Happy New Year! It’s that time of year again when people want my help or opinion on “getting in shape for the New Year”. I get these questions because people have learned that I have a few years of weight training under my belt and continue to educate myself on body recomposition IE; getting stronger and losing body fat.
These conversations over the past few weeks with various people, got me thinking that it would just be easier to share the truths of exercise and fat loss I have learned, here on my blog. Continue reading
September 30th, 2017
If my bike trips had themes, the one for the 2017 Fargo Sub-48 it would be; just how little training can I get away with and still make this happen? I did not start summer with the intention of riding only a hand full of times, then participating in a two-day bikebacking excursion. Quite the contrary, actually.
Photo by Rob Meendering. www.robmeenderingphotography.com (photo purchased from smugmug)
October 1st, 2017
Last night was another round of waking periodically because of numbness in an arm from sleeping on my side in one spot for too long. Each wake cycle is a different aspect. One time I can hear somebody in another tent near me rolling around on yet another noisy sleeping pad. “Who would buy those damn things?”
As we head into warmer days the single question many people have been presenting to me lately is: “Have any biking trips planned this summer?”
Well, I have two answers for that question. Yes and sorta.
Thursday, June 8th
Friends and family seem to be always asking what my next biking adventure will be? Gee wiz… Just one time I ride a mountain bike for a few miles and a few days, now I’m ‘the biker guy’? I do have other aspirations. There are many things I would like to see and do, that do NOT involve peddling my butt there. Will say the adventure about to embark on, sailing a boat several hundred miles through the largest fresh water lakes in the world, was nowhere even remotely near my bucket list. Sometimes an opportunity presents itself and like that, you have a new bucket list.
Friday, June 9th
Sleeping in the front birth of the boat puts me directly under a clear hatch, which in turn provides me an awesome view straight up the mast rising 52 feet above the water. My first morning sleeping on the boat I woke to that view, however it looked as though the harbor was socked in with fog. Closer examination reviled that it was just a layer of dew on the glass. Waking this morning provided the similar foggy view but this time the mast was much more visible than yesterday. Now it is true, the Harbor indeed is socked in with fog.
Sunday, June 11th
Docking just shy of the drawbridge in Houghton in the wee hours, we were up a little bit after 8:00 am when hours of the bridge resumed. After some breakfast, we radio the bridge operator and were told he would open it at 9:00 for us. Continue reading
Monday, June 12th to Wednesday, June 14th
This Blog post will encompass three days worth of travel. Because well… It seems like one long day. So here we are with one big post.
The approaching storms that, on the radar, looked like they might enter our area overnight never amounted to much. However to borrow, and slightly modify, an old pilot’s saying: It’s better to be here in the harbor wishing we were out there, than out there wishing we were here. Continue reading
Thursday, June 15th to Saturday, June 17th
Woke up in Mackinaw Island harbor with much calmer waters as the winds had greatly subsided over night. Today’s weather report is not great but it does indicate winds that may be favorable for putting up sails for south travel on Lake Michigan. Glad to see though the one biggie we now look for in any report. No storms predicted. Continue reading
Saturday, September 18th 2018
Followers of this blog may recall my weeklong Sailboat adventure that took place just a little over a year ago in 2017. Having never been on a bigger sailboat in my life, I did so for the first time to sail three of the five Great Lakes, which lead to an interesting adventure. If you have yet to read that story the beginning is found here: Sailing The Great Lakes