So incredibly stoked to see fresh riding from Rodney Mullen featuring his new “stance less” style.
As an adult there aren’t many traditions that seem to survive, our friend group is far flung and getting folks together is always a logistical challenge. However there is one trip that has become a watershed moment in the Summer months, the annual pilgrimage to Vilas County, Wisconsin. Every year the dudes flock from Minneapolis, Tulsa, and Milwaukee to gather for camping, riding, boating, and heavy riffs. While there’s always a bit of interchange in the attendees due to life events, it is marked on all of our calendars as a do not miss affair.
This year was no different, a crew of wilderness-loving city punks made the long drive to our friend Craiggles cabin to reconnect and make new memories. As the year’s have passed our riding has shifted from heavy gravel miles on road and cross bikes to exploring the abundant snowmobile trails on big tires. Along the way a night camping out has become standard fare as a number of “boat in” only campsites have been discovered that are also highly rideable.
Here are a few of my favorite moments from this year’s trip, I hope they inspire a longing for the Northwoods.
Kopish enjoying some fresh strawberries sourced from a roadside stand
Some scores from a thrift shop along the route
The flag is a warning to the other denizens of the lake
Gateway to one of the most beautiful places on this earth
The trail devolves a bit, what it lakes in “trail” it makes up for in stunning beauty
Somebody been riding with a backpack, serious salt lines
Like a lovely butterfly emerging from his cocoon
The Fishfinder General, the unfriendliest of vessels
Can’t wait till next year!
been busy traveling, be back shortly!
The light was just right to take some glamour shots of two builds that I did during 2008. Both unchanged since that date, both with thousands of miles. Both still looking right.
Bike: Falcon Cranks: Superbe Chainring: Campagnolo
Bike: Capricorn Cranks: Campagnolo Record Chainring: Campagnolo
Super stoked to see the homies at Crust Bikes are making a run of Dirt Drop stems with the proceeds going to help with the medical bills of mountain bike pioneer Charlie Cunningham. For $115 you get a sweet chrome stem, while helping out a legend.
I’ve already got mine, because there’s no way this handmade beauty isn’t going to come in handy at some point in the future!
From a hot and dry ride on the Peacock down near Hastings. Hot as heck, but way worth the effort.