No Midwest Bicycle Fest in 2016. After 11 years of putting on the event I called it quits. We did put on Cranksgiving for the 2nd year along with a couple of group rides and several Pub Pedal theme nights. I’m still serving on my city’s bike and pedestrian board.
I began posting more regularly on Instagram (@locojoe). All bike related but I try to keep it a little different than what I post here and our Facebook page.
Missing this year were rides with my parents. Various reasons made it difficult for us to ride together. Dad did ride with us when the Grandkids were here and Mom did get in a little riding on her own.
No definite plans for 2017 but I imagine it will be a lot like 2016 with our vacation at a different location.
Our bike club’s annual New Year’s day get-together. We met at our host’s house where we ate and socialized before going on a short ride. Lots of great food. I made butternut squash soup.
Happy New Year!
Not our host’s house but a near-by university building.
Rode to a favorite Japanese restaurant for lunch and then to Harry’s Uptown where we had our first ever Bavarian Dunkel. This one from Leinenkugel’s…
Leinenkugel’s winter seasonal, Bavarian Style Dunkel, is a medium bodied dark lager brewed with notes of cocoa, toasted malt and mild winter spices that blend perfectly with a hint of berries. Its rich taste and clean finish make it a great addition to a winter’s day spent cozying up by a fire.
Would we drink it again? Yes.
Note: Harry’s doesn’t appear to have beer on tap, only cans and bottles.
I rode to and on the trails at the river yesterday.
What you can’t tell by the above photo is that’s a 10 foot or so drop down to the water. Was no easy task getting my bike back up. Fortunately I wasn’t on the bike when it took the fall, just a bad choice of parking location. Also fortunately when the bike finished tumbling down it came to rest just touching the water and not in it. 25 degrees out I’m glad I didn’t have to wade into the river.
After a miserable week of holding up in the house fighting a cold I finally got out yesterday.
We rode in to the city for lunch and beverages.
Veggie pizza for Nova and veggie sandwich for me. Each of us tried new beers. Nova had ordered a Magic Hat hefeweizen but was served a Magic Hat #9 (not quite pale ale) instead. She thought it was ok. For me it was a Ballast Point, Victory at Sea (coffee, vanilla imperial stout) which both the ABV and IBUs were too much for my taste. Ballast Point’s Calm Before The Storm is a favorite of mine though.
On the ride back home we spotted this car in the river at nealry the same spot the above photo was taken earlier in the day. Upon our return home I checked local news sites to find no one was seriously injured in the accident.