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Winter Riding Goals

November 16th, 2014 · 3 Comments

Halfway through November, and a week or so into an early winter, I’ve settled on five goals for my winter riding. In descending order: 1. Finish the 200k course of Jay P’s Fat Pursuit in Idaho on January 10 within the time limit – about 36 hours. Last year I made it through 100 miles […]

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Taste Recall

November 15th, 2014 · No Comments

Twice this evening, I’ve encountered tastes and smells that have taken me back to childhood. For dinner, Shannon made some ridiculously good Italian-style meatball sandwiches. The tomato sauce soaked into the crusty bread and created a taste-smell that sent me right back to the dim dining room at the Bell Chalet in Hurley, Wisconsin – […]

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Firewood 4 Sale

July 6th, 2014 · No Comments

Even though our vacation came at the start of summer, we saw lots of firewood for sale in the UP. Every other rural house or small-town gas station seemed to be selling camp wood for sale, always on the honor system. $4 a bundle was the normal rate, but I did see some priced to […]

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To Idaho and Back (In Snippets)

March 24th, 2014 · No Comments

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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The girl plays music

March 19th, 2014 · No Comments

Kids surprise parents all the time, in some bad and many good ways. I beamed with surprised delight tonight when Julia’s guitar practicing included a halting but recognizable version of the opening riff to "Smoke on the Water" tonight. Incredible. (Next up: "Smells Like Teen Spirit"?)

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The Beast, Capsule of Memories

March 17th, 2014 · No Comments

I love how this picture of the Beast includes so much great bike-life history. I drilled out the rims with instructions from Scott and Derek, the organizers of the Inspiration 100 gravel race up near Alexandria. Derek gave me one of the fork-mounted Anything Cages as a good-luck gift before the Arrowhead 135. The other, […]

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Why “Uranus” Is Funny

March 16th, 2014 · No Comments

Genevieve is deep into astronomy – "space" – right now. She’s devouring book after book on topics astronomical, and will walk up to me at random times to disgorge some new fact, like how Saturn’s moon Titan is the likeliest spot in the solar system to host life), or how one asteroid has its own […]

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“Pray for Newtown” (Sun Kil Moon)

March 12th, 2014 · No Comments

Whether or not you’re okay with gun violence, I think this exceptional tune by Mark Kozelek (recording as Sun Kil Moon) will make you think again about Newtown – and other needless massacres in recent American history. Sadly beautiful, quietly angry. We’ve failed as a society in failing to act after Newtown to prevent more […]

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A Word from the Old Gods and the New

March 10th, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Old Gods and the New gathered in the woods at the north edge of town, and they considered the sore denizens of Northfield, and they said with one voice, "Hear us now and believe us later, ye Northfielders. Yea, you have had a long winter, and you have failed, almost to a person, to […]

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Fire at the Fat Pursuit

March 7th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Last weekend’s Backyard Fat Pursuit bike race in Idaho was far harder, more fun, and more amazing than I expected. The race ended for me at five on Sunday afternoon, when the race director intercepted me on the course and asked me to stop, as I was hours off any decent pace. I am still […]

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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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Can’t Spell CRAZY without C-A-R

February 26th, 2014 · No Comments

Monday’s afternoon commute was interesting, in the Minnesotan sense of that word. I ended the workday with a meeting at St. Olaf, so my ride back home was about twice as long as usual, and – thanks to the terrible roads – at least four times as entertaining. First, as I inched down St. Olaf […]

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Arrowhead Recovery

February 25th, 2014 · 1 Comment

The two questions people have asked most about the Arrowhead have been "Will you do it again?" and "Have you recovered?" The answer to the first question is an emphatic "yes." The answer to the second question is "maybe." I have definitely "recovered" psychologically. The race was a high point in my life, and the […]

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Mars-Curious

February 24th, 2014 · No Comments

I’ve kept my Lego lust in check for decades now, but I could not resist the lure of the amazing Curiosity rover model. In rationalizing my order, I figured that I could keep it in my office as a nice conversation piece slash distraction and that the girls would enjoy assembling the kit with me. […]

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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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