Awesome mountain bike ride Shell Lake to Rice Lake

December 29, 2009 at 1:00 am Leave a comment

Kristine had errands to run in Rice Lake (about 20 miles away), and we wanted to take the kids ice skating – so we worked it out for me to bike down there on some nice backroads for a good 32 mile ride. It was COLD. The air temps were in the lower teens, but the wind was just unbelievable. I only had Kristine’s iphone with me to take these pictures, otherwise I would have taken video of the snow blowing across the road at 20mph. Check out the pics!

Mountain Biking Adventure

TopoCreator route - Shell Lake to Rice Lake Here’s the annotated topocreator route.
Lots of long straight flat icy snowy roads - the challenge is finding a smooth line and riding as fast as you can without falling Lots of long straight flat icy snowy roads – the challenge is finding a smooth line and riding as fast as you can without falling
Some curvy roads too Some curvy roads too
Some very icy roads - this is the stuff you want to avoid Some very icy roads – this is the stuff you want to avoid
A huge snow plow A huge snow plow
The view from the high point of the ride The view from the high point of the ride
Blowing snow - the windchill was incredible. There was one part of the ride where the wind was blowing hard from the side and being funneled right into my eye by my sunglasses. I had to turn to look into the wind because my eyeball felt like it was starting to freeze! Blowing snow – the windchill was incredible. There was one part of the ride where the wind was blowing hard from the side and being funneled right into my eye by my sunglasses. I had to turn to look into the wind because my eyeball felt like it was starting to freeze!
Snow drifts Snow drifts
Rice Lake - the cool thing about this picture is the island with a picnic table only in the winter (or by boat in the summer) Rice Lake – the cool thing about this picture is the island with a picnic table only in the winter (or by boat in the summer)
Ski-do anyone? Ski-do anyone?
My mountain bike at the ice rink My mountain bike at the ice rink
An icy version of me at the ice rink. An icy version of me at the ice rink.

Wind skiing


This was awesome to watch. Unfortunately my batteries died right before this guy took off … literally. He got going very fast and then jumped at least 8 feet in the air with the windsail taking him up and setting him back down. I got a new set of batteries in just in time for him to make it back. How cool!!!

Ice Skating Princesses

The ice skating princesses My favorite picture of Analise and Kristine, the ice princesses
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Third time up and over Vestavia Dr - the nearly seven mile endless vestavia version of the climb. Forgot to take a pic on my 2nd crossing of Vestavia Dr, but here is the elevation profile of my direct commute home. 1st of 4 times up and over the Vestavia Dr high point today.

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