Hey people. Winter-- BAM! Welcome to Minnesota. It was 70 degrees early last week, and Saturday our area supposedly got about 12" of snow. But the woods are beautiful any time of year-- see???
I've been too scared to ride this feature until late this season, and have ridden it every single time since the *maiden voyage* following Sam's back wheel about a month and a half ago. (I actually said out-loud that first time, "Don't be scared Penny!" just before going down. Me = dork.) It's been a white-knuckler for me every time for sure.
This last time, all by myself, I was worried I'd balk and it would become a mental block, but I didn't. (Yes, sometimes being me is like having a skittish horse living inside you & you aren't totally sure what it's going to do next.) While my actual line wasn't any different this last time-- someone watching wouldn't be able to tell the difference between this trip down the stairs and others, it FELT a lot more in control, less terrifying. ~Progress!~
I was SO glad I snuck in that last ride. This time of year I can go kind of bonkers. The trail isn't set-up, (packed/groomed etc) for winter riding yet. They want you to stay off for now so it doesn't get all rutted/stomped-up and wrecked. There's not enough snow to x-ski yet. I like running on the trail, but even footprints mess-it-up. I decided I needed to find my own trail over there that isn't dependent on trail conditions-- off the bike trail. Between the access road, a couple ATV work trails, deer trails, and power line easements I've worked out a nice little loop I've been working on packing down with my snow boots. (The pic above is on part of it. Climbing over trees is good exercise anyway. :) )
Here's a pic from the cool chick file--- Kathleen on her second try at mountain biking. She didn't want to wear a helmet, but I made her, and I think this pic proves they DO NOT make you look dorky. She looks pretty cool if you ask me. On this ride, her second try, and about her third or fourth lap of the beginner loop, she rode down a little rocky hill she'd been getting off and walking down.
Speaking of piers, gave another gal a little welding lesson today. People ask me all the time if I'll teach them how to weld and I always say no, because I'm not an instructor, and usually, they just think it would be a novel thing to try out, and it's a waste of my time. It's not like they're going to run out and build a shop and buy welding equipment etc.
I remember when I was first learning all the noise and sparks and heat were very distracting and seemed to = ~immanent danger~! I gave her some safety tips, but really it just takes a lot of practice until you are used to it and no longer phased by all the *fireworks.* She's got some really cute ideas for making things out of old silverware. Now that she tried my welder she wants an actual MiG of course. ~Sorry Nancy's husband.~ :D
Lastly-- Good bye tiny trees-- See ya next year!
Now I'll be going into a phase of working on commissions, and projects I just feel like making without a firm deadline. Hopefully it will allow me to recover a bit before having to hit it hard again for my next show in April.