Greenbrier State Park Snow Ride: Boonsboro, Maryland

February 6, 2005

If you've been following this site for any period of time, you've noticed that there have been a lot of snow rides lately. Duh! It's winter time in the tropics. But what is unique about this snow ride is the temperature. It was sunny and close to 60 degrees out today. Though the morning started out around freezing, making the trail conditions on the first climb rather nice, by half way through the first lap, everything was getting soft. The snow quickly became the consistancy of a 7-11 slurpee. That made for some difficult riding. By the time I get to Phoenix, she'll be waking.... Oops. Sorry. I didn't mean to drop into a Glenn Campbell song. What I was trying to say, was that --- By the time I get to Phoenix... Dammit! It happened again. One more try... By the time we did the second lap, the conditions had gotten worse/better. I say worse/better because the blue climb was more of a blue hike on the lower parts. Where it levelled out, we were able to ride pretty well. The tires cut through the slurp and got down to rock. There were sections of trail on the second lap that had completely had the 6" of snow burned off of them by the second time around.

Many thanks to Jason, Wayne, Ross, Bill, Tracy, Pat, Kevin, David, Pam, Maj and Barbara for joining me on this really fun ride. I think we all got a little bit of a tan out there today.

Nothing makes a trip through the rock garden easier like 6" of hardpacked snow.

Jason Makes it look easy.

Wayne tried to slip on it.

But figured out its easier just to roll.

David riding the top part of the red climb. The rest of that climb wasn't much fun.

Ross on the rock garden. It wasn't as easy in the slurpee snow.

Bill riding through.

Pat demonstrating some rock garden skills.

Pam had studded tires for this ride. I think it ended up being wet enough that they didn't help. The nokian tread pattern probably made those the best tires on the trail yesterday though.

David looking smooth on the rock garden.

Tracy made it look easy!

Barbara rode well all day. The rock garden was a smooth ride for her on the Titus.

Kevin at the top of the blue climb. You can't quite see it here, but he's such the fashion guy. His glasses lense matches his jersey. He claims that he didn't plan it that way. ;)

Ross at the top of the blue.

Bill was the first to top out the blue trail. He went part way back down for some more.

The Jinglespeed! A conspiracy is forming to remove the jinglebells. We'll see what comes of that.

Pam and Barbara at the top of the blue.

Tracy topped out strong and kept things moving.

Ross at the orange turn-off. Sorry for the lens flare. I didn't have time to set that shot up. He was right on my tail as I got off the bike.

Maj is getting sideways.

Bill looking smooth as always.

David making it look easy.

Pat being chased by Pam. No-one with names longer than 3 letters were allowed in this photo.

Pam getting ready for the turn.

Barbara likes snow. You can tell because she's smiling in all of these photos.

Barbara, Pat, Tracy, Maj, Pam, Bill, Kevin, Ross and David


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