First Tracks

Saturday marked the first real snow fall here in MN. I figured I better get out and enjoy it. So I broke out my Lake winter boots, prepped my S & S El Mariachi and hit the bike paths and trails.

After about 3 miles, I ducked into a little bandit single track and took cover so I could make a few adjustments. I let some more air pressure out. I ended up with about 18 psi in the back and about 13-15 in the front. Smoooooothhhhhhhh!

As you can see in the 1st photo, when I left my house the snow was only about 1” deep. By the time I returned about 2 hours later it was really coming down. When I started heading towards home, I back tracked over about 5 miles of the same bike path I rode on th way out. I couldn’t see the original tracks from earlier. It was cold, windy and blustery.

In the end, I got just shy of 2 hours of hard pedaling. I say hard because each pedal stroke required power. There was no coasting on this ride! I rode probably 4 miles of neighborhood single track and the rest was on paved bike paths. Sweet ride and a great way to start December.

Have a great week folks.

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Jason Boucher

Jason Boucher

Growing up as a Minnesota farm boy, I developed an appreciation and love for land and open space. This appreciation has fostered two passions, cycling and photography. Both of these passions provide freedom, encourage me to explore and foster creativity. More importantly though, my journey with a bike and a camera reminds me that the world is big and I am small.


 MG |

Nice… Thanks for the pics and story Jason!  We had a wintery weekend down here in Nebraska this past weekend too, with a healthy dose of rain, sleet and snow at various times.  That didn’t keep us off our bikes though.  It’s funny… in the winter, some people retire to the weight room, while some of us just start riding our singlespeeds in the snow.  <BR><BR>Apparently you and I choose the latter, and I know we’re not the only ones who eschew the pain cave.<BR><BR>I just ride and smile… well, it’s a grimace sometimes, but we’ll call it a smile.<BR><BR>Have a great week up in Salsaland!!<BR><BR>Cheers,<BR>MG

 Guitar Ted |

Great ride there. I wish ours woulda been snow. Ice and glare at that. Terrible for cycling, but as mg says, it isn’t going to keep us off our bikes. <BR><BR>I’m just going to have to attack this in a different way is all.

 Captain Bob |

Lucky me I made it out before the ice.  It was aq good time.  That amout of snow you all had would have been fun.<BR><BR>Nice pics.  I just love that bike.

 MG |

yeah, that thing is a beauty, isn’t it.  jason did well with that one.  talk about travelin’ in style!! man, that’s first class…

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