Give me my money back, Give me my money back, you b*tch, I want my money back
(And don’t forget to give me back my black T-Shirt)
- ben folds
So in the sports world, this is the story that keeps on giving. Did he or didn’t he? Will he fess up or won’t he? If he’s considering fessing up, well, that’s sort of like fessing up right? It’s like that bit from the old Muppet show, “It’s the story of a quack who’s gone to the dogs”. Now don’t get me wrong, I actually am pretty supportive of Lance Armstrong.. it’s the soap opera that makes me laugh. People just love taking others down. It’s a popular past-time that makes us all look bad. But really, the question I have has to do with his past sponsors who are suing to get their money back… Really? Continue reading
Running in circles / A mouse on the table
I try to feel, I just don’t / Hurtin’ and dead inside
Go on and cut ‘em in half / Said I
- BROKEN BELLS
I get it. If you live in the northern climates, you are supposed to say things like, “I love winter” and “It’s fine if you dress for it!”. Deep down inside though, we know we’d much rather be enjoying a mid-July day out on the trails. Loving winter more than summer is one of those ”If you say it enough, you’ll start to believe it.”, “power of positive thinking” things. Yeah, I enjoy snowshoeing around looking for animal tracks and taking in the holiday postcard scenery… I’ll have fun jumping into my kayak on the first day of the new year when forecasters are calling for a high temperature of 7 f. I may put on a brave face and be all “balls-to-the-wall” about the cold, but inside… I’m pining for summer….
Continuing on in the quest for a modern bike to replace my old Trek 800 Antelope, I took some time to actually jump on the Trek Duel Sports and just for fun I also took the Wahoo 29er for a spin. Oh man, the Wahoo is fun!
My brain keeps telling me that I need to get a proper “grown-up” bike that is meant for the street and easy-going rail-to-trail riding. After all, I only occasionally run the local mountain bike trail. As I mentioned in the last post, that pretty much describes the Trek DS series; An everything bike for the mature individual. Continue reading
That squeaking sound you hear is not my bike. No, it’s the sound of the rusty gears in my mind contemplating having to replace it. It isn’t that I don’t love my archaic old Trek 800 Antelope, it’s just well… $200.00 I’ll need to spend on repairs is a good chunk toward something with, oh, shocks for one. Considering that my favorite trail is strewn with various sharp rocks, half-exposed boulders and mischievous tree roots, I’d sure love front suspension. So the thing is, here in Wisconsin there is an unwritten law that you have to buy a Trek. I mean, what kind of Wisconsinite would I be if I didn’t? A damn poor one! That’s right. Continue reading
Now, the thing is.. we probably could have stopped to climb Ferry Bluff yesterday. I mean, we did actually did make the boat landing in Arena long before dark. On the other hand, it’s hard to guess how much time it will take to get from one point to the next, especially this time of year. That’s just the way it is on the lower Wisconsin. Will the river be flowing fast, making our planned day trip take only a couple of hours? Will the river be low and slow causing the same distance to take most of a day to cover? I think we were in the middle this time around. Everyone scraped bottom from time to time, but not quite everyone actually had to get out and walk!
As we always seem to say, everyone had a great/spectacular/fantastic time, and we did. Nature has a way of making that happen. You start with a bunch of strangers getting safety instruction on a beach and then within a very short time on the water, you find the participants quickly forming into social sub-groups that will happily keep themselves entertained throughout the day. Of course, it helps when the group is mostly women… (Guys often take a lot longer to break out of their shells.)
Anyway, let me stop rambling and share some pics…
This Sunday locally we host the annual Devil’s Challenge Triathlon at Devil’s Lake State Park. I’m a bystander. The 5k run and the 15 mile bike ride would be fine.. the quarter-mile swim on the other hand, would not. I actually didn’t learn to swim realistically until well after I learned to kayak. In fact, one of the reasons I started kayaking was that it allowed me to indulge my love of water WITHOUT needing to swim. In fact, learning to roll is pretty good simulation of snorkeling. You simply put on the dive mask, roll, see the world, then roll back up. Over the last couple of years I’ve started to swim laps at the pool. Who knows, maybe we’ll do that triathlon next year.. OR we could just tell them to dump the swimming and replace it with a kayaking section… I mean let’s face it swimming in a cold lake in September is the devil’s work!!