Skyway Epic 2017 – Inaugural 200 Mile Race Podium. Brian Toone (1st), Eddie O’Dea (2nd), Chris Joice (3rd), Justin Shealey (4th), Pete Foret (5th), Josh Lederman (6th) I’ve arranged these pictures from 1st – 6th, but this inaugural edition of the 200 mile version of the Skyway Epic mountain bike race was definitely a race […]
2016 Season StatisticsBeing able to participate in such a significant life-changing endeavor as the 2016 Ride4Gabe was certainly the highlight of my cycling year, and that led spontaneously to the establishment of a primary goal for 2016 – to ride in every county in Alabama in one year. I set this goal when I joined […]
Michigan! 706 miles from Hoover, Alabama to New Buffalo, Michigan in two days! It has been a while since I’ve posted here, so I’m happy to be back with quite the adventure – a 706 mile ride from my home in Hoover, Alabama to New Buffalo, Michigan at the Northern Indiana border to meet my […]
825 mile ride to the coast via 60,000 feet of climbing in 5 states, including 4 state high points! 5 states, 4 state high points, 34 counties, lots of adventure! Click to enlarge and see detail. Title Distance Climbing Moving Time Elapsed Time Day 1 – AL to GAMt Cheaha (2407′) 184.6 mi 14,365 ft […]
Kristine and the kids out on the shoals in the Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge outside West Blocton. I met them there 150+ miles into the ride. It was great to cool off and swim with them in the river amongst all the Cahaba River Lilies! The Cahaba River is the “longest free-flowing river in […]
I had intended to post some pics and videos from our Christmas up in Wisconsin before the end of the year so that I could have at least one post in 2015 on toonesalive — but I forgot! So I’m retroactively posting and re-dating this for 2015. Enjoy!
We hit the tailend of a snowstorm on our way up. There wasn’t much snow, but we did end up an unplowed portion of Hwy 53 between Eau Claire and Shell Lake with an inch or so of new snow. We were driving along at 50mph (getting passed by people going even faster) and hit a deeper patch of snow on the righthand side of the car. This turned the car sideways, which I immediately countersteered (in the direction of the slide) to correct. Unfortunately, the tires grabbed and we slid the other way towards the median. I counter-steered again and this time it straightened out. Fortunately, this second part happened at a highway crossover so there was extra room in the middle otherwise we would have ended up off the road in the middle. This was an exciting end to an 18 hour overnight drive.
It snowed again very lightly a few times while we were up there, but it was mostly dry and about average temps. I got some long mountain bike rides and a few fat bike rides in to take me up over 30,000 miles for the year and complete the Rapha Festive 500. One of the fat bike rides was quite the adventure ending well after dark in light snow, which is fun to watch in a helmet mounted light (looks like a blizzard).
A very wet and WARM Christmas morning ride.
The vesclub mountain goats celebrating Christmas.
Analise trying out her new lacrosse stick.
18 hours of driving later, we arrived in the winter wonderland of Northwestern Wisconsin.
Temps were exactly 50 degF cooler than when we left Birmingham.
I was so excited to see all the snow, I got my mountain bike out and went riding around town. Salem Lutheran church in the background.
The Shell Lake walleye sign with a frozen Shell Lake in the background.
We went sledding later in the afternoon. This was the first snow that Shell Lake had had in December so there were lots of people out sledding.
Walking to church on Sunday.
Family picture at Salem Lutheran.
The Timberland Hills firetower.
First icebeard of the trip.
River otter or beaver tracks.
Everything was icy so I rode on platform pedals for the first couple days.
Icebeard from my second ride.
Icebeard from my third ride – midride before switching over to fat bike.
Fat bike portion of my ride – crossing the Namekagon River.
This sign is hilarious to us because I lost my camera near hear when trying to take a picture of a turtle on a log while kayaking. We’ve always joked that there is a turtle taking and selling digital pictures using my camera.
Ice beard at heartwood after riding from Hayward on a fat bike.
Heartwood conference center, heading out to complete 30,000 miles for the year.
Fat bike in a bit deeper snow.
Ice beard before tubing with the kids towards the end of my ride.
Josiah tubing / rolling down the hill.
Analise enjoyed eating the snow more than playing in it.
Josiah and I after tubing.
Riding aross the frozen Hoinville Lake to get to our rental cabin in Heartwood.
Josiah heading out for a ski.
Analise heading out for a ski with Josiah, Kristine, and I.
Kristine and I went back out to ski the long trail which is the only place to see the Namekagon River.
Kristine and I during our ski.
Ice beard after making it back to Shell Lake.
Star Wars at the Spooner Palace.
The Spooner Palace complete with a stage and curtains.
The final day of riding, I started out on the fat bike trails and crashed on a very icy road on the way to the trail.
The fat bike trails intertwine with the Birkiebeiner ski trails.
Seely Pass fat bike trail – awesome!
Ice beard after making it back to Shell Lake after super long adventure in the snow!
Driving home to Alabama, we first swung by the high point of Wisconsin – Timms Hill – with ice fishermen in the foreground.
I was just looking back at this blog and realized we hadn’t made a single post in 2014. Well, here we go with just a few hours to go left in 2014. Here’s a link to some of the videos of fun we’ve had so far this year up in Wisconsin.
There’s nothing like having a good sledding hill right out the back door. I went with the kids to do some sledding down the hill to the old high school football field and got some good videos — including this first one — a “sledcam” view of me crashing into a ditch and then Josiah crashing into me a few seconds later.
Yesterday, I had a chance to bike back to Shell Lake from the cabin. Along the way I rode over a couple frozen lakes and down the sledding hill at the cabin with the kids. Here’s a bikecam video of me riding over a lake and then bike sledding with the kids:
Here are some more videos from the sledding action this afternoon:
We made the 18 hour drive up from Birmingham yesterday, and the kids were so excited to be in the snow that they were skiing and sledding around the house while Kristine and I got caught up on a bit of sleep. Then today we went up to Spooner for a kids 1K ski race – their first ski race. I got lots of pics and videos from the day — here are some of the best…
It has been a while since we posted here … it’s been busy in the Toone Times … Josiah is in first grade now and has been taking karate for the past few months. This past Thursday he passed his belt testing, and tonight was the belt ceremony. I got videos of both events below (the belt testing is split up into two parts) –
Also, Analise was in the Lakeside Christmas performance, see the video of her choir singing below –
We haven’t posted here in a while so I’m not sure who still reads this blog – but Analise, Josiah, and I had a great adventure this past Sunday while Kristine was running her half-marathon in Florida. We walked through the woods to Lakeside where Analise was helping host a Sunday evening coffee house with the rest of the GA’s. These are the pics that me and Josiah took (mostly Josiah – he was quite the photographer)
Analise all dressed up and ready to serve – posing for a picture in front of her dogwood tree.
Me and Analise’s bunny purse
Analise’s bunny purse and Josiah’s mail truck
Analise gets ready to serve up some water
Grandma and Poppa looking down as Josiah takes a picture
Josiah takes a break from photography duty to eat some brownie cake
The weather forecast had called for a winter storm last night to bring 3-4″ of snow and only a 20% chance of snow today. Instead, we got 5-6″ of snow last night and then snow all day today bringing the total close to maybe 8″ of snow! It was really windy with strong winds and blizzard like wind gusts when I headed out on a short mountain bike ride to Becky’s to pick up cheese curds for the family to watch the end of the Packers game. After the game, we headed over to the sledding hill and got a few good runs in the snow which was packed down more now that a bunch of other kids had been sledding on it. Check out the photos and videos from the day below!
Kristine went skiing with her sister Kat and dad
Kat and Dale climbing a hill
Lots of snow and still snowing while skiing
Supporting the the team – cheesehead style!
Snow plowed down the middle
Becky’s was packed with people watching the Packers game
Look at the snow blowing off the roof of the warehouse
The town bank reports 12 degF, the actual temperature was closer to 23 degF
Looking down main street towards the lake
The town grocery store on main street
Lakeview bar and grill right at the intersection of Main St and US-63
The shell lake mascot (and an ice fishing hut in the background on the lake)
Nativity by the church
Mountain bike track through the snow
The temperature is 23 snowflake 0 degF
Mountain biking in the driveway. The outbound tracks had already been covered up with new snow
Have to keep the plants warm inside
An Alabama car with a lot of snow on it
Analise took a tumble in the deep snow, and her duck took a snow bath!
Josiah trying to carry his sled back up the hill
Hiding from the blizzard winds next to a lawnmower
More snow … looks like another inch or two
Bunny princess fun
Icicles hanging outside on our way to go sledding
At the very bottom of the sledding hill is the old football field
Kids are having a blast … check out the pics from playing in the snow this morning … but first a video of the snow plow clearing the street out front while Poppa Dale clears the driveway with a snowblower.
Morning snowstorm total – maybe 4 inches with another inch or two on the way
The making of a snow angel
Josiah burrowing into the snow
An Analise snow bunny
Sledding hill – we will be wearing this hill out later this afternoon
We had a great evening at a dinner party at the Spooner Market in downtown Spooner. During dinner, it started to snow, and there was more than an inch on the ground by the time we started to drive back to Shell Lake. More than four hours later, and it is still snowing. It looks like we have maybe five or six inches. Enjoy the pictures and videos of the snow below. Also, enjoy the video of Aunt Kat playing with Analise and Josiah at the Spooner outdoor ice skating rink.