Cycle Through the Snow
It’s been a long winter. Halifax has been locked in a deep freeze with heavy snow since the beginning of January … and to add insult to injury … we’ve enjoyed a couple of flash freezes after significant rain which has entombed the roads, sidewalks and driveways within an impenetrable glacier for the past 4-5 weeks. Not a good recipe for cycling.
Today, the temperature rose to a balmy +6 degrees Celsius. We hadn’t been above zero for two months and the roads have been near impossible for any transportation that is not named “snowmobile” to travel safely. And even a snowmobile would have been no more able to stop than a two-man bob sleigh hurtling down Main Avenue. Just sayin’.
Having watched local news reports and the weather prognosticator declare that March 11 was going to be a “lovely spring like day” and city roads were looking [mostly] good … except for the potholes … I decided to hop on my bicycle as I had a couple of chores to run around Bayers Lake Park (BLP). It’s been more than 2 months since my last spin.
Bayers Lake Park (BLP)
I forgot to check the wind conditions … from the northwest at 24+ km/h steady and gusting to 40 km/h. I had to pedal down a hill against the wind. But when the wind was at my back … whee!!!
Will we ever see the day when BLP will install more than 3 bike racks for the entire park? I’ll save that rant for another day.
Anywho, as I hadn’t tortured my poor body enough running my errands, I decided to see how the Bayers Lake Trails (BLT) around the lake were faring. I’ll be sharing more of the Chain of Lakes trail system soon as all work and upgrades have been completed and is anticipated to be 100% accessible for the 2015 season.
This portion of the BLT trail itself is paved and popular with cyclists, joggers and walkers. Today, 80% of the trail around the lake was ice free. Sure nice to get out for a spin!