Sunday, November 16, 2008

Any Day Now

Any day now the trails will be covered in snow and ice.  Today was a beautiful day.  Almost 60 degrees and sunny made today feel like a gift from mother nature.  We were on one of the usual loops when a strange sound could be heard in the distance.  Steve Potter (yes, that Potter, the caretaker of the pasture) was calling to us from across a canyon.  We held up and rode Hornito's and Sweetness before parting ways.  It's always nice to get an opportunity to ride with Steve and Callie (the best trail dog I've ever seen).

Although the weather and riding were great, there were hints of the season to come.  Many of the shaded ponds were starting to show that winter is trying to grab ahold of the land around us.  As I turned another year older this week (happy b-day to you too, Steve), I am reminded that every day on the trail is a gift.  If last year is any indicator, we have about 3-4 more weeks of riding before the snow makes the single track inaccessible until spring.

P.S. For those of you from out of town with family in the area.  The annual Thanksgiving day morning ride is still on.  If you're stuck at the in-laws wishing you were riding, wish no more. Forget that darn televised parade and earn your turkey dinner this year. 


CQ said...

It was a great day for a ride as usual!!!!!!!! I hope the snow is not to deep this year so we can get plenty of rides in. It tends to make winter shorter for me.

paxtoncoyote said...

I can't make it on T-day but may have all day on either Fri, Sat or Sun if there is any takers, may even be 3 of us show up!

Llama said...

I'm good to go over the weekend. I don't know if I can make Friday work though . . . I'll see what I can do.

Rad-Renner said...

A suggestion: Could someone please post information regarding the established protocol for riding at Potter's Pasture? Should one simply show up and ride, or does one call first?, etc. I wouldn't want to bother the landowner unnecessarily, but I certainly wouldn't want to trespass either. As this blog has recently been posted on "mtbomaha", I foresee increased interest in riding there - just a "heads up" for you guys. Thanks for sharing!

Llama said...

Thanks for the idea. I'll post some info so it's available on the front page as soon as I can. Basically, just show up and ride. Make sure to close the gate behind you. Since the trails are not marked as well as they will be in the future, it helps to ride with a local for the first time to get the lay of the land.

Scott said...

Looks like you are getting some good pub for the Pasture.

I posted a blurb on my sites as well.
Potter will be so proud! The big Wheel ballyhoo! Unless there already a band you should get one for a Festival!

Keep up the good work!!
Peace and Grease!!