Sometimes a good mountain bike ride can take us to new levels, places higher than the hills above the city, deeper than rushing river ravines and beyond our own preconceived limitations. A good mountain bike ride travels into the wilderness. And just when we feel lost, the trail leads to a jaw-dropping view that pinpoints our … More Mountain bike rides are life; better put on a helmet
The sky put on a magic show during our stay at Grand Marais last weekend. Jen and I hiked out to the harbor light house as the sun was going down behind Cook County hills Friday night. We were staying in town for the Le Grand Du Nord gravel cycling race. I endured the painful … More Grand Marais magic
The Internet can see. It can talk. It can hear. It can sing. But the Internet can’t smell. Depending on your point of view, the Internet has either unmercifully ruined or vastly improved the way we see photographs, movies and world news. In the old days, we needed to use paper, chemicals and a one-hour … More If the Internet had a nose
Our hunt for a house in Duluth took us to Superior this week. That’s Superior, Wisconsin. I can hear the collective groan coming from Minnesota now. There it is coming up I-35 and slamming into the iconic lift bridge now: “Wisss-conn-skinnnn???” Maybe I’ve read too much Anthony Bukoski, but I like Superior. It’s got a gritty … More The case for Superior, Wis.
Bicyclists aren’t usually foolish enough to ride over the St. Louis River in December. It’s too cold up there. And by “up there,” I mean the Bong Bridge. The Richard I. Bong Memorial Bridge is 12-stories high, more than two-miles long and looks like a four-lane wide, concrete snake that just swallowed a Volkswagen. Named after … More A ride over the river in December
No need for snow tires on this December bike ride just a better microphone to help celebrate the experience. The north shore of Minnesota is usually buried under snow drifts and ice sheets in early December. Lake Superior acts like a snow storm magnet and Canada can deliver a cold kick to the gut right around Thanksgiving. Not … More Winter winds can’t stop this ride next to Lake Superior