headed out for a little solo ride tonite, i've been meaning to head up toward Sleeping Child Hotsprings since the snowpack on the road has really good coverage, actually has for quite some time but honestly i've been spending too much time on the skis the past couple of weeks to take much notice. Tonite was the perfect evening for a nightride as a heatwave of 25d and the lack of wind actually made the night temps outside seem fairly decent. Dress attire was down to just a long sleeve jersey and a windbreaker instead of having to add the typical third layer. The snowpack and ice covered roads made ideal conditions for the new Nokian 29" studded tires (29 X 2.1) and this was the first real test that i've managed to put them through.
I gotta admit that it was actually alot of fun riding the ice tonite instead of the typical puckering action that takes place. The carbide studs and decent footprint made the difficulty of ice/snow disappear. Even locking up the rear brake on the stuff seemed completely controllable.
The quiet roads were the ideal place to clear my head after a very busy and exciting day of watching my three kids play with all of their new gifts from Santa. And also the perfect place to help rid myself of the second and third helpings of Christmas dinner. Not sure if i made grounds on todays calorie intake or not, and as i sit here sipping on coffee tainted with a smidgeon of Irish Cream, head cleared and kids grabbing my ankles for me to come back to play more games i can honestly say it was successfully another purdy darn good christmas.