Many of the best jokes start with, “An [person, animal, baked good] walks in to a bar…” Likewise, some of my favourite adventures start with, “It snowed 40cm the [night before, day, as] I was leaving.”[click on pictures to make them big]
My Snowy Overnight:
This was promising, 40cm of fresh snow the night before I set out. I had not much specific in terms of destination for an overnight bike ride. I rode out on the Forsters Landing FSR around 10:30AM. A snowplow was clearing the road for the logging trucks that use the road. As I rode up the hill from the river, I saw a few of said logging trucks, with a reasonably clear road, and their tire chains, there was little to fear.
I wanted my first day’s ride to be a good length. I didn’t care that much where I went, but I wanted to scout the beginning of the Forster Creek Snowmobile Area for a future trip with my friend Guy, who couldn’t come on this snowy overnight trip because 2020.
I got what I wanted, I rode my bike for 10 hours, slept for 9, and rode for 7 more, in the snow, with a low of -17ºC at night. It was beautiful, I saw the stars, I rode in the dark, and I earned my sleep. A very successful snowy overnight ride.
I cannot say enough about how much a trip like this does for my state of mind. Thanks Tania for dealing with the kids while I got a little dose of “vitamin N”.
Side note: everyone in BC stops to see if you need help when you’re riding a bike in deep snow. They have my gratitude.
Route: 112km of Forster’s Creek, Horsethief Creek, and Westside FSRs
Surfaces: about 40% plowed, 50% unmaintained but with 1 or 2 cars worth of track, and 10% snowmobile trail.
Temperature: -2ºC starting, down to -17ºC at night, and up to -14ºC the following day.
Average speed: just over 11km/h, or lightning fast for this type of ride.