Trip summary #2 with Kathy

Posted on: September 22nd, 2016 by tony No Comments

 

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MORMAN EMIGRANT TRAIL
July 25th - the day we started, it was over 100 in Sacramento. So Chris drove us to Sly Park near Placerville, at about 4,000 where it was 75 degrees. We biked up the Mormon Emergent Trail, then up CA 88 all the way to Carson Pass -- over 9,000 feet. We then biked down to Lake Tahoe and camped near Inspiration Point and Emerald Bay. Beautiful.

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CAMP ON CALIFORNIA HWY 88

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MOUNT SHASTA
We biked past Lake Tahoe, Truckee, Graeagle, Chester, Lassen Volcanic National Park and (in this photo) Mount Shasta. Where we camped one night.

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CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK

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BLACKBERRIES

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HOT SPRINGS
In Oregon

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OREGON COAST

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MYERS FLAT
Kathy was searching for a town where the elevation and population were the same.

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NAPA VALLEY

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BABY GINNY
Our new grand daughter

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KATHY AND GINNY

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LAMA

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Bike Trip Summary #1

Posted on: September 20th, 2016 by tony No Comments

 

Took a four-month bike trip summer of 2016. I biked alone for three months (summarized below). I then met up with Kathy in Sacramento and she joined me for a one month bike trip. Here's a link to Kathy's trip
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COLORADO NATIONAL MONUMENT
Grand Junction, Colorado. The day before I started my trip - 4/14/2016 - I flew Mpls to Denver then drove a rental car to Grand Junction.

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Western Colorado

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MIKE THE HEADLESS CHICKEN
Fruita, Co --- I biked from Fruita to Moab, nearly 100 miles with no services. First night I camp just out of view of the road. Wind came up overnight and blew my tent down.

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DENALI DANIELS
at the hostel in Moab, Ut. Denali cooks at the hostel when he's not traveling and photographing national parks across the country.

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ARCHES NATIONAL PARK
I hung out in Moab for four days. Camped at the Lazy Lizard Hostel - $8/night - showers and kitchen access.

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BACKROADS NEAR MOAB
Biked dirt roads from Moab to Green River, Utah. Camped in Green River then Hanksville.

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CAPITAL REEF NATIONAL PARK
Hiked and camped in the park.

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CAPITAL REEF NATIONAL PARK

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TORREY, UT
Holed up in a cabin. $26/night for two nights until the snow melted. Then biked over a 9,000 foot pass to Boulder.

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ESCALANTE

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UTAH - SOMEWHERE

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BRIAN HEAD SKI AREA

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NEAR BRIAN HEAD

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PAROWAN
Petroglyphs. Spiritual center of the world.

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TRASH
In Utah and Nevada I saw hundreds of beer bottles in the ditches. Mostly Bud Light. I understand people like to throw bottles at highway signs to see them break.

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UTAH

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A SIGN IN UTAH

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ANTLERS

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WIND POWER

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DESERT FLOWERS

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US 50 LONELIEST ROAD IN AMERICA
Near Ely Nevada

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STILL ON US 50

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VIRGINIA CITY
The ride across Nevada was hot and shadeless. Virginia City was higher and a bit cooler.

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LAKE TAHOE

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WILD CAMPING NEAR LAKE TAHOE

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LAKE TAHOE

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SILVER LAKE
Biked down California 88 toward Sacramento. Beautiful.

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CHANDOS TACOS
Hung out with Chris and Alia in Sacramento for a few days.

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HEADING NORTH
Chris rode with me for half a day toward Yuba City.

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LUNCH
Or could be dinner - I ate a quite a bit of peanut butter. Protein.

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NEAR REDDING, CA

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TRINITY WILDERNESS IN NORTHERN CA

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TRINITY ALPS
Big climb and a full day glide down along the Salmon River.

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MORE TRINITY WILDERNESS
Some say this is the longest single lane road in the US. Beautiful and quiet. Camped in the woods and hardly saw a soul.

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MIGHT BE THE SALMON RIVER
I biked over Bald Hills to the California coast. Then Up the coast to Washington State. Most people bike north to south on the coast to take advantage of the wind. Regretfully, not me. I would start biking at daybreak to get some miles in before the breeze picked up.

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CAPE BLANCO
Many state parks in California and Oregon have Hiker/Biker campsites. These are community spaces where no reservations are needed. And it's just $5/person. Includes a shower. Cape Blanco is the the furthest point west in the contiguous United States. High above the ocean, breezy, cool, and usually foggy.

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NEWPORT, OR

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ASTORIA, OR
I bike across the Astoria bridge. 4.5 miles of narrow-shouldered, logging-trucked terror.

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ILWACO, WASHINGTON<br/>I arrived at this tiny town in SW Washington early on a Saturday morning. Artists were setting up for a fair.

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IN SEATTLE AREA
I hung out with friends Steve and Natalie and my cousin Bill (who took me to a spectacular restaurant overlooking the sea.) For part of a Burning Man project Steve made these lighted jackets (they are programmed to flash, and change colors ---- skip it, you would have to see it live. We walked their dog in these getups.

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GUN SHOP MADE FROM A CHURCH

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KETCHIKAN
Took a ferry from Seattle to Alaska with long lost cousins Kathy and Bob + Kathy's husband, Dan. Hung out with my cousin Bob for a week. Stayed in his condo right in town.

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DEER MOUNTAIN
Bob and I hiked to the top of this mountain and looked out over the harbor.

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CREEK STREET
All brothels (over 30) were forced to move to one area of Ketchikan along the creek, a hundred years ago. Now they are gift shops and cafes.

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TOTEMS
In Ketchikan

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FISH
I did not catch it. Bob and I were just hanging out on the docks and a fisherman came in with his catch.

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BOB'S BOAT
We boated to the airport on Bob's  boat and even camped overnight near an island.

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BOB'S LITTLE BOAT
We patched a hole, got the motor running and took it out for a spin in the harbor.

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BACK IN SEATTLE
Flew from Alaska to Seattle. Here is an old beer sign I saw while biking through South Seattle.

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DOG SHOW
Stayed with friends John and Kim in Seattle. Got to play with the dogs.

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BIKE TRAIL
I felt like I was in the rainforest on this bike trail east of Seattle.

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SNOWQUALMIE FALLS
I was told to check it out. Only a mile out of your way. I'm glad I did.

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SCENIC HWY 30
Along the Columbia River.

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MULTNOMAH FALLS
Also on Scenic 30. This falls is the most visited natural attraction in Oregon.

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PRE'S ROCK
I got to see a couple days of action at the Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Or. This is my cousin Bill, who told me about the event and brought me up to see the place Steve Prefontaine crashed his car.

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UMPQUA RIVER
A beautiful whitewater river in southern Oregon.

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COVERED BRIDGE
Near Cottage Grove, OR

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UMPQUA RIVER VALLEY

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UMPQUA RIVER VALLEY

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OLYMPIC TRACK AND FIELD TRIALS
In Eugene. I got to see hammer throw, shot put, steeple chase, hurdles, 5,000 meter, 200 meter, long jump. It was a blast.

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HILLS NEAR COTTAGE GROVE, OR

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BURNEY FALLS STATE PARK

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NEAR GRAEAGLE<br/>The store owner says this sign is pro Trump. I just had to ask.

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North Shore Ski Trek — 2017 invite

Posted on: August 30th, 2016 by tony No Comments

 

Hi Trekkers,
The Bearskin Trek is now full and we added the Bearskin Weeknight Trek - check it out below. We would love to have you join us for some amazing skiing in the Northwoods. Registration info below. -- Kathy and Tony Mommsen

FIFTH ANNUAL North Shore Ski Trek

1a. BEARSKIN WEEKNIGHT TREK 2017 (New Trek and space available)
Sun-Wed - March 5-8
Three nights at Bearskin Lodge
$225 - plus a meal to share
Ski right from your lodge onto the legendary trails around Bearskin Lodge. From here you can also ski to the BWCA, or the Banadad Trail. Skiers of all abilities are invited, ski as much or as little as you wish. There will certainly be people who ski at your pace and are fun to talk with. There will be some optional activities like skiing to Golden Eagle Lodge for tea and cookies, an evening star hike (hopefully with Northern Lights) and ski part or all of the Banadad Trail. We also plan on a group dinner/party one evening in Bearskin’s main lodge. This Trek is in conjunction with the North Shore Trek - So we can all ski, share meals and hangout together at Bearskin Lodge.

1. BEARSKIN TREK 2017 (Full)
Wed-Sun - March 8-12
$300 - plus a meal to share

Four nights at Bearskin Lodge

2. NORTH SHORE TREK 2017 (Space available)
Fri-Wed - March 3-8
Five nights - (nearly) point-to-point ski from Tofte to Gunflint Lake
$400 - plus a meal to share
Two nights at Lutsen Sea Villas.
Three nights at Bearskin Lodge.

The skiing

The trail names are famous: Sugarbush, Norpine, Bally Creek, Gunflint, Banadad. And they are famous for a reason. They are beautiful, expertly groomed, well design, full of delightful surprises. Views of Lake Superior, long hills (up and down) rocky cliffs and the long meditative day on the Banadad Trail. With this tour we are piecing together a (nearly) point-to-point adventure. This is both an informal and magnificent tour. While we are experiencing the best trails, scenery and lodges anywhere, the trip leaders will not be holding your hand.

BWCA
Our original plan of skiing across the BWCA turned out to be too far for one day. So we this year we have two BWCA ski experiences.
1. Two day ski across the BWCA - Dogsleds will haul our gear. (Filled with 8 skiers)
2. One day out and back ski in the BWCA 

Minnesota Ski Pass

Four days of the North Shore Trek will be on trails that require a Minnesota Ski Pass. Skiers can purchase the pass earlier in the winter or the first morning of the trek at a Holiday Gas Station along the North Shore.

 

The Schedule

Even though we will be trying to ski the entire distance from Tofte to Gunflint Lake, there will be some shuttling.

  • Friday - Early morning drive from from your home to Tofte
  • Friday - ski Picnic Loop - Tofte to Onion River Road - start at noon - sleep at Lutsen Sea Villas
  • Saturday - ski Onion River Road to Bally Creek - lunch at Cascade Lodge- ski Bally Creek to Grade Road - sleep at Lutsen Sea Villas
  • Sunday - Banadad
  • Monday -  BWCA Out and Back  (a group of eight are skiing across the BWCA with dogsled support for Mon-Tues - this is filled)
  • Tuesday - Bearskin Trail (or Upper Gunflint Trails as an option)
  • Wednesday - Morning ski at Bearskin before heading home.

The Mission

We are working toward a true point-to-point trek incorporating the best ski trails in Cook County - for 2017 we are closer to achieving this goal than ever.

Classic Only - Banadad Trail, the trail from Cascade Lodge to Bally Creek, the ski across the BWCA

Skate and Classic - Picnic Loop, Lutsen Road to Cascade Lodge + the trails at Bearkskin Lodge.

If the weather is warm and snow is soft we strongly encourage classic technique to help preserve the ski trails.

REGISTER

Write check to
Kathy Mommsen 

(For the North Shore Trek please sign up by Dec. 1st)
$225 for the Bearskin Weekday Trek
$400 for the North Shore Trek

    1. Name

    2. Mailing address

    3. Email address

    4. Phone number and Cell number

    5. Dietary restrictions

    6. Would you like to car-pool from Mpls/St. Paul to the North Shore?
      Is your car available?
      If so, how many seats?

Food

Each person will be assigned to bring one breakfast or dinner to share with 10 people.

Everyone will bring their own lunches.

North Shore Ski Trek

Kathy and Tony Mommsen

2656 Raleigh Ave South

St Louis Park, MN 55416

Questions to

Trip leaders Kathy and Tony Mommsen

tonymommsen@gmail.com

kathymommsen@gmail.com


For more photos and info, join the North Shore Trek Facebook group

 

Bearskin Trek Map
Trails around Bearskin Lodge are the Central Gunflint System

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North Shore Trek Map
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Lake Tahoe

Posted on: May 17th, 2016 by tony No Comments

 

Monday morning I hung around Carson City way longer than I planned. (I really didn’t plan). I was just putting off the long climb to Lake Tahoe. It was long and challenging. When I cleared the pass and started down toward the lake it was getting late-ish. Prospects for a campsite were tough.

The lake was beautiful in the low, evening light. As I passed through Incline Village, a woman on a bike flagged me down and suggested I head up Hwy 267 toward Truckee and bike down any dirt road near the top of the hill. Five miles later, with the sun setting, I found a dirt road and a gate and, down the lane, the nicest site of the trip. A nice flat spot, next to a giant pine, and a view Lake Tahoe and the town of Kings Beach way below. 

This morning a guy told me Tahoe House Bakery in Tahoe City was the best coffee shop on the whole north shore. Here I am.

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Cold Springs to Carson City

Posted on: May 17th, 2016 by tony No Comments

 

The last few days have been sunny, breezy, hot.

1. Thurs night --- camped at Cold Springs, NV where I met Joy and Tony. They quit tech jobs in the Bay Area, got rid of everything, and are biking across the US, biking through South America then Europe for a few years - all on their bikes. (Kathy says “ we could do that.”)

2. Friday morning -- near Cold Springs, I met 70yr old Robert, who is biking across the US. He devised a footrest system which allows him to get off his bike. Not as nimble as he once was. A few years ago he got as far as Denver before he ran out of money.

3. Friday night -- I camped in Fallon, NV -- nice sunset.

4. Saturday -- after just a few miles, a million mph headwind stopped me at Lahontan State Park. Where I napped in the shade, by the lake. Camped in this state park near a couple, Tim and Kelly, from Reno. They shared their beer (Coors Lite) with me and told about how they would like to retire as campground hosts at state and national parks around the country. Later, they brought over BBQ chicken and veggies shortly after I had eaten my dinner (the best chicken I've ever had). Lucky I'm always hungry.

5. Sunday -- I bike up to Virginia City, where they were having a big celebration, me too. You know me and street dances. Biked down to Carson City. The guy at the 7-11 said everyone just camps down by the Carson River on Deer Run Road. You have to open the big gate and find a spot. Free. I felt like Chris Farley.

6. Right now I'm in the DD in Carson City. Having a treat and coffee.

[Fun Fact - Jack Rabbits increase and decrease blood-flow to their ears to control their body temperature. They nurse their young for 2-3 days, after which, the young rabbit never sees its mother again. The mother watches its young from a distance to protect them from predators. Talk about helicoptering!]

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