Friday, December 24, 2010
Icy gravel fun
A few brave souls met up this morning at Cultiva Cafe for some Christmas Eve action. Lincoln got some ice last night, so at the last minute I slapped on the spare wheelset with the Nokians onto the Karate Monkey. Sure am glad I did.
The roads in town weren't bad, but once we hit gravel things got sketchy. Most of the time if it's icy in town the gravel is fine. Not today. The gravel was more ice than gravel. Traction was sparse. Even with studded tires I found myself in the gutter most of the time trying to find something to bite into.
Things got better as the ride progressed. By the time we hit the Malcolm General Store I felt comfortable on the gravel. The ice was beginning to melt, but the roads were still maintaining their integrity.
Making it to Malcolm was a victory. Not the longest ride, but enough to feel like we accomplished something today.
More fun tomorrow morning! Meet at D Street at 8 AM for waffles and coffee with the ride taking off at 9.