oh, what a month it has been!

A friend’s grandmother says she doesn’t remember a winter starting like this – ever – in her 80+ years.

Before the snow fell, it got cold.  Really cold.  The puddles froze, the ground got hard and even the bogs turned so solid you could scoot across them on your bike.  Then the snow fell.  And fell.  And fell.  And the most pecular thing – it stayed cold. Real cold.  None of these freeze/thaw cycles we’re so used to.  None of the snow storms that turn to rain storms.  We’ve been having a real winter.  And we’ve been taking advantage of it.

Having lots of layers has been a must:

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Clear blue skies and looooong shadows confirm that it is winter.

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The conditions have been generating a lot of smiles…

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…and other faces I can’t quite describe.

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We’ve encountered all sorts of beasts, mostly domesticated…

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…and the odd wild one as well.

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Lots of proud owners of new fatbikes:

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A new Beargrease.

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A blingy new Muk 2.

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A bright red Muk 3.

We’ve been riding over frozen puddles…

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…across streams…

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…through the woods…

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…and up snowmobile trails.

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Now that I’ve bragged about all the great conditions we have had and all the great riding we have done, let me introduce you to the cast of characters I get to ride with:

Dean

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Chris

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Marc

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Amy

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Ray

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Keith

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Ryan

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Tim

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I hope the riding has been good where you are, as well.  It has been a great year and my wish for 2014 is more of the same.

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