Even Mr. Bill had great concerns about the plan. Ahhh yes, the plan. The plan was to spend a couple of hours riding the Sturgeon River trail system north of Chisholm, Minnesota. This system of trails has been in existence since I lived up north twenty-five years ago. With this in mind, you would think that I would have been well prepared, albeit for my lack of experience with snow biking.
Issue number three was the problem of my hydration bladder hose freezing up on me. Every time I thought to take a drink the bite valve and hose were clogged with a slushy hydration mix. At one point in time, I was riding with one hand on the handlebar, and the other was fidgeting with the bite valve and hose. Of course I hit a rock that was concealed by the snow and I went down with a rather hard thud. My left shoulder and neck are rather sore, but non-the worse for wear.
I know that people with more winter riding experience are thinking...what a dumb ass! Oh well. what better way to learn. I love hands-on experiences.
Afterwards I ventured out the local watering hole for some beer and cheer with old classmates and friends. Most of whom view my activities as rather odd. All in all it was a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. I have so much to be thankful for. However, it is good to be home resting.