The "safe" bet would have been to ride the snow bikes from Victor on the valley's back roads but Mother Nature played a cruel trick on us. She lulled us into thinking that the wonderful trails at Horseshoe might be ridable. We agreed that a day in the forest sounded much better than a day riding back roads so we gambled...and lost.
Amanda and T-Race in the calm before the storm
We started the day in cloudy but calm conditions and soft (barely ridable) trails. As if she flipped a switch, Mother Nature turned on the snow machine and our tracks were filling in quickly behind us. Even our attempt at backtracking to a quiet back road failed as the wind drifted the road in with sugary snow and had us pushing our bikes in a pretty solid snow storm.
Amanda and Tracey were awesome and stayed positive throughout our wacky adventure. I saw today playing out so differently in my mind. So I mentally kicked myself for taking that chance and came home to finish out my ride time on the trainer in the basement.
No gambles tomorrow for Day 2.