This year conditions couldn't have been nicer. The main lot facing the water was full - and the lot on the other side of the road nearly filled. For kicks I figured I'd ride the Mukluk. It is the go-to bike this time of year. Why? - Cause this time of year I'm riding purely for fun. The beater SS bike and the Mukluk have a higher fun quotient than any of the other bikes.
Within about 5 minutes of showing up Marty Allen swung by. I connected with Marty for the first time early this year at the Glocester Grind then at the Weeping Willow where he bested my time by 10 seconds. Effectively - Marty be fast. Marty be riding fast bike today. He also be wearing fast clothes and sunglasses. On this day, I be languid. I be riding a slow bike. I also be wearing slow clothes and safety glasses. This'll be fun! Rrroight..
Also along for ride NEMBA lads Shawn, Kevin & Carl - a bunch of guys I've never met before, then Andy Gould (Mr annoyingly compatible) & Nathaniel Williams (remembered him but not his name from the Pinnacle this year) - couple more damn fast bastards.
We headed out of the lot guided (sort of) by Andy. Quickly the hierarchy had formed: Really fricken fast, fast enough to cause distress, fast enough to keep up and thankfully some more mellow guys.
I hung towards the front of the procession. Nearby riders commented on the drone and visual impact of 4" wide tires. Snowbikes do have a cartoonish thing going on - that's part of the appeal. Another part of the appeal is the ability to bumble through rocky terrain. They may not have the reflexes to whip through the twisty's quickly - but if you go off course ya just hang on while flattening nature's lesser obstacles. I could hear Shawn cracking up behind as I'd inadvertently create new lines. Whoops.
We even slowed down to do some nature - the water was nearly perfectly still.