Monday, December 15, 2014


Yes, it can be done. Four of us left at 06:00 and ultimately crossed what passed for a finish line at about 11:45. Conditions for the first half were okay, but the second half was a study in suffering. Hats off to my fellow travelers for their humor and seemingly boundless resolve.

Speaking for myself, I see no reason to repeat this experiment. I know now that it can be done, and that's all I needed to know. Complete ride report to follow.

Photos can be found here.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Friday, December 5, 2014


Long-range is looking good if not potentially sloppy...

Monday, November 24, 2014

The Weather.

Ice Cover

A quarter inch of ice over four inches of snow made the going rough last year. Complete set of photos  over on the Flickr.

2014 Triangle Icicle Dangle

Anybody want to go for a long ride? Here's an opportunity to test your winter riding skillz. Hey, while we're at it, why not do it on one of the shortest days of the year? Start in the dark, watch the sun traverse the sky and finish after it's gone to bed.

Tentative plan:

What: Very long winter bicycle ride
When: 6am Saturday December 13
Where: Marketplace and Badger Trail, Fitchburg WI
How: 129 miles, 2 control points. Estimated 12-15 hours.  Fat bike suggested, but not necessary. Anything with the capacity to carry water, food and spare clothing over challenging surfaces would work.

This will be an unsupported ride. There will be no entry fee, no prizes and no support. You are responsible for you—if you get into a jam, you'll need to be able to get yourself out. Don't attempt if you don't have a solid contingency plan.

You are required by law to carry a state trail pass to ride the trails on this route.

Friday, December 20, 2013

So, Then the Weather Got Involved...

Badger von H8ter

Seems like the weather over the last couple of days is working on teaching me a lesson. Snow, rain and ice. I really don't know what we're (I'm?) getting into tomorrow, but I'd guess that it will have a lot to do with snow-covered trails that have not yet been packed down by snowmobiles and finding out how much energy is required to traverse those conditions.

Just gonna have to play it by ear, and next year try this maybe around Pearl Harbor day…