Rode my Pugsley today on Green Trail and it was tough. Put my tires down to the lowest pressure I have ever run and still had some issues getting around.
Whom ever is snow shoeing really helped me keep my speed, however, I think that person may have been drunk. The trail starts to go all over the place. I tried to look for the grooves in the snow where the trail was, and rode the trail the best I could.
The snow is ranging from 1-3 inches with a thick layer of ice on top. The ice breaks easily when you are at speed, but if you come to a stop, it's a little difficult to get started again.
Had to cut my ride short so the entire Green Trail shall come tomorrow. Three women were hiking on the trail with two pit bulls that were off leashes. I have no problem with dogs that are running with their owners but these dogs were all over the place. I was finishing a hill climb when I saw the first dog followed by the next. The dogs started barking at me when the younger dog lunged at me but the owner yelled up the hill to the dog and the dog hesitated twice to come back to the owner. The older pit barked then ran up to me -all I'm thinking is my leg is about to be turned into a chew toy- I just stood still and said "Hey buddy" in a high-pitch voice. The owner called for the dog again and it finally obeyed. I didn't move until I saw both dogs on leashes (actually I was just out of breath trying to get the Pugsley through the snow and up the hill). The owner put the dogs back on leashes and continued with their hike. "Sorry about that!" the owner said to me. I had flashbacks from when I was a little kid and I was attacked 3 different times by dogs. I have no problem with dogs, but lets use some common sense here people. I have hit a dog before at Anderson near the water's edge on Green Trail. This golden lab was with it's owner whom was fishing. I came around a blind turn (July, full plant growth) and the dog was running the opposite way, and I clipped its right rear leg. The dog was tripped up a little but kept right on going to it's owner. "Sorry bout that! He goes after squirrels every now and then!" the owner yelled to me. This is why we have leash laws everybody. If you have a dog that stays with you the whole time, and always obeys your commands, then don't worry about it; heck if anything, you probably have an awesome trail buddy.
I just hope people understand that to some people, it's a little scary coming upon two dogs off their leashes and barking at you.
Sorry about my rant, go ride the trails kids!
"Any bad day on the trail, is better than a good day on pavement. And also, my bike is cooler than yours" -Dalai Lama
"My STRAVA times? It's not me, it's the bike; trust me."