Bags of Bran


East Wind
March 16, 2015, 8:13 pm
Filed under: Bike, Biography

The wind normally blows out of the west here in upper-left Wisconsin, so it’s a real treat to have an east wind. The reason for this is that we cyclist types normally ride out into the wind and ride home with a tailwind (unless the wind changes direction, in which case we get really grumpy). An east wind means I get to explore less familiar roads and to the east without having to eat headwind all the way home. This is especially nice during the precarious pre-fitness months when it’s really easy to get bored rackin’ up the miles.

Today I got to explore some roads that take a guy off the beaten path a bit. The back roads around here are generally not very high on the county’s list of budgetary concerns, so they end up becoming what I like to call “Dunn County Cobblestones.” Pavement gets sick of battling the unrelenting seasonal abuse from frost-heaving and sun-baking and snow-plowing. Eventually the pavement loses its will to cohere, and starts to break up into little pieces that flip up on edge when you ride a bicycle over them.

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*PTUNG* They smack the side of your wheel and challenge Sir Isaac Newton to keep you upright. I’ve never crashed on them, but I’m learning to have all my steering done before I ride over them.

On a brighter note, the Hay River is all cleared of ice. Many of the lakes and farm ponds are still iced over, but the small rivers cleared up last week. I haven’t looked to see if anyone is still ice fishing. There aren’t any ice fishermen in this picture, but that doesn’t mean they’re not out there somewhere. They’re a tenacious tribe.

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It’s great that the ice is off the roads, but perhaps you can see how much sand they use around here. Normally I can come ripping through this roller-coaster stretch of road with abandon, but now it’s fairly treacherous. Some spots have an inch of dirt all the way across the road, which can get interesting when the sand is deeper than your tire!

 

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