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Abandoned Images

I’ve been living in mid-Michigan for a hair under seven years now. In that time I have ridden thousands of miles of dirt and gravel roads on my bike. I have also passed a certain abandoned home and farmstead many times and over that time I have taken a number of photos of the home, the barn, and the various vehicles that litter the surrounding property.

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A Dinner at Gino’s

This post is a little bit a lot different from what I normally do here. There are no bikes, hikes, woods, critters, gravel roads, or miles–junk or otherwise–involved here. There are photos though.

My family and I recently did an overnight trip down to Grand Rapids to celebrate a week that included my 46th birthday and our 20th wedding anniversary. My wife got us a swank hotel room for free with some hotel points accrued through her business travels, I got us some tickets for a Grand Rapids FC match, and we set out for a quick 24 hour trip with our son.

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A Week In The Saddles

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I spent the past week getting in some (junk) miles on various bikes (the Boone Disc 5 and the Procaliber 9.8 SL), and on various terrains (pavement, singletrack, and gravel roads). I also used a variety of cameras: the Fuji X-T10 and Fuji X100s on my gravel and road rides, and the Canon s95 in the woods. As per usual I shot everything in RAW and edited in Lightroom.

Here’s what I got, with varying success…

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Back In The Saddle

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It’s been literally weeks since I last posted anything here. That time has been spent moving house, going to my son’s soccer matches, home repairs, doing a variety of freelance gigs–including the building of, and maintaining of the soccer club’s site– and trying to squeeze in some miles on the dirt roads, and even a little singletrack.

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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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