Friday, November 6, 2015

2016 Calendars

2016 version of my "Bicycle Trails" calendar are in stock,  You can pick up a copy (suggested price $15) at Xtreme Wheels Bike & Sport in Council Bluffs,, IA or contact me.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Kenosha Harbor Ride

Monday I had to get out of mom's apartment.  Visited for a while at the rehab facility abd headed out for a bike ride.  Nice day on the shore of Lake Michigan.  Long sleeve jersey, full length tight bibs, and a light jacked.

Parked at the South end of the Southport Marina.  Rode the Pike Bike Trail to the torpedo display.  Back to the South end of the trail and rode most of the trail again,  Ended up with just over 5 miles.  Exhausted when done.

Stopped at the Boat House for a cheeseburger and pint of beer.  Burger had 2 different types of cheese!  Had a pint of local beer - "Fixed Gear".  Not sure which brewery it is made by.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

They are Coming to Take Me Away

Another trip to Wisconsin.  This time because my mom fell and broke 3 ribs.  Out of the hospital and into rehab facility.  Just not what I was thinking of doing later in October.

She is getting better, but going to be slow going.  Hoping I can head back home mid of the week.

This photo is of several items in a field along Hy-way 11 just out of Dubuque, IA. Interesting collection if sculptures.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Loess Hills Tour

Sunny, though a little chilly, morning today.  Loaded the camera equipment in the car when headed into town for Saturday breakfast.  After breakfast, I was a little tired, but decided to head the car North towards Harrison and Monona Couties.

Stopped at the Harrison County Visitor's Center.  Picked up the Loess Hills travel guide.  From there, North to Pisgah.  Drove the Fountainblue loop (see photo).  Checked out Preservation Canyon State Park. 

Back a Pisgah, drove the scenic byway to the Preservation Loop. Took that loop to Turin, IA.  By this time, I knew I was not going to see very much color in the leaves.  Some leaves were off the trees, most had not turned yet.  Maybe another week.  Did get several photos of old, abandoned (or nearly abandoned) barns.

Headed toward home.  Crops are about half harvested in this part of the state.  Lots of equipment in the fields in the afternoon. Was tired by the time I got groceries out of the car and into the house.  Did a little computer work and crashed to bed.

This evening, received a call from my Aunt Audrey.   My mom is in the hospital.  Fell in the afternoon, broke/cracked 3/4 ribs.  She's going to keep me advised. 

Monday, September 21, 2015

Kenosha Harbor Bike Ride

Was planning to ride my bike along the Harbor Sunday with a cousin.  I was just too fried from the reunion festivities.  Went out for breakfast with my mom.  Rested in the hotel room.  In the evening, I went over to the Brat Stop for a couple pints of beer and a brat.

While at the Brat Stop, I picked up a Packer/Brat Stop t-shirt.  The clerk checking out my purchase asked if I was/is in the military.  She gave me a 10% discount because of my Army service.

From my bike ride, went to Mom's apartment.  We went to DeRango's Pizza for an early dinner. I ordered a bottle of Fat Tire and cheeseburger with fries.  Mom ordered diet coke and french dip.  Drinks came quickly but it too forever to get out food.  Well over 1/2 hour waiting for our food.  I do not recommend this establishment.

50th High School Reunion

This was my reason for driving to Kenosha County, WI.  Normally, I would be attending my army unit reunion, but 50 year high school reunion took precedence.

The reunion was held in the pavilion at Jeddy's Bar in Brighton, WI.  Its is a nice facility for the size of our group.  I was one of the first classmates to arrive and a couple of the last to leave.  Was an good way to spend 5 hours on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.

Good food, unfortunately they did not have a craft beers on tap.

Had to take a couple "Tylenol" to calm the brain from the noise.  I was exhausted and my speech was gone by the time I got to my hotel room.  Crashed into be early.  Great day.  Great to see and visit with so many of my classmates.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Reunion Meet-Greet

Thursday afternoon, i got into Kenosha. WI area.  Settled into my hotel.  Met my mom and an aunt for breakfast Friday morning.  After breakfast, mom drove us over to Petrifying Springs County Park.

Much of the land of the park was originally owned my my ancestors.  A mural is being painted on the side of a barn in the park.  The mural includes my grandmother and her brother with scenes of the park.  For some 25 years, my grandmother worked summer in a concession stand in the park.

After a nap, it was time to change clothes for the meet and greet for my high school 50 reunion.  The function was held at the Brat Stop.  In the day, the Brat Stop was an 18yo beer bar and cheese/brat store.  Great time visiting with my old classmates.