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.