Biking, General, Nature, Outdoor Activities

Spring Marches On

Last year, we had 20 inches of snow during April. It was a very cold and snowy one. This year, April is a delight. I’m sure this has something to do with how horrendous the winter of 2013-14 has been. Snow is now only present in old piles, drifts on low deeply shaded areas.

Snow on North side of pole barn.

Vultures, grackles and flickers are now here. Chorus frogs are occasionally active but not yet vocal.

These guys were quite common in one part of a low field.


The pussywillow-like buds of the aspens are puffing.

This woodchuck was on a sun-warmed hillside above the St. Croix River at Wild River State Park, where I rode my bike on the roads as the paved trails were still snow or ice packed a few days ago.

Biking, General

30 Days of Biking

#30daysofbiking is a group that has pledged to ride their bikes every day in the month of April. I’m trying to document each day’s ride.

April 1:
32 degrees with 16mph steady winds gusting to 24mph. Rode from the basement -where the bike was on a trainer- around the back yard over some icy mud, down the driveway, in front of the house then into the garage.
0.3 miles


April 2:
36 degrees, sunny with very little wind. Rode on a paved trail -Shafer segment of the Swedish Immigrant Trail- that had some icy spots, with some snowy parts still impassable. Also spurred off onto a wet dirt road for a bit. A few unknown dogs confronted me, then the larger, a German Shepherd, decided to join me for about a quarter of a mile. I hope he found his way back.
6.5 miles
The image at the top is from this ride, using the Map My Ride app.
Rode back and forth several times so the mile markers are hard to follow. Started by the ‘3’.

Today is April 3rd. It is snowing now, but I rode in the garage, with one quick sprint on the muddy snowy driveway to the muddy snowy street.


Tomorrow there may be a foot of snow on the ground. Hmmm. We’ll see.