Thursday March 21, 2013

Greetings and welcome!

We are still all systems go for the weekend.

Yesterday was a long day at work, so all that I can tell you is what I saw on the way to and from there. The trails along Hwy C and along Parkway looked to be in excellent condition. They did groom, and it laid down really nice. I only saw one sunny spot, and that was on a hill next to the trail, not actually on it.

The inch of snow that was possible yesterday never came. It was partly cloudy in the morning, more cloudy in the afternoon, and finally a few flurries came after dark. It only got into the mid-20s, so we didn’t lose much of anything to melting.

Looking out the back door I see that the sun didn’t even get the dark spots in the wood yard. I throw the wood burner ashes on the snow and the sun takes the dark snow right down to the ground, usually in a single day in March. The ashes that I put out there Tuesday night are still sitting on 3″ of snow. Yesterday didn’t hurt us, and we are off to a good start today with cloudy skies.

The NWS forecast has a little more sun in it that I’d like to see, but nothing too scary.

Today: Partly sunny. Highs 26 to 31. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows zero to 5 above. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
Friday: Mostly sunny in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. Highs 30 to 34. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph in the morning becoming light and variable.
Friday Night: Partly cloudy. Lows in the middle teens. Light and variable wind.
Saturday: Partly sunny. Highs in the middle 30s. Light and variable wind becoming northeast at 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper teens.
Sunday: Partly sunny. Highs in the middle 30s.

Unless we get surprised, we should have another really good weekend. I think that even if we had a day or two get out of hand it would still be pretty rideable. The only really bad spots right now are plowed & paved roads.

At lunch yesterday I ran into a friend from work at the gas station. They said that they had ridden north out of Athelstane to Goodman and Dunbar, and then back south to Silver Cliff. They had great conditions and well groomed trails, and were headed to Crooked Lake for more.

Another friend checked in yesterday and said that he found very nice conditions on both sides of the River Trail south of High Falls Flowage. That is a great ride anyway, and it is especially nice with primo conditions.

As always, check the comments below my posts for other riders’ updates. There are good reports there too. (TYVM to those that contribute reports!)

Work has been coming hot n heavy lately,  which is the opposite of most years in March. I am pretty happy about it except that the snowmobiling season is in bonus time, the trails are in great shape, and I really want to be out riding that cherry RXL sitting out front. It has been through the shop, checked, tuned, adjusted, registered, gassed up, and it is ready to go with a pull of the rope. I have taken it for a few short rides, but nothing like I want to do.

Today I am changing that, at least hitting the trail for an hour or two. The camera batteries are on the charger, and I am about an hour from launch time. I am pretty pumped about it. The couple of short rides that I did get on the new RXL made me a very happy guy. What a machine.

I’d love to hang out and chat, but I have some ground to cover before launch time. Have a good Thursday and thank you for visiting!