Rural Iowa and Roe

There’re no shortage of studies and articles looking at Iowa’s declining rural population. 1 2 3

I’d like to point out that the recent SCOTUS decision and Iowa’s current policies towards abortion will work to continue this decline. The politicians claiming to be Saving Iowa and keeping conservatives in power with these polices are actually helping to shift the population and the balance of economic and political power away from rural Iowa and towards the cities along the eastern third of the state; cities that are more liberal than rural Iowa and are close to Illinois and Minnesota where abortions will remain available.

Knowing What We Know Now

Knowing what we know now. Knowing that Jan 6th was and is a serious threat to our country and our way of life. Knowing that the people that planned Jan 6 and pulled it off knew it was illegal. I stand by my previous statement. We need to show some moderation towards those who merely walked into the capitol after the fighting was over. For the planners and fighters: fuck’em. Lock them up and throw away the key.

Schofield Hall

That’s Schofield Hall on the University Of Wisconsin at Eau Claire campus hiding in the trees. It’s named for the first President of the University, Harvey Schofield. The building was designed by the architects Van Ryn & Degelleke. Built in 1914 it was the first building on the campus. Today Schofield Hall houses administrative offices.

Schofield Hall

That Doesn’t Happen Very Often

I was out running errands on my bike today and ended up walking the bike up a steep hill. That doesn’t happen very often and, at least in this case, it wasn’t a fitness thing. It was a I’m building up heat and can’t get rid of it thing. A “real feel” temperature of 97 with a humidity of 60% is no joke and I was starting to get rather toasty. Walking the bike stopped me from heating up and let the breeze that was blowing cool me down a bit.

Saddle- Not Sore

Just a quick update.

A couple posts back I mentioned I swapped saddle on my bikes taking a Brooks C-15 off my, rather upright, Surly Bridge Club, replacing that saddle with a wider C-17, and putting the C-15 on my road bike. I’ve gone on a few rides on both bikes with their new saddles and they’re both working out wonderfully.

Quote Of The Week

“You go to nature for an experience of the sacred…to re-establish your contact with the core of things, where it’s really at, in order to enable you to come back to the world of people and operate more effectively. Seek ye first the kingdom of nature, that the kingdom of man might be realized.”

Willi Unsoeld

Unsoeld was an amazing guy. Here’s a link to his Wikipedia page for more info.

If You’re Going To Live In Farm Country, You Might As Well Have A Tractor Seat!

The original saddle on my Surly Bridge Club did not fit me at all, so I swapped it out for a Brooks C15 . I thought the C15 might be a little too narrow, but the saddle on my road bike was going to need replacing soon and if it didn’t work on the Bridge Club it would probably work on the road bike so I went with the C15 instead of the wider C17.

Fast forward a year and a bit (I get around to fixing/replacing things eventually), and yeah, the C15 was too narrow for the Bridge Club AND my 2020 REI dividend happened to be almost the exact amount of a C17. With EVERYTHING going on it was nice to be able to order up my new saddle without spending cash. I just got back from a quick test ride and it feels about perfect. I think the C17 and I are going to get along just fine. And it doesn’t look nearly as “tractor seat-ish” as I thought it would.

The weather forecast for the next week looks great and I can’t wait to get outandabout on my bike with its new saddle.