Lester/Amity….. Duluth

Saturday morning we headed off to Duluth.
Ride trails and then go plant ourselves in Bayfront Park for the fireworks.

The plan was to hit up Mission Creek, after looking at maps and reading a bit Lester seemed like the wiser choice.
Mom dropped us off at the top of Seven Bridges road.

(Seven Bridges road brings back some good memories of the 1st running of the Heck of the North. After 100 and some miles that damn road nearly killed me! LOL)

I got to have a quick chat with a local biker and we were off.
Of course I did the exact opposite of what the local said, and I think we were climbing what is the Hawk Ridge trail. After listening to J whine I thought it better to turn around. LOL
After a couple of minutes we were heading the right way.
As has become the norm with any new trail…….. Z is whaling a head of J and myself. While J isn’t very sure of what she should do….. slow down or come to a complete stop and walk any obsticle she’s not sure of.
She was doing a lot of both before she just went with it.
It’s pretty cool to see her lose all fear and just go for it.
Truth be told, it kind of scares the crap out of me also.
Anyway, she’s improving everytime out.

I snapped a few pictures but it’s tough taking moving shots without running into trees!! 😉


I wonder???


Yeah, after a bit..... this is cool Dad!!


Drink break

We meet a lot of really cool people out on the trail.
Never have I heard so many words of encouragement to our children than I did in the few hours we were riding in Duluth!! It was like I was invisible, and that was pretty cool!!!!
Thanks COGGS!!
All things Duluth Biking



June 21st…. Father’s Day…. Spirit Mountain Duluth

It was an extremely busy weekend!!
Friday found us in the Twin Cities for a Rob Thomas concert and a funeral.
R.I.P. G………Your life was celebrated by many!

Rob Thomas put on his usual high energy performance.
The Plain White T’s were the prefect opening act!

Saturday was visiting with family before Cindi and I made our way north to pick up our young two…………
Then Sunday we made our way to Spirit Mountain since Mission and Lester
were closed due to wetness.
Sometimes following “the rules” of not riding wet trails is tough!! LOL


Before our 1st run

This was Z’s 2nd time at Spirit, but J’s 1st.
We explained what the riding Happy Camper would be like to J.
I cant even begin to imagine what was running through an 8 year olds mind. She played it off as “no big deal.”


Well, then we headed off on our 1st run…… J was overwhelmed to say the least. She walked the majority of the lower 1/2 of Happy Camper.
I explained the use of both brakes to control her speed, and how to use the berms to control her speed. Stopping many times to show her how by me walking her bike along the berms.
It must’ve sunk in, because her 2nd run was much better.
All the while Z was waiting like a good big brother at the bottom.


Giving J encouragement all the time.
Then we got to ride the lift to the top!! 😉
Z was to cool for school, and wanted to ride his own chair!! LOL


After 5 to 6 runs, dispite sore hands J didn’t want to stop.
All in all a fun way to spend a day!!

Then we made our way to Canal Park for a bite to eat, and a pedal down the lake walk until just before dark.


A huge thank you to the best partner a guy could ever ask to be with!!!!!


Love my Cindi!!

It was also nice running into a few of the “COGGS boys” while riding Spirit.
Nice to see Rudy, Tjaard and to meet Waylon M. Also.