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  1. #91
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    To be sure, Iowa is a lovely state. Not all corn fields by any means. Have some family that lives, there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by north woods gal View Post
    To be sure, Iowa is a lovely state. Not all corn fields by any means. Have some family that lives, there.
    But there sure are a lot of dang cornfields.
    So long as the wheels are still turning, life is good.

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    Here are a couple of photos from my solo ride yesterday. Added the beautiful Purple Gallinule to my birding life list. And the cattle were just incredible, and kinda bizarre. From googling, I think they are Ankole-Watusi, a breed native to Africa. Wowza!

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    Got in another 33 today on the trail. Another beautiful day! NWG, getting in even three miles in the conditions you're dealing with is impressive. Glad you didn't take any tumbles!
    Emily

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  4. #94
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    Quote Originally Posted by Muirenn View Post
    But there sure are a lot of dang cornfields.
    “Waist high by the 4th of July”
    Thinking they are also needed on a hot ragbrai days ride when you need to drink lots of water……well, at least for me and the group of women I rode with. .....One of my favorite states to have ridden in and across.

    Taking all day tomorrow to ride to Mt Ventoux with Alex, an uncle and a friend from here. My mother and a couple of others will ride with us for a shorter ride on the beautiful roads to Sault too. The San Gabriel rides before we left home were good preparation. Feeling blessed to be here with family and friends…
    ‘The negative feelings we all have can be addictive…just as the positive…it’s up to
    us to decide which ones we want to choose and feed”… Pema Chodron

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    I rode the roads around Sault on my last bike trip to Europe. It was my favorite part of the trip. While some climbed Ventoux, we did a climb that went up to the cherry orchards. Most of the people who did not do Vetoux elected to stay at the café, drinking coffee, or turned around after a shorter distance. When we got to the top, DH ate a couple of cherries off of a tree. The farmer came running out, screaming at him, in French. Thankfully, one of the leaders was with us and spoke to the man and calmed him down. It was a gorgeous climb and descent and I was not sorry I didn't attempt Ventoux.
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  6. #96
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    Emily, great pics. Always neat to add a bird to your life list. Saw our Northern Shrike, again and also had a visit from a Brown Creeper. Have had Goldfinches, now and then, but, so far, no Pine Siskins. Usually get those every winter. Some winter we get invaded by Common Redpolls, other winters, never see a one. Nothing, so far, this winter. Other wise, tons of Chickadees and Nuthatches (both White-breasted and Red-breasted) and lots of Woodpeckers, including our favorite, the big Pileated.



    Our snow is so iced over and crusted that skiing is impossible, so donned the backcountry snowshoes and worked on widening and packing my trails in the hopes that I might be able to run the fat bikes on them, tomorrow. Wow! Been awhile since I've done any snowshoe work. Gonna feel it in the morning.
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    I adore Pileated Woodpeckers. We used to have them nesting in our woodland property in central NC.
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    They are a real treat, for sure. Now and then, one will come in to our suet feeder. They really dwarf the feeder, they're so big.

    Thought maybe I could do the fat bike on my ski trails, since I've been packing them down so much with the snowshoes, but no go. The fatty just breaks through the crust and down into the soft stuff, unpredictably, with total loss of control. Went down a couple of times and gave up on the trail riding. Made up for it with 5 miles on our icy roads, though. Hey, I'm still biking late in December and loving it. Even had some snow falling as I rode.

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    Great news! The ice highway is open.

    That's what we call our lakes when the ice is strong enough to actually support travel and, in fact, some locals actually do drive their cars across the ice to take shortcuts. Not me, but I will ride my fat bike. Did four laps round our 77 acre lake for about three miles of ice riding on the big Salsa and added another half mile of access trail riding to get to the ice.

    Most of the ice out in the middle of the lake stays free of snow cover or has just a thin crust, thanks to the wind. Believe it or not, the fat bike can handle this super slick ice that is actually too slick for safe walking. Just have to be careful to make very wide turns and find some snow covered ice when you stop or start for the sake of traction. Compared to skiing or walking, though, you can really cover the miles on the fat bike. December 30th and my fat bike riding is just getting warmed up. Go fat bike!
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    Quote Originally Posted by north woods gal View Post
    December 30th and my fat bike riding is just getting warmed up. Go fat bike!
    Have fun! Happy for you!
    Emily

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    Thanks, Emily

    Last entry for the year. Did a little skiing in the morning, compliments of an inch and a half of snow, overnight. Could use more, for sure, but actually fine for the fat bike, so finished the day with a few laps around the lake on the bike.

    For the month, never missed a day of either fat biking, skiing or snowshoeing. Great way to end the year.

    Happy New Year, everyone.

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    Friday (Dec 30) we drove east about 80 miles to Willcox, AZ and did a birding ride. First stop had lots of Sandhill Cranes, a Prairie Falcon and a Eurasion Wigeon, along with a lot of other ducks and a few lingering Avocets. Then about 13 miles out through the desert and agricultural fields to find a Ferruginous Hawk. Added 4 species to my "birding by bike" list and spent some quality time with my husband. It was overcast and cool, but calm, so a nice day to ride. Maybe 32 miles?
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    Sounds like a nice ride, az!

    Another 35 miles, same route as NY's Day. The trail is still absolutely packed with people. I can't wait until people go back to school and work. Yes, I am selfish. I leave it to them on Saturdays, but during the week, I like my quiet trail! I know it will be as that's how it was last year. We didn't start riding until around mid-Jan. after buying our motorhome, and the trail was pretty dead during the week. Just a few old farts like us!

    Temp in the 70s to low 80s, way above normal even for here. Supposed to get much cooler this weekend.
    Emily

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