Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Years Day Rides

IF anybody wants to get out and about during the day, let me know.  I need to work off some of my holiday excess.  I'd prefer a creek/river outing but I'm good for whateves.

And/or I'll see you at 8.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

ThNR is Baby Jesus Approved


There's no room at the inn but David offered the wise men his stable.  
See you at 8.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


Duke at the buffalo creek warm up shack on February 9, 2012.

See you at 8.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Pembina River (USA) Ride Report

Shaun, Paul and I explored the Pembina river and it was almost perfect.  The weather was ridiculously unseasonable, the river was wide and didn’t’ accumulate any significant drifts and was 15’ below field level which alleviated the worst of the wind, and the location was south enough to enjoy cheap beer and smokes.  On our ride we saw 4 coyotes, 3 hunters and the occasional sections of open ice and sitting water that made us feel nervous/bad-ass (“let peer pressure be your guide” Jeff Loeppky).  Our three hour tour took us 64 k's and ended at The Western where we enjoyed some beer, chips and American ambiance.  There has been talk of a century ride on the same river which would take us out West to Leroy or East to Pembina for food and drinks before returning back to Neche.  Stay tuned.

Shaun took these...

Good times.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Sunday Creek Ride USA!

Exploring the Pembina River by bike could be fun.  We'll drop in at Neche so bring a passport.  I'd like to leave anytime before 1:00.  Who's in?
Floating heads and combine at the clubhouse.
Curt would not pull my finger.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


Will Shaun fulfill his promise and return to the fold this week?  I hope so – our swearing quotient has been horribly neglected.  Maybe he'll share his thoughts on MTS to get us back up to speed.

The creek continues to call out.  Southward bound?  We’ll see which way our fickle winds blow.

Also, another weekend ride should totes happen.  Explore the Pembina River at Neche?  Other?  Mull it over.

Friday, December 5, 2014

ThNR Report

Gavin, Franklin, Paul, Kris, James, David, Lonny, Curt, Albert and I spent the evening winding our way up and down the creek.  The ice conditions remain ideal, the weather was mild and the moonlight was bromantic.  Franklin fell much less than last week, Lonny’s peddle fell off – thank goodness Albert knows how to save the day, cycling through the reed sections was an adventure, and eventually we made our way back to our good old clubhouse.  It’s odd (or maybe not) that our longest rides of the year happen in winter conditions.  Minutes include: Lyle came and ordered a round of drink, providing lab samples in the Walmart bathroom, Curt’s fuzzy logic: if your dumb enough to get lost, your dumb enough to find your way out, planning for Paul’s 50th birthday using more fuzzy logic, Lyle somehow convinced Ashley that buying a new custom built bike was going to be a money-making venture, ABES spring ride will be on the May long weekend, Shaun promised that he will be back next week, new clubhouse ramblings continued, the ABES bus, Gavin got his annual hair cut, Franklins pig slaughtering demo turned into a pig torturing/hunting demo - for kids, and Albert said something and we all nodded in agreement.  Good times.

A Sunday bike ride is in the works.   Meet at ABES headquarters at 12:30 and we’ll drive to Lake Minnewasta to cycle the trails and explore the creek.  So far, Gavin, Franklin, Paul, Kris, and I are confirmed.  Let us know if you're coming so transportation can be arranged.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014


I had the fortune of cycling with Joanne and Lisa on their TNR.  We rode on the creek.   The conditions were great - snow covered and fast.  The moon was all the light we needed.  So good.

Is anybody interested exploring a creek or ?? on Sunday?  Lake Minne or the Pembina valley?  Thinkaboutit :)!

See you at 8.