Saturday, February 28, 2009
Crazy People Riding Mountain Bike in 28 Degrees
It was F____N COLD. My dear hubby was gonna take his kayak along since we were at a reservoir, but he decided low 30's just wasn't gonna be nice enough. He's SUCH a smart man -- little did we know it would be below freezing and the reservoir was frozen yet! I always thought it was about 10 degrees warmer 100 miles south of us - NOT. At least not in the deep woods of Michaux at Long Pine Reservoir. It was 28-29 when we started riding. Of course there's no way to go but UP in Michaux (I like Lykens -- no climbing if you don't feel like it!). So the first 2 miles or so was slow, gradual climbing which was fine 'cause it was COLD. Did I mention it was COLD? Then we went DOWN the same road we came up for 1/2 mile or so. It was COLD. Then we cut in some single track -- not that crap double single track the 4-wheelers use in the Michaux races. This was some sweet, not-well-known trail that was pleasant to ride. Tight, tight, tight. The SS was ok most of the ride... but Sheena and I ended up riding the road back at the last piece of climbing. I heard from Janice later that it was fairly steep and she didn't think the singlespeeders would be riding it. So I'm glad I cut back. But it was COLD riding back. And as we approached the reservoir, it got COLDER. I was never so happy to see my fleecy, warm clothes waiting for me. If only there was hot coffee there too -- note for memory bank -- take thermos of hot coffee next time. All in all, good ride for my piddly 2 hours, good company (there was about 20 folks, I knew about 7 of them -- Donna, Zach, Jim M and friend, Janice, Mike Funk, Sheena, Brett, and a gal I used to race against in Michaux, Sue Witter. I've only ever seen her in Michaux - I don't think she ever leaves there. My legs hurt. And thanks again Sheena for the adorable ornament! It's hanging proudly on my car mirror.