Let it snow… Only at the top…

‘Twas the day after Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring… Not even the dogs.

The stockings were (still) hung by the chimney with care. And the sounds of iPod Touch tapping could be heard from upstairs.

I set out to climb South Grade Road on a clear and brisk day. At the top, a frigid line about 20+ long for the public restroom on public display.

But no one was complaining. Call it a snow day for children and adults. One that sure beats endless raining…

The ride deal: 

Damn near-perfect, thanks to gloves, new warm cap over ears and under helmet (for descent), new jacket, old knee warmers and older wool socks. Got a tidy 4,416 feet of climbing up 13+ miles, starting from Harrah’s Casino and Hotel. Came down carefully, given the wind gusts and uber-chill on shaded sections. 

Happily back home tonight, hanging with family. Visions of sugar-plums dance in my head. 

Wishing you and yours a wonderful weekend before we ring in the New Year.

Things get interesting right about now. Switchback below early in climb

Things get interesting right about now. Switchback below early in climb

 

Looking southwest from 5,200-foot summit and ready to descend.

Looking southwest from 5,200-foot summit and ready to descend.

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