The trail had just enough snow to make it "real". No grooming, high 20's, soft snow, but oh so fun. The 2 bluff climbs and rolling hills added to the fun. The trail went slower than expected plus it went far longer than the online map said. Finished with 3 1/2 hours of snow fun and then an hour of gravel/pavement shortcut for 4 1/2 total. Proto and I had a good date.
Picture dump ahead.
|The beginning was through a river valley surrounded by bluffs.
|Up and over.
|The occasional fort.
|About 30 minutes in it gets nice and hilly as well as plenty wooded. With the soft snow, it was especially tough on the hills.
|I rode without my jacket, just my base and vapor barrier.
|If you look close you can see the flags placed on the corner to prevent drunk sled heads from going into river.
|My view to the right for much of the ride.
|Proto really loved this bridge. He might just get his chance to see it this spring on April 13th.
|Rolling downhill to ride next to a different river.
|Another bridge crossing.
|Looks like we need flags on the barbed wire fences as well.
|Winter or summer, I see a tree covering the trail and I try to remove it. There were a ton of branches in between me and Proto.
|Starting the first of 2 bluff climbs.
|Did plenty of this towards the end.
|The loop I had planned was taking too long with soft snow and pushing up the majority of 2 bluffs. I had to high tail it back on gravel to get back in time.
|The farthest bluff was conquered earlier in the ride.
|It was either a mile of this, ditch, or busy highway to get back to the car.