Sunday, January 21, 2007
I think I do need help
We got about 6 inches of snow around my house last night. I had planned to attend John's Snow Angle Ride, but I decided that I would give the trails behind my house a try. Especially the old Line Creek RR section which is relatively flat.
First a quick tour around my neighborhood. They just got done plowing the roads and were in fine shape. It was very fun and I was surprised by how much traction there was. I got all kinds of strange looks as folks were out shoveling their driveways wondering why some fool would be out on a bike during weather such as this.
After a few miles I decided to hit the trails just off 68th Street and Green Hills Road. There is a section of trail that goes straight through to Barry road (I believe it as used for the old Line Creek Rail Road) and usually offers some fun riding after a little snow. It was hard going at first, but I soon hit a section of trail that a herd of deer had so kindly plowed for me. Their trail lasted about 1/2 mile then it got tough again. That was until I came to a section of trail that an ATC rider had packed down for me. It would have been time to hit the big ring except for the fact that I was on my single speed. The fun lasted only about a mile then ended when the rider decided to hit the hills to the East. I decided to stick to the flat section and plow through the snow.
I ended up going out and back twice to Barry road. On the final leg I started to get cocky and tried bunny hopping several downed trees. The small ones were easy, but then I made a bad decision and tried to jump this rather large downed tree instead of following the ATC tracks around the beast. My rear tire hit squarely and I did a nice flip over the bars. I landed on my back and got the wind knocked out of me. It took a few minutes to catch my breath and dig my bike out of the snow. When came out of the woods at 68th street I again rested and removed some packed snow from around my brakes. While I was working on my bike a truck stopped and asked my if I needed help and why I was out in such weather. I said I was o.k. and was just out on a training ride. As I started to ride home I thought about what the driver had asked. Do I need help? After getting sprayed with freezing slush by a car that came speeding by I decided that I do need help. A sane person would be home drinking some beer watching the playoffs....