Sam’s summer tour, day 11: Pipe to Ixonia

Wisconsin is a NICE place.  Although my claim might not be particularly controversial, it bears repeating--particularly because that same refrain crossed your bearded biker's brain several times during today's 61 miles in the saddle. The Badger State is pretty great! Those miles managed to pass by pretty quickly. I had lots of lovely clouds to... Continue Reading →

Sam’s summer tour, day four: Menominee to Rapid River

Cirrus clouds look like wispy horse tails because they're mostly made out of ice crystals. Ice crystals also lend cirrostratus clouds an ethereal appearance, which is why sunlight refracts into a halo when it shine through a sheet of these high-up-in the atmosphere formations. Cirrostratus clouds accumulating on top of cirrus clouds late in the... Continue Reading →

Sam’s summer tour, day two: Fond du Lac to Appleton

To differentiate between altocumulus clouds and their lower-lying cousins, stratocumulus, compare against the size of your hand held out at arm's length. Altocumulus clouds, because they sit up above 6,000 feet in the air, appear smaller than your thumb, whereas stratocumulus clouds look about the size of a fist. I hope that neither of us... Continue Reading →

Recuperating…and Running Away to Another Adventure

Ciao Darlings! Is life beautiful wherever you are located? It's hard to believe that a full four days have elapsed since I completed my 20-day, halfway-across-America bicycling extravaganza! I've got a panoply of posts planned to cover the lessons I learned during my trip; hopefully they will be helpful for aspiring tourers to eschew any... Continue Reading →

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