Thursday, December 3, 2009

"Quick One?"

I grinned as I read the Sobe cap in my hand. The ride I had planned was certainly going to be a quick one indeed, compared to my usual ones. Mainly because it was going to be a cold one, too.

Now that I've got that out of my system.

I'd been hoping to go on one more single track ride before the snow piled up, and I thought I'd missed out with the snow earlier in the week. But the weather cleared up, and it warmed up enough to melt most of the snow, save for the stuff on northeast facing hills. So, I planned a ride for today. Nothing fancy, or epic, or long, just one more run before the snow stacked up. I also wanted to test out the "dingle" speed setup on Tri, too.

So, with the thermometer reading at about freezing, I set out to Soldier's Loop, the Bridge Trail, and the Highland trails out to the Kachina wetlands (which were actually wet!) before doubling back and finishing the Soldier Loop trail and heading home, where the thermometer now said 28 degrees. For it being such a cold ride, it was lots of fun. The trail was wet and muddy in places, but not saturated, so I didn't get covered in mud, and there was just enough snow to keep things interesting. Maybe I'll do it again before it snows... we'll see. For how cold it was, it was fairly relaxing.

Snow across the Bridge Trail.

And if you think I'm crazy for going out trail riding in the cold, check these guys out:

Yup, they're actually swimming! What's hard to see in the pictures is the massive sheets of ice across the water's surface. Evil ducks, I tell ya.

Mileage: 22.2