Last night seven fat bike riders covered 11.3 miles at a quick pace over the super compacted snowmobile tread in Lincolnville. It was a loop trip, guided by Jason and Ian, with the Stevens Corner parking lot at Youngtown road as the base. The ride went clockwise, up the big climb to Bald Rock, then over to Cameron Mtn, and down to the center. From there out to Coleman Pond and then back through a frozen swamp.
It was 11 degrees when I reached the house at 8 PM. My hands and feet hurt from the cold. I have to remember to use chemical heat packets for my hands and feet the next time I ride in this cold, which should happen Friday.
Some of the features of this ride were:
First, how surprisingly rideable the surface was. It hasn’t been this good this winter. It should stay good, with the eastern US now locked into a cold pattern , where frigid temps are expected until mid-March. Warm is good for the soul, but bad for us winter bikers.
Second, it was a gas to have this much fun riding so close to my home. My new trend is to stay close to home and have local adventures . The feeling of careening down over a smooth track from Cameron mountain and gliding over a rock garden that makes up the trail in the summertime was unique.
Third: The bizarre experience of riding along over the top of Coleman Pond was both unsettling, and exciting. Our little lights put a weak glow into the darkness, and added to the mystery.
And oh, what a deep sleep.