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!!


2017 Pie Burner Leg 3 Recon Ride βœ”️

Conditions are perfect as of right now. Temperatures are good….. enough snow-cover to make things interesting, and just enough ice to keep a rider honest

Things look to be coming together to make the 2017 ride one to remember!!

A few shots from Sunday’s pedal.

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…..

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!!


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!!


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˜‰


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!!


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



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……




It saw it’s first action today…..


Perfect fit.

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

Onward with the ride…..

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!!


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


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!!


"Look at my cut!!" πŸ˜‰

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


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




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.


Shoe fix....


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


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


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


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 👍