Gotta get out while the conditions are good.

We had another sub-zero night. It’s helping firm up the snow out on the trails. A small fast moving clipper system is supposed to drop an inch or so of snow this afternoon and evening. That’s enough to change the conditions on the trail. I thought I needed to get out while the trails were in great shape. I headed up to the Brewers Park and Piedmont Mountain bike trails for the third day in a row.

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Every thing looks washed out with the low light conditions. Didn’t matter for the riding. It was fantastic. Temperature at ride time was 2F/-17C degrees with a windchill of -11F/-24C. A temperature I find is easy to dress for after ten years of doing this kind of riding.

For the second day in a row I didn’t see a single other person out on the trails during the 90 minute ride.

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The snow system started to move into the area midway through my ride. Small snowflakes started to fall. It was spectacularly beautiful out in the woods with light snow falling.

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I was losing light so I hit the snowmobile trail for a quick exit down to the main road. Then it was a very cold mile long descent on the road followed by a 1 mile shortcut along the ore tracks to get home.

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It’s always a good day when you can get out and play in the snow on a bike.

Happy Riding.

 

3 thoughts on “Gotta get out while the conditions are good.

  1. Pondero January 12, 2016 / 3:12 am

    Fascinating.

    So do other folks who live up there enjoy going outside in the cold? If so, where were they? If not, what secret have you learned about how to enjoy those conditions?

    Just fascinating.

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    • fourseasoncycling January 12, 2016 / 3:41 am

      Plenty of people love being outdoors in the winter. However, the crowds really thin out when you get into the single digit and below zero temperatures. All but the hardiest only go out when it’s warm. Warm is 20’s and 30’s.

      What gets me is the people who have lived in this climate all their life and hate it. They piss and moan all winter long. I ask them why they don’t move to where it’s warmer. They look at me like I’m crazy and say, “I can’t move, this is my home”.

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      • anniebikes January 12, 2016 / 5:40 pm

        Same for many folks in Vermont! There’s a lot of griping about the snow and cold. Get over it. Quit whining. If you can’t enjoy the snow or cold, turn the heat up or move.

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