Yesterday was the first truly cold start for the Saturday Morning No Drop Fat Bike Ride. While it was the first, it likely won't be the last as it is that time of year for colder days and the potential for snow.
Despite the chilly start, we had a really good turn out of warmly dressed cyclists.
Not wanting to even get close to the downtown area because of the early Husker game this week, we meandered through town on the cities magnificent trail system. Somehow we lost one rider before we even made it to the zoo so we regrouped while we waited for them to catch up.
MG, wheelies on either the front or the rear wheel, he makes them look simple. My dentist says I'm not allowed to attempt these.
Once we were all back together it was off to Wilderness for a little single track, the Park was in perfect riding condition.
Naturally a ride in the Park isn't complete without a stop at the new bridge.
After a little more single track, it was time for the gravel portion of the ride.
Despite being a chilly day it was a great day to be out on the bike so we decided to ride out to Sprague after Wilderness Park.
With harvest over, we had the roads almost all to ourselves.
Traditions Pub was our destination in Sprague for a little lunch before the return ride back to Lincoln.
With the game on, the place was hoppin but luckily we were able to find a table in the corner. Another drawback of colder temps is that there is a lot more gear you have to stow when you stop somewhere warm, cyclist sprawl I suppose you could call it.
As always, the food was really good. Got a pretty good kick out of how the waitress kept track of who had what, I ordered the Cubition so I was Cubibikers... I've been called a lot worse that's for sure.
While we were having a great day on the bikes, it seems that someone socked Herbie in the mouth, poor guy looked like he had a fat lip or two. Feel better Herbie.
Not sure if it's the food or the Deadwood that has Ed smiling ear to ear.
On the return trip we hit up an MMR in Bennet Road, it did not disappoint as it was dry, smooth and fast.
Bennet Road wasn't the only dirt we found on Saturday however, the Jamaica Trail reroute is currently just a dirt section and it was not as smooth or fast. Should be good to go once it's finessed into shape and then covered in crushed limestone.
While it wasn't a big deal for our group, the three trike type cycles in the background here looked more than a little concerned about it as they contemplated trying the unfinished reroute.
A few more miles and another SMNDFBR was in the bag. Thanks to all who made it out, as always, great riding with you guys and gals.
There will be a ride next Saturday but we will keep it short and sweet with just a spin through Wilderness, weather permitting, due to the Holiday. So, if you feel like you might have eaten a bit too much turkey or pie come on out and join us to burn off a few of those calories.