Sunday, November 28, 2010

It's not for a lack of interest.

And it's not even the weather that's keeping me off the bike. The family and work are keeping me hopping and stuck behind the wheel. Yesterday was great biking weather and I had to make an emergency trip to Columbus for work :( This afternoon is the bike derby and I didn't even have a chance to find a bike for it. Maybe I can get done working today in time to go watch it at least.

November ended up with 177.0 miles on the bike.

Friday, November 26, 2010

The Goodbye (but not for long) Shindig.

A family of cyclists is moving out of Lincoln with plans to return. I rode the Felt to the party to wish them well and returned home with 6.8 miles for the day.

Monday, November 22, 2010

This is huge! Holdrege St overpass is open.

After the cyclocross races I rode to the office and discovered that the new Holdrege St overpass is open! This connects the John Dietrich Trail to the Antelope Valley Trail. Taking it will eliminate over 8 blocks of riding on the streets during my work commute because the trails didn't connect until now.

Riding to the races and the office gave me 18.88 miles today on the Austro-Diamler.

Lincoln Cyclocross Weekend day 2.

More fun from hooligan hill.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Lincoln Cyclocross Weekend day 1

Today and tomorrow are the annual CX races at Pioneers Park. Races begin at 10am tomorrow, come out to check out the action. It's free to watch the athletes and witnesses the shenanigans first hand. I rode out there and back logging 14.77 miles today.

Friday, November 19, 2010

The Hustle World Championship.

Tonight was the Hustle World Championship race. We met up at Recycled for the beginning of the race. The first stop was in the 900 block of Twin Ridge. Many of us began by going the wrong way, but I took it to another level! In case your wondering, the first stop wasn't anywhere near 9th and Washington where I ended up before calling home to have it looked up and realizing it was North of A st, between 56th and 70th. Oops! I arrived at the first check point 15th out of 15. There we were told to write a hyco poem. I didn't even know what a hyco was. I was failing miserably.

After that was refreshments at the Holmes Lake dam. The next stop was back at Recycled to ride a minibike. We then rode a lap on the tractor track before ending on S. 11th.

I ended up 9th out of 15 and won a seat cover and tire lever. Sydney took first. (she is FAST, plus she knew where Twin Ridge was) With my bad wrong turn I raced 19.4 miles and got home with a total for the day of 26.8

Monday, November 15, 2010

Leaving the river with only memories to hang on the wall.

This morning I was in the 180 blind before shooting time and stayed till noon. I only saw a few small deer.

Only a true conservationist can appreciate the resource enough to only harvest mature game that are past their prime reproductive stage... That's what guys like me say when we get skunked.

I loaded everything up and went back to Lincoln this afternoon, then took our youngest to check his deer in. I was planning to go watch the cyclocross races in Lincoln this weekend, but now I'm considering going back to the river to try again before the season ends on Sunday. We'll see.

Even though I didn't get a big buck to hang on the wall, or even a fat old doe for the freezer, it's been a great deer season. I love that place, I started hunting deer there when I was 14 with my dad and grandpa, and look forward to deer season all year. It's nice to get out of the city and back to where my oldest deer hunting memories were made. This year I harvested record breaking memories. No taxidermist can make a trophy that would compare.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

2010 rifle deer season day 2.

At sun up I was in a tree stand by the river. At 8am our youngest got a nice antlerless deer. By 10am I was back in the 180 blind and our youngest had his shotgun ready for the turkeys.

We saw just one deer and no turkeys from 10-3. He hitched a ride back to Lincoln to get ready for school tomorrow while I stayed to continue to try to fill my permit.

After he left, the turkeys came by, and even walked directly under the blind. 5 smaller whitetails put on a show around sunset that was fun to watch. But left me eager to see something meatier. I headed back to the camper for supper and a little TV before turning in. I'm hopeful about tomorrow morning and am excited to get back out there.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

What a wildlife.

The wildlife is thick down at the river this weekend. Today we saw several bunches of turkeys, quite a few deer, raccoons, otters, eagles, squirrels and waterfowl. Our youngest tagged a nice whitetail doe a little after nine this morning. We'll try our luck again tomorrow starting first thing in the morning.

Friday, November 12, 2010

The trees go in at the river.

We rechecked our rifles this morning to be sure they were still sighted in. Then helped my dad with a nice buck he got today with his bow. This afternoon we took time to plant 3 apple, 1 peach, and 2 oak trees. The fruit trees should start producing in 3 years and whatever mom doesn't pick for lunches and pies will fall and be eaten by deer. These trees will be a nice addition to their habitat. Right now we're getting settled in for the night and rested for opening morning tomorrow.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The 2nd Annual Central Ne Quail Forever Banquet.

Tonight was the Quail Forever banquet in Boelus so our youngest and I made our way out for the food and to try our luck on some of the raffles. Every seat was taken and lots of money was raised for upland habitat. We're staying on the Loup River and we'll spend tomorrow getting ready to deer hunt. Rifle season starts Saturday.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Things are changing fast.

Work is progressing fast along the Antelope Valley Trail. And the weather is taking a turn for the worse. This morning was pleasant, but this afternoon's ride home from work was brisk! I ran some errands on the way home and ended up with 21.8 miles for the day.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Don't sit there like a bump on a log, ride your bike!

I made good time going to work this morning on the Felt, then cut through neighborhoods to meet up with the wife at the store after work. These November days with highs in the 70s shouldn't be wasted, just cause summer is over biking season is still in full bloom. Today's miles = 16.1

Monday, November 8, 2010

How do ya like them apples?

Campbell's nursery has a location along the Billy Wolff trail. They had a sign saying all trees were on sale and we've been wanting some apple trees for the food plot at the river. I was able to get three apple and a peach.

Otherwise the Felt made the work commute a pleasure and any day in November with highs in the mid 70s shouldn't be wasted indoors. Today's miles = 20.3

Saturday, November 6, 2010

It's back!

The warm temps are back, just in time for the weekend. So is the Mc Mess! My pallet has been waiting all year for this! Besides Mc Donald's I also rode to the office today amounting to 21.5 miles for the day.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Wind ya ever have a better tailwind?

I took the Austro-Diamler to work today. This morning was peaceful, and this afternoon gave me a killer tailwind that pushed me home at top speed. I love these autumn North winds! Today's miles = 20.14

Monday, November 1, 2010

Crap! This screws up biking to work for awhile.

One of my key employees suddenly quit today. This means I'll be working extra hard till I get someone new found and up to speed. I'll be spending a lot of time on the road in the Columbus and Schuyler area.

I rode to work this morning. And I loved my new light and bag and the Austro-Diamler is working like a champ. Then I got the email and jumped in the pick-up and got to work in Columbus as soon as I could. Today's miles = 9.91

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