Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Tuesday's Ride

Today I finished up a long neglected project, the back yard. I'd been working on it for the last few days. I made a cover for the fire pit, cleaned both patios, sealed them, and repaired and stained the outdoor furniture.

I took off for a ride after lunch. I spent most of the ride exploring western Pierce and eastern Pepin counties. I stopped at the trout pond in Plum City.

I also explored a few new roads. I rode Big Coulee, Sylvester Hill, Lamphere, Hatchery and Holden roads. There was a lot of gravel in the corners on most of the roads. Lamphere and Sylvester Hill had a lot of 15 MPH, right angle, corners. Holden and Big Coulee were the better ones. I stopped on Holden road to take a few pictures of fall color. Most of the leaves are down. The most colorful thing left now is the Sumac.

I spotted a odd looking formation in the limestone along the roadway. It reminded me of the Hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park.

Here's a Bryce Canyon picture.

Here's the miniature version in the limestone...

I was home by 1700. Enough time left to make an apple pie tonight.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

A Short Sunday Ride

Today, John and I went for a 130 mile ride through Pierce and Pepin Counties. We left Prescott on 10, then north on county QQ. East on 620 st. North on E to 690 st. then east to O. We went down O through Trimbelle, to 35. South on 35 to VV. I was going to take a few pictures, but as I found out at our first photo stop, the quarry on VV, that I left the SD card at home! The camera only has enough memory for 6 or 7 pictures. At our first stop, I also trashed my headphone/ear plugs. I knelt down to take a picture and ended up stepping on the cord. I pulled both wires completely out of the plugs! I just got the darn things back from repair this spring. I guess I'll have to send them off again.

John had an unused 16 mb card with him. I put it in my camera, but we didn't stop for anymore pictures.
We explored the back roads around the Trimbelle River, between K and 63. Neat! We ended up stopping for a pop in Plum City. From there, we took 10 out to the county line. We went south to Sunny Brook Road, down to D, D to SS. We followed SS to CC and down to Pepin. It was a slow ride back on 35 to Prescott. I remember why I like retirement, I can ride during the day, while others are at work. I have the roads to myself !

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Another Run Up to The North Woods

I finished a few home repair projects over the last few days, so I rewarded myself with another run up north. I took the long way up. My route included, River Falls to New Richmond by highway 65. Then east on 64 over to highway 25. North on 25 to Barron on highway 8. East on 8 through Cameron, then north on county road M. County road M runs straight north on the east side of Rice Lake. I followed M all the way up to highway 70. I took 70 to highway 27 to Hayward. From Hayward I went east on highway 77. I turned off on Kreyer Drive. I wanted to check out a home for sale. Nice, but the neighbors would be too close. I continued east on 77 and went north on Pederson Road. That turned into county road OO. I took that all the way to Seeley. I turned around at highway 63 and headed back on OO. I took "Old OO road". That was nice untill, it turned to gravel.

The leaves are just past their prime colors. The weather was a perfect 65 degrees that far north. A great day for a ride!

On the way back home I stopped in Spooner to snap a picture of this WWII vintage, welded hull, M4 Sherman tank.

I got this picture of a small cannon in Cumberland.

And no trip to the North Woods would be complete without a picture of this.

It was a 356 mile day. That brings the miles on the Zx-14 to 16108. There are 7808 miles on the tires now. I should be putting new ones on first thing in the spring.