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.

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!! πŸ˜‰

The 2016 Pie Burner Thanksgiving Weekend FatBike RideΒ 

This year’s ride was a huge hit; even with conditions that were less than ideal. 

Almost 2.5′ of snow the week before ride day; the most snow since the Halloween blizzard of ’91…. then temps never dipping much below freezing, made conditions that were less than optimal.

Still, 37 rider’s showed up with awesome aditudes, not surprising knowing the fatbike crowd.

I really CAN NOT say thank you enough to all the rider’s!! 

Also, my family and the volunteers came through with flying colors to make year 4 of the Pie Burner go off without a hitch!!

A tip of the hat to you all!!
Below is only a fraction of photo’s taken mostly by our 13 year old Zack; who has shown he may have a future behind the camera lens!! Thanks Z!!

I’d like to thank all the sponsor’s for their generosity… but a special shout out to Surly Bikes, you all were more than generous!! THANK YOU!!
And as always Sandy and Palmers Tavern did an outstanding job host all us fatbike freaks!! 

The quality human beings that attend this event always blows my mind!!! 

It shouldn’t be that way, but as long as it stays…. we’ll keep putting on this ride!! 

One Brian Hatsly getting recognized for being the driving force behind this ride on the 4th ride year!! Thanks to MBR for donating the gallon flask. Beside this here guy being a solid human… he’ll also put this gallon flask to good use!!

See you all in 2017!!

And a perfect example of our ever changing terrain in northern Minnesota. Photo credit to David Ristau 

The Pie Burner Thanksgiving Weekend FatBike Ride Toys For Tots Donation update…..
$305.00  raised!! 36 toys, books and stocking stuffers donated!! 

You fatbikers are a kickass crew!!

The Best Ride…… Yet of 2016

And it was made possible thanks to these three!!

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My oldest meet us at our house and we headed out around noon on Sunday. It should be noted he’s waiting on his new to him Trek 90D to be tuned up, so he can finally get aboard a trusty steed that fits him!!

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Bikes and gear ready.

Thomas was looking for a new route to extend his riding…… I think we gave him what he’s looking for, and then some. πŸ˜‰

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Less than two miles in and a break was needed…. I had my doubts we’d make our 20 mile goal.
After everyone warmed up I was doubting for no reason!!

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A lengthy stop at Lake NippleDick for some rock skipping and throwing…..

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Here’s a good story…..
Two months or so ago CamelBak was asking for old CamelBak bags to be sent to them on their Facebook page….
I posted a picture of my 15 plus year old Trans Alp bag…. they asked if I’d send it in to be used in a new Camelbak ad campaign…. in return I could pick any bag and bottle to be sent to me for free!! One has to like a company like that….
Well Zack was in need of a new bag…. so this is the one he chose… the KUDU 12……

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Unboxed


AND……
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It saw it’s first action today…..

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Perfect fit.


Of course, when asked…. the 12 year old said it was “ok.” LOL

Onward with the ride…..
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This right here is the strongest FatBike rider under 10 years old I know!!!!! Yet again today she proved how mentally strong she is!! Proud of you Jenna!!

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A quick stop under hwy 169 to feel the vibrations of cars passing overhead.

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Then we continued on to some mudholes…… and I heard… “Dad can we ride through this puddle?” I said sure, but hold on a minute……

They’ve yet to master the up shifting when things get soft…. it’s all part of the learning curve!! Next time there will be different results I’m sure!!

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"Look at my cut!!" πŸ˜‰

Shortly after the mudholes it was more playtime on a sand pile…..

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Then we headed to the bottom of the Glen mine pit….. which we decent on the Pie Burner ride….

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While the water in this pit is anything but warm….. it has dropped 15-20′ since November 2015…. lots of cool places to ride a fatbike and explore, especially for children.

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Shoe fix....

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Then it was time to build some character…. via pushing your own fatbike!! These two kick ass!!

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Reference that part earlier in this post about this young girl….. working through some “butt hurt” right here. πŸ˜‰

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“Butt hurt” break… by sitting down???? LOL

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Then we hooked up with this women…. yeah, the one with the problem with that finger!!!???!!! πŸ˜‰
Notice a little food and a couple sodas make the “butt hurt” go away!!! πŸ˜‰
All in all I couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon!!!
A 20 mile ride and good eats and a few beers to finish it off!!
Woot Woot 👍

The 2nd 70Β° 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. πŸ˜‰
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.

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.Β 
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!! πŸ™‚
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!! πŸ˜‰
Some more shots……

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Jokers

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A splendid time to waste an afternoon away!!!
Thanks Mom/Cindi!! πŸ™‚

Pedaling Over Two Perfect Days!

Saturday morning 70Β° before noon….

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Our snack stop

Saturday afternoon 80Β°

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I had never heard of the term “Hero Dirt” until I read this article….. shared by Vito.
I guess the term is fitting!

Sunday 74Β° before noon……. kids plus fatbikes plus parks equal fun!!

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Sunday afternoon warm!! πŸ˜‰
Red dirt riding on Minnesota’s Iron Range.

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Followed by a cold Bent Paddle brew!! πŸ™‚

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