Sunday, February 13, 2011

Snow is Melting - a Lot

With the snow melting, it means standing water. Sure glad I have the fenders on the hybrid!

Unfortunately, some places the standing water covers a layer of ice. That's what we have in the tunnel under the railroad on the Lake Manawa Trail. This afternoon there was a good 2 inches of water over the ice. Very slippery walking the bike through the tunnel.

Still have to watch it under bridges - specially those of us with slick, skinny tires. Otherwise Lake Manawa, Indian Creek, and Western Historic Trails are in good shape.

Rode from Wabash Trace Trailhead to the Trail Center. Westbound via Lake Manawa. Return via S 16th and Harry Langdon.

Overdressed today. Could have shed a layer. Bright sunshine and mid 50s. Breeze from the SSW. But who could complain - its only mid February.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Warmer Weather

After a couple cold weeks, the weather turned warmer. When I headed out for my ride it was 45 deg and filtered sunshine. Parked at the Wabash Trace Trailhead and headed toward the Western Historic Trails Center.

The bicycle trail is mostly clear and dry. Some spots are wet with melting snow. Caution! Underpasses and the railroad tunnel are icy. The tunnel is particularly treacherous. The tunnel has a lot of standing water with ice underneath. My bike slid under me and had problems just walking in the tunnel.

There is a big drift crossing Indian Creek Trail just South of Hwy 92. A couple other short sections have slushy snow.

With day-time highs in the 50s this week, the trails should be clear withing a couple days.

It was great to be back on a bike for a good ride.

Friday, February 11, 2011

2 Weeks off the Bike

Since return from Albuquerque, the weather has not been conducive to bicycle riding (guess it was not good in Abq, either). Yesterday I got out to check the snow covered dirt trails at Lake Manawa. Temperature was just about freezing and filtered sunshine.

As you can see from the photo here, there has been a snowmobile through the West side - no surprise, happens every year. Lots of walkers along the river. No bicycle tracks. The snow was frozen hard which makes rough riding. Riding my hardtail, wishing I was riding the Fuel EX7!

Tried to ride the singletrack. There were only a couple footprints. The crusty snow made it just too much work to try riding.

Going to get sloppy riding with the snow melt - 40s over the weekend, climbing into the 50s middle of next week. But it will sure be nice!