Friday, May 29, 2009

Run Fast, Turn Left

Sectionals today-Medford. Long day and night ahead..hope to be back by Midnight. Thinkin Sheila will be our only State Qualifier.

Hope to get out on the fat tires this weekend- Ten is coming, so we have brewing to do also Sunday- a nice Saison. Found more info on bike skills construction, so am looking forward to getting that going soon.

Summer is almost here. :)

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

rain rain...

Rainin again.....oh well, there was a slight 3 hr window last night and we got the regional track meet in pretty much unscathed. Pretty da*m cold by the end. 12 events movin on on to the next rung on the ladder to state. Sheila was her usual awesomeness.
Hope to get back on the bike this week-after riding a couple day in a row, I've got the itch again.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Gods Country

Up and at 'em early-hit the atv trail in the morning when it was still chilly-rode the SS hard and can feel it today-then hopped on the Road King for a nice off-the-beaten path ride to LaCrosse and the Taylor Donskey Grad party. Funny-some of the family there I really haven't seen in 20 yrs. Good to catch up again.

Memorial day today-think I'll brew up a Cran-Apple wine this morning, then, if my legs hold out, get a ride in, smoke some salmon and then track practice tonight. Tired already.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Green Flags and Salsa

Rain early today, but I was chopin at the bit to get to Levis and flag out re-routes. Nothing major, just a better corner on the bottom of Cliffhanger, a better climb up to the top of Upper Glen and less of a climb on the east end of Porky Point. Didn't matter that it rained-just great to be out there.....there, smelling like bug dope. That accomplished, suited up and rode the Salsa single speed "around the block" just to survey things. Trails wouldbe wet so I stayed on Fisher and Rouse rds. Checked out an old farmstead foundation to use stone from and inspected the new seeding. Looked good. Just a bit tired, so headed home to country livin chores. That's okay too.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

smokey bear

No slumber last night-guard dog Ruger sounded the alarm and woke me from my blissful sleep on the couch-I think I was watching travel channel thru my closed eye lids. Something was amiss in the back yard and he didn't like it. It was almost dark, but putting your face up to the glass allowed a pretty clear view that something big and black was sauntering around the lawn. The bear wasn't huge, but big enough and must have been passing thru the area and swung in to check out the bird feeders? Anyway, he ended up right next to the house, so the screen doors were closed and living room windows shut. I decided that although it was cool to have a bear of our very own to view, Ruger (and he's still growling and sounding all mean-like) and I decide we'd rather not have him on the deck. The 12 ga. was still handy from turkey hunting, so I tossed in a light bird shot and grabbed a flashlight and tip toed out the back door and around the house. By the time I flipped on the flashlight, he (she?) had worked their way around to the back, the light lit up it's big shiny butt, the saftey flipped off and by the time the 7 shot reached his bum and the smoke cleared, he'd made a black streak bee-line into the woods.

I shuffled my slippers back into the house, knowing I'd only put one shell into the gun. Smokey won't be back anytime soon.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Clover smells so good

I was a little shocked to find out the Neillsville girls had not won the conference title since 1978 (a good year)...31 years-wow. I think I've had the head girls job for about 15 years or so and Mosinee just always dominated the track. Not last night. We put on a 196 point whoopin on everyone. Awesome job by the whole team. :)

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Superfly :) to ride at Levis and had it pretty much to myself this morning. Did bump into a dad and son out on Yellowjacket. As I rode, I thought, I should write up a little story on each trail-maybe too much information? I dunno, but it was something that popped into my mind spinning the pedals.

Each trail kinda has it's own story- why was it built in the first place, why there??? What issues went into it and who designed it. Might be a worthy project to post on the web site ( and Yahoo group page. Hmmmm, have to think about that.

Anyway, good ride and the Superfly rode so well-just lovin that bike more and more. I should camp out down here (at Levis) some weekend-would be fun to ride and hang out.

Also thought we should make some jerseys up-for the folks who work here. Maybe Deano can scoop some Pearl ones and we can print them up.

Speaking of......and I don't want to jinx anything, but IF we win conference Tuesday, it would be sweet to have t-shirts printed up for the girls...and supporters.

Perfect day outside-ride, mow, have a Capital Autumn Fire on the deck.


Just 29 degrees outside-Brrrr. Sun will be out, so maybe a nice ride at Levis is in order. Yeah, it is.
Wonder how Craigs dirt diggin went. Nice to have someone dedicated to the trail helping out big time.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Redstarts,Towees and Toms

Rise and shine, Lunds by 4:45. Wind is howling and the woods are silent as far as my selected game goes.
Got some reading done...saw other species and finally saw the sun.

Explored some ruins near Columbia (as in the ghost town north of Levis) and shot a few pix....good morning.

Friday, May 15, 2009


Nice win. Best I can say. D-1 schools, and little 'ol Neillsville came to town (Thanks Sheila and co.!) and showed'em we can compete. All the pieces are in the puzzle this year. Nice night and good to be a coach on this night.

On to tomorrow-looking forward to spending quality time in the woods and maybe diggin dirt.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Bird Song

Part of the outdoors is just listening...trying to figure out what that is...wait, what was that??! I'm not all that good at it, but I like to try to figure out what I'm listening to. I guess birds entertain me to that degree. This time of year, my favorite sound to listen to is from orioles trying to impress each other. It's kinda like a a slurpy song, whatever that means, but I like it. Wish they would stay all summer, but usually they move along. Spent some $$ on an ipod app that has bird calls on it-too pricey and too few birds, but fun none the less.


So the world of Cloverbelt track and field were oh so important last night. Conference meet info, by-laws, motions, voting and most confusing...who is in the east and west Cloverbelt.

My head is spinning a bit-too many meets this week, oh, and teach too.

I think summer will be good, now wheer IS that bike?

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Four by Four Hundred

Eight hours in the classroom and 5 hours running a track meet makes that very first Leinies Red taste oh so good. Long day, but the Listeman Invite went well and the girls won another-things are looking good for the conf. meet next week.

On the other side of my brain is just wanting to get out and ride. In Wild Hogs, Woody screams that out about a different kind of bike, but I'm feeling the same.

Conf meeting tonight, meet at Rapids tomorrow, set up turkey tent Friday, shoot turkey Sat.

Works for me. Ride on Sunday.

Monday, May 11, 2009


Are you kidding me? Back yard has frost on it! Hopefully the weather will just start getting nice soon here-headed down to Lunds in BRF to try and outsmart a turkey this coming weekend.

Big track week-home invite tomorrow, then Nekoosa thursday. Collapse Friday.

B of the B

I like this. The "Battle of the Birds" each spring morning. Ruger always is insistent about getting out in the morning, so I follow mans best friend. When I step outside, it is sometimes so loud with which feathered friend can out-do the other. Sounds just great to me there in the dark.

Should ahve rode yesterday, but back was hurtin, and I did yardwork and hunted 'srooms instead. Found some. Morels (in the firepit part of the yard). Fry 'em up good with eggs?

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Spring has Sprung

Trees have gone from grey to green in 3 days. Everything is green. A peer through the woods and it's solid green. I like it. Toms are gobblin again this morning nearby. Rained again during the night.

Track meet today-may be cool and wet? Hope not for the athletes sake.
50th party tonight, laptop loaded, speakers, amp, dvds etc etc....bring on the party.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Love waking before daylight and listening to the birds start up. Corny? Don't care. It's something that a lot of people never hear or expierence.

No track tonight, just getting a few things ready for the folks 50th. The yard needs some TLC too. Spec Oly meet tomorrow-which I always look forward to.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Looking fwd to this soon.

Day one

Well, I like what Livin the Life has done on his blog, so I decided to try it out. I doubt there will be followers, but this is for me, right?

Been feelin like I miss the dirt-did a ride at Levis last weekend and it felt really good-that said, I was by myself, so I could go my pace. I'm afraid, winter and too many tasty brews have "anchored" me some. Or a lot. I'm ready to spend quality time diggin dirt again too. It's an escape from teaching-it's been a long year and next year just looks terrible from a job load point. Gotta get out of track-but it's hard-so many good kids on the team this year and fun to be with.


Well, beauty day out the window. Not long now til I can take my coffee at the rock faces at Levis.