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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.