Last year at this time I was riding snow covered trails and forest roads north of my hometown in northern Minnesota. This year I'm here in the cities with unseasonably warm weather and contending with muddy trails.
Thanksgiving morning I was out for a two and half hour ride and the trails were in pretty decent shape. Not perfect, but definitely rideable.
Today was a totally different story. It is November 28th is it not? The trails should be frozen solid, but after several days of freezing and thawing the conditions have definitely deteriorated immensely. Many sections have turned into a slim wet gumbo.
On a more positive note...the Park Department has begun to make snow for the tubing hill and the XC ski trails. Question is ...How long will it last?
My ride today lasted two hours and forty-five minutes and given the trail conditions was quite slow. Cleaning the bike seemed to take almost as long. That being said...it was a great day to be out and I don't regret being out on the trails today. However, I think I'll stick to the pavement until we get a good solid freeze.