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I live in Wisconsin. The weather changes. Duh. Nothing new, it’s everyday. We get melting heat in the hundreds with humidity that you can almost swim through. We get rain and storms that cause flooding (that you literally swim through) and we get cold. This year we seem to be getting plenty of that. Subzero temps have been the norm for weeks now. I seem to be one of a small group that has decided to simply deal with it. This group, by the way, is growing. We don extra layers, mittens, facemasks and goggles. The snow for skiing and snowshoeing is really good, the fat tire bike group has over a dozen riders each week, I see fellow bicycle commuters everyday. The city is doing their normal job on the streets and they are passable. I ride daily and haven’t had to deal with ‘too much snow to ride through’ yet. Outdoors in Wisconsin, in Winter, is still good, add a layer.
I was looking through my calendar and realized how much I do outside in the winter. I have been going out more lately as the temps dropped. Every night for almost a week I was getting home around Midnight. That’s not normal, guess there’s just too much fun stuff to do. Rode to PSB on Wednesday for a free pint, strapped the skis to the bike Thursday for ski night at the golf course, great music downtown Friday and Saturday night, Sunday, skied at the golf course early, then rode to a friends for the Superbowl, snowshoed for a couple hours with them before the game.
I find the key to everyday outdoors is stay warm and have some lighting. The skiers use strap on head lights to light the trail at night. Bikes of course have bike lights and reflective stuff. When the moon is out, snowshoeing by moon light is amazing.
The cold is just cold, use what works. The darkness is defeated by simple cheap lighting. Friendship in the cold grows, the experience together is more intense. Enjoying a hot toddy or coffee afterwards just sounds good. Chatting about ‘the crazy headwind’ or how ‘noisy the snow is at this temperature’ becomes normal conversation.
Don’t be afraid of the cold dark Winter, warm it with activity, friendship and fun. Before you know it, we’ll be swimming through the humidity of Summer…
Added a Google calendar so you can add it to your Google calendar list.
Despite the cool weather and rain in the forecast, The 3rd Annual Join The Cause Party at The Pearl St. Brewery was a success, with new and old members affirming their support for the DRBC and its mission to get more people to ride their bikes more often. The mission itself sounds simple, but it takes moderate financial resources, many volunteer hours, and community support to make cycling in the Driftless Region even better. Thank you to all who volunteered to cook and bring food, or staffed the Welcome/Sign-Up table. Sometimes volunteering is a thankless job, but without you, this event would have been a more difficult and tasteless affair.
Thanks also to our business partners who provide benefits for our DRBC members, but a special thanks to Blue Heron Bicycle Works and Smith’s Bicycles for providing the Join The Cause door prizes. What’s better than a pint of beer?
How about a pint of bicycle goodies?
Now on to our next major event which requires your participation, whether or not you are a DRBC member…2012 Bike To Work Week.
See the Annual Meeting page for details on nominees and bylaw amendments.
When: Sept 17, 4:30pm
Myrick Hixon EcoPark
789 Myrick Park Dr
La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601
Who: Open to all
The DRBC Annual Meeting for all members is set for Saturday, Sept. 17. At this meeting we will be electing four directors of the board. This is your chance to serve on the Board of Directors. If you are interested in being on the ballot, please communicate your interest by Monday, Sept. 5. Along with this communication, please include a little about yourself and why you think you’d make a good director, up to 500 words. We will then take this information and communicate it to all DRBC members. Even if you do not make the Sept 5 deadline, you can still get on the ballet by attending the meeting and nominating yourself. At the meeting, you will be given a chance to speak. To be eligible, you must be good membership standing.
Also during this meeting, we’ll be voting on bylaw amendments or any other additional items as proposed by members (see bylaws for requirements). The proposed amendments will also be published at the time of the nominee list.
4:30pm Welcome Social
5:00pm Meeting begins
• Committee highlights of year’s accomplishments
• Award presentation
• Bylaw Amendments
6:30pm Pot luck
• Please bring something to pass if attending this portion
7:30pm Group ride – don’t forget your lights!
Voting rules (see Bylaws for more details):
• DRBC members vote on board directors
• Must be a member for at least 30 days prior to the date of the meeting
• Only one vote per family membership and only vote per all other membership levels
• The candidates receiving the highest number of votes up to the number of directors to be elected shall be elected
• Absentee voting is allowed but cannot be delivered electronically. It can be delivered in person to the Secretary or any other board member or by mail and must contain the following information:
- The members name;
- The members current address and contact information;
- The agenda item being voted upon;
- The member’s vote;
- The members hand written signature.
• Absentee ballots will also be made available online with points to be voted on
• Board members vote on officers
Click here to see DRBC Bylaws
Point of contact – Send all communication on this event to:
Mail absentee ballots to:
Attn: Aaron Ottesen
Driftless Region Bicycle Coalition
P.O. Box 423
La Crosse, WI 54602
Let your voice be heard, please attend!