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New MI XC Ski Blog!

I just started a new blog dedicated to Michigan XC Skiing. We'll see if folks like using it!

mixcski.blogspot.com

It's a place where people can showcase everything related to Just Plain Skiing in the Snow! It'll also be mostly about Michigan, downstate MI at that, but, really, anywhere there's snow will find a friendly voice…

Latest Articles

RIP Uncle Kent -- my gateway to civilization

I’ve been outdoorsy all my life. But I’ve also had the good fortune to be exposed to civilization. Among my biggest influences in that regard was my Uncle Kent…

A Roadie Primer: How to be a Rider of Road Bikes

There is a lot of info out there on road riding. It's kind of a technical side of biking. It relates to being a "roadie." Lately, however, I have to say that this has been a somewhat unappealing aspect of biking for me…

"Who Was That Guy?" Fun at a Crit! (What happens will shock you!)

Our local team hosted a city center crit yesterday. I went and volunteered and have to say I was pretty bored. Zero spectators or promotion for this full day of racing around the Capitol…

Bike Canoe Trailer: It's a Cinch!

(BUMP FROM May, 31, 2009.) I've long wanted to create a simple trailer for towing a canoe behind a bike. A lot of times when I'm biking and I come across some tasty water I suddenly want to get paddling---especially when the waterway is going my way or when it's a shorter way to go my way…

Latest Products (under construction)

Momentum: Chasing the Olympic Dream

by Pete Vordenberg, US Team Head XC Coach Reg. list price $18. Paperback, with photos. 191 pages. What's So Special About This Ski Book? Momentum is "the best XC ski read ever," says Bob Gregg, editor of Master Skier magazine. ...

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Edible Wild Plants, by Medsger, good [Support Lore!...

80 Years of Yachting Vol. 3 Edited by Bill Robinson

80 Years of Yachting Vol. 3 Edited by Bill Robinson ...

27 Straight Arrow Nebisco Shredded Wheat cards

27 Straight Arrow Nebisco Shredded Wheat cards ...