Frostbike MTB series. Basically, members pay $50 for the series of 4 weekend rides. For each weekend (Saturday or Sunday) you ride, you get $10 back. If you complete the series, you get a cool Frostbike T-shirt. Well, I already know I'm missing next weekend because of our Chicago trip, so I'm out the t-shirt, but the $10 per ride back is a good incentive for me to not blow off a ride. I needed that incentive this morning. Waking up at 5:45 was already not fun (and earlier than I get up for work unless I
|Pretty fresh snow on the sidewalk we just shoveled!|
Not very smart...
Once I was in the car and on the way, I was pretty excited, despite the snow and the cold temperatures. (Ok, maybe partially because of the snow and cold temperatures.) A conversation in QT when I stopped for my morning coffee just added to that.
Guy: "Are you as dumb as my wife and doing that Frostbite run?"
Me (big smile): "Yep....oh, wait, did you say Frostbite RUN?"
Me: "No, I'm doing the Frostbike Ride, so I'm probably dumber."
Guy: "Yeah, you're dumber."
Not very clear:
The interstate was awful. Much of the first part didn't look like it had been touched by a snowplow. I don't know if the transportation departments were taken as much by suprise as we were by the weather, but I do know that the news was still forecasting accumulation of 1-2" while we were clearing away 3 or so. I was laughing at myself as I drove because if I'd been driving to work I'd have been upset about having to go in this weather, but here I was driving further for a bike ride...and excited about it.
Unfortunately, I only made it about halfway. I had stopped for gas (too bad I didn't notice the tank was almost empty back at the first gas station!) and checked my phone. There was an email saying that the ride was cancelled due to road conditions. I was really disappointed, but it was probably the right call. I'm not sure I'd have made it on time anyway with having to drive 40-45 mph most of the way.
Not ready to go home:
As ready as I'd been to bag the whole thing back when I was still in bed, now that my bike was loaded and I was dressed to ride, I didn't want to just go back to bed. I decided I'd go back home and ride the trails there. Since I was alone, I opted to stay away from the singletrack and just headed to our paved bike trails.
A big challenge was just finding a place to park! The first place I went has parking right along the trail on a dead-end road. I guess the road hasn't been plowed since our first snow/sleet on Tuesday, because I couldn't even see where the road was. I went to the high school, which I knew was at least semi-clear, but the custodial staff was out working on the lots, and I couldn't bring myself to ride past them on my bike. It's one thing to be out in the cold and snow when you want to be; it's another altogether when you have to be. My third stop worked out, and I finally got my bike out.
|Looks like a drunk driver|
|Managing a straighter line|
I ended up on a series of uphill switchbacks. Thanks, bike! I didn't make it too far before my foot was down, and the rest of the way up the hill I was walking it. I can get started on an uphill in normal conditions, but the combination of snow and uphill beat me. I rode to where the trail meets a parking lot and then turned around to head back. It's a beautiful area, and I think I'll hit the pedestrian-only sections of the trail at some point, too.
|Curvy path and downhill...yay...|
|Trail in the new section|
|That's not dandruff, that's snow!|
|Bike ride and bike wash, all in one!|
And, naturally, snow is in the forecast. :)