Archive | February, 2016

Tree Portraits

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Wednesday I was jonzing to get out on the bike in the morning, however a winter storm was barreling down on Michigan and I didn’t want to get caught out in it. Instead I opted to attempt hiking in the woods. No big deal, right?

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Lack of Miles

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Farm irrigator waiting for summer. [Fuji X-T10]

Two or three rides a week on the fatty, hiking and some snowshoeing was getting me through the winter just fine. Then we here in central Michigan went into a freeze/thaw/freeze cycle that has us with little snow but lots of slick, rock hard ice just lying in wait to break a coccyx. It’s basically the worst that winter can offer. Because of that–even with studded tires– I’ve been lucky to get one ride a week in lately. Hell, even my last attempt at a hike in the woods of the local county park was thwarted by the heavily used trails being stomped down into a solid sheet of foot print marked ice. [insert drunken sigh here]

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Winter’s Ugliness

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As lovers of the outdoors, we like to think that all of our winter activities are done in pristine white snow. Rolling fat bike trails packed tight, or skiing on trails groomed to perfection. Sadly, that is not always the case in winter. Temperatures rise and fall, snow melts in the day, freezes overnight, and then sleet and rain falls to compound the mess. Trails become useless, snow becomes slush, and mud becomes deep–it’s quite unattractive, but still worth documenting in my opinion.

This past weekend I did a quick two-hour ride that had me rolling over a little bit of everything that winter in mid-Michigan could throw at me: ice, snow, mud, slush, water, gritty sand, and more mud.

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