I was able to get out for half of a day yesterday to do some trail riding in Otter Tail County. The weather was perfect for rding, with temps in the low to mid 20's, almost no wind, and partly cloudy/sunny. Unlike the Twin Cities, we only got a couple of inches of fresh powder the past week,however, the trails where I was riding were still in great shape. I only managed to meet four others riders out there, over three hours. It was nice to practically have the trails to myself. The section I was riding in was hilly, and several areas had mini-switchbacks to ascend them. There were quite a few twisties and curves in this wooded area, opening up to a few areas of prairie where you could open it up bit. This section of trail was somewhat technical and definitely required a little more skilled control over your sled, but the ride was rewarded with several incredibly scenic vistas. I only put on 40 miles yesterday, but under the conditions, they were well earned.
My legs are a little stiff from yesterday's ride, but it will be good conditioning for longer rides over the next few months. We have been blessed with good snows so far this year, enabling an early start to the season. Here's to a happy new year and good riding!