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Great Plains: Americas Lingering Wild

May 2nd, 2015 · No Comments

I just finished reading this amazing book – Great Plains: Americas Lingering Wild. The Nebraska-based photographer Michael Forsberg thought up the idea for the book and filled it with dozens and dozens of exceptional shots of prairies from Minnesota to Montana, North Dakota to New Mexico – plants, animals, people, and especially the land itself. […]

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Tags: 365 for 2015 · art · book report · borrowed content · history · Minnesota · nature · photos

Fatbiking Lessons

March 12th, 2015 · No Comments

On the Trail (photo by Chris Gibbs – C5 Adventure Photography) As someone with a middling level of experience in long-distance fatbike riding and racing, I’ve learned a lot from more experienced racers like Danielle Musto, who posted a great list of tips for better fat biking and Jay Petervary, who gave a great presentation […]

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Spring Sunday

March 9th, 2015 · No Comments

Sunday was a true early-spring day: sunny, breezy, and about forty degrees F. Beautiful, in other words. Finally weather that lets me wear the same clothes all day! No need for a jacket; a fleece sweater is fine! The sun motivated me to do a few "spring cleaning" tasks around the house – sweeping leaves […]

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Tags: 365 for 2015 · Carleton · cycling · diversions · family · girls · Minnesota · nature · Northfield · parenting · photos · sport · spring · winter

People in Cars Are Stupid

March 5th, 2015 · No Comments

Video proof that people in cars are stupid: 1. A buffalo headbutts a car in Yellowstone NP: 2. A lioness opens a car door in South Africa:

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Iditarod Dreaming

February 28th, 2015 · 2 Comments

Tomorrow, the biggest, baddest fatbike race of them all starts: the Iditarod Trail Invitational, run on the dogsled route from Anchorage, Alaska, north and west to McGrath, the end of the "short" 350 mile race, and Nome, the end of the "long" 1,000 mile race. This year, a bunch of my fatbike-racing friends are doing […]

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Tags: 365 for 2015 · borrowed content · cycling · diversions · Minnesota · nature · photos · sport · winter

Trapped in D.C.

February 21st, 2015 · No Comments

My conference trip to Washington went well until this morning. I made it to D.C. without any problems, found the conference itself very useful and interesting, and enjoyed hanging out with friends and colleagues. With a forecast of snow for Saturday, though, I expected delays in getting home, even though the snow wasn’t really very […]

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Tags: 365 for 2015 · diversions · nature · photos · stupidities · traveling · winter · work

Rinella, American Buffalo

February 10th, 2015 · No Comments

Steven Rinella’s American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon is excellent look at the natural history of the North American bison, framed by the author’s hunt of a buffalo in Alaska in 2006. As his trek illustrates in gripping, gory detail, the connection between humans and bison has always been complicated. Bison are the oldest kind […]

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Fat Pursued – Fat Pursuit Race Report

February 9th, 2015 · No Comments

In January, I made a second attempt at finishing JayP’s Backyard Fat Pursuit in Idaho. I hope this race report for Salsa Cycles conveys my excitement and satisfaction with the race: I was shivering at the predawn start line of JayP’s Backyard Fat Pursuit on January 10th – not from cold, since it was already […]

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Tags: 365 for 2015 · cycling · diversions · narcissism · nature · photos · sport · stupidities · traveling · winter


January 28th, 2015 · 2 Comments

Standing with the Buffalo on the start line of the Arrowhead 135 on Monday morning in International Falls, I was bubbling with excitement – eager to get going. I had not been on my bike for more than about 20 minutes since the end of the Fat Pursuit, exactly 14 days before. Everything had gone […]

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Tags: 365 for 2015 · borrowed content · cycling · diversions · Minnesota · narcissism · nature · photos · sport · stupidities · winter

Do you want to build a snowman⛄️

January 24th, 2015 · No Comments

Me, the amazing Julia, made this snowman yesterday with help from my friend Meg!#awesome

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Tags: 365 for 2015 · girls · nature · Northfield · parenting · photos · winter

Tetons Bison

January 14th, 2015 · No Comments

This is one of my favorite photos from my Fat Pursuit road trip: two bull bison grazing (and dozing) in the snow just off US-26 in Grand Teton National Park. The shot has everything I love about the west: the mountains (fog-shrouded that day), the jackleg fence (part of the race’s logo!), the snow, the […]

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Yoopersotan in Wind River Canyon

January 12th, 2015 · No Comments

The drive out of Idaho was stunning: the west side of the Tetons from Idaho; the twisting, turning route over Teton Pass; a delicious breakfast in Wilson, Wyoming; the beauty (and seductive tourist-trappiness) of Jackson, W-Y; the east side of the Tetons; the heights of Togwotee Pass in the Absaroka Mountains (9,658 feet! the highest terrestrial […]

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The Buffalo on South Plateau

January 10th, 2015 · No Comments

Here’s the Buffalo at the literal turning point of the Fat Pursuit: the northward turn onto South Plateau Trail, a 26-mile run from deep in the Targhee National Forest to the little resort town of West Yellowstone, Montana. I walked a huge part of this stretch in 2014. Better conditions, a better bike, and better […]

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Racecourse Recon

January 9th, 2015 · No Comments

Taking advantage of some downtime and of the gorgeous weather the day before the race (30 degrees F, sunny, blue skies, no wind), Minnesota Mark and Wisconsin Mark and I went out for a short ride, inspecting the first and last few miles of the racecourse. This view looking west toward Sawtelle Mountain was pretty […]

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January 8th, 2015 · No Comments

The long drive west ended when Wisconsin Mark pulled into the parking lot at Ponds Lodge in Island Park, Idaho. On the second day of our drive, we’d blazed through the rest of Montana, stopped in West Yellowstone for a beer and a bit of exploring (trying to find the race’s third checkpoint), made our […]

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