A warm December afternoon provided the perfect opportunity for a last ride on the bike trail last week. A local farmer also got in a bit of last minute field work before the snow fell on Sunday.
A warm December afternoon provided the perfect opportunity for a last ride on the bike trail last week. A local farmer also got in a bit of last minute field work before the snow fell on Sunday.
After closely watching the weather forecasts, I thought it would be a good idea to get out on the Harmony-Preston Valley and Root River Trails with my bicycle last week. I thought it might be my last time this year.

While I do some cold weather riding, when it gets close to freezing, I'm kind of wimpy especially if there is much wind. Monday, with temps in the 50s, I ignored the wet conditions and rode to Whalan. My wife said I needed to take off my muddy jacket before I got in the car or I'd have to bike home to Harmony.

With the promise of sunshine on Tuesday, I took off to Preston but the wind and temperature made for a cold trip down and back to Harmony.

I just looked at the forecast for the next two months and it doesn't look promising for me and my bike. After this weekend's snow, I'm even more convinced last week's rides were my last.

All in all, fall riding was pretty good this year and the colors were great if only for a short time. After the leaves disappeared, it was all about viewing the wildlife. Tuesday there were a lot of squirrels stashing their winter supplies, a large flock of wild turkeys, several deer, muskrats swimming in the river and some trout. I even spotted two Slindees, mother and cub, out for a walk (Okay, it was Lori and son, Dan).

I truly enjoy my time on the trail with my bike but I do like to cross country ski as well; it is a great outdoor winter activity. I did get my skis out of storage and ready to go as soon as we get enough snow; the forecast doesn't look good for that either.

Maybe I'll get out again if the sun is out and the temp approaches 40 degrees. If we don't get enough snow for skiing, maybe I could get one of those "snow bikes" with the really oversized fat tires; they look like fun.

My wife probably wouldn't be too supportive since I just ordered a new road and trail bike for spring!

So, LET IT SNOW!

The trail system in our area is such a great recreational resource. Get out and enjoy it whenever you can and be thankful to the landowners that allow us to enjoy the great outdoors right here at home.