I woke up early to the sound of heavy rainfall and checked messages - anybody going to be the first to bail? Friday night's forecast said the rain should clear out by 10, and when I checked the radar map early Saturday it, it was going to stop after 8. That was a good sign, and it appeared we were on. I packed a little bit of everything and headed out.
From the North Side, the trailhead is a straight shot from Francis to Bigelow Gulch and I arrived a bit before the others. I expected mud, but the forest/service road from the trailhead was covered in a thin sheet of ice even after the rain a mid-30]s temp.though the temp. Not promising. Eric and Pat arrived and we figured we'd give it a try since were there already, and didn't know if our backup Riverside Park would be any better.
|Trailhead pic stolen from Pat - this is after we were done
A few pics, more over at 26InchSlicks.
|Eric and Pat
|i was going for the burly fatbiker he-man
pose, and missed it by a mile or so
|this is what happens when you a) don't take the time to transfer a rear rack
from one bike to your fatbike to fashion a mudguard out of, and b) then
don't wear your plastic pants you brought along.