It was a BBC day. Hitting all three critical areas is essential for the unemployed, and keeps spirits high. Brains Brawn Commerce All three are vital. At 5:00 am I arose to nearly complete chapter 9 of my upcoming book, which is about growing up in a crazy house filled to the brim due to … More Alex Laveau and Munger Trail Extravaganza! Also, BBC is the best rx for the unemployed.
Two powerful assets for parents are lists and friends. As hydrogen and oxygen combine to make water, so these two tools may be amalgamated in the lifetime battle against what bestselling author Richard Louv describes as “nature deficit disorder.” A growing body of evidence links a wide range of behavior and emotional problems to a … More Lists and friends for a better world
About twice a year I have the opportunity to visit one of my best friends, Dan the Man. We don’t take these times for granted, and try to make certain they are epic. Recently we rubbed shoulders over a 21 hour period, which will go down in history as one of our best times of … More 21 of the Best Hours Ever Spent. BIKE – EAT – RUN Triathlon.
Today I took a quick 22 mile cleansing spin on my bicycle. I lost my job due to corporate downsizing, and this was the first thing I could think of doing. My feelings ran along a range between elation over the newfound freedom and world of fresh new possibilities, to a dreading of impending doom … More A Cleansing Ride Moments After Losing My Job
I took the bike for a spin around the block tonight for about an hour and a half. What I love about biking is the immense amount of variety seen, felt, and experienced. One bike ride can take you through many different socio-economic zones, hilly topography followed by long periods of relative flatness, varying ecosystems, … More A Study in Contrasts
Ring…darrring…. At that sound I carefully moved my bike to the far right of the bike path, and moments later a 60 something woman who could have been my mom, gracefully passed me on her beautiful retro Schwinn, as if it were the Battlestar Galacticta gliding by an inferior cargo vessel. This was one of … More Being OK with being slow, and my “ah ha” moment continues to teach me.
There were no screaming crowds or bands playing as we completed our trip down the Munger Trail from Duluth to Hinckley, and then when we returned home the next day the crowds didn’t turn out on the other end of the trail either. The Munger Trail is only 70 miles from Duluth to Hinckley, Minnesota, … More What Does 172 Miles in 2 days get you? A sore butt……
While belting out the GnR classic, “Paradise City,” I tried out our full Lakewalk extension today. Like a main artery in a healthy circulation system, this path will now take you all the way to the end of the horizon in the picture above, and to the Aerial Lift Bridge at the head of Lake … More Bike Paths Rock! Testdriving the Lakewalk Extension. DITCH YOUR CAR. DO IT!
Here’s a past column about one of my favorite adventures last fall… This week I found myself belly up to the bar in Finland, at a place called Our Place, downing one of the finest cold ones I’ve ever had (nearly a full pitcher of it). I had ambled in with a buddy who was … More Freewheelin’ it to Finland
Today’s ride along Lake Superior was bitter cold at 39 degrees with an ever present northeast headwind. I had hoped to knife through the gales like Lance Armstrong, but wound up epitomizing a mental image of Louie Anderson bumbling down the road on an old Huffy with a banana seat. Any time of year a … More When Will the Cold End? And an experience with Lance, Louie, and Superman