Lots of Beauty out There / Voight’s Hour Record Attempt Today

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I’ve been doing lots of stuff the past couple days. Mainly switching it up a little, riding some, looking at property for sale, chopping a bunch of wood and paddling some. I’m trying to do some things that are constructive to my shoulder and hip rehabilitating, strengthening them some, because they are both pitifully weak. I sneaked in the Chequamegon race, just because I needed a goal, but in reality, I’m not anywhere close to back to normal function-wise.

If you’ve never been up to Northern Wisconsin, specifically, the Hayward/Cable area, you should put it on your list. You need to bring all the toys you have, MTB and road bikes, boats, blades, anything you can think of, because the area is conducive to all of it. Lots of empty, beautiful roads, plus miles and miles of awesome singletrack. Then you have the water. Rivers, lakes, flowage, more water than you could explore in years.

The land up here is crazy cheap, by US standards. It is normally less than $2000 an acre for a 40, more for smaller, more developed. That is for fully wooded lots in a beautiful setting. And that is the normal asking prices. If you look around, there are lots of special deals around that would blow you away. It is super fun looking around, playing with options.

I’ve been cutting and chopping wood a couple hours a day. There is something therapeutic about it, plus, Dennis goes through a fair amount of wood throughout the winter. I like the whole process from cutting, to splitting to stacking. It is sort of like shovelling snow. You can see your progress and it is fulfilling. I woke up early this morning with an achy shoulder, but that is nothing unusual. I think I’m going to be waking up achy for the rest of my life, if nothing chances soon.

We went out on Cable Lake for a few hours yesterday. I haven’t been in a canoe for a couple years, so it was refreshing. It was a nice day when we started, but towards the end, the temperature dropped a lot and we all got pretty cold. We saw a few bald eagles, one with a fish in his talons, which was cool. It is super relaxing, going through the water on your own power. Pretty comparable to riding a bike, just a lot slower. Pretty good shoulder workout also.

Changing the subject, today is Jen Voight’s hour record attempt. He’s gonna be trying to break the record of 49km and change, under the current UCI rules. You can click here for Cyclingfans.com for the Eurosport links or go to the Trek website for live video too. I think the coverage starts at 11:30am, CST here in the United States. Not a bad way to spend your lunch break.

Dennis has this nice wood canoe which is a joy to paddle.

Dennis has this nice wood canoe which is a joy to paddle.

Bill and Dennis were using kayaks.

Bill and Dennis were using kayaks.

Dennis skims through the lily pads.

Dennis skims through the lily pads.

We ran into Jeff Bradley, former Olympian and Tour de France rider.  He caught some nice Northern Pike.

We ran into Jeff Bradley, former Olympian and Tour de France rider. He caught some nice Northern Pike.

We stopped at Dennis' friend's place on Cable Lake.  He has this incredible barn on his property.

We stopped at Dennis’ friend’s place on Cable Lake. He has this incredible barn on his property.

They don't make 'em much like this anymore.

They don’t make ’em much like this anymore.

Guess this bike has been laying around here for awhile.

Guess this bike has been laying around here for awhile.

Bill and I admiring the lake from the dock.

Bill and I admiring the lake from the dock.

Jen's and his hour record machine.

Jen’s and his hour record machine.

14 thoughts on “Lots of Beauty out There / Voight’s Hour Record Attempt Today

  1. Flicksta

    ‘Fraid I agree. I cannot see how a product of a notorious East German sporting programme was anything other than doped up to the eyeballs.

    Yet he’s never seen anything.

     
  2. Sean YD

    That photo of Jens would have been better had they posed him where you could see the big “BMC” logo on the boards behind him.

     
  3. bill hall

    Never get tired of the Hayward/Cable area. The area has everything for the outdoor enthusiast.
    I guess you didn’t do as good as you would have liked but , as my wife and I were lingering around the finish we saw you come in maybe two minuets and change behind the leaders . I thought that was very good considering your not back at full throttle yet and the course seemed rougher this year .
    Keep chopp’en.

     
  4. Sal Ruibal

    My wife’s family is from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Gorgeous country up there, but the winters are dark and brutal. I like Virginia. Great almost-year-round riding and lots of riders. Virginia was represented well at the Birkie by Jeremiah Bishop, so I guess I can stay down here and still feel challenged on hundreds of miles of dirt roads and rocky-rooty singletrack. Come and ride with us.

     
  5. H Luce

    Relatives of mine have owned property up in Plum Lake since 1915, as a summer home, to escape the heat of Kansas city (My grandmother was forced to sell in 1933 in the Great Depression, her choice was either to lay off employees or sell the summer place…) Here are some photos she took in the late ‘teens to early 1920s – some in KC, some in Plum Lake: https://www.flickr.com/photos/streamfortyseven/sets/72157625173921118/ (contact printed from celluloid negatives 25 years ago, then scanned)

     
  6. Kookaburra

    From the photos H Luce posted a link to. Compare to the photo Steve posted of Jeff Bradley. Same photo, years apart???

     
  7. mike crum

    dont drug test these cheats, put them on a lie detector.. very vey few will pass that test, and i bet its a ton cheaper they their current way of testing..

     
    1. DR

      Searches and police invesitations are far more effective than testing. The doctors are years ahead of the tests.

       
  8. Porfirio

    continuously i used to read smaller articles which also clear their motive, and
    that is also happening with this article which I am reading at
    this time.

     

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