Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Night time roll around Salem Hills

Took off a little before 9pm for a Pugsley ride.  Round trip from home with one complete loop with an extra spin around the little loop is 10 miles on the nose.  Takes a bit over an hour.  One limiting factor on my speed is my ability to see.  I picked up an old NightRider helmet light from Craigslist.  Its 10 watts of power work, but are a limiting factor on my rides.

 I see about a 3' circle of light 20' feet in front of me as I roll the trail.  I'm forced to keep my eyes out in front of me.  I then let my body remember what I need to do ala zen.
 I have a Magicshine SSC-P7 1200 lumen light on the way.  These are supposed to be a good value at $57. Have to wait and see I guess.  My light is currently in Singapore.  Free shipping from China in 14-40 days.  I'm hoping for 14.
The light comes with handle bar mount and with a headlamp strap.  I hope to use it on some night ski runs as well.  This is very similar to Jared's light which has worked well for him.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

More Utility from the Utility Trailer

 My ski team's snowmobile needed some love, as gasoline was pouring out of the air intake.  Diagnosed as a faulty carb-jet sending fuel into a system vent line.  Thus, needed to haul the sled to be repaired.
Jared's trailer, on permanent loan, is used for hauling bikes and various other schlepping duties during most of the year.  A trip to the lumber yard adds another season of use.  It will now haul a snowmobile.  
Summer mode bike hauler  below.  It's fun to make things.

Friday, November 9, 2012

First bike ride: It's Good to have a Harris.

Stumbled on this short video today.  I hope my son remembers this milestone.  I still remember my first solo ride from  60's.  Four at the time.  He is eleven now.
 First Ride Summer of 06
 Touring Last Summer
 Mt. Biking This Month

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Minnesota River Fat Bike Ride + Deer

Rode east from Old Bloomington Ferry Bridge to the creek with some extra time I had this afternoon.

I saw several deer including this big buck, 8-point, on my out trip.  Saw  him  again while returning.  I was able to get ahead of him and hide Pugsley and me behind a tree.  This gave me enough time to use my cell phone to get some grainy photos.  I was about twenty yards away when I took this photo.  The first time I saw this impressive guy we just looked at each other from about ten yards away.  Our gaze was long enough for me to wonder if bucks ever charged potential threats.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Sid, Johnny and Pugsley

Cruised to Salem Hills for a solo trail run tonight after dark.  Never Mind the Bullocks powered my ride.  Hearing the Pistols transports me back to my mid teens, hanging with my older brother listening to dangerous music.  Likewise, the Pugsley brings me back to riding the trails around Gooseberry Park in Moorhead, MN trying to catch air on my stingray.  Still have a visible scar from where the grip-less bar end dug into my abdomen. Good memories leave marks.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Happy Feet

Oboz Sawtooth mid-height hiking boots are lightweight, waterproof and well-suited for light hiking in all seasons and conditions.

  • Rugged nubuck leather uppers feature breathable nylon mesh panels for a comfortable fit right out of the box; rubber toe randing protects against abrasion
  • B-DRY™ waterproof, breathable membranes keep the elements out so your feet stay comfortable
  • Nylon mesh linings wick moisture, dry quickly and further enhance breathability
  • Anatomic EVA footbeds and dual-density EVA midsoles provide cushioning over a long day of hiking
  • Nylon shanks offer torsional stability and protection underfoot, increasing surefootedness on varied terrain
  • Injection-molded heel counters lock feet in to deliver technical yet nimble performance
  • Aggressively lugged outsoles utilize a durable, sticky rubber for exceptional grip in all directions on both wet and dry surfaces

Friday, November 2, 2012

Winter Bike Expo, Dec.8th.

I had a blast at the Winter Bike Expo  last year.  We arrived early and had our choice of bikes to ride.  Plan to go again.  I'm particularly interested in the winter bike packing seminar.  Also look who's blog made the Blog Recaps page.

Night Ride To Salem Hills

Had the urge to fatbike all day.  When plans with Jared fell through, I headed to Salem Hills alone.  The ride over and one loop of the park took a bit over an hour.  It was wonderful to be on the trails alone with a barely adequate tunnel of light guiding me over the track.