Saturday, February 2, 2013

Looking For Groundhogs

The Show 'n Go ride was canceled today because the temperature was too low.  Plus the light lake-effect snow from Lake Michigan covered the roads with enough snow that road tires are not effective.

Jim, Luis, and I met down near Eagle Marsh and rode the Towpath Trail into downtown Fort Wayne and back.   They are among small group of roadies who ride outside throughout the winter.

 Here's Jim with his snowboard goggles.  He's not sure how they are different from ski goggles, but apparently they are.  I'll take his word for it.  One thing he does know is Wabash and Erie Canal history, which is what we talked about quite a bit, since we rode along the old canal route for a good ways.

Luis up ahead on the trail.  Although drafting was not necessary today, Luis is always ready to take the lead to give someone a break.

Jim and Luis just east of downtown.

We had a great ride today, and it was great to get out with good friends.

We had two big melt downs over the past month which melted all of our snow.  The strong north winds the past couple days brought us a bit of Lake Michigan in snow form.  Aside from this light snow, our drought from last summer continues.

Happy riding!


10 comments:

Steve A said...

I never heard that snowboard goggles are different than ski goggles except they tend to have ruder graphics.

Big Oak said...

Ahh, that makes sense.

jeff said...

Good for you to be out riding in cold and snow. I'm hoping for much warmer temps in the next couple months to get serious on the bike again. Looks like you guys had fun.

Pondero said...

I admire you hard core types. We had mid-50's and bright sunshine down here yesterday...my kind of winter day.

Big Oak said...

Jeff - I'm definitely looking forward to warmer temps. But for now, I'm just trying to make do.

Pondero - It reached 55 here last Sunday. Mid-50's seems be the perfect riding temperature.

Trevor Woodford said...

Serious hardcore... :)
I will continue to ride for 'Team Wimp'though!

-Trevor

rlove2bike said...

Sun was shinning bright here yesterday, but either way just 6 weeks of winter left would be great. Looks like fun having people to ride with in the snow.

Thanks for posting,
RL

Jon said...

It has been a weird winter, for temps, here in Denver. Seems like it's either 40 degrees below the seasonal average, or 20 over.

Either way, there's riding to be done.

Glad to see you got out for a nice ride on a not-so-nice day!

Wilson said...

I'm in general agreement with the comments - good for you for getting out in the real cold. I've been finding it too mentally draining the last few days and haven't been able to convince myself to get out.
It's why I need a fat-tire! I need the inspiration!

Chandra said...

Bill:
Hope you see the real Groundhogs soon; not just the movie :)

Peace :)