The following day, however, roads were clear, the schools were open, and I happily headed to Lost Valley to get that snowy ride in after all. The temperature had started in the low single digits but was in the mid-20's by the time we met up, perfect riding conditions! There were a couple of tire tracks on the Hamburg Trail, where we quickly learned it was easier to ride in fresh snow than in someone else's line, but we were the first bikes on the snow-covered singletrack.
|Selfie with Chuck crossing the icy creek in the background|
|Looking back at our tire tracks on one of the doubletrack sections|
|Chuck working on his ice beard|
Bangert had the same amount of snow, though a few more tracks to help us make our way a bit more easily. The terrain is much more gentle, too. I had 100% more fun than at the Lost Valley and got some good lessons on skidding, traction, and momentum.
|Chuck and Lori by the river|
|Lori and me|
|Jeff and Jacob|
...and the boys played football...
|This boy LOVES to play catch|
|This is the most "playing in the snow" we did for the first half of the week.|
By Thursday, the temperature had risen into the teens and twenties, but roads and parking lots were still a mess. No school, and Jacob and I finally got to go sledding.
|He's heading up the hill.|
|He's not enjoying himself at all.|
And then I dropped him off at my mom's and went back to Bangert Island, which was a very different experience in a foot of snow. It was perhaps not the brightest idea to go ride, but Mickey wanted to try out his new mountain bike and I'm not smart enough to say no thanks. I fell twice on the flat Katy Trail in less than a mile. I fell more on the singletrack.
|This isn't me, but it's an accurate representation of what I did. A lot.|
|This is my bike. And my snow angel.|
The snow didn't stop my more ambitious riding buddy from tackling the little bridge off the trail. Well, attempting to tackle it.
|You can see where this is headed. I think this is considered a "controlled fall" by the fall-er|
All good things come to an end, though. Most of our big snow is gone, and I'm back to school. That's ok, though, because now we have a three-day weekend. :)
|Jacob and his friend in what was left of their igloo after the thaw started.|