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Mar 03

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 Part 1

Greetings and welcome!

We had a little bit of a tough day yesterday with the sun and the warmth. There was some melting and puddles along the road. Paved plowed roads took it hard. Athelstane Weather only showed a high of 34, but the sun was warm.

The trails took it ok but got a little snirtier, a few spots opened up, and hard pack areas got a little icy around sunset as the temperature dropped. It wasn’t thermogeddon, but it wasn’t ideal. Maybe it will serve us to harden the base a little before the fresh snow.

Up at 2am to feed the wood burner, I am looking at the radar and being a little underwhelmed. With what I see now we’d be lucky to see a couple of inches. It is supposed to pick up in the morning, hopefully it gets all carried away. This is just the leading edge of the storm.

The alarm goes off in 3hrs so I am off to sleep. Have a good night and thank you for visiting!

RJB

Mar 02

Monday 3-2-15

Greetings and welcome!

Monday morning update..

The storm is still on track 24 hours out. It did weaken in the models, now we are looking at 3-5.

I didn’t put a link to the vintage ride pictures in yesterday’s update. Here is a link, or you can get to it through the menus on the right, under the Vintage Rides menu.

Have a good Monday and thank you for visiting!

RJB

Mar 01

Sunday 3-1-15

Greetings and welcome!

It was a huge weekend on the trails around here. There were a lot of events, the trails were nice, and the weather was reasonable. Between that and the end of the season looming large, people were out on the trails in force on Saturday.

DSC_1935A friend and I headed down to Crooked Lake to catch the vintage ride and do some pictures. I found a spot a few miles east of Crooked Lake and snapped away. There is a new page for those pictures because there ended up being 101 in the gallery. That would make the page load a little slow if I put them on the front page.

DSC_2006There were some great old sleds, and of course nice people too. We followed the ride into Crooked Lake and hung out at The Pines for a while to socialize.

The plan was for us to take in the vintage ride for a few hours and zoom back in time to make Slug Feast. That ended up not working out when we took a different way back than usual. Once it was obvious that I had blown the timing we enjoyed some of the trails and forest roads between here and Lakewood and Mountain.

There was some traffic but everyone seemed pretty sane about it. I didn’t have any surprises in corners or anything like that. The trails were very nice and we had some A-1 forest road riding too. There were a few bumps, but considering the traffic the riding was great.

The weather worked out good. It was cold enough that there weren’t whoopties building, but it was warm enough to be comfortable.

About the worst of my ride was the couple of miles of plowed paved roads between here and the trail. On the way back it was pretty bare.

We still have some snow coming Tuesday. The storm looks weaker than in previous model runs, but is on track for at least a 3-5″ snow, possibly more. A couple of cold days behind the storm should get us to the weekend with good trails.

From the 7th to Friday the 13th looks ok, but that Friday and the weekend look like they will be above 40 and possibly have some rain. That is two weeks away and could change, but I am planning on riding like the end is near.

I will be at Rapids this Saturday, and that will be the last Saturday of the season. They are closing down for a few weeks in March, a break before the whitewater rafting season starts the first weekend in April. I am usually there from about noon until 4. sometimes later if they are busy. Stop by and get your picture on the BSP.

Speaking of the Rapids, here are a few pictures from Saturday night.

Have a good week and thank you for visiting!

RJB

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Feb 27

Friday 2-27-15

Greetings and welcome!

Friday night and the big weekend is here!

Everything is on track as expected as far as weather, and I saw a lot of sleds and trailers in my travels tonight.

I have one event to add tonight.. The Iron Snowshoe poker run party is at Rustic Inn starting at 1pm. They will be cooking up burgers and brats, and drawing for the winner. End of the poker run parties are usually pretty fun. See their web site for details.

I have the day off tomorrow from both Rapids and my regular job. I will be trying to pack as many events into it as possible. If I’m having fun or the clock gets away on me it might only be one. All I am sure of is that I will be saddling up tomorrow to go get a ride and get in on some winter fun.

Have a good weekend and thank you for visiting!

RJB

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