Cathy - skiing in Bethel Mike - snowshoeing Grafton Notch
Oreo - playing in the wrapping
We set off into Grafton Notch to do some snowshoeing. I figured we would be out about an hour and a half, so didn't think to bring water or snacks. Lesson learned. The kiosk showed a loop starting with the Eyebrow trail that would be 2.1 miles and climb 1100 feet. Ok. We're off.
Looking up to where we climbed; Looking down on the truck from the top
The trail started out easily enough, and I soon was shedding layers. Then, we got to the steep part of the trail. So steep that they've installed metal rope rails, and metal ladders! Unfortunately, the pictures don't really show just how steep this trail was, but looking back down it, I didn't want to have to try to retrace our steps.
Didn't realize that was where we were headed; Hanging on for dear life!
Small wonders; Leaving tracks
Up, up and up we went. When we finally reached the top, we were very nervous - the trail brings you out to an exposed ridge with great views, but also large snowdrifts, and big danger if you get too close to the edge. We managed to follow the trail back into the woods to an intersection - the prints we had been following continued up to another peak, but we wanted to go down, and no one had been on that trail yet. It was an adventure looking for the white trail blazes as we headed back downhill.
Going up was hard, but going down was as well. Lots of slipping and sliding (thankfully this part of the trail was nowhere near as steep as what we had climbed), and breaking the trail going downhill was tough. We finally made it back down to the car - TWO AND HALF HOURS after we started! Great workout though, and the views were fantastic!
As we were heading out of the parking lot, we had to stop and wait - the plow truck had gone off the highway, and a logging truck was pulling him out of the ditch with a chain! Not a sight one sees everyday...
Here are also a few pics from yesterday's adventure - we went riding out of Gorham, NH to Twin Mountain. There is more snow out there than I have seen in a long time! Some of these trails run along railroad beds, and are typically nasty to ride because the rails are showing and tracking your sled. Yesterday, the rails were covered, and the riding was smooth! Put on another 87 miles on our second day out.
Congrats to an entire team of women who rock!
The whistle blew and it was a mad sprint for position or just to warm up. We had a guy from CycleSmart, Paul C,. and then I managed to scam on the back. We got a gap going and I was struggling but hanging in there. Then after a lap or so CornerCycle's Kevin H. showed up. He was content to just hang for a lap or so (as he was still saving himself for the A race) but then moved to the front and put in an acceleration. That was it for me; off the back. A lap or so in no mans land before I got picked off by Mike and then Chris from GearWorks/SpinArts. An NBX rider got me next and I knew that was going to be the last come hell or highwater. I stuck with him and we bridged back to Chris and the 3 of us rode the rest of the race together. Pretty uneventful besides a small mishap/slideout in a corner and running my knee into the rear brake arm hurdling a barricade on the final lap. Foiled my planned attack but oh well. Managed to hang in for 7th out of the 33 that finished. My best result ever I'd say and I managed to stay ahead of some folks that I have never beaten before.
Mike also rode "the log" on several laps. I got a couple of good shots, as did Bill from FastShots.
Kudos to the good folks at MRC for putting on a fine race! I am finally warmed back up. And we did get some snow overnight - about 4 inches. Supposed to mostly rain today though with snow showers through the week. I guess winter is finally arriving!