Sunday, April 20, 2014

Trace Season Opener

HAPPY EASTER

I had just been getting too out of shape.  Started backing off on food (munchies, mostly) for the last week or so.  Can feel the lower weight.  Now, with the weather getting better, need to get out on the bike.

Filter sunshine, bit humid, in the 70s as I kitted up for a bike ride late morning.  Friend John was looking to ride, too.  With the wind kicking up, I decided to ride the Wabash Trace South from Silver City.  Did not expect John to want to drive to Silver City to ride, but he did.

His wife brought him to the trailhead and we headed South.  Now, it has been too long time since I last rode the Trace.  Hell, a couple months since I last rode one of my bikes!.  I made it about 2 miles and decided it was time to head back and call it a ride.  John was planning to ride on North on the Trace to Council Bluffs. 

Was getting pretty warm (79 deg) when I got back to the Silver City trailhead.  Bid john a "good ride" and headed for home.  I need to get into shape for my trip - at least I got a start.  Thanks, John, for the ride and the encouragement.

An "OH Sh*t" Day

Friday, I returned home from the post office and saw this at the bottom of the h\ill from my house.  Obviously, the load is too long to negotiate the corner (270th St & Dogwood Rd).  An addition to almost dragging the gravel, it looked like the wheels were into the ditch.

At one time, thet brought in a tow truck to back up the trailer.  Eventually, the had it back on the gravel road, but could not turn the corner.  Somebody sure screwed up on the route of this load.

After a couple hours, the crew was seen backing up the load for 2 miles to highway 6.  Saturday morning, heading into Council Bluffs for breakfast, the rig with load were parked at the Grange Hall at Quick. 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Spring Has Sprung

The day started warm (for April) and humid. Hazy morning and about 60 degrees. Red sky in the morning - sailors take warning.


Was thinking of taking a bicycle ride. Not just could get the ambition to get the bike our of the garage and drive to a trailhead. Instead, I spend the day in and around the house. In the afternoon, I grabbed the Canon 60D to shoot some photos of tree buds.



The photo shoot ended as storm clouds started gathering in the South and East.  Constant thunder rolling through the air.


So far, the storm has kept South and East of us.  At this posting, the only moisture here has been light rain enough to wet the driveway (and spot the car).

Monday, April 7, 2014

Kraus-Anderson Bike Duluth Festival

There's another bike festival on the calendar.  The Kraus-Anderson Bike Duluth Festival, is to be held Aug. 16-17 on the trails around Duluth, MN.  Plans are taking shape.  Watch the web site updates.  

http://bikeduluthfestival.com/

Sponsors of the festival are hoping that it will become an annual event.  Seed money has been provided by Kraus-Anderson Construction Co.  Partners in the festival are COGGS and WestmorelandFlint.  Half of the proceeds will go to COGGS to help them with their trail work.  The other half will go to another community charity, not yet named

So, here's the mountain bike / bicycle festivals as I have them:

Santa Fe, NM -- May 16-18, 2014 -- Outside Bike Brew, and Beyond
Crosby, MN -- June 13-14, 2014 -- Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Festival
Rapid City, SD -- June 20-22, 2014 -- Black Hills Fat Tire Festival
Crested Butte, CO -- June 25-29, 2014 -- Crested Butte Bike Week
Duluth, MN -- August 16-17, 2014 -- Kraus-Anderson Bike Duluth Festival

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Swanson Shootout

The 2014 Psycowpath racing season is underway!  The first race of the season was held yesterday at Swanson Park, Bellevue, Nebraska.

With below freezing temperatures, there was some 30 trail runners for their race.  Runners had a start time of 8am and ran 5+ miles over the Swanson Park trails..  I did not arrive until 9 (Was at ham radio breakfast before). Was there in time to shoot photos of the trail running podium.

Large field of bicycle racers.  I heard there were about 40 racing the 4 hour marathon.  Once the Juniors, Marathon, and Category 3 races were off, i headed into the woods for shots on the trail.  Found a vantage point not too far from the shelter.

Temperature were still under freezing.  Missed some of the riders when my fingers would stop working trying to actuate the shutter button.

Visited for a while between races.  Shot the start of the Category 1 and Category 2 races.  Ended up with the photos of the early bicycle race podiums.  By then, I had enough for the day.  Stopped by the bike shop and grocery store on the way home.

Thanks for the race promoters, the volunteers, and officials.  Great job by the THOR (TrailsHaveOurRespect.org) trail maintenance crew.  Special thanks to Edge Physical Therapy for grilling and providing burgers and hot dogs.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Major Life-Changing Events

Thanks for postings on facebook, I found out today is Viet Nam Veteran's Day.  Did not do anything special to remember the day except to wear one of my Viet Nam / 199th LIB caps.

The commemorative day is not well known.  I am not surprised, with the way we were treated and how the country would prefer forgetting it.

It was a different country.  That was driven home to me as a high school classmate (who had posted this clipart on her FB page) commented

"Thanks to everyone who served in Vietnam. I know it was virtually 100% of my graduating h.s. class in 1965."

More information about my service in Viet Nam can be found on my web site at:  http://tomwinfield.com/army.html.

The last week of March in 2005 was a big week for me.   That week I was in the University of Nebraska Medical Center Hospital.  My roommate drove me to the hospital believing I had suffered a stroke.  I had been sick for over 6 months but my doctors could not find out the cause. 

About a day/night in the hospital, the ran several tests.  My health started turning for the worse.  I remember staff where going to take me for an MRI.  Instead, I was rushed into surgery.  I woke up with lots of tubes in me and a new (mechanical) heart valve.  

One of my doctors later told me that it was emergency surgery and that they almost lost me.  I don't remember the night I was admitted into the hospital - I was in there for about a week.  One March 31st, 2005, I was release from the hospital and started the journey to recovery.  Some friends call it my second birthday, I call it an anniversary.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Outside Bike, Brew, and Beyond


I just saw information about a new bicycle festival.  I have been looking for a Spring festival.  Mark your calendars for May 16-18, 2014 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

From NewMexico.org web site: "Outside Magazine and Cycle Santa Fe present the inaugural Bike and Brew Festival, a three day celebration of craft beer culture and exceptional road and mountain biking in beautiful Santa Fe."

The festival is being held in conjunction with the Santa Fe Century (29th Annual) and Gran Fondu.  What I can see from the web site, there is no cover charge for the festival.  But guessing that the brews and food are ala carte.  There IS a fee for the Century ride (100 mile, 50 mile, or 20 mile ride).

This is sure tempting.  Not sure that I could do Santa Fe mid May and Crosby, NM in June.  Santa Fe is much further to drive to, but the festival is over 3 days (the Cuyuna festival is 1 1/2 days).  I am familiar with the Cuyuna festival and trails.  Have never ridden trails in Santa Fe.  The Santa Fe festival is for road bikes, mountain bikes, and cruisers.  The 7000 ft elevation of Santa Fe might be too much for me.

Time to look at my finances.  I had already planned to skip the Black Hills festival because of the lodging cost (over $100 a night).  Santa Fe has rooms for under $60 a night.

For othes looking at mountin bikeing festivals -- Crested Butte Bike Week (Colorado) is June 25-29, 2014.