|I thought the Sergeant Road Trail was bad with post-holes,.....|
Funny thing about Winter thaws, they never last till Spring! That means things re-freeze. This is an important point in today's post about trail riding. I went out Monday of this past week, and while temperatures were above freezing during my ride, things had re-frozen from the crazy 50 degree temperatures of the day before that.
Apparently the unseasonably warm temperatures of the weekend brought out several seekers of outdoors bliss, as the Sergeant Road bike trail showed a lot of "post-holing". Now this is a term I wasn't familiar with until I started fat biking. Perhaps you don't quite know what I am talking about? Well, here following is a brief description......
"Post Hole"- The result of the actions of animals or humans when walking in soft, or slushy snow, which then re-freezes. This results in a pock-marked landscape which is difficult to impossible to traverse afterward.
Now, that image I have here may not look all that bad, but let me tell you, those frozen tracks are like little jackhammer hits. Not only that, but they want to misdirect your tires and handling is difficult. Consider also that this pretty much makes walking an ankle-twisting affair. Traction is compromised, and essentially, the trail surface is ruined for any recreational activity. But, ya know......that didn't matter at the time, right? Pretty thoughtless.
If it seems that I am a little bitter about this, well you'd be correct. I am. Not that there is anything we can do about it. But the Sergeant Road Bike Trail was a piece of cake compared to what I was about to ride in to.
|Things had been snow covered or icy, but Monday they were peanut buttery wet.|
|From the frying pan into the fire.|
Someone had snow shoes, (you can see the tracks on the left side of the image above), but their passage did not compact the snow enough to make any head way on. Super-high resistance riding with no good base to steer the front wheel. So, I spent most of the six-plus mile trip back on the worst post-holed trail I've had to ride in years. It was so bad I was cursing.
It took me an hour to arrive at my turn-around point on the gravel, and it took two hours to get back home from there. All because people had to get their outside on and devil-may-care. Slush or no- they walked all over everything. At one point I had to laugh because it was obvious that late on the day before, at peak heat when things were all but slush, someone obviously wearing trail running shoes had ran the last section of trail back to the trailhead at Ansborough Avenue. Their duck-footed, hard planted tracks pushed the slush aside, and penetrated down to the Earth, leaving huge craters on Monday which were devastatingly hard to ride through.
I was never so glad to reach pavement.