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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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Arrowheadcase

January 28th, 2015 · 1 Comment

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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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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Idaho!

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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Gallatin River Gorge(ous)

January 8th, 2015 · No Comments

The Gallatin River gorge in western Montana, south of Bozeman in the Gallatin National Forest, was my favorite discovery of the 2014 Fat Pursuit trip. The scenery was just as beautiful this year. Here are two shots taken from the Greek Creek Campground just off US 191. The water was as cold as any I’ve […]

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Strep Day

December 15th, 2014 · No Comments

The Tassava family has not fared well during Northfield’s current epidemic of strep, pneumonia, influenza, and the stomach flu. Today, Vivi is home with strep. Sick Vivi is lethargic, quiet, and bored – pretty much the opposite of Normal Vivi. At least she has a friend who’s supplying some good purring medicine.

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A Darkness Ride

November 26th, 2014 · 1 Comment

The gang of gravel cyclists here in Northfield have, under the leadership of the indefatigable Bruce A., made a custom of rides on (or nearly on) nights with full moons. These “Full Moon Howl” rides are pretty great. This month, another of the gang’s leaders, Joe P., proposed the opposite – a “Darkness Ride” on […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · autumn · BloWriMo · cycling · diversions · Minnesota · nature · Northfield · photos · sport · winter

Not a Great Ride

November 24th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Today’s ride did not live up to expectations, and yet the magic of bike riding ensured that it still didn’t suck. I fell short on both saddle time and total distance, crashed twice on the ice, experienced no lovely falling-snow moments, fought a heavy headwind, damaged various bits and pieces, and had to call for […]

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