Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Dashing thru the snow...

...for one last ride of '08.

'Dashing' is a little bit of an exaggeration as we averaged just 12.1 mph over the 20.13 mile ride. I'm not used to riding on snow, so I was taking it easy, learning about snow riding and having a very fun time!

When we set off, the snow was just beginning. The temps were at 22F for the whole ride. The wind speed was variable, 8-20 mph.

We paused at the boat landing where I snapped this pic of Jeff.

The grasses along the beach were crispy with frost like this.

As the snow built up on the roads it became more and more like pedaling on the beach sand, soft and grabby.

Another pic of Jeff...can you believe I was operating the camera with my lobster gloves *on* and pedaling one handed in snow!

I didn't realize it at the time, but I had icy bits sticking in my eyebrows! I had to give up on my glasses about 3/4 of the way through the ride as they were foggy and gloppy.

Ahh, pristine snow! I absolutely love having the 'cross bikes so we can do a ride like this.

Jeff and I will spend the rest of the day snug at home as the snow continues to build up and blow around outside. We were hoping to do a New Year's Day ride tomorrow, but it looks like we may be snowed in at home instead.

Happy New Year! Hope you are happy and safe tonight and throughout '09!


ribuck97 said...

Sooooo... with all of this CX riding your doing in all of the bad weather, when are you going to pony up and enter a race?

kate said...

hardcore! that's a great photo of jeff by the boat landing. have a great new year-with lots of miles :)

trio said...

Wow I thought it was cold out here, that looks loads colder! Great way to end the year!

Brian said...

I’m still out on my bike up here, but then it has 4 wheel drive and a 500cc engine. The 2 wheel job I put away some time ago.

Have a happy new year.

Sprocketboy said...

Happy New Year to you! And I am impressed that I was not the only one to do an apparently insane New Year's Eve ride. Of course, today it is January 1 and even colder but I should go out anyway so that I can claim I have ridden every day of the year. Be safe on the roads!

Glenn_in_MA said...

That looked like a fun ride!

Happy New year!!

Michael said...

I wish I could ride in the snow - just once or twice. That looks like fun!