ChrisInYpsi wrote:I live a few miles from RHP, and it's been snowing here steadily since late Fri night. I tried to ride RHP today but largely failed. Did more hiking than biking, and finally bailed to the 2-tracks after a few miles.
Lots of fresh powdery snow made things difficult, but the day-old bike tracks, hiker footprints, xc ski tracks, and snowshoe prints made steering and traction extremely tough. Even with fat tires aired down to 5-6 psi.
Returned after an early dinner tonight for some fun with my daughters on the sledding hill. That was a blast. RHP is beautiful right now.
Small trails, or those that have plenty of quick routes to bail are perfect for riding backwards what you just slogged through. Key thing is when you start getting tired going one direction, go the opposite and retrace your tracks. Then at some point turn around again, and proceed further. Keep doing this until you complete the whole trail. Retracing your tracks helps you reap what you just packed down and if conditions are right, you will be doing a steady cadence giving your legs a break and ready for the next slogfest section. I ran out of time to attempt RHP today, was at Morton Taylor and flattened several sections going back and forth. I may head out there Wednesday, have the day off.
RHP, Morton Taylor, Olsen Park, and Hickory Glenn are good trails to ride on days like today as there are no big hills and you have a chance of doing multiple laps if you can pack them down in a timely manner. The Tree Farm works too, but it's got some distance to deal with when the snow gets real deep.