Thursday, January 31, 2008

The Intermittent Melt Phase

What a difference 10 degrees makes. It's been about 36 degrees all day, so the piles and piles of sandy, fluffy, impossible-to-cut-through deep snow has been transformed into hard packed, easy-to-glide-and-slip-on roadway.

The trail above is the "goat path" that connects the dead end at Altamont and 33rd with the Park-and-Ride at Regal. Riding this trail was fun. Only the center of the trail -- about 6 inches or so -- is solid enough to ride on, if you go off at all, your wheel will sink into a foot or so of unpacked snow.

Incidentally, the city owns this patch of land and the goat path is currently penciled into the Master Bike Plan as a connection.

Last night, I was checking out Spokanarama pics from his early morning walk downtown. His pics inspired me to get excited about riding down town; I even laid out my clothes. Instead, I woke up this morning to 6 inches of new snow and rolled back over. Ugh.

I think I'll take a run at that ride again tomorrow morning.

I really like riding around downtown around 6 AM. Especially in the summer. Of course, lately, my thinking is that I enjoy riding anywhere at anytime if it's in the summer.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This winter I'm jealous of places with real snow, so I always look forward to your blog photos.

It's simultaneously odd for me to read the text where you are sick of the snow. Since I don't have snow and haven't lived in snow for 12 years I'm having trouble remembering what that feels like.

Maybe we should trade houses for a week.