Saturday, March 23, 2013

Spring Snow Storm

The weather guessers really got it wrong with the present snow storm that's hitting Colorado.  The predictions had been for "no accumulation" for the Denver Metro Area.  I am here to tell you, we got accumulation!  We're in the SE portion of the metro area and we got a good six to seven inches of snow in my neighborhood.

Went out twice with the snow blower and by later afternoon, the snow fall had abated to just light snow mist.

Chores done, I went out for a short ride on Valencia to check out road conditions.  Predictably, the roads were snow-covered in the neighborhood, with good accumulations on the road sides.  The main roads were no better, with about an inch of snow covering them as well and very slick!

I tried to keep Valencia in 1WD, and managed to do that for most of the ride.  Towards the end of the ride, I got tired of the back end trying to fishtail on me and engaged 2WD, things were much easier after that.

I went by the auto parts store to get engine oil for Martha's car, prepping it for our upcoming week in Arizona, visiting with her Dad and seeing the nearby sites such as the Grand Canyon and perhaps the Big Crater.

I love snowy weather.  :)


SonjaM said...

Of course you like snowy weather. Isn't that what your hack was made for?

Arizona is always worth a trip, we went to the Grand Canyon in 2011 but didn't make it to the Big Crater. Please do that for us and post some pics ;-)

Have a wonderful trip!

BeemerGirl said...

you sound just like little kid waiting for them to call a snow day at school so you can go out and play in it. weel done!!

RichardM said...

I just had lunch with someone who flew up from Denver yesterday. I guess it was pretty messy and they sat on the ramp for an hour and a half before being allowed to leave. I starting to think that roads with a layer of snow are more fun than clear pavement.

Jack Riepe said...

Dear Charlie 6 (Dom):

You and I are going to have to have a serious hack rig conversation sometime before the summer. I am intrigued with this 2W on demand arrangement. I saw one for a BMW GS but it was unbelievably complex and rather custom.

I think you like to ride in the snow to show all of us how it is done.

Fondest regards,
Twisted Roads

redlegsrides said...

My hack allows me to explore trails previously denied me, snow riding is a bonus! I'll try my best at the crater! Thanks SonjaM

redlegsrides said...

It is kind of obvious, isn't it? Thanks for commenting, Beemergirl

redlegsrides said...

RichardM, the storm took people by surprise after the non-blizzard before it. Just goes to show, Colorado weather can be quite unpredictable at times.

As to snowy vs dry pavement, you know my choice!

See you late next month!


redlegsrides said...

Jack, good to see you online...I stand ready to talk sidecars with you anytime. The setup you saw on the GS was probably the Mobec setup which is being used by fellow rider Murph of He seems happy with it though he did have some initial issues due to poor welding.

I could see you on a Ural...

Oh, I ride in snow to defy the snow gods that trapped me for 36 days of not being able to ride during my first year of riding, I swore then it wouldn't happen again.

Unknown said...


We saw the Denver snowstorm on the news with traffic chaos. I smiled and immediately thought of you making wheelies in the snow

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