe trailhead.

Im posting a day early as I cant make the Tuesday nite ride this week due to my grandson in a baseball tournament and I need to be there. But I just returned home from 3 days in Gods Country. So there's that.

Got up to Hayward (actually Seeley) around noon on Friday. The radar was showing some huge storms coming our way. We figured we had about 2 hours so I decided we were going to go old school on the Ojibwe trail. This trail is near the run down and deserted Telemark resort and was one of the original MTB trails build in the 80's. 

Telemark is still there but for how long? Cant believe a "mystery" fire has not happened. I sure miss this place.

You could sure tell the Ojibwe trails were old by the design and such. They may be old but there has been quite a few updated and touch ups.  Its a nice loop that takes about 2 hours to do (give or take). 

We did not make it out dry.


This map was way more important that any trail map this weekend. At times we dealt with downpours, wind and lightning. Just south of us was hail. Glad that did not show up. 

After getting cleaned up and talking about tomorrow over a local beer we decided to ride early Saturday to beat the oncoming storms that were to come mid day.
We decided to ride out of the Mosquito Brook trail head and ride 30 minutes south and back and if the rain was holding off then 30 minutes north. An hour each way.Two hour ride but never real far from the car.

We rode dry about 20 minutes and got to the car soaking wet at 45 minutes. This time the rain was not a true downpour but it was lightning quite a bit making it interesting once again. So day two on Saturday was a bust with about a 45 minute soggy ride. Around noon the sun came out and the trails were dry by 4pm. We did consider giving it another shot but I just was not motivated that late in the day.
The best ride of the weekend was Sunday. Go figure as we had to go home right after. We started at the OO trail head and rode out Seeley Pass. A ride I have done many times.

Riding up to the highest point in the trail system.

We headed out with a couple local fast guys and I had a blast. I had to crank the assist up a bit to keep up but it was so fun to ride with those guys (and gal). Even with more assist I was on the rivet more often than not. 


I even rode up Seeley Fire Tower. An iconic climb in the Fat Tire 40 MTB race. Whenever I did the race it was a walk up for me. And even that was tough. But it was fun to follow the guys (and gal) up the climb. Was the first time I ever rode it and the fact I was on a ebike was OK by me. I remember this climb being so rocky and I think it still was but its so overgrown and green. Almost unrecognizable. I rode right past it without knowing. The vid does not give it justice. Its long with 4 tiers to deal with. The vid just shows the last tier.


On Sunday after the ride I rode over the new ski bridge by OO trail head. So many cool things going on up here. Like I said in the prior post its been awhile since I got up here for summer riding and I need to really do it more. The trails will never disappoint. Especially now with some ehelp. I can ride twice as many trails as before and how could that ever be a bad thing?

DLD

Thursday, July 18, 2019

ANOTHER WEEK IN THE BOOKS.


Back in the day I used to keep tabs on the freighters that sailed past quite a bit. Nowadays not as much but every once in a while is see one. Im not sure which on this is as I saw it on a bike ride but its for sure one of just four 1000 footers that cruise past. I used to write many posts on this stuff.

The Tuesday nite ride was a hot one but about 10 bikes showed. We pretty much all stayed together all night and a good time was had by all. 
Next week we are at Greenbush. Some noted displeasure about going out there and its nice to see people who dislike the place like I do. Just so many rocks. And thats OK for awhile but after an hour it gets old.  But its close so we ride it. Beggers cant be choosers.


The long sleeve order will go out Friday for sure. The short sleeve will be here in a few weeks. Looking forward to that. Contact me if still interested in a long sleeve. Next up will be bib shorts.....




So even tho the bike is not done I've been riding it a ton. Almost 4 hours last weekend. Thats a lot for me these days. Im going to change the bar tape this week. And then go shopping for some carbon wheels. After that it will be good to go. I just put on the Bontrager GR1 40c tires on and love them. I glad to be back riding a road (gravel) bike. My average MPH is way down but since I dont group ride anymore thats fine by me. 14/15 mph average is just fine when solo.

I sure have gotten a lot of comments about riding a Specialized. Its all good. I just wanted to patronize the local bike shops. I still dont order anything online. I just wont to it. I'll post a review on the bike another day. But I like it.



Its official. Im headed up to Hayward this weekend. Leaving tomorrow (Friday) morn. Get up there by noon, have lunch and ride. Its been a long time since I've been there in summer. Only once last fall. I had the ebike and I remember a little snow on the ground. This visit I think we will get to WinMin for sure. I'll also bring the gravel bike and hit up the Bearskin in Minocqua. Thats always a go to trail for gravel. Limestone actually. Either way I hope to ride a ton.

Thats it for this week. Will spend the day taking care of loose ends at work then prepping for the long weekend. Its going to be hot. Near 100 here and over 90 up there. Will start start drinking (water) today. 

Have a good weekend.

DLD


Wednesday, July 10, 2019

LOTS OF DAYS OFF

Last Nite

The Tuesday nite ride had great weather this week for a change. Back on our home turf here in town. It was a nice ride for all. Faster guys went fast. Slower guys and gals went slower. I rode with both groups being the social butterfly that I am.

And the fact that I can push a button and ride with the fast guys. Unpush the button to ride with the slower (normal) group. Im really enjoying the woods as much as I did 20 years ago.
Next Tuesday will be back at Evergreen. The groups are so much bigger when we stay home but we do have some travel in our future.... More to come on that later.

Saturday

Last Saturday I SAG'd for the Salvation Ride here in town. Most people do not recognize me in this car. And thats OK. I fixed two flats all day with no big issues. I stuck to the 50 and 62 mile routes and was home by noon. I did see quite a few 100 milers ride past my house later in the day. Most looked to be moving pretty good for 90+ miles at the time.

Its been many years since I did a century. I think my last one was 2012. I rode 30 miles last Friday and it damn near killed me. 

Friday

But I will be riding more road miles with the new bike. I still dont want to show it off as its still not done. Wheels, tires and bar tape still not here. I did put about 50 miles on it last week and do like it. I just dont want to show it off until its done. Im kinda weird like that. Next week for sure!

So thats about it for this week. Considering heading up to Marquette for a quickie this weekend. I'll see what the weather looks like.

DLD


Wednesday, July 3, 2019

STORMS AND SUCH

Coffee and Lake Michigan go together

 Not much of anything to say about the last week.  Its been hot and muggy so that means lots of storms. Isolated storms that just pop up and raise hell for 15 minutes and gone. Maybe 3 or 4 per day. I did get a few nice mornings visiting the lake. If it wasn't raining the sun was out.


Sunday

I did get in two rides last week. Saturday and Sunday. The Tuesday nite ride was rained out last nite. Not that it was raining at the time but was just too wet from all the come and go storms.




Here's three different storms. I don't mind as much as these kind of storms are fun to watch. Very quick and pack a punch. Any hint of any kind of tornadic activity and I'm jumping in my car to confront. Is tornatic a word? I say yes.

So with the Tuesday nite ride canceled we will give it a try next Tuesday back at Evergreen Park. Always a bigger group there.

The first order of jerseys will go out today. Then the 4 to 5 week wait. The second order is set for about 10 days. I need to remind everyone that they need to be paid before ordering.

As I mentioned last week I bought a bike. Its in my garage. But I'm not going to present it until its finished. As usual, I change quite a bit on my bikes. Mostly personal preference stuff. If I still had the store I would of had this bike done in an afternoon but I seem to be missing some tools that needed so I had to buy them again. Right now the bike it literally held up by a $.90 cent part. I could ride it but I just don't like to until its finished. I mean completely finished as I like to ride it. I did buy the bike complete in a box but I pretty much took it completely apart and rebuilt it.
With the Holiday tomorrow I wont get to it until Friday. Most likely Monday. So I will for sure get it up on this blog by next post next week. I have big plans to ride this one a lot. And no, its not a ebike.

DLD

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Weekend\Tuesday Riding



Tuesday Nite

Its been awhile since I posted. Life gets busy. Today is the first time I got to a decent computer this week.. Timeline going backwards..

Last nite we headed to Maribel Caves for the Tuesday nite ride. Its a short but very enjoyable trail system thats about a 40 minute drive that get some love from the locals up there. Just shy of 3 miles on a loop but chock full of fun wooden stuff to ride over and on. 
Was not a big turn out but really never is when we travel. Really their loss. But I know its hard to travel on a school night. But so much fun to ride other trails now and then. 
Beer was cold.

Next week we will be back on home turf so that means a bigger group.

Looking back to last weekend that seems a million years ago I did get in two nice rides on both days. Both in the woods and on two separate trail systems. Nothing earth shattering but enough to have fun. I had some pictures of last weekend but I lost them. Moving on.....

I'll be the first to admit I kinda miss being involved in bike stuff after ditching the store. So Im starting some sort of club\organisation\group. Not sure where this will go and I have no expectations in this except to have some fun and ride some bikes.

So I asked the nice people at Borah clothing to come up with a jersey for the Sheboygan County MTB Society.

And here is what they came up with.

So these things are ready to order. Short sleeve $83 and long sleeve $93 including shipping. Want one?
Email me at danosmodernlife@gmail.com with short\long sleeve and size and I will send you a PayPal invoice. I would prefer to use PayPal to keep track of payments but if you know me and have cash I could make that work also.

So thats about it for this week. Next week I might have a new bike in the stable. And for those who know me will sorta blow your minds. But Im excited! Its ordered and on its way....
DLD

Monday, June 17, 2019

Weekend w\Pics

Sunday

Had a pretty good weekend. One ride, two hikes. Rain, cold, some sun.
Saturday started out with a nice walk. It was cold so I waited for it to warm up a bit before I did anything. Which was a mistake as it started in the low 60's and was 52 by the time I got out to the park for a walk. Temps going in the wrong direction.
But a nice walk it was.

Saturday

Then the ride. After I got home from the walk I left the house with the bike in commuter (full assist) mode. Got to the park and it was a little wet still so it was an abbreviated ride in the woods. The high water this spring has been working on the trails. Eating more of the trail every time I ride there it seems.

Saturday

So I didnt want to beat up the trails and decided to do a little urban assault. With the assist in full gas mode I tooled around the lakefront a little. Still some Pelicans hanging around on the pier. The strange thing about the eMTB is that you can just crank it up and you go 19mph pretty much all the time. So even tho its got big fat tires I still can get around as good or better than a road bike. I never drive over to the park anymore. Not I ride and get there in 6 minutes which is most likely faster than a car.

Sunday woke to a steady cold rain.

Sunday

Sunday was just a walk day. Morning rain made trails way too muddy to ride. And woke to 49 degrees. So I waited until near noon and headed back the the Park. I saw this Eagle. Soaking wet from jumping in the lake to grab the fish under his\her claws. Crows were flocking around and giving the Eagle a hard time but he\she did not give notice. 
I debated weather to head over to the Park Sunday and its things like this that reaffirm that I need to get outside every chance I get. Its little rewards like this one that keep me going. 

Its looking dry Mon|Tues so the Tuesday nite ride should be a good one. 
I'll let you know.

DLD

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Another Tues Nite Ride

Another Tuesday nite ride in the books. Over 15 bikes. Not bad for the second night. 

While some rain came just an hour before the ride it was just enough to knock down the dust as the trails were in great shape.

I hope to grow this ride this summer. I even have plans to get a jersey made up. That should be fun. e start traveling to other trails systems next week!

I started the night riding a lap with the fast guys. Now that I can its a lot of fun to ride with those guys again. But I dont forget my slow riding buddy's. After a fast lap I cut down the assist on the bike and ride with them too.

Thats the great thing about the eBike. I can ride with everybody. And for me thats the only reason I need to ride such a bike. Im a social butterfly.

I just enjoy my saddle time so much more now. I still dont have a road\gravel bike and I do plan on getting one but Im not in a hurry. Im having so much fun riding with so many new people and places that I could not do before.

I really do need a weekend away soon and Im sure when I grab the opportunity it will be last minute and thats fine by me. Most likely alone.

Thats going to be it for this week. Have a good rest of your week and weekend.

DLD

Monday, June 10, 2019

Last Weekend.

Saturday

Another weekend came and gone. Not the most interesting weekend. No bike stuff on Saturday. Which was a shame as the weather this weekend was amazing. Sunday I did get a morning ride in before that rain came in the afternoon.
Sunday
Was a nice relaxing ride Sunday. I had the park all to myself and sometimes I like that. Stopped a few times to watch a Redtail Hawk look for food and then once to watch a baby deer follow its Mom around. Rides like that sure help with the stress levels. 

Now my attention turns to tomorrows Tuesday nite ride. Looks like the weather will be favorable. Will look forward to seeing how many show up.

Saturday

Soon that ride will travel. Its fun to ride other systems. More on that later. Maybe a full report Wednesday.

Moving on. Its been so long since I have had a weekend out of town. The last was for the Fat Bike Birkie in early March. And that was a disaster that had me coming home the next day. Before that I think the last real weekend out was late November. Up in Marquette.
So I am planning something soon I hope. Maybe even before the July 4th weekend.

Im also been thinking of doing some bike packing. Again. Last fall I decided I was never going to do that again and sold almost everything I had in that respect. I still do have my expensive tent, air pad and other camping trinkets. What I dont have is a bike. Racks and bags either.  I'll need to get that stuff again. As far as the actual trip it will be nothing fancy. Short, pretty local. Will keep it simple.

I have a bike in mind but wont say anything until its a done deal. Its more than likely a month out yet.

So thats it for now. Might post on the Tuesday nite ride maybe on Wednesday.

DLD


Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Tues Nite Dirt

745am

I really don't plan on posting more than once a week here. I used to post almost everyday. Im going to cut down the number of posts but maybe have a little more content in them.

Back in the day when I had the store I didn't work until 10am so I had a ton of time to hit up the lake before work. Now a days I still do but my extra time is now after work. Someways I do get out of the house early and get a morning on the beach.

So last nite was the first real Tuesday Dirt Ride. It was a good time and I got in almost two hours in the saddle. I hope to take this show on the road soon and visit other trail systems. Everyone always expects me to lead. Sometimes Im a little uncomfortable with that. I was always ascared of going to slow, and now with my current bike, too fast. I can admit that even with an assist bike I still cant go too fast. Which is fine by me. I didn't get that bike to try and beat anybody.
I'll start taking some pics on this ride every week. 

That's about it for this week. Let's see what kind of weekend I have planned.

DLD

Monday, June 3, 2019

Another Weekend Report

Saturday in between storms

This weekend you had to stay on your toes. Saturday had huge storms roll in, then sun, then another storm. You need to keep all options open and act in a moments notice.

I played it safe on Saturday and did not pull out a bike. I did have my morning coffee in my fav park tho. Had a hour in between storms. It was a little cool at 52 degrees, down from 82 on Friday.




As I watched this last storm roll in I called it a day and went home. It pretty much rained the rest of the day. But was showing to stop by early evening. In plenty of time to ride in the woods on Sunday.





The pelicans are back. They hang out here about two weeks or so. Just resting up before they continue their journey north I think. I would guess about 200 of then around the lakefront right now.




Sunday morning was much better than the day before. I headed out on some local trails around noon. The sun was out and it was near 60 degrees. Pretty much perfect. No signs of the rain the day before. 

You can tell when the weekends riding window gets smaller. Lots of riders out on the trail. One dude was out on the trails with a full on Walmart bike. By the end of lap one he was walking. A crank arm came loose and was dangling. I never know if I should say something. If he is just cheap then he need to be educated. But if thats all the dude can afford I kinda give him credit for at least being out there. Always a tough call. I explained to him what needs to be done on the bike.

Looks like the weather may hold out for our Tuesday Dirt Ride. Really the first due to last weeks rain out. Should be fun. 

Thats about it this week. 

DLD

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

The Riding Of Bikes

Had a pretty good weekend of riding. At least Sunday and Monday.

Spring riding is always the best once the trails dry out. Just before the leaves start growing. You can see so far in the woods. And the bugs are still at a minimum.  Everything is so fresh.

Sundays ride was fun. Drove to out local trail system and just tooled around the longest loop. There is a spot about halfway thru where I moved a log along side the trail and stop and sit a spell every time I ride past. Not too far from where I took the above pic.

Trillium's are out!

Both rides this three day weekend were solo and slow. When alone I like to ride slow with my head on a swivel. Stop and smell the Trillium's. Mondays Memorial Day ride was at our most local trails. Since I have rode this park so many times I usually dont go there much anymore but now its my go to ride. I never drive there anymore. Just put the bike on commuter assist and get there in less than 6 minutes. Back the assist down to minimum and get a nice ride in. Just so convenient now for me. Im enjoying these trail once again also.

Having the ebike is great when Im with a bunch of fast guys but also when Im alone. I turn the assist to a minimum and still get in a workout. And I can ride so much longer too. Hours longer. Ive said this a million times but the ebike is the best bike decision I have ever made.

I no longer even want to own a road bike. I'll take the money I was going to spend on a road bike and use it for travel this summer. That sounds like a plan. 

Saturday was a little wet so I just hiked around our local State Park. Saw these guys strutting around. Showing off to each other.

So thats about it for the weekend. Today (Tuesday) is raining and that eliminates out Tuesday Nite Ride. 

I still need to plan a weekend in the northern are of our State. The weather is starting to turn for the better. Hope to ride up there soon. 

DLD

Friday, May 24, 2019

Fata Morgana


Weird.
So the other day I saw another Fata Morgana over Lake Michigan. The second time in my life. The first time was just a few years ago. But in my 59 years Ive never seen this before that. The pics on blogger are smaller than the ones on Wordpress but all you have to do is click on them to get a better look.

This phenomenon is very rare. Im not sure what it takes to trigger this but you can read more in the link above. 
Since I hit up the lake almost every day I get kinda pumped to see this stuff.

On the bike front I did get to ride Reforestation Camp in Green Bay. Its nice to ride somewhere different now and then. As I rode I could remember some spots for racing there 10 years ago. Memories.

Looks like a nice weekend coming up. Three day weekend. Hope to get out and ride.

DLD

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Im Back Over Here Again


So Im on a new blog thats my old blog. I switched from Googles Blogger to WordPress in 2013. My Wordpress blog is dead. I was acually paying $100 per year for it. So I decided to revert back to everything that is Google and low and behold, my old blog was still accessible. The wonders of google.

I do find this easier to use and I enjoyed going back a ways to see what I wrote years ago. These are posts that I have not seen since I wrote them. Some back in 2009. 10 years gone by. 


So here I go back on this blog. While my life has changed quite a bit I still will have lots of nice pics. I enjoy that. And will have a lot more riding to post about with my new found time.

Gone will be the posts about bike shop stuff. But my summer plans to hit up pretty much every trail system in Wisco will more than replace that. As soon as it stops snowing up in the northern part of this State I'll be heading up there almost every weekend. 
So much to ride and now so much time to ride it.
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Im off!

DLD