Monday, April 30, 2012

30 Days of Biking: Done

We did it!
Trish and I both rode our bikes every day in April.

Here are our final numbers:



There will be no rest for the weary.
Just lots of fun.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

30 Days of Biking: Beautiful!

On this last Sunday of April, I rode 32 miles and took 100 pictures.

This one best sums up my day.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

30 Days of Biking: Almost There

Sloppy Parking
This is what I felt like doing at the end of today's 52 miles.
It's been a long month of daily riding, but.......

Gravel's hard not to get out there when you live in a place like this.

Friday, April 27, 2012

30 Days of Biking: Gone Phishin'

Gone Phishin'
I went for a quick spin around the block to satisfy our mutual craving for Ben and Jerry's best flavor.
The Newtons are for tomorrows' ride. I'm shooting for back to back 60 milers this weekend, though the wind may have different plans for me.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

30 Days of Biking: Tired

I came home today to find that my new Marathon Mondials had arrived in the mail.

Mondial Rear
I couldn't wait to put them on.

Mondial Front
Schwalbe calls this an expedition tire. I imagine expeditions to be in primitive, foreign countries, which probably makes riding on these tires overkill for me. I will be going on a four day, 220 mile trip across northern Wisconsin next month however, so I guess that counts.

Full Fenders
They are 2.15 inches wide, so they fill out the fenders quite nicely.

New Tread
I put 15 miles on them tonight to see how they roll. As I expected, they seem to be a little slower than the Marathon Supremes they replaced. I'm not usually in too much of a hurry, so I think I can live with that. On the plus side, they are probably the most stable tires I have ever ridden. I feel like I could ride just about anywhere on them, and maybe I will.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

30 Days of Biking: Greens and Yellows

Once again we awoke to a very colorful radar screen.
Once again we got on our bikes and rode anyway. 

Participating in 30 days of biking has been a learning experience for us.
One of the biggest things that we've learned is that we don't have to let the weather affect us.
It may influence the routes we take, or what we wear, but it no longer keeps us from riding.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

30 Days of Biking: Doggone Fun

Let's Go!
Trish rode before work today, so it was just me and Loki this afternoon.

A Boy and His Dog in 2D
That was OK though, because as Loki likes to say: Dogs rule, girls drool.

Monday, April 23, 2012

30 Days of Biking: Slithery

Trish and I separately rode the same 20 mile route today.

The things you get to see on your day off.
Maybe tomorrow will be my day.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

30 Days of Biking: Skinny

After 2 years of riding my LHT, I've finally gotten skinny. It's just not the skinny I was hoping for.

Road Alligator
At a little over 5,000 miles, my rear Marathon Supreme bought the farm.
I just ordered a new set of tires on Friday, and was hoping it would last until the new ones came, but it was not to be. It had developed a pretty good sized bulge so I didn't think it would be safe to push my luck with it.
Good news though, Trish still had the original tires that came with her Trucker in the garage, so at least I have something to use until mine arrive later this week.
Bad news, they're only 1.5 inches wide compared to the 2.0 inches that I have come to know and love.

Fatties Fit Fine
This is what a proper tire should look like.

Skinnies Don't
This is not.
Can you say "pinch flat."

Head to Head
It's a miracle I can stay upright.

In a few more days I'll be fat once again.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Friday, April 20, 2012

Thursday, April 19, 2012

30 Days of Biking: Another Day Complete

An 18 mile ride was a great way to end it.

Hey, our 100th post!
Champagne tomorrow.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

30 Days of Biking: Mud Lake

Mud Lake
We've lived in our house for almost 8 years now, and although I knew this little lake existed just 2 1/2 miles from us, I had never actually seen it.
It's just amazing what you can notice by just paying a little attention.

Monday, April 16, 2012

30 Days of Biking: Incentive

April Snow
Sometimes it helps to have a little something to motivate you to get out and ride when the weather is not that great.

Chocolate Fix
The Reward

Sunday, April 15, 2012

30 Days of Biking: Wet

Rainy Sunday
Today's ride, at 1.25 miles, was our shortest ride of the month, if not ever.
It was raining, it was windy, and it was 40 degrees.
Not that we're complaining.
We were on our bikes, we were outside, and we were together.
That's about all we can ask for.

85 and Windy: Photo Dump

Now that I'm well rested, I'll share a bit of the scenery from yesterday's ride.

Wet Shadow
The roads were still wet from the previous day's rain when I left the house at 7 A.M. Worms were everywhere. I did my best to not run over them, but judging by the number of carcasses all over my bike by the end of the morning, I didn't do that great of a job.

Over the Bars
After 11 miles of riding, I finally got to my first windbreak. Thank you trees! Unfortunately, it only lasted for a mile and a half before I had to turn back into the wind.

Reflecting Puddle
Still wet.

2012-04-14 Caribou Lake
Caribou Lake

Osprey in Flight
Once I crossed Hwy. 53 I passed an osprey nest and was lucky enough to see the pair in flight.

Swamp Sisters
Swamp Sisters
This is a folksy little restaurant that's only open during the summer. Looks like I'm a little early.

Headwind Speed Warning
It's nice to have a sign telling you what the windspeed is.

Old Timey bridge
Truss Bridge

2012-04-14 Cloquet River
Cloquet River

Portable Graffiti
Rolling Graffiti-Bringing big city atmosphere to the country.

Blue Skies and Gravel
My first chance to take advantage of a tailwind. It felt like I hardly had to pedal.

Nichols Lake
Nichols Lake

4 Lane
1 mile of 4 lane is 1 mile too many. Even though there is a wide shoulder, there is just too much traffic. I'm much more comfortable on a lightly traveled 2 lane, even without a shoulder.

Lost My Cookies
This is what happens when you don't close your bag after stopping for a snack break. I had six Fig Newmans, but was only able to save four (the 10 second rule does not apply when outside). I'm sure a crow had a nice treat.

Pavement Ends
The pavement has to end eventually. I think about 18 miles of my ride was on gravel. All with a tailwind.

Wind-is-a Whipping
Sun, Wind, Trees

Curvy Hill
Back to pavement, with my friends here blocking the wind for me.

More nice scenery.

Island Lake
Island Lake
By this point the wind speed was 30mph, gusting to 40. I had to lean quite a bit to stay upright.

I was home around 2:30 and ended with 85.1 miles. I would have gone for a century, but I didn't want to burn myself out. There are still 16 more days to ride this month and I don't want to miss a single one.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Friday, April 13, 2012

30 Days of Biking: Together Again

2012-04-13 at 05-46-26
After 4 days of riding separately, Trish and I were finally able to get out for a ride together.
The time we had was brief, but we made the most of it.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

30 Days of Biking: Winner!

After looking at today's weather forecast, I decided to go for a quick ride this morning before it got too windy.

I rode 3.7 miles in this wind:
2012-04-12 AM

Trish rode after work, 14 miles farther than I did, in this wind:
2012-04-12 PM
I think we have a winner. Good job Trish!