Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Cold Rides 

Well I FINALLY went out snowmobiling with Jon last weekend. With everything that didn't go right I am surprised that I enjoyed it as much as I did. Saturday we headed to the Aidirondaks where he went to college and knows the trails really well and rode up there. However the snow coverage was really light, and the area was only going to see 2 inches (while NYC got 22- like that makes any sense!) and it was not the best riding. It also didn't help that the helmet I was wearing was not sealed correctly and the face shield froze over, so I literally couldn't see anything. I had a spot (abouth the size of the thumbprint) where I was breathing that was clear enough to see Jon's jacket and know I was still behind him, but I REALLY swore I was going to fall off. Plus it was COLD. -7 air tempreture, and about -63 or so while riding. That evening we headed back to the college, where we discovered our area was getting some great snow, and decided to head home for the night and try and find some trails closer to home. We ended up driving through the storm (the same one that dumped several feet of snow in MA) and nearly wiping out more than once.
We got home and to bed at around 2am, and being the weirdo's we are, were up again at 8am the next morning. We headed to a site at Lake George (that we found online) and got thourally lost trying to find it (note to self: write down the directions!), and ended up following a few other trailers we saw to a site at a park. The snow cover was great-11 inches- of fluffy snow, I had a MUCH better helmet (yay no more frozen view!), and it was about 10-15 degree's warmer than the day before, so it looked like it would shape up to be a great day. However it was not to be. There were very few trails and the ones that were there were very rough. We don't have studs on our machine so some of the hills we couldn't go up. Because the snow was so deep and fresh, it was harder to turn the way we wanted, and we got stuck more than once. And the parking situation for the truck was nasty- we had to park on the side of the park entrance and there was no place to turn around. If we did a U turn we knew we would get stuck, so we tried to go up the hill a ways to one of the "park and photo" ledges to turn. The problem is that NOTHING was plowed making it hard to control the truck and we nearly went off the edge of the cliff. We finally got turned and down the hill only to discover someone else had tried a U turn and gotton stuck. However there were some great views up there, and it was an intresting day.


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