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...






Sunday, May 15, 2016

Just Checking in...

I have not got much riding in this season. I have been busy in the garden though. The trees are just starting to leaf out and it's been cool the last couple of days. Tonight we're headed for 28°, so the flowers are covered and some of the planter boxes are in the garage. We had snow showers this morning.

The wild life has been busy....

This guy showed up at dinner time the other night... The cat was not impressed!


The trail cam has caught a few critters too.....


Raccoon....

Fox...

More Coyote...

In motorcycle related news, my brother-in-law recently sent me a check for the purchase of my FJR. He'll be picking it up sometime late next week or weekend.... The FJR has brought me to lots of memorable places over the last 10 years including several FJR rallies in Arkansas, Park City Utah and South Dakota. Lots of trips to the Black Hills for the Sturgis Rally, a solo trip to Nevada... Plenty of good times!!



More motorcycle related things when they happen.