|Black Hawk Creek is flowing too fast to freeze yet.|
At least it isn't supposed to rain like it did last week, and then freeze up, which along with a little help from walkers, dogs, and deer have post holed up the track out there pretty badly in a few spots. Those two and four legged trail wreckers were out in force last week on those two warmer days and made a mess of things, which now has resulted in rock hard, bone jarring fat bike riding for the time being. I hear a crew is going out Thursday evening to smooth things over a bit. I may join them if I can.....
The city did get out and remove those two downed trees near the lake cut off, which was nice, but there still were a few places you had to watch your "p's & q's", dismount, and gingerly step across open water. Not a real big deal, but one slip could mean a really bad situation if you got soaked. I was also being careful for another reason.
Saturday I slipped and fell on the ice while walking around our vehicle while it was stopped in an alleyway. I landed heavily on my left forearm, which bruised badly, but the worst part was that it jacked up my shoulder and that has been a bad shoulder ever since I dumped my Fargo several years ago and went down on some concrete. Anyway, I wasn't keen on going down on my left side, so anything that presented itself to me that looked like it had the possibility of dumping me I was very careful about clearing.
|Running water in the Green Belt makes for some cool ice structures.|
|A rare bit of color in a mostly black and white landscape.|
|I got a bit off-track just South of HWY 20, but found my way back to the trail again with no issues.|
|The trail, despite the post-holing, was fast and rideable all the way through the Green Belt.|
|Many places would be impassable if the water wasn't frozen out there, like this frozen mini-pond near Shaulis Road.|
|This is an example of about a quarter mile of trail that was really rough near Ranchero Road.|
I hear via social media that some fellows are going out this evening to try and roll it smoother with their fat bikes. The weather will have softened things up a bit, as it is going to get into the upper 30's here today. Hopefully that works out. After the brief warm up, this weekend will refreeze again, and then we are to have some steady, below freezing days. This might work out so that we have some great fat biking for quite a while here, which would be unprecedented. We'll see......