Randy, what month was that. Looks like springtime. I've been there in March with the snow piled high on the sides of the road. It's really beautiful.
that was one if my annual "StupidBowl Sunday Kanc" rides I missed last year, but rode the Kanc 13 consecutive Super Bowl Sundays prior to that, starting with my SV650 in 2000, the photo is 2012, one of the warmer years, in 2000, temp was nearly 50, just out for a winter ride that had me riding further and further north it was nice, when I found myself in Conway, sure why not, I didn't have or need heated gear that year, the next year I decided to make a tradition, temps were hovering just below freezing at home, on the Kanc, prolly in the low teens
85% of the rides there is at least a dusting of fresh snow over 2000ft elevation, the state salts the hell out of it, so it gets slushy depending in traffic, I usually catch up with a cage and follow well behind depending on speed, and I have passed cages on snowy roads coldest ride was about -10°, worse year for conditions was 2011. Wee had freezing rain, sleet ending in cold snow, roads were frozen hard 1" to 1½" crusty icy layer with up to ½" loose snow on top, storm stopped at 6am, I fell on my butt 7am when I walked out to see if the salt the town had put down had softened the precip on the road
the road was soft, soon to turn to slush with traffic, so I sanded a path to get my bike walked down to the edge of the road ( this is how I start all my winter rides, I will not ride my bike 20 feet to stop on ice)
bike ready to go, now I go back in house to put my gear on, do not get all hot & sweaty doing manual labor like shoveling, sanding, or rolling your bike 50 feet, get your bike situated then put your gear on starting a ride in the winter hot & sweaty is a quick way to turn into a popcycle even heated gear can't keep up with the cooling effect
group ride meet spot (HoneyDew Donuts, Rt11 & 153 Farmington) sometimes just me, quite often 2, and a couple of times 3 riders
with roads in better weather conditions, I use 153 to get to Conway, in poorer conditions, I slab it up 16
in 2011, in the beginning of the ride 11 & 28 to wolfeboro, the state had the roads pretty bare but by the time we got to conway and lower part of kanc, even 16, roads were ice with occasional 2" deep pot holes to pavement where a small pile of salt worked its way thru as we got higher elevation all the precip was snow, no ice, approx 2" since last snowplow
stop for lunch in Lincoln
the ride back, most often slab 93 to 140, sometimes 175 to 25 to 109 on the other side of the lake depends on weather , frost heaves etc.
back home bike ready to walk into its parking spot
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