Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Over The Last Few Days..

First full weekend of April, 2020, our hayfield isn't yet green.

Our new siding....

The new deck will be started tomorrow.

Mississippi River in Red Wing approaching official flood stage.  Notice that more of the old Eisenhower bridge is gone on the Wisconsin side.

Early Saturday morning in our new kitchen....

Saturday morning after the fresh snow...

Most likely the first of a few refunds for rallies being cancelled.

 Sunday morning in our back yard, one of the tame ones and there are many.

 Peg had asked a week or so ago if I'd ever stopped to really look at the old building foundations just off the Sand Point Trail in Frontenac State Park and suggested that I go soon to take a look if not.   I knew there were some stones there but in summer with the foliage and tall grass, I'd never known the extent of all the ruins.  Sunday she'd gone for a walk and some time later, I started out on a ride and passed her on the road just a little ways before the trail head so I stopped, the perfect time for her to show me what she'd seen.

Sand Point Trail starts here....

At the "X"....

Only after looking at our area's historian, Lorry Wendland's book, 828 pages worth, did I discover more about the buildings and commerce that had actually taken place here.

 Lauren walks the trail often, Peg's been there more than I have.  We used to walk out there as a family and what was so cool about being right out on the point was that it felt like we were out in the middle of Lake Pepin when in reality, we almost were.

Maybe not half way across but depending on river levels, the point can reach a long ways toward Wisconsin.

After traipsing about in the forest, I got back on the scooter and went for a ride.

Sunday afternoon, back to Red Wing to check up on the rising river...

More water than Friday!

Tuesday evening, so pleasant in Wabasha!!

This wasn't harsh 105 degree heat August haze, this was Spring fresh, warm, soft glow and I needed to give it a hug.

Almost home, Old Frontenac flooding has returned and I thought about giving it a try....what could go wrong???


  1. Man, you love that Himalayan, don't you? I forecast that in a week or so, I'll be back on 2 wheels after a 3 season absence. NC700X. A wierdo, like me.

  2. You ARE still my freind, aren't you Doug? I think I can gaurantee it.

    1. You ARE good with that NC700X...well done sir!! My friends that own love them and you will too!

      The Himalayan is such a good fit for me; can't imagine one better for the way I go.

      We're good....let's see how far we can go?

  3. I was being facetious. I found out I misspelled weirdo, so I then misspelled friend and guarantee to acknowledge it!
    Heck yeah, we homies bro!

    1. Welcome back to riding, you've been away longer than I was? Almost 20 years for me, certainly 20 since I rode seriously.

      Trying to get a couple of the other ones ready to go so that I can start the rotation.

      Someday, we'll be back at Diamonds on Saturday morning. If you decide to ride early rather than sleep in, I'll get you a Bottomless.

  4. Other than maybe a total of 5 years in sports cars, I've ridden since 1973. Some long trips before '77, but since then a fair-weather, probable 3-hr max rider. 14 bikes in total as of this moment, but all sequentially. Not like some people. I've been away 3 years this time. And maybe this year I will finally motivate for the Diamonds mornings. It would be good for me.

    1. It would be very good for you. Make another 3 hour trip some day and our circles will easily intersect.

  5. Wow, the kitchen looks amazing.

    1. Thank you Sonja, there will be a Post soon, hopefully to highlight what Peg and I built back in the mid-90's, possibly though doubtful what we didn't finish and then a look at how it stands today. We've both looked at each other and declared, "feels like we're in another rented condo somewhere...." It won't take much longer for us to get it straight.