Thursday, August 27, 2009


Monday, August 24, 2009

The Gentlemen's Ride Weekend.

I need to know if you are coming. I am going to make cue sheets available to those that confirm as well as some extras, but i am not going to make a ton, so if you want directions, let me know. (Some of you have already let me know and I appreciate that.)

Friday September 18th:

- The yard is again open for anyone who might like to put a tent up and camp out.
- From 7:00 to 10:00pm there is going to be a pre-race party at Kathys Pub in downtown Rochester. We're going to be installing some photographs and previewing a bit of the film. I'll have a map up here in the days before as well as maps available at my house.
- After the party I'll be heading back to the house to relax a bit before heading off to sleep. (This could mean a fire in the backyard)

Saturday September 19th:

- 7:00am: Begin to assemble at the Casa del Almanzo for an 8:00am start.
- 7:45am: Pre-ride remarks.
- 8:00am: 1st Annual Gentlemen's Ride begins.
- After the ride begins, you are essentially on your own. The halfway point looks like it will be at a place called Johnny Ringos in Spring Valley. This is a bar and the updated cue sheets will get you there.

*This is intended to be a big group ride along the 2009 Almanzo 100 course. Ride at your own pace and have fun. Feel free to hang out in Spring Valley as long as you like, I probably will. This ride, unlike the May version has far fewer rules (if any). You're welcome to stop and meet your friends or have a picnic or pitch a tent and call it a day. When I get back to the house I am going to want to sit back and discuss the whole thing. Upon your return, I would encourage you to do the same thing. Please feel free to hang out as long as you like.

*Funding is tight, BYOB.

*Questions? Let me know.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

It ain't new...

...but it's pretty damn cool no less.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Check it.

For all things wool and why not, they're locally owned.

Saturday, August 15, 2009


So I was actually out of town for four days and I was able to get out and ride for parts of two of them. Total mileage amounted to somewhere in the 110 range. The pace was quick for 80 as my two year Wisconsin riding partner Dave seems to be able to pull me along for miles and miles. The other 30 was spent leisurely rolling around Shell lake with my new friends Dan, Robert and Ross who all hail from the land of the cranberry bogs. I can't guarantee a ride with Dave any time beyond this one week in August every year, but if you drop by the River Brook bike shop in Spooner, Denise will be happy to point you in the direction of the group.

Oh, and if you're in the neighborhood you might as well drop by Alley Cats Coffee Shop. It happens to be owned by one of the gentlemen I met along the Shell Lake ride, but I'll let you figure that out.

Thursday, August 6, 2009


The second round of jerseys is in! If you ordered one, I've got it and since I know who you are I am going to try and get them to you as soon as I can. Until then though I am going to take a little time off from all of this. Every August my family takes a bit of a Holiday and this one is no different. So while I pack up the Salsa for a trip to the great Northwoods of Wisco, I am also taking a few days off from the Al Gore's internet and maybe even my cell phone. Time to relax...

It ain't no corn maze...

Looks like some Japanese farmers are going to give the Midwestern corn growers a run for their creative coin. This stuff is pretty cool. Here is my favorite, you can find more through the link at the bottom.


Tuesday, August 4, 2009


White Box from makoto yabuki on Vimeo.


Monday, August 3, 2009

Getting close.

The Gentlemen's Ride is just around the corner and I am working on getting that whole weekend locked down and sorted out. I have the space for the party and the photos are coming along nicely. The film is still being worked through, but it looks like we might have a trailer available to view that night as well.
I have received one postcard containing four names. I would like more. I know a lot of you have said that you plan to attend, but for planning purposes I am going to need a bit more info so that I can begin to make cue sheets and packets and such....
Aside from all of that I just want to say thank you. Thank you to everyone who has ever has anything to do with this Almanzo project. If you have ridden in it, or helped someone who did. If you have read the blog and passed it on to a friend. If you have volunteered or lent a hand in anyway....THANK YOU VERY MUCH. This has been a wonderful experience so far and I intend to put forth my best efforts in the future to ensure that anyone and everyone who ever wants to come along for the ride has one of the best times they've ever spent on a bike. None of this would be possible without the great people that have taken the time out of their lives to be a part of it. Thank you again and I'll see you soon.