Blowing & Drifting

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Spring Riding

March 30th, 2014 · No Comments

I went out for my first real springtime ride this afternoon. I chose an easy route over some of my favorite roads south of town, and true to the season, I wound up fighting a headwind for the first half of the outing. But after I turned around, the tailwind blasted me home, letting me […]

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To Idaho and Back (In Snippets)

March 24th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Day 1 I35 south to I90 west to the Rocky Mountains. The long flat straights of South Dakota. Gas station stops for fuel, beef jerky, and water. Passing the Corn Palace in Mitchell. Lake Francis Case on the Missouri River. So many Wall Drug signs. Cheap Subway somewhere on the road, made by a sandwich […]

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Following the Fat Pursuit

March 1st, 2014 · No Comments

In about seven hours, I’ll roll out of this bed at Pond’s Lodge in Island Park, Idaho, to start what promises to be a long, hard, exhilarating day of racing bikes in a new ultradistance fatbike race, Jay P’s Fat Pursuit. The event has two distances, a 60 kilometer short course (about 37 miles) and […]

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The Next Bike Adventure – Idaho!

February 22nd, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Arrowhead experience is just going on and on, in the most amazing ways. At the race, I got to talk briefly with the two winners, Jay and Tracey Petervary, who were inviting everyone to come out for a new race they’re staging in Idaho – Jay P’s Fat Pursuit. I immediately wrote it off […]

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Snow Day!

February 21st, 2014 · No Comments

Minnesota got a good old-fashioned blizzard yesterday and into the night, the kind that’s equally beautiful and incapacitating. The streets I took to campus were very bad, and – amazingly – the sidewalks on campus were in less than their usual impeccable shape. It’s a huge storm that the college’s grounds crew can’t handle. A […]

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Fatbike Frozen Thirty-three

February 17th, 2014 · No Comments

On Saturday, the Beast and I raced in the Fatbike Frozen Forty, an event held on the amazing singletrack trails at Elm Creek Park in Champlin, on the northwest side of the Cities. I did this race last year and had a blast, even though tight, technical trails like those at Elm Creek – which […]

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Snapshots of Life in the Icebox of the Nation

February 6th, 2014 · No Comments

A couple photos that I think capture some of the flavor of life in International Falls… Citizens appear to disrespect signage. Snowblowers can be parked anywhere.

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Didn’t Get Froze: After the Arrowhead 135

February 5th, 2014 · 8 Comments

I’ve been immensely pleased that others have enjoyed Part I and Part II of my race story. Partly for the sake of my own memory, partly to complete the story, and partly to answer some questions that others have asked, I am adding this third part. There’s only a little crying in it. (I’m lying: […]

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Don’t Get Froze, part I: The Arrowhead 135 (Miles 0-110)

February 2nd, 2014 · 9 Comments

When I checked into my motel in International Falls around three in the afternoon on Sunday, January 26, the night before this year’s Arrowhead 135, the old lady at the counter gave me two things I needed: a huge pink shower curtain to lay on the floor under my bike (“those bikes are so messy, […]

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It Takes a Village to Try the Arrowhead

January 25th, 2014 · 1 Comment

One of the best things about my attempt to race the Arrowhead 135 this week is the way so many people have helped me out. It’s really amazing and heart-warming. And, I hope, hand- and foot-warming. First of course is Shannon, who’s letting me try my body and mind in this crazy race (and spend […]

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Frozen Dawn

January 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

Northfield is locked in another deep freeze: minus twenty degrees F air temperature, minus thirty-five windchill. It’s so amazingly bright today that I had afterimages of the sun flickering in my eyes for minutes after glancing east to check for traffic. And yet: no heat!

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Snow on the Ice

January 21st, 2014 · No Comments

Pretty much every day, I cross a bridge between the two Lyman Lakes on Carleton’s campus. Many days, this spot looks out over something beautiful: the still water, the gently arched bridges elsewhere on the lakes, a stately flock of geese, low fog, the lakeside trees in green or brown or gray… Today’s view was […]

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17 Days till the Arrowhead 135

January 9th, 2014 · No Comments

I’ll be there. RootsRated: The Brutal Arrowhead Ultra 135 Early on Monday, January 27th, 2014, competitors will cross the starting line of the 10th annual Arrowhead Ultra 135 in International Falls, Minnesota. The Arrowhead, featured in the book,” World’s 50 Toughest Endurance Challenges,” will challenge riders with bitter cold temperatures and hours of solitude. The […]

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Steaming Tree

January 8th, 2014 · No Comments

Trompe-l’oeil?

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Sleigh Bells Ring

January 6th, 2014 · No Comments

When I’m out in "bad" weather, I think a lot about how much time my grandfathers – a farmer on my dad’s side, a trucker and logger on my mom’s – must have spent outside in horrible conditions, doing their jobs. I’m lucky that I can choose to go outside and enjoy (not just endure) […]

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