Perspectives in Passing

Photos and accounts of my life, the world around me as I see it and the adventures I embark upon.



Steve, Kevin and I rode the fat bikes out to Mount Horeb by way of the Military Ridge Trail.  The intention was to ride out, drink some beer and do some swimming before turning around and heading home.  It was hot as hell outside with a relative humidity in the mid 90s... even before we left town.  Riding provided at least some cooling effect but there was no real escape from the stifling heat and humidity.  We cruised out to Mount Horeb at a pretty good clip and put in a nice effort the last few miles climbing into town.  We picked up some beer, headed out to the lake and found it to be very picturesque.  It felt almost like something you would find in the Boundary Waters or Canada.

Shortly after our arrival it started to rain... and then storm.  Because of this we ended up simply standing in the lake as opposed to swimming.  Luckily we had enough beer on hand to outlast the storm and then once it started getting hot again we decided to head out.  On our way back we stopped at the Grumpy Troll for another beer and some sustenance.  This was a most excellent thing to do.  I put on some fresh, dry kit just in time to set out and get it all dirty.  On the way back we made a quick pit stop in Riley Tavern for one final beer before cruising back to Madison.  It was a most excellent day on the bikes.

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Steve and I made the trip over to Minneapolis for Powderhorn 24.  We met up with our friend Bob and setup camp on the Greenway after which a combination of riding, drinking, eating and people watching took place for the next 24 hours.  It was a great time and we are already scheming over our plans for next year.  More photos below...

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Kevin organized a bike ride, camping trip and brewery stop for his birthday this year.  This adventure was otherwise known as The Woods of Desolation.    Kevin had a couple of campsites at the New Glarus Woods already reserved and had dropped off his vehicle the night before which was loaded up with all the food and most people’s gear… so it was really just a matter of cruising out there and setting up camp.  I hadn’t given him any of my gear so I rolled with the Pugsley loaded up.

There were five of us that choose to ride out to the campground and others were going to drive out and join us later.  We left Madison around 11:20, rolled down the Badger State Trail and stopped in Belleville to buy some refreshment and go swimming.  Swimming was awesome considering how hot and humid it was but the destination was not yet reached so we collected our things and got rolling again.  As we were leaving Belleville I noticed a garage sale down the block which we went and checked out.  Jon got himself a nice ceramic duck bank / pot.  An excellent find which then found itself strapped majestically to the back of his bike.  After that we continued down the BST, went through the tunnel (which was a first for several of those in attendance) and then cut over to New Glarus by way of Exeter Crossing Rd.

We made camp and then proceeded to eat and drink the rest of the night.  The food was awesome and the beer was plentiful.  Good times were had by all.  The next morning we got up, made breakfast, tore down camp and then headed over to the New Glarus Brewery where we enjoyed some of their tasty beer.  After shutting the brewery down we rolled out on the Sugar River Trail because none of us felt like climbing any hills at that point.  We made our way over to the Badger State Trail and started back towards Madison.  On our way back we again stopped in Belleville for more refreshments and swimming before heading for home.

It was such a fun weekend!  Hopefully we can do something like that again next year!

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