Archive: August, 2011

Mark’s righteous Raleigh


Mark’s Raleigh Sports is a classic from the Nottingham, England company Raleigh Bicycle Company founded in 1887. Mark’s Sports is an original English manufacture bike from 1959. Classic example of a sturdy, all-purpose, all-weather bike for local commuting, errand-running.

Berry picking on the North Shore

by Olwe

Last week was pretty much it for blueberry picking at the top of the Gunflint Trail . . . and this year was not as good as last. As you may know, way up on the Gunflint are many acres of wilds recovering from forest fire — prime country for blueberries.

Here’s a peculiar ‘shroom we found at one of our patches:

Notice the “Eye of Sauron” at the top. Somebody said this might be a lobster mushroom. I believe lobster mushrooms are edible. But if in fact Sauron the Deceiver has occupied this poor fungus, it might not be a lobster mushroom after all.

We also have been loading up on domestic raspberries from various garden sources. They’re doing quite well. In addition, the thimbleberries are coming in. They’re my all-time favorite, but they are not a prolific berry producer. A big, bushy plant may only produce a hand-full. I’ve even seen a few cloudberries, but they’re somewhat rare this far south.

Dave Steckelburg’s Salsa Casseroll


2011 Salsa Casseroll made for long adventure rides on smooth or rough roads. This bike will be great for errand running or loaded touring. Its full cromoly(Chromium Molybdenum eh?) frame has just enough give to soak up the bumps but its stiff enough to get your energy to the pavement. Dave plans to use it for all the above.

After work Mountain Bike ride 7/26/11


Seven of the ten riders on our weekly after work ride. We are on the top of Pincushion Mountain which is accessed by a very technical ride or hike from the Pincushion Mountain loop of the Pincushion Mountain Ski trail system.  The view behind us is the shore of the Big Lake looking east to the horizon.

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