Monday, November 21, 2016

It's Over for the Year...

Late in the evening of Thursday, November 17th, it started to rain. By Friday night the rain had turned to snow. Earlier in the week I had taken each of the bikes out for one last ride. I stopped by the local gas station for a fill of no-ethanol premium and a shot of Sta-bil before pulling them into the garage for the last time.

I had to do a lot of rearranging to get everything to fit...


I hope to have a shed or another garage by next winter. There are too many things sitting around outside.

It was kind of an off year for riding. No long trips, not even a multi day in-state trip. My riding buddy, John, moved up to the area from St. Paul this summer, so I spent a lot of time with that. The addition of a car cut down on some riding too. Nancy can't ride on the bike, so we put quite a few miles on the car this summer.

I've got a couple of ideas for some rides for next year. Maybe this winter I'll try and come up with a route and a list of things to see...

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Fall Colors by Kayak.

It was cool and rainy most of last week so there's been little chance to get out and enjoy any fall colors. Yesterday, Nancy and our friend, Wendie, went to check out the Stone Lake Cranberry Festival. The weather was perfect and that meant big crowds. I'm glad I didn't go along.

Today was another perfect day. I think it topped out at 71° with no wind and a cloudless sky! An excellent time to kayak on the Namekagon River.
We put in at the Thompson Bridge Landing (Mossback Rd.) and got out at the Larsen Road Landing. The two are only 4.4 miles apart by car, but we were on the water almost 3 hours.

That section of the Namekagon is located about half way between our home, just east of Cable, and Hayward. The river runs right next to the little town of Seeley. It's really just a wide spot in the road, but there's a lumber company, a cemetery, and a small motel-bar-restaurant in town. The Sawmill Saloon has a great fish fry on Friday nights.

The river is pretty tame in that section, no rapids and not too many shallow spots. It does have it's share of large rocks just below the surface to watch for though.

A Google map of the area....



Here's a link to the National Parks Service map of the St. Croix River National Scenic Riverway that includes the Namekagon... Here...



Here are the pictures from today...


It's supposed to be just as nice tomorrow. John and I are going to meet up and take the bikes out for a ride. Maybe a land based fall color report will follow!




Sunday, August 07, 2016

3rd Post Since Spring?

I haven't done much riding this Summer, but I have kept busy.

Today, Nancy and I went kayaking on the Namekagon River. Each time we go, we try to do a different section. We put in at the Thompson Bridge Canoe Landing and got out 4.3 miles down stream at the Larsen Bridge Landing. We've had some rain lately (more on that later) so the river is still pretty high for this late in the Summer. That's kind of nice, the high water gives you more clearance over some of the large rocks in the river. Lower water levels make for what seems like slower water, but bouncing off the rocks is not a lot of fun.


One of several NPS camping spots along the river...

I've noticed that the ferns along side the road way are starting to die off. Is this the start of some Fall color?

Our kayaks. We have the sit-on variety.


The garden has been producing... A few days ago I harvested, and taste tested, the first of my Yukon Gold potatoes... Yum!


Last weekend, Nancy and I met up with Doug, from Coop's Corner, and his son, Ben. We met down in Rice Lake for a photo op with ScooterBob, and then had lunch at Culver's. A huge thank you to Doug and Ben for making time in their busy family schedule to meet up with Nancy and me. Getting the chance to see ScooterBob meant a lot to me.


I mentioned rain??? Over night on July 11th-12th, we got a huge amount of rain in a very short time. Some areas near us got 10", some got more. Our little 5" rain gauge was over filled. If that wasn't enough, we lost power over night and it was off for close to 11 hours. Not a good combination. I was witness to an ever rising flood in the sump basket in the basement. The water kept rising during the night and with no power to run the sump pump.... Well, here's a few pictures...

At least all the cardboard boxes were off the floor on shelving. There were only plastic tubs on the floor.

The water flooded the entire basement. Thank heavens for optional sump/sewer back up insurance! The actual loss, a small area of carpet and some very minor water damage, totaled just a little over the deductible, but the insurance company covered the clean up and drying! The "man cave" will get some type of waterproof vinyl flooring and a new door this Fall.

We lost an oak tree in the backyard that night too...

We've had more wildlife in the backyard...

We visited Amnicon Falls State Park and saw a nice waterfall and some interesting rock formations.

My riding buddy, John, has finally had enough of living in St. Paul, MN. He and his wife, Wendie, recently purchased a home on a lake outside of Hayward, WI. They're in the process of moving up and selling the MN place. That will be nice, I wont have to drive 160 miles to go riding with him.

More as it happens up here in the north woods...

P.S. the FJr's replacement is in a few pictures... Did you see it? Hint: Bob would be pleased.



Sunday, June 19, 2016

Goodbye My Friend...

We never know where life will take us.



A few hours ago my brother-in-law left with my, sorry, his FJR. I hope that it brings him to as many interesting places as it brought me...

In the past 10 years we've had some excellent adventures.

FJR get-togethers in UT, SD, AR, a trip to Rachel, NV, a couple of trips to SD for the Sturgis Rally and a few just for riding in the Black Hills.








The day I bought it and drove it home from Vetesnik's in Richland Center, WI.


Thanks for the memories....




I'll keep the Zx14 and the Wr250x, but I'm making room in my garage for something maybe just as fun as sport-touring bikes. Another chapter in my life....??????? We'll see...