Sunday, March 31, 2013

White Bunnies?

So, I was riding Syrinda the other day.  Which reminds me, it is open.  Couple mud holes in the usual areas.  Couple down trees.  Couple snow patches.  But you are on dirt riding your mountain bike so suck it up.  Anyhow, I was riding and it was starting to get dark.  This happens a lot as I get to having so much fun that I lose track of time.  So, I'm riding along and I see a nice little white bunny sitting in the trail.  He sees me and takes off up the trail, and then I see him bolt off the downhill side.  I think to myself, "that was cool.  A white bunny the night before Easter."

I ride another 5 minutes and here is another white bunny.  He sees me and runs to the uphill side of the trail.  Note, they ran in different directions, so not same bunnies.  Now at this point I'm starting to think I might be hallucinating or something.  Two white bunnies, and the night before Easter?  I keep riding and just tell myself I'm luck and was in the right place at the right time.  A few minutes later a third white bunny crosses the trail and I'm really starting to wonder what the hell.  There are snow patches.  Maybe I'm seeing snow?  But these are moving.  No doubt these were 3 different white bunnies, and the night before Easter.

I guess I was lucky, but then I recall my experiment with moonshine with my good buddy the night before...

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

"Regular" Mtn Bikes Need not Apply

Every year about this time, I start doing rides at Round Lake.  It's one of the first places to melt off and great for some early season mountain biking.  There is a great little network of trails on the West side, I good climb and viewpoint on the back side and cool bridges to the East.  This area isn't very big, but terrain is varied and interesting.  Nothing seems to beat those first few rides when you are back on the dirt.

It's always a crap shoot the first time I go for the season as there can be snow and ice patches, flooding and mud.  Typically this involves carrying my bike and getting wet and muddy shoes.

looks like Shadow sunk in more than my tires
In comes the fat bike, this mountain bike with fat tires allows me to stay on top of the melting snow and ice patches that would not be rideable on my "regular" mountain bike.  Another cool thing, the wider tires do not sink in the mud, the flotation allows them to stay on top and hence no damage to soggy trails.

This particular day, there happened to also be some overflowing creeks making for crossings that were close to 18" deep.  Yes, my hubs and bottom bracket were submerged, but I kept peddling and somehow the bike always made it to the other side!

Good riding.  Good sunshine.  Good views.  Good dog.  And even good water and mud.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Roads are in Awesome Shape?

This time of year, I tend to spend quite a bit of time on the cross bike.  As soon as snow dissipates from the roads, the fat bike starts to get a bit of rest and the Surly Cross Check comes out.  You see I don't really get much of a kick out of putting miles upon miles riding along the shoulders of the many busy highways that dissect our county.  Luckily for me, Bonner County has hundreds of miles of paved secondary roads and even more miles of less traveled dirt/gravel preference.

I grew up here in Sandpoint, so I know a thing or two about the roads and trails.  I like riding the back roads through the farm land, looking at the old buildings and ways of life and taking in the peace and quiet.  This is how I keep my sanity.

Right now, I'd have to say the roads are premo for riding and putting in some base miles for this summer.  Go ride your bike...

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Farragut is More Than Ready to Ride!

The last few days makes it feel like Spring is here.  A short drive South and you will find lots of good riding.  I've heard Mineral Point is mostly clear.  We headed to Farragut expecting a little snow and mud...but there was none.

Riding was awesome on the trails around the Bay, Point and toward Bernard.  Fat bike not totally necessary, but sure was fun to ride anyway.  

Not a lot of pics because, well if you stopped too long it was a little chilly and it was just too damn fun to be riding on dirt again.  Just to fulfill your picture craze though I got a little stupid in the parking lot...enjoy.