Recap Part One: Spring

I’ve neglected this blog for a few months now, and it seems a shame to ignore everything that’s happened in the mean time. This is the first part in a two-part series playing catch-up.

Copper Country Cycling Club member Parker racing in the B's criterium

In early April, I jumped on the opportunity to make a weekend trip south to Ripon, Wisconsin with some of my cycling clubmates to race road bikes and get away from the snow.

Myself racing in the D's criterium

It great to relax for a weekend and catch some sunshine. I somehow managed to come in 3rd in the D’s (newbies) criterium, despite being the only person on a steel road bike with downtube shifters.

Night picture of Bryan on top of mining ruins with the eclipse in the background

A week or two later, a full lunar eclipse was predicted in the wee hours of the morning. My friend Bryan and I jumped at the chance and lucked out with a quick break in the clouds aligning perfectly with the event.

The cabin surrounded by snow

I finally managed to get out to the family cabin, despite the wet snow and my lack of snowshoes. Next year I plan to take advantage of it much more. It was in surprisingly good shape, but will need some sweeping and scrubbing inside. It’s a perfect bike ride in the fall, assuming the weather holds.

Two OVC members climbing over ice covered trees with a rushing spillway in the background

My friend Helen convinced me to get involved in some OVC outings. A combination of rad people, adventure, and the natural wonders of the yoop coincided in the best way possible. No adventure is complete without the possibility of arrest by federal agents or death by icefall. As always, I wish I had gotten involved sooner.

Stay tuned for part two.


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