Thursday Jan 21, 2010 Late Update

Evening Update

Greetings and welcome!

I took a ride around the northern flowages area late afternoon to see what was up. People were saying that it as getting bad, and it was time to check it out.

I rode from Rapids to Fisher’s Camp (Ok with some bad spots), from Fisher’s Camp to Thorntons (lots of dirt-too much), so I  spun it around and headed to the Red Pine (lots of dirt, overheated), from Jungle Jim’s to Rustic (decent, minor dirt), Rustic to the pipeline (some good, lots of ugly),and then about a third of the way to Crooked Lake (nice, but lots of dirt and thin spots too).

Most people would not want to ride those trails until we see snow. You can do it, but the hard pack and dirt made cooling a function of jumping into a ditch here and there, and occasional snow chunks on the running boards.

The trails had a lot of good base, and would turn around quickly with even a little snow to cover the dirt and bring loose snow. Between the long stretches of road between me & the trail, the dirt and the hardpack, I am likely off of the trail until it snows.  The possible exception is a ride north or over to Lakewood on the south trailwhere it looked like there was more snow and base.

More happy news, the forecast models have flopped back and all at least momentarily agree on a wet weekend. There is still time for it to change back.

I will be back tomorrow with the latest. Have a good night and thank you for visiting!


Afternoon Update

Greetings and welcome!

I knew that I didn’t like the multiple reports on one page thing, and now I know why. It screws up the pictures, thinking that they all want to be in the same gallery. OK, so we have the recent comments widget to the right.

Anyway, I made my run to Lakewood and Townsend by truck for supplies. I got a look along roads by 32 and F. Generally they looked pretty good. There were some snirty spots, some bare spots, and some raw roads, but the majority of the trail remained covered and well groomed.


Forecast models are doing OK. The NAM is showing very minor rain Sat, snow Saturday night & Sunday (lots!?). That is two in a row in that scenario.

The GFS is moving the rain/snow line closer and has some room to move to get better.

My overall impression was that there are some ugly spots and  a lot of good trail too. I know that there are places far uglier than shown, refer to yesterday’s update. My approach is to look at it like March. Skip tight high traffic areas and funnel trails, sunny areas, and road runs on plowed roads.

That is about it from here. Have a good Thursday and thank you for visiting!