Pie Burner Recon Rides

The past two days have seen me riding the 1st two legs of the 2017 Pie Burner….. snow cover isn’t horrible, but I do foresee some trail breaking on leg 3 of the ride…… I’ll know for sure at some point in the next 7-8 days.

There will be plenty of frozen water to ride upon…. plan accordingly.

Things are looking promising to be an awesome year to check out fat biking in the heart of northern Minnesota’s Iron Range!!

A few shots from the past two days…..

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The Introduction to The Crust…..

I called Thomas after yesterday’s awesome crust ride, and asked if he’d like to check it out today. He gave me his typical answer…. “sure thing Dad what time??” 

I had to drive bus until 10 a.m. so we left shortly thereafter. 

Today was potentially the last day for such riding, with forecasted overnight lows in the upper 20’s and daytime highs reaching the 40’s…… so it was good to get out for a little bit.

The 2015 Pie Burner in Photo’s

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This is a photo HEAVY post…… you’ve been warned. 😉

22 riders showed up, which was awesome!!
Thank you to one and all riders!!
Thanks also to Mr. Holgate for bringing the short route riders safely to Palmers!!
Also a huge Thanks to Mike “Big Dog” Sirjord!!

Thanks to Cindi, Zack and Jenna for putting up with me for the past months!!!

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Love you guys!!!

Anyway….. the day started off cold, but quickly warmed up.
The one thing I always take away from this ride, is the reawakening of my eyes and senses to the beauty of this area.
I take this area and it’s rugged red rock overlooks for granted, for sure!!
It especially brings a smile to my face when a local rider, with as many years of riding this area as I have, says “Joe, how did you find this or that area??”
To me that makes all the work or route scouting and the miles totally worth it!!

I already have 2016 on my mind, but that will pass. 😉
Until mid or late September 2016 comes along, and then I’ll start the planning all over again.
I’m figuring with a minimal amount of time and effort, I’ll be able to add more loops, and eliminate some of the out back portions of the route. Some of the major downs and ups are unavoidable, and make this ride truly unique.

A short video of the Pie Burner rollout down the Carey Lake bike trail to our ride entry point, led by the rides originator Big Brian Halstensgaard!! 😉
Video thanks to Mike “Big Dog” Sirjord!!

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A short video of the group coming down from the plane crash memorial site.
Thanks to Craig Holgate for this video!!

End of the short route, video thanks to Mike “Big Dog” Sirjord.

A few miles into the long route.
Video thanks to Mike “Big Dog” Sirjord.

Some photo’s of the day……

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Even time for a little caching

Toys for Tots Donation information..

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$65.00 in cash and 22 toys, donated for 22 riders!
Way to go people!!!
I’ve always said this FatBike crowd was full of kickass people!!

More photo’s

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The Last Saturday in May

Super J was partying with some girl friends, Mom was recuperating from a hectic last week of school; and a very successful color fun run school fundraiser.

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I'd say some fun was had here!!


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Cousins...... J and Bell

So Z and I went for a pedal to our, ok ok his favorite spot to throw rocks. LOL

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This view never gets old

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FatBikes at rest??

Messing Around (FatBike Tomfoolery)

A little FatBike tomfoolery on a sunny warm Friday aftrrnoon.

I’m trying to drill it into Zack’s head about getting it into his easy gear and just using the gears to his advantage.

Jenna got it right away! Lol

Kids will be kids, and when enough people (that aren’t his parents) tell him exactly the same thing I’ve told him for a couple years now…… it’ll then seep in!!

He’s had two examples, one at Spirit Mountain last summer, and at last early November’s “Naughty Ride” in Grand Rapids was his 2nd example of someone telling him exactly what I’ve been telling him…… I thought that’d be the “clicker” BUT!! Lol

Anyway, I love riding with these two kids!!!!
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Long live the FatBike!!

Six Days Later…….. Red Dirt and Less Mud

And things are drying nicely!!
For all the years I’ve ridden, the speed at which the Iron ore dumps dry out still amaze me to this day!!

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People will recognize this spot from the “Pie Burner”

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More and more miles will be getting put on, and I’ll be coming up with a gravel route; for 1……. getting my Cup-O-Dirt challenge miles in, and 2……. getting ready for the Heck of The North come October!!

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Kids and Keeping Them Safe From Supposed Leaders of ISD #701

I’m going to depart from the normal FatBike info here, for a post….. it’s an issue that gets me very fired up!

So fired up I penned a letter to the editor last week!!!
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And the Duluth News Tribune piece I wrote…..
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So you have been warned, this post will contain huge amounts of my opinion….. if you can’t deal with it…. click back now.

Otherwise…. read on!!!

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For the record, I’m a 1986 graduate of Hibbing High school….. and am currently ashamed to state that fact!

Due to an ongoing and very VERY troubling situation concerning a high level employee of ISD #701….. with allegations of harassment and sexual misconduct. 

Kids being hurt by the very leader/s that are suppose to protect them, and provide a safe and welcoming learning environment…. burns me to my core….. and I just can’t keep quiet!

Here’s is an email I sent to all school board member’s and multiple news outlets, both local and national!!

Pure unadulterated unprofessional behavior by adults!!!!

To the school board of ISD#701, 

We are a family that is concerned about our children moving forward in the Hibbing school district under your current leadership.

It has become painfully obvious the school board needs to be wiped clean, and fresh new faces be put in place, regardless of where each member’s term sits!!
Especially the superintendents posistion!

There’s no two ways about it, the leader of ISD #701 has failed at his job, miserably; along with each and every subsequent board member.
For the simple fact of your failure to act quickly and without hesitation, and the severely unprofessional way you all mishandled the Fleming situation…… you all should be ashamed of yourselves, and be stripped of your duties AT ONCE!

Maybe if any of you had a spine and or the common sense to do what is/was right, you’d all step down at the same time! Sure it would leave void, but then none of you could do any further harm to Hibbing, and the Hibbing school district, and the hundreds of kids supposedly under your care.

Hands down, this is a stain on the whole of the Hibbing school district, and the city of Hibbing itself.
A stain mind you, that will take generation’s to clean away, if at all!!!
Further more, each and every one of you will be on permanent record as the leaders who failed the children under your care.

The current and unprofessional people (you as board member’s), that are in charge of ours, and every child that walks through the doors of HHS, and every other school under your supervision…… which are to be supplied with a SAFE and welcoming learning environment.

Sadly, this is and has not been at the fore front of your minds for quite some time! Saving your own skins, along with playing the “good old boys” card; and trying to play the system has been priority number one; when it should’ve been the exact opposite!

For crying out loud, how many reports of misconduct (by Mr. Fleming) did you need to see, before you thought to yourselves……. we better do something, before Flemings actions come back to bite us??
Well, guess what…… it’s past that time now, and you are all to blame!!

If Mr. Fleming is reinstated into his former position we DO NOT feel confident in ISD 701, and you as leaders to provide that safe and welcoming learning environment.
You’ve all proven your incompetence in the Fleming case.

Above everything I’ve said previously, your own employees (the educators of ISD 701) have placed their vote of NO CONFIDENCE in Mr. Fleming…… Almost unanimously!!!!
The voicing of their opinion should speak volumes against placing Mr. Fleming back in his old job; above and beyond anything else!!! Are you listening to your educational staff????

Please do not say your hands are tied!! They are not and each and every one of you know it!! Stand up for what’s right and just for once in your last actions as ISD 701 school board member’s…… and DO NOT let another child be wrecked for life by a monster posing as a leader and mentor of children!!
Please get the wolf in sheep’s clothing out of an opportunity to hurt children, and then follow him out knowing you’re doing the right thing!

Joe Sacco