In Praise of Snowmobiles: Biking Warren’s Woods

Rockin’ time riding the Pugsley for double digit ( barely) miles near Warren village. Four of us were on fat-tire bikes, with four other Bubbas bicycling on regular-width tires.

Jason and Casey

Jason and Casey

It was 24 degrees out, with an inch of new powder settling on the snowmobile-packed trail.
After my disappointing experience around Moody Pond yesterday, I hoped for a firmer riding surface.
We had Casey join us today on his shiny yellow Pugsley. He and Jason were the forward force on the ride away from the Warren school.

Here’s Youtube clip of this ride that John Anders put together and submitted.  He’s doing a great job with the Contour camera and the editing.

The ride was definitely better today, on a heavily traveled snowmobile track that worked it’s way along the powerline and over fields onto a new section of trail that initially ran through the forest. While we were all moving forward, the lack of a frozen track resulted in places where the bikes broke through and the rear wheels just kept spinning. Uphills were hard. Some of us let air out of our tires, trying to gain a wider footprint in order to increase traction, a technique that I have sucessfully employed while riding motorcycles on long gravel roads in Canada. Several of us were running p.s.i.’s under 10. Both Jason and I had less than half that in our 4” tires. Here’s a picture of Jason’s fist illustrating:

It's not a flat fattie.

It’s not a flat fattie.

Sinking was enough a problem that several riders labored back after an hour, at the 2.6 mile mark. I joined Casey, Jason, The Hawk, and Craig Mac for an additional loop that added another 45 minutes to our ride. The terrain was varied. We even passed through a gravel pit.

Rare pic of The Hawk walking

Rare pic of The Hawk walking

I was unable to negotiate a steep downhill curve at speed and even though I was nearly upright as I staggered to regain my balance, as soon as I stepped off the trail onto the deep snow beside the pack I face planted into the soft snow.
With 40 degree temps predicted for Wednesday followed by two freezing nights, the winter riding is only going to get better.
Here’s the map.
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About Tom Jamrog

I'm sixty-seven and live in the Maine woods. I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2007, the Pacific Crest Trail in 2010, Vermont's Long Trail in 2011, the Continental Divide Trail in 2013, the Camino Portugese (2016), and Newfoundland's East Coast Trail (2017) . I am outdoors every day. I offer guided backpacking trips and classes in Maine, through "Uncle Tom's Guided Adventures".
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