Posted by: bikenfool | March 28, 2010

It’s All Good…

Hot & cold…
You gotta love New England’s varied weather. One day it’s snowing, the next it’s raining, and then both. How about some wind? What you say, a little more wind, no problem. Say uncle, say uncle! Ok, here is some sun and a little warmth.

Crazy Weather

Yeh, that’s pretty much how the weather has been lately and with the weekend after weekend of hardcore storms the basement trainer has seen so much use that it’s now leaking oil. So when the sun does peak out, you can bet I’m on it! We had one such weekend recently, after a week plus of crazy snow, rain and wind it was actually sunny and in the high 50’s, wow! It looked like the rain had done away with most of the snow, it was truly a miracle.

Choose your weapon…
Saturday, Iron chick and I decided to dust off the road bikes to enjoy the warmth. The Orbea Orca and the Cervelo S2 were called back to active duty for the day. The first road ride of the season is the best. Like new snow or your first kiss, hitting the road for the first time is always magical. The air is fresh, the sun feels warm and with the first stroke of the pedal there is a feeling of freedom. Seriously cool. We headed out around Cotuit not sure what to expect of the roads after such an awful winter.

Iron Chick

Bikenfool

There is a God…
To our surprise, the roads were in reasonable condition. There were far fewer pot holes than I expected and the amount of sand on the roads was minimal. The air felt nice, both in my lungs and even on my face. The sun was shinning brightly warming things up nicely. Both of us were riding the next day as well and wanted to have fresh legs so we only covered about 15 miles but had a blast doing it. It was so great to be outside again and especially great to be on the road again…

Cervelo S2

Orbea Orca...

A new day…
Sunday, Iron Chick and I headed in different directions. I headed to Otis with Tim for some Mountain Biking while she headed to Orleans for a group road ride. Temperatures were in the 50s again and it was certainly another beautiful day. While road riding yesterday, it was evident that the rain did not wash away all the snow. The roads were perfect but there was still snow evident in the woods. As we neared Otis, I had a feeling that we may be in for an interesting ride.

Digging deep…
There were a fair amount of cars parked at the trail head and a couple of guy just loading up. I asked about the conditions and received back the expected answer; snowy and wet. As we headed out it was quickly evident that it would be slow going. There was mud and slushy snow every where.

Passing by...

At some points there was 3+ inches of snow still covering the trail but only in certain spots where the sun didn’t hit. Other areas were free of snow but the ground was soft and wet, did I say wet? This was one tough ride. Thank god I took the Stumpy, no sense pushing extra weight on top everything else. Tim and I elected to ride the Outer Loop, in hind sight, that may not have been such a good choice as the numerous hills on that route were covered in snow. We ran into a group of three riders from Boston area and hung with them for a bit; all of us struggle to make it through large areas of snow. There’s nothing like getting your adrenaline pumping as you careen out of control down a snow covered hill. It was kinda fun…

Mud, mud mud...

The snow and mud packed in every crack and crevasse and not just on the bike! At one point the sound of grinding parts was louder than my breathing. How muddy was it? At one point I actually thought about dunking the S-Works in a pond to clean it off. Mean while water soaked though our shoes and pants. We covered about 12 miles before we called it a day. Although I can’t say this was a great ride as it was just too sloppy but it was great to be outside in 50 degree temps.

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