Monday, February 15, 2010

Snow Bunnies

This past weekend was one we were looking forward to for quite some time. Vmac and Tiff were coming up and bringing the bikes for some trail riding, and we were really ready to hit the trails. The weather has not been kind to cyclists, so we were hoping for a break. Vonnie foreshadowed the weekend in an email several weeks ago claiming there would probably be a "weather event" this weekend, but he was bringing his bike anyway. It was an epic weather weekend for sure - there was snow on the ground in 49 out of 50 states. I'm not sure when that has occured before, I certainly can't remember it happening in my lifetime.

After a leisurely morning and lunch on Saturday that saw snows melting in our neck of the woods, I told Suzy to get kitted up - we were headed to Jack Rabbit to give the trails a try. I figured there would still be snow on the ground there, and before the thaw and slop got too bad to ride in, we were off for an adventure.

As you can see, there was LOTS of snow on the trails. It's very different riding in snow - you can't see hidden obstacles, or know for sure exactly where the trail bed is. Luckily, there were 2 other crazy guys that were just finishing a loop as we were starting, and I prayed they picked good lines, as I used their tire tracks as a guide. In the spots where the trail was protected under trees, or that was exposed to the sunshine, it was extremely wet, so we got covered in mud, but had a great ride.

I hate that Vonnie and Tiffanie couldn't meet up with us for the ride, but it wasn't in the cards. Their plans were all jacked up from the weather, and we just couldn't connect. If we had waited until Sunday to try and ride, the trails would have been a huge sloppy mess and we probably would have done some damage to the trails by riding them. As it was, I don't think we hurt them at all, and we had a blast. Not very often that we in the South get a chance to do something like this, so it was a lot of fun, and we got to ride our bikes finally!

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