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!!


The Tragically Hip @ 1st Ave. The Fully and Completely Tour

Excuse this non biking post for a moment…….

I’ve been a fan of these guys since 1991.
A couple friends turned me on to The Hip….. and the rest, as they say, is history!!
Since that time I’ve seen them perform live 17 times. If you have never seen them live, I can’t stress enough how good they are live, plus their music will definitely get ya hooked!!

Cindi got two tickets days after they announced the tour, in May I believe.

In all those shows, I’ve been waiting for one song, and Monday night at this iconic venue……

Photo taken from The Hip App.

I got my wish!!!
All I can say is DAMN DAMN DAMN!!!!

The only thing that would’ve made hearing this song live that much better, would’ve been to have had a friend of mine (who loved the Hip as much as I do) by my side. Sadly he past away 8 years ago.
Jimmy K. You were in my thoughts as I jammed out to that song!!!!

My lovely partner accompanied me on our journey to Mpls.
Thanks for joining me Cindi….. we witnessed the best high energy Hip performance I can ever remember!!
Love ya!!!



1st Ave. Was packed with concert goers, to say the least!!!

Photo credit: Jim Foster

We are in that sea of people!! 😉
Here’s a few concert shots….

Photo taken from The Hip App




The set list was AWESOME!!!




A little big city art, as we left downtown. 😉


Bob Dylan

Cindi took some awesome shots!!!

After the show we walked across the street to O’Donovan’s for a quick bite to eat, and a drink or two….. we used to visit this establishment when Cindi lived in the Twin cities,  and were home in time for me to get to work by 5 a.m.
It was SO worth it!!!!!