Lord, give me patience.
Patience to wait out the days as the temps slowly start to warm and the snow shrinks and finally vanishes. Patience to wait out the 'mud season' so that the trails will be firm enough to ride. Patience to wait until the conditions are finally just right for a great mountain bike ride, or whitewater kayak run, or maybe even a backpacking trip. Just take a deep breath and relax - that time is definitely coming soon.
But I've been trying to get out and do what I can to get some fresh air and exercise. I've been doing quite a bit of trail work this winter, cutting new corridor to finish up the phase 3 trail at North Road Nature Preserve. Last summer we built a section of trail through the mature woods that line the creek. This is a beautiful area, and pretty easy to make trails through, as the canopy keeps the undergrowth down to a reasonable level.
|Flagging a new section of trail in the more mature woods.|
I headed out a couple of weeks ago to try and get in a ride on the rural roads in northern Trumbull County. The roads were clear of snow, but any place that I was legally allowed to park was still covered with 8" of soft snow. So that pretty much ended that days riding before it even started. But by last weekend there had been a few days where the temps got above freezing, so the snow cover had lessened, and I had hopes that I could park in one of the rail trail parking lots and get in a road ride from there. It was still mostly snow covered, but clear enough that my little car could get in and out without too much trouble.
|Oakfield parking area, Western Reserve Greenway.|
|Don't shoot swans.|
Some of the dead ends get very little traffic this time of year, so the snow is easier to ride than on the road above.
|Very quiet back here.|
|Bridge closed - except to stubborn bicyclists.|
Occasionally these dead ends require a bit of hike a bike - especially in the areas with unbroken snow - but its all good.
|Hike a bike territory.|
But I always end up back on the pavement, heading back into farm country.