The 2017 Pie Burner Put To Bed….

The Sunday before the ride, trail conditions were perfect!! Come the Friday before the ride it was 44 degrees and raining!!??

Mother threw a monkey wrench at us; but the ride still went off without a hitch. Saturday mornings temperatures were perfect, mid teens…… with only a high of 28ish.

Studded tires were the buzz word of the day; certain sections of the trail were like a skating rink. Multiple riders went down multiple times; with only one having to pull out after 6ish miles. He’s alright, but bruised up good.

56 riders showed up; and the event got some long overdue local love from the Hibbing Daily Tribune, thanks Mr. Tony Potter!!

With this events growth, look for some changes to come for the 2018 version of the Pie Burner. I’m thinking of having two groups of riders leaving at different times, but arriving back at Palmers within an hour of each other. More on that in the coming months.

When we reached the halfway point, half the riders gladly headed back to Palmers Tavern and waiting for the rest of us to finish up the long route. All the long route riders returned between 3:30 – 4:00 pm.

Eating, drinking and ride giveaways were handled in time; and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.

A huge shout-out to my family, again!! You guys rock!!

Also a shout-out to the volunteers, without you this ride would not be what it is!!

And to all the sponsors….. I DO NOT have words for how much your generosity helps this event thrive…. THANK YOU!! Especially Surly Bikes!!

And to Sandy and Brooke; and staff at Palmers Tavern your willingness to work with me and go above and beyond is greatly appreciated!!

Then today I was made of aware of a nice “kudos” write up by fellow fatbiker Sheri Schrock of Cohasset, Mn. In the Hibbing Daily Tribune. Sheri was the nice lady who was pedaling the sweet Otso Voytek on ride day.

Sheri on ride day…..

Thank you for the kind words Sheri, and by those words….. we know what we’re doing, is being done the correct way!!

Here’s a few shots (out of a few 1,000 photos) thanks Zack….. of the day

We’ll see you in 2018!!

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Crust Riding…..

I got out this morning to give the new DT Swiss 350 it’s maiden run between school routes.

Our snowpack has been depleted a lot….. but the crust riding is awesome… as usual this time of year.

I still say riding the crust wherever you’d like through the woods, is better than any illegal substance I may, or may not have, taken part in over the year’s!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

ISD #701…. What Do I Think??

โ€‹In light of yesterday’s (July 6th 2016), “breaking news” story in the HDT.

I’ve been fielding a lot of “what do you think” questions. 
Really, who am i, but a concerned parent and community member?

My opinion is no more important than yours, or anyone else’s. 

I am however someone who has felt the school district has mishandled multiple situations, that should have garnered quick and easy decisions.
See RIGHT and WRONG here!! 
I’m also  someone whose been unafraid to stand up and voice my feelings in a public manner. All be damned if you DO NOT like it!!

I haven’t been so publicly vocal to gain friends, or make enemies… although I’ve been told I’ve gathered people on both sides!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰

I simply DO NOT care what anyone thinks of me!!
Yet again, I’ve been vocal because it’s NOT about me…..  However, it is the right thing to do. … for my children, your children and the community’s children. 

Despite popular belief, by certain individuals… I DO NOT live in Colorado… I DO NOT know everything, and I AM a very active member of this community!! 

Ok, Ok, Ok…..

Well, since I’ve been asked……. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

I’m disappointed in the fact this teacher was given an opportunity to resign at all!! The school board should’ve continued with a termination; whereas that record of termination would stick to his record like glue; and warn other school districts of his deviant behavior towards young girl’s. Is this another male teacher/administrator that I have to follow their job search?? So be it!! 

With that said….. 
I’m not privy to any of the behind the scenes information; but the district probably had their reasons to proceed in this manner. Maybe saving themselves from a long drawn out court battle? Maybe a year’s wages, and three year’s health coverage was a deal compared to the alternative for us the tax payers?

It does not make it right, and I’m giving the district the benefit of the doubt here…. something (if you’ve been following along),  i have not done in the past!!

Don’t worry, I’m not getting soft!!

Read on to see that fact!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

With this teacher gone, the safety of the students will be vastly improved!! 

I think this quote says a lot about what a little perverted predator of young girls this teacher is….. 

โ€œConsidering the circumstances surrounding the school district as well as being a head coach, I decided to seek career opportunities that better align with my family and best interests in mind.โ€

You mean to tell me, by you sending pictures of your genitalia to young high school girls, buying them alcohol, and smoking marijuana with these same young high school aged girls, these actions didn’t voluntarily put you in this situation?? I find it scary that you DO NOT see, that YOU are/were part of the problem!! 

You self-centered arrogant little man…. I’d have more respect for you, if you’d have stood up, like a man, and admitted your mistakes with a strong backbone. Instead you choose to hide behind some preconceived statement!!??!! 

Both you and your wife have already brought shame to your family…. to a once fine school district, (that is/was trying to recover from another deviant perverts behavior) and to the community as a whole!!
I could care less about you two as adults!! You’ve made your own bed, now sleep in it!! 

I feel for your children!! To be a child in this day and age, and have your parents do something so STUPID for the whole community to witness, plus and above all else, their peers??
I’m sorry kids!! 

Why is it, I feel the need to apologize for other adults lack of morality and proper judgment?? 

It’s a sad sad retrospective of the society we live in today!! 

Which brings me to….. Ha Ha 

School board chair John Berklich…the community, and Fleming’s victims are still waiting for an apology from you, and the school board…. pertaining to Mr. Fleming’s PROVEN… let me say that again John…. PROVEN misconduct!!

Did you really think I’d miss an opportunity to call you out as an ignorant coward??
Do the right thing John!! 
Your silence is showing your lack of a spine!!

Your lack of the willingness to do what is RIGHT!!

Do you even listen to your fellow board member’s and their opinions; or is your “incestuial knowledge” so deeply rooted in your being that you know nothing else?? 

Also, for concerned community members, concerned parents, and just for the purpose of complete and total transparency; I think the school board’s determination on discipline of the four other ISD #701 employees that were under investigation, should be made public. 

Of course sensitive information does not need to be released, but saying something publicly would go a long way with the community.

 
Lastly, thank you Mr. Johnson for standing up for our communities children, saying enough of this perverted behavior already!! 

Thank you also to Mr. Clover, Mr. Vincent and Ms. Nyberg; I do not envy the frustration and ignorance dealing with the other three board members twice a month must be like.
As always, these are MY thoughts and words, and MINE alone!

My name is Joe Sacco 

The 2nd 70ยฐ day in April

This was my riding partner on 4/16/2016.

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Her brother did not want to join us. Think 12 year old boys, and you’ll understand. ๐Ÿ˜‰
This young girl is scary strong in her head, and for her small size put the hurt on me for 8 of our almost 10 mile ride along the paved Carey Lake trail.

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Drink stop

Pretty impressive for only having put on a few winter miles.

She did ask about our upcoming Mesabi Trail Tour ride, in the beginning of August. “Dad, I want to up my miles for the tour!”
I told her the plan is to start from the house again this year, and make our way to the finish in Grand Rapids, Mn. around 40-48 miles from our garage door. She smiled, and said “sounds about right.” LOL
Then she asked about the Fiddlin’ Fifty
Gravel ride August 27th just north of Chisholm, Mn.
“What happens if I can’t do the whole thing?” “Will I be able to turn around and go back?”
I replied, it doesn’t work that way, but I’m sure we could call Mom, and she could come pick you up. Which in return, she replied….. “I think I wanna try doing it all.”
Very well, but you’ll need to prepare yourself accordingly. “I can do it Dad!!”
Then we arrived at Carey Lake, where it turned into playtime, as it should.

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And of course there had to be some playing around with the last couple piles of the white stuff….

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Bob the snowman!! LOL

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Then I was told…. “Dad, I’m ready to go home.”

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Here’s where she hit her wall, just shy of 8.5 miles. The head wind did her in.
For her young age, she’s pretty impressive, both in strength of mind and her little body!! 
Then we made our way home, and relaxed by the 1st fire of the new year.