|M, near the turnaround for today's ride|
Less than an hour north of downtown Boise is a large network of groomed snowmobile trails waiting to be explored on fat bikes and today we barely scratched the surface. Ok, I cheated a little bit and found a grooming report on the Boise Snowmobile Club website which indicated that the area I wanted to ride just so happened to be groomed yesterday. Is it wrong that when I arrive at a trail head with my fat bike and find fresh corduroy I have similar reaction to that of a skier on a powder day?
|We parked at the Granite Creek Trail Head|
M and I had only planned to be out for 2-3 hours so we weren't able to complete the entire 27-mile loop but the out-n-back we did was awesome. In fact, I would say that this was quite possibly the most perfectly graded Forest Service road I have ever been on. From the trail head, this road climbed at a steady 3-4% grade for nine miles. I am pretty sure it kept going for another 3+ miles before descending but we had to turn around.
Note to Self: Bring more clothes, a balaclava, & goggles for the long descent next time.
Why am I just now, on Feb 10th, exploring snowmobile trails to ride the fat bike on? Well, up until about a week ago we were shredding the local singletrack (in its glorious frozen and snow-packed state) on the fat bikes so there really wasn't any need or motivation to go exploring. Now that the lower trails are in a slush/mud/freeze cycle, the choices are either road riding or heading to higher elevation and exploring on the fat bike. Today we chose the latter and it was awesome.
|Kenai kept it in L2 today and banged out an impressive 18 miles|
|Kenai looks dejected because we made him stop for a pic|
|Fat Biking is not fun. Nothing to see here...|
The fat bike stoke is HIGH right now and more exploration is imminent!