The following is a true story, only the names have been changed, to protect the guilty.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Loss

My Dad was fucking AWESOME! 
On May 4th 2018 I lost my Dad unexpectedly to a heart attack....the world lost my dad. The reality of it still seems unreal. At 67, I thought he had many years ahead of him, we all did.  I was lucky enough to learn so many things from him. From the time of being a young boy we were always camping, hiking, and exploring. This carried on into adulthood with outings happening on a frequent basis. I learned to be the best craftsman I could be by observing, as well as helping on large and small projects throughout the years. I also followed in his footsteps in my profession as a sheet metal worker (4th generation).
 I miss the 2-3 hour phone calls that seemed to happen at least once a week or the impromptu visits in which he might bring over a pizza to share for lunch. My dad always had something going on, whether it be something he was building, creating, or growing. He was known as "The Mushroom Man" at the St Paul farmers market where he sold cultivated mushrooms and at the sold out wild mushroom identification seminars he gave years ago. He had so much to offer through his creativity , hard work, and drive for really experiencing life.

What I write here, can't begin to describe all that my dad was. I miss him to the point that I feel hollowed out in one aspect and grateful for all the great times we had. My dad often told me he was proud of me, and I intend to continue doing what I think will make him proud. Looking back does no good now...I wish some things had been different, but the lesson to learn is to live in a manner in which you'll have no regret...for the most part I have no regret.   Please tell, or show your parents, your kids, your friends, your relatives, you love them and appreciate them whenever you can.

"In 100 years we'll all be together again"   -Thomas Terry Peterson


D Rider.............................................out
              

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Jan-Feb 2018

  
End of January river hike on the North Shore ....meal over a fire is a good indicator that we had fun
 January and February were action packed, mostly racing fat-bikes.  Looking back now it was good to have them on my calendar as I really have not been into winter this year. The biggest change for me in a while was finding another place of employment. My previous job was great if all I wanted to do was make money.  Lots of overtime, very odd and random work hours as well as travel began taking the fun right out of my life.  I'm still trying to get out of my funk and move on from my previous mindset. I'm really looking forward to spring and some warm temps to reset things and get back on the right path.
The following is pretty much a standard photo dump with captions.




Super Y on rappel 

Big D ...most of the way down 


Found a new route to access the rappel of this river, utilizing two chutes that enter the canyon above and below the crux. works well for time constraints and a less physically committing day.  definitively required cramp-ons to enter and exit.  

that's my wife 

Another meal over a fire mid way on recon ski of north shore river......in a snow storm 



This was the only real outcrop, waterfall on this river. I was a little disappointed but that's what exploring entails sometimes. Glad I checked it out to satisfy curiosity....not going to tell you which river it is either, that would ruin your exploring   

Got out on snowmobiles quite a bit Jan-Feb

This was the day after a big snow storm...I went out the night before just as it was tapering. It was awesome, and since it was a Sunday no one was out and I had the fresh powder to myself 

This photo was taken on a monumental day....for years I have ridden a fat bike on the snowmobile trails out of Shakopee, some have been the hardest rides I've ever endured (early spring training) . Many times as I rode back to the vehicle after 4-5 hours on the bike I wished for a snowmobile so bad , to carry me the final miles which seemed to be hundreds at that moment.  I finally made my dream come true, riding as fast as possible the whole time with the thought of fuck you trail, take that....I win    



Big D about to descend 

Here is my one and only pic of a fat-bike race during Jan-Feb....I did 6 or 7 , I swear 

Super Y and I skied Pike Island quite a bit...it was our Thursday night thing 

This was the first day of my new job....i was so excited to be done with work at 3:15 instead of between 5 and 8 pm. Front wheel broke through, I launched forward landing on chest, feet dangling in the water....got moving and put in a couple more hours exploring 

Exploring 

Thinking I should have gone climbing there this winter 

NOT   Minnehaha Falls  


Oooops ...I guess I did get another pic of some racing...this was on Minnetonka...great time...wish I had done more of this weeknight series 

Told myself I wanted to paddle at least 1 time every month in 2018. This was the only open water I could think of , down near Hidden Falls in St Paul 



Hike up and down north shore river with The Legend and Yo Eddie on a race weekend ...Norpine fat-bike race in Lutsen Mn 



First time I've done 100 miles on a sled in like 20+ years...I was no match for the newer sled on the right 

Altai Hoks    Pickerel Lake St Paul  

This was another day after work when I was still trying to get my head around being done after only 8 hours 


Rocket launch...My dad went all out...invited 20 plus people and brought a bunch of food and snacks...It was one of the best days in Jan-Feb 

Before

After

This one made it up,and down, without incident 

G Man on the sled...this worked great at the launch for retrieving rockets out on the lake


D Rider .........................................................out  

Thursday, January 11, 2018

December 2017.........Random


Global Fat-Bike Day
 Looking back, December was kind of a strange month as far as the weather goes. It started somewhat warm , with Global Fat-Bike day. A couple of guys from the Penn Cycle Team (Vandy and Best in Schow) and myself led a river bottoms ride with some free food provided by Pat (owner) at the mid-way point.
off route....most people know where this is 

Way off route....what fat-bikes are made for 

Of course there was at least 1 camp-fire cook-out

Cannon River first weekend in December with Thor and my Bro 
  The next day was even warmer, a few of us did a short kayak ride down the Cannon and had the usual half-way lunch stop with a fire. The warmth of the day combined with the low angle of the sun felt odd...like it should be cold and snowy.
cliffs in the prairie of southern mn 


obligatory camp-fire lunch stop  


 1870....interesting 

many rides in the dark in Dec since the light fades by 4:30 pm

The Mayor crossing treacherous waters on our way to a cook-out 

Best in Schow....sandbar 


Swamp rides are good too when there is a lack of snow 



best creek ride ever...based on riding conditions...north shore rivers have better scenery but not as consistently ride-able 
   The snow never really came, but the bitter cold did. In the winter months I prefer to ride fat-bikes on hard packed snow and do some x-c skiing, but I've had too settle for some ice riding. Riding ice with a very small amount of snow is magical, one such day turned out to be the best creek ride I've ever had. Three of us ended up with about 16 miles on the creek but could have done 3 to 4 times that if we had an earlier start and a more ambitious plan. I'll be headed back to this one soon if conditions hold out.
ArcFlash

Thor



Fire was really nice on this cold day 





bye bye 
 I'm not going to mention the name of the creek but if you do a little digging and some exploring you should be able to find it or possibly better. Exploring is the best part, I don't want to ruin that for you.

D Rider.........................out