Feb 16-05

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2005: February: Feb 16-05
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Photo by Jeff Massie

Mary Drew at Pasty Central on Wednesday, February 16, 2005 - 03:57 am:

Teal Lake is surrounded by jagged Cambrian rock formations, with virgin pine and maple trees bordering the shoreline. The twin cities of Ishpeming and Negaunee are the owners of a good portion of the recreational wilderness surrounding this beautiful spot. One of our Guest Gallery photographers, Jeff Massie calls this area "home" and recently captured a unique shot of someone riding their bicycle across the lake with a furry canine pal close behind. Not a sight you can call commonplace, but of course it helps that the lake is frozen over for the winter. Gets me to wondering if that bicyclist has chains on or perhaps studded tires to keep from spinning in place! :->

By Troll Steve - Big Rapids on Wednesday, February 16, 2005 - 04:06 am:

Great photo to start the day - sunshine looks good too! Have a wonderful day everyone.

By Margaret, Amarillo TX on Wednesday, February 16, 2005 - 06:40 am:

Looks adventurous.

By R. Ollila, Westland MI on Wednesday, February 16, 2005 - 07:16 am:

Novel way to get your exercise. Good bet that's his fishing shanty to, eh.

By Virgin Islands on Wednesday, February 16, 2005 - 07:35 am:

Hey everyone! Don't you recognize that biker is the guy that had a deer over his shoulders on opening day?

Mighty hunter

Virgin Islands on Wednesday, February 16, 2005 - 07:46 am:

Brings back memories of when I was a kid. We wraped baling wire around the bicycle tires. It worked like chains on car tires. Couldn't do it with caliper brakes though.

By Virgin Islands on Wednesday, February 16, 2005 - 07:48 am:

Yes! That is the Gentleman. Thanks for posting the picture. You are sharp this morning.

By Raven/Downstate on Wednesday, February 16, 2005 - 08:03 am:

Slip sliding away,
Slip sliding away,
You know you're near your destination
the more you're slip sliding away.

By JIM NICHOLAS, CLIO, MI. on Wednesday, February 16, 2005 - 08:49 am:

Beautiful spot at Teal Lake. I had a cousin who took a tumble off of Teal Lake Bluff back in the late 40s or early 50s. Busted her up a bit, but she lived through it. We used the park area for picknics.

By ts on Wednesday, February 16, 2005 - 09:35 am:

Im 3 miles down the road from there

By James - Il on Wednesday, February 16, 2005 - 09:48 am:

Is it me or does that ice shack look like it's a bit tilted? Maybe it's just the way the picture was taken.

By Candy, CA on Wednesday, February 16, 2005 - 10:32 am:

I don't think it's you, James -- looks like that's the way the wind blows on the portable shanty. The biker dude is pretty straight up and down. (or round and round, depending)

By John / New Hampshire on Wednesday, February 16, 2005 - 12:08 pm:

I had a beater mountain bike set-up to ride in the wintertime. One of the keys was to run a couple of dozen short drywall screws through each tire (from the inside out) and then use plenty of duct tape on the inside of the tire to ensure the screw heads would not puncture the innertube. Used to ride the smowmobile trail from Dollar Bay to campus and back several times a week (weather permitting). Cheaper than gas and it worked pretty well! To keep my front warm on the really cold days I would place a few folded pages from the Daily Mining Gazette between my sweater and jacket.

By sur5er on Wednesday, February 16, 2005 - 01:37 pm:

My kiddies used to deflate their bike tires partially so they would get more traction on the ice.

By cyn algonac mi on Wednesday, February 16, 2005 - 02:41 pm:

Ahhhh, Teal Lake, I remember a "first kiss" there. At that moment it was the most beautiful place on earth

By Mike R. New Berlin, WI on Wednesday, February 16, 2005 - 04:18 pm:

Lots of good memories of Teal Lake. City said we couldn't swim there so we would take a trail thru the woods and go skinny dipping at the White Rocks. What a blast. The circus could wash their elephants in the lake, but we couldn't swim in it. Hmmmmm.

By Capt. Paul in Nevada on Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 01:30 am:

Hey Mary,

Sorry to correct you, but the rocks around Teal Lake are Precambrian in age. They are composed of the Goodrich Quartzite (which I believe are pictured), Siamo Slate, and some dacite volcanics.

Sorry for the late post, but "better late than never".....

By Shane and Jaime Kentala - Marquette, MI USA on Friday, February 18, 2005 - 10:02 am:

Beautiful picture not too far from where we live!

By Sarah Paine, Michigan on Friday, February 18, 2005 - 04:38 pm:

I could not believe my eyes when I saw the picture of the person riding their bike on the frozen lake with their dog following beside!!!! We had been up to Michigan Tech for winter carnival and were on our way home and were getting ready to stop at Grandma T's (?) in Negaunee and saw the same scene. This would have been on Sunday, Feb. 13th. I could not get to my camera quick enough and was disappointed. What were my chances of getting another oppertunity for a picture like that?? Needless to say, when I saw your photograph it made me very happy. Thank you.

By TCW - Union Mills, IN on Saturday, February 19, 2005 - 08:19 am:

"Home of the Winter Cyclist and Other Crazy People"

This site discusses Tire studs and even Tire chains for Bicycles, Etc. Lots of valuable technical information is available there.

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