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A cold winter’s seaside snow

Well, it snowed in my neck of the woods, in fact, all over the state, so it was time to pedal Bigfoot, otherwise known as an ICE Full Fat snow machine, in the snow for the very first time! It was the first time because it has not snowed here for the past three years, so Bigfoot heretofore only knew terrains of pavement, dirt, and sand. Usually it snows at least once every winter, but it’s been devoid of the white fluff until now, so yee haa, it was time to enjoy the treat.

Now, I realize that for many of you who live in snow belts, this is no big deal, and you can pedal your trikes with complete abandon in the semi-solidified water all you want, but in a realm where liquid water generally prevails during the winter season, this is what we call fun. The town only saw about four inches, with a daytime high of 30 degrees Fahrenheit. Nighttime lows have been in the mid twenties. Today the sun is shining brightly on the landscape, and it’s supposed to reach a scorching 44 degrees, so the snow is about to go bye-bye.

My old cycling buddy Matt Jensen was riding his fatbike north of town at a little higher elevation, and said the snow depth reached six inches. Speaking of Matt, below is a photo of me standing next to him and his cool fatbike. He happened to pedal by as I was returning from a walk into Old Town to see the snow covering all the boats in the harbor marina. There are also a couple of photos of me on Bigfoot, having a whopping grand time while it lasts. Winter is here, and today’s forecast shows solid rain for the next nine days – time to put Bigfoot back into winter storage (for a little while).


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Brrrr …… I would need a pair of mitts if this were normal weather here!


5 responses

  1. Ugh, I’m California boy, think I’ll stay here.

    January 6, 2017 at 12:45 pm

  2. armadillozack

    And I am a Florida Boy…! And I would not trade places with you for all the tea in China, or any where else for that matter…! I will stick to the sand and surf, because the cold and I do not work well together…!

    January 7, 2017 at 9:04 am

  3. Larry Reeve

    Tomorrow us Iowa boys are having a heat wave similar to what you’re experiencing right now. It is supposed to get up near freezing by mid-afternoon. Yay! It was 3 when I started my ride this morning. I could stand to be less invigorated.

    January 8, 2017 at 2:47 pm

  4. It would be fun to compare the tracks left on the snow after riding a fat bike and a normal one.

    January 14, 2017 at 3:34 pm

  5. trike hobo

    Not much to compare, because the standard street trike doesn’t make it very far in snow – not enough traction. The comparison would be dramatic, I’m sure.

    January 16, 2017 at 3:09 pm