So often we mountain bikers fight against winter: we flee to the desert or to the South to ride our bikes, we complain about the snow and the rain, and we grumble and refuse to do anything when we can’t ride our beloved singletrack.
However, I think that most of the time, it’s foolish to rail against the weather and wish that we were in a different season. This is a general lesson I’ve been learning: longing after something that I just can’t have is a sure-fire way to create a spirit of discontentment and dissatisfaction, which is no way beneficial.
Rather, in order to live a happy, contented life, I’ve been learning to accept, and even embrace, what life throws at me, and that includes the curve balls from mother nature. This lesson applied directly last weekend when Salida got pounded with snow, rain, and cold weather. After a month of having dry singletrack out my back door, only to be denied it right at the beginning of the 30 Days of Biking challenge, this was the perfect time to learn to embrace winter, even during the month of April.
Unfortunately, I didn’t make it home before the weather hit, so I got stuck finishing the last five or so miles of my ride in freezing-cold rain, which turned to snow. All a part of the challenge!
Unfortunately, the snow got so fine and soft up high that I couldn’t pedal any longer. I topped out at about 11,200 feet, about a thousand vertical feet shy of the top of the pass. Still, all in all, it was a beautiful, snowy ride in the mountains!
I encourage you all to embrace what mother nature sends your way!
Known as "MTB Greg" across the internet, I live to travel and ride new trails. My travels have taken me across the United States multiple times, and now, around the world. After serving as the Editor in Chief for Singletracks for 5 years, I'm stoked to continue contributing to this incredible community. I also write about getting outside every single day at Outside365.blog
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