Thursday, July 29, 2010
Gumby getting his high mineral content water and our only junior survives close to 50 miles of riding with no complaints.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
Fantastic Road trip with Giugi and Mauri. We drove some excellente gravel roads, did some B Maintenance roads, went hiking, had lunch, had ice cream and came home dead tired. I really enjoy visiting our neighbor state and am surprised as to what I find just on the other side of the river.
enjoy the photos.
Friday, July 16, 2010
Pecatonica trail off Boisington rd, intersecting RTe 20. I don't know if the underpass going under 20 is complete.
Pecatonica Prairie Path going through Winnebago. It sure was easier to find then in the town of Pecatonica
This is what I did yesterday. Took Mauri and Giugi out on a road trip. We did a bit of Recon for the Flandria 100+ and then ended up in Winnebago. Had lunch, ice cream and checked out some more portions of the Pecatonica Trail. It was really hot and of course the Pantani-mobile is air condition free as not to pollute the environment. We drank lots of water, sweated and had a great time listening to music and finding some amazing roads. North of Mt Morris, around German Valley, Leaf River town areas there is some fantastic riding to be done. I guess one could park in Oregon and just start riding around that area. I hope to have some time in the fall to do those rides. Perhaps you will see more organized rides at that time.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
I am scouting out the Pecotonica trail for investigation and discovery in the fall once the mosquitoes die down or get their bellies full of blood whichever comes first.
The Pecotonica trail can be seen just south of US 20 off of Meridian Rd. It is on the west side of Meridian as you cross over the bridge. BTW the bridge is out so you have to go west and come back down on US 20. and exit meridian going southbound. I don't know why I obsess over things so much but it has been stuck in my mind that I want to bushwack from Rockford all the way to Freeport and then perhaps have a ride back . I can see doing this in thick pants, thick shirt and workgloves because it is going to be a bloody mess. Bike of choice would be a 29er that you don't keep on a pedestal. Is anyone game????
The Pecotonica trail was supposed to receive 5 million dollars from the wonderous and progressive state of Illinois to open up the trail, build ammenities so the fine citizens of Illinois and neighboring states could enjoy the open prairies and fresh air. Com Ed, fine providers of cheap energy, had bought the strip of land from one of the rail ways and had planted high voltage cables. Underneath the humming wires were supposed to be a smooth, flat trail for Hikers, Bikers and Skiers in the winter. Thanks to our fearless and greedy leaders the money never came and the trail is at a stanstill and the weeds are out of control with all the rain we have received. I have this dream of getting enough offroaders to use it so it stays open before the weeds turn into trees and the raspberry and blackberry bushes make it impassible.
Check out the photos depicting the current conditions. Hurray for our Illinois Government !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sunday, July 11, 2010
In a strange turn of events Gumby and I woke up early to make the Saturday morning (7:30 a.m. !!!) ride. We met with two other dubious characters and got out on the cheater bikes. We quickly warmed up and in no time the cheater bikes were cruising at around 20mph. I was weird turning the pedals and going so fast, with no sliding or dust coming up. I enjoyed the morning and the company. After work I also rode down to Hinckley, IL to my mom-in-laws house. I cruised there with Gumby since he had to deliver a stuffed animal and other excuses. My good friend Blake had flown in from Louisiana to do up a Crawfish, Jumbo Shrimp, King Crab boil and to cook up some amazing Jambalaya. We ate , drank and had some bonfire fun before getting home really late. I was really happy to see Blake, his wonderful wife, the family, not have to work Saturday night and to hang out with my boy that came to visit from Germany. I was also able to clock in 90kms total on the cheater bike.
Friday, July 9, 2010
Thanks to all you readers for keeping this up. Thanks for reading the good and the bad, the interesting and the boring. I hope to continue to share the riding, the photos and to keep spreading good riding out there. WE love the roads, Gravel, dirt, snow, ice, fog, as long as we can be out there enjoying the open spaces. The Slender Fungus movement will not grow much at all if anything it will shrink but that is o.k. since the qualifiers are so absurd. Thanks to all my Trans Iowa buddies out there in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Ilinois, and to my good Pal Giggles out in the New York Area.
best to all,
Slender Fungus Cycling Association.
best to all,
Slender Fungus Cycling Association.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Tuesday's scheduled ride turned out to be really cool temperature-wise. We were both wearing jackets and Gumby also had some tights. The midwest is so crazy when it comes to weather. One day it is hot and humid, the next cold. So we made our roll out to St. Charlies and had interesting chat all the way. The trail was most excellent and there was an assortment of bugs to chew on. I had a Bandanna going since I just don't care for bugs crawling down my throat. We arrived at the end of the trail and found the Shoes and sweatshirt that you see on the bench. Gumby started telling me this story of how they had found some running shoes with the feet still in them. We checked the shoes for feet and only found some stinky socks in them. We sat at the next table over and chatted with our new friend.
We finally got going again and just froze until we warmed up again. We were tired and had not brought enough food. Around almost midnight we had the sighting again. Two strange LED lights approaching us. We new that these lights were the same ones we had spotted last week. Indeed it was the two misterious riders we had seen the week before. Both dressed in dark clothing, one sporting a Mustachio and no tail-lights as to not be seen. We know they are part of the incognito Slender Fungus Cycling Association. We just grunted at eachother in passing.
I went home, had toast, took all my Asthma medicines, had a shot of whiskey and passed out.
While daylight riding has its benefits I much prefer the night. Cars are more visible, there is less people out. One never runs the risk of getting sunburned and there are a lot of creatures out. The miles sometimes fly by and othertimes just drag on forever. If you haven't tried it go ahead and get yourself a good light and team up with someone and just do it! Nike Style.
The Salsa Chili con Crosso has been riding good and I just worked out an annoying creak. Where the Salsa clamp interfaces with the frame is where the creak was. I took the clamp off, greased the inside and voila the creak was gone.