25 February 2007 - 20:04Dual Sport Days
Today’s forecast was for blue skies all day, and warm temperatures.
When we got to the hill this morning it was about 16° (which is warm for these parts). The mercury climbed steadily all day, with abundant sunshine. We played all over the mountain, looking for the trails with the best snow and the least amount of people on them.
It was pretty killer.
I probably could have picked a better sled for this morning. I used my Supermodel 163, which is one of my favorite boards, but not that good on hard snow. The cold early morning temperatures made the snow firm, but not quite as hard as our classic New England boiler plate. It was pretty hard to get an edge in, which definitely made for some pretty exciting moments. By the second run, there were 8 of us sharing the trail in tight formation at mach 5. It’s how we ride here. Edge grip is a must.
After a little left over dinner for lunch, it was time to start thinking about my second activity for the day. With people who were talking big about how they were going to go for a sick bike ride yesterday dropping off the ride roster like flies, I found myself riding alone.
So my iPod and I went for a 13 miler, up Loomis Hill (11000ft in 2.5 miles), and back home in a big loop. I was determined to keep the chain in 6th gear, but the hill proved to be a bit to much for me. I had to drop it to 3 to get to the top. I let this slide, as there is still a ton of snow on the ground. On the long way back down, the roads were wet. I wished I had fenders. The wind was picking up, and it wasn’t quite as warm anymore. When I left my house, cirrus clouds were beginning to appear, a tell tale sign of approaching weather. By the time I reached the top of my big climb, the blue sky to the west was being replaced with clouds.
We have a storm on the way, which should drop a few inches of snow tomorrow.
And I have the morning free…