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We are on a mini-vacation within our vacation staying in a remote part of northwestern Wisconsin, where the nearest traffic light is about 50 miles away, and even then, that’s the only traffic light within about 100 miles of here! Anyway, today’s ride involved shuttling out the two miles of unplowed road from our cabin to the main highway, parking and riding from there. No real way to ride the road bike on an unplowed road. Warmer temps today just above freezing, but still cold with a stiff south wind blowing. I rode through the snowmobile capital of northwestern Wisconsin, and saw maybe 75-100 snowmobiles and even had a chance to race one!
We just wrapped up our annual Christmas trip to the upper midwest, and I finished it up with the three icy rides below:
And here are all the photos from the three rides…
Ride #1 – Shell Lake, WI – 12/29/09
Ride #2 – Northwestern Green Bay Area – 12/30/09
Ride #3 – La Porte, IN to New Buffalo, MI – 1/1/10
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
|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|
|Some curvy roads too|
|Some very icy roads – this is the stuff you want to avoid|
|A huge snow plow|
|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!|
|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)|
|My mountain bike at the ice rink|
|An icy version of me at the ice rink.|
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
|My favorite picture of Analise and Kristine, the ice princesses|
The high temperature today was at midnight this morning. The temperature dropped throughout the day until it was just over 10 degrees by the time I started a two hour ride on the rollers outside on the back porch. By the end of the ride, the temp was down to 3 degrees.