The Tragically Hip @ 1st Ave. The Fully and Completely Tour

Excuse this non biking post for a moment…….

I’ve been a fan of these guys since 1991.
A couple friends turned me on to The Hip….. and the rest, as they say, is history!!
Since that time I’ve seen them perform live 17 times. If you have never seen them live, I can’t stress enough how good they are live, plus their music will definitely get ya hooked!!

Cindi got two tickets days after they announced the tour, in May I believe.

In all those shows, I’ve been waiting for one song, and Monday night at this iconic venue……

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Photo taken from The Hip App.

I got my wish!!!
All I can say is DAMN DAMN DAMN!!!!

The only thing that would’ve made hearing this song live that much better, would’ve been to have had a friend of mine (who loved the Hip as much as I do) by my side. Sadly he past away 8 years ago.
Jimmy K. You were in my thoughts as I jammed out to that song!!!!

My lovely partner accompanied me on our journey to Mpls.
Thanks for joining me Cindi….. we witnessed the best high energy Hip performance I can ever remember!!
Love ya!!!

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1st Ave. Was packed with concert goers, to say the least!!!

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Photo credit: Jim Foster

We are in that sea of people!! 😉
Here’s a few concert shots….

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Photo taken from The Hip App

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The set list was AWESOME!!!

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A little big city art, as we left downtown. 😉

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Bob Dylan

Cindi took some awesome shots!!!

After the show we walked across the street to O’Donovan’s for a quick bite to eat, and a drink or two….. we used to visit this establishment when Cindi lived in the Twin cities,  and were home in time for me to get to work by 5 a.m.
It was SO worth it!!!!!
Peace……..

The Legendary Laurentian Adventure Bike Ride:Recap

9/5/2015
Giants Ridge, Biwabik, Mn.
The day started out awesome, cloudy skies, mid 60’s. It poured the night before, I mean really rained!
So going in, (one knew it’d be a wet sloppy fun day on two wheels) any mud hole that was dry, was guaranteed to be full of water.

I thought there’d be more riders, but it was a good group. With the usaully strong riders one comes to expect.
Also, it’s always nice seeing familiar faces, and adding new ones!!
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These three Photo’s are Credited to: The Cyclists of The Laurentian Divide.

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The Start

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The fast guys were fast, and then there was me!!! LOL
Never fast, but i’ll go all day!? 😉

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Well after the 1st 22 mile loop, (which was my favorite), thanks Erik!!
It was everything the Iron Range has to offer….. fast two track/wheeler trails, not so fast two track/rock laden wheeler trails…. a lake shore traverse  (that was simply AWESOME!!!)
I could’ve stopped my day right then and there!
Then it was finished off with some paved shoulder riding and “hero” gravel back to Giants Ridge for a quick pedal (see not quick for me), to the top of the ski hill….. by this time the heat and humidity were kicking in, in a big way!!
Never one to shy away from a challenge I went full on up that damn hill….. hind sight being what it is….. I should’ve skipped that damn climb!! 😉
It was only a 3-4 miles at most, but it totally kicked my ass!!
I pedaled, pushed, pushed, pedaled, sat down in the shade and rested, pushed, pedaled and rested a couple more times before I reached the top. Did I say I should’ve skipped that hill??? The coast down, well, was just that a quick coast down.
After refilling my water….. I was on my
way for the final loop of the cloverleaf shaped course.
Well, it started on the Silver xc ski trail at Giants Ridge (I think) LOL….. did I already say I shouldn’t have tried to pedal/push to the top of the ski hill?? The 1st big hill I came to killed me, and then the next and the next. I knew I was done, but thought ” how bad could it be?” My legs have been toast before, but I’ve suffered on. Well, with the mixture of high 80’s and high humidity to match, and the never ending ski trail hills, hills, hills, hills……

I was demoralized, and thinking I should pull the plug.
I fought the “pulling the plug” feeling for 5-6 miles, but the damn hills, hills I was having to push up, damn John Filander!!!!
John’s name was cursed more than once during those miles!!
In a good way John, trust me!! 😉
It was what it was, and don’t change a thing with the course, well…. maybe a few less hills!!! 😉 😉

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Then I got here….. only a short pedal (under 2 miles?) back to Giants Ridge.

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I gave myself 15 minutes….. then another 10……. then another 15.. LOL
After that i knew it was time to head back to Giants Ridge, and the family that was cheering me on; and the nice cold beer and burger I knew was waiting for me also. 

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Ending my ride here was one of the smarter things I’ve done in recent memory while on a ride.
I felt bad about it yes; but how I know i would’ve felt if I continued on…… let’s just say I felt great after my 33 plus miles!! 😉

As usual Giants Ridge and everyone involved put on a great day of riding…. and we’ll be back for sure!!!
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Also, all pictures are taken by Mom/Cindi unless noted.

Legion Trails: Grand Rapids, Mn.

Today was my day off….. Thursday….. what a suck day to have off!!! I guess it could be worse…. LOL

Anyway, we made the best of it and drove the 40 minutes west to Grand Rapids and rode GRIMBA’S sweet single-track. 
Almost an hour and a half, and we had 6 miles under our tires.

Our two are starting to really get comfortable riding here!! I guess it helps that they’ve now been riding at the Legion trails for 4 plus years.

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Both of them have a soft spot for the area of trail known as “The Plantation.”
I have to agree with them!! 🙂
Grimba has done an awesome job mowing this area recently…. I think kudos go out to Wallace K. and crew; we didn’t run into one downed tree or any trail obstruction!! Good job guys!!

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I think it was at around the half way point we ran into this big fella…..

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Mr. Foot

Get Fit Itasca placed this guy, and it was kind of cool almost riding into him!! 😉
Some more shots……

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Jokers

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A splendid time to waste an afternoon away!!!
Thanks Mom/Cindi!! 🙂