With last winter's plentiful snow pack still remaining, we knew we wouldn't make it to Spades on our annual "Canfield to Spades Ride" scheduled for May 13th. Rather than canceling the ride, it was decided to make it a "Canfield to Snow-Line Ride" instead.
The Plan was to gear up for the ride while enjoying coffee and doughnuts starting at 9:00 and be on the trail at 10:00.
The forecast called for a chance of thunderstorms later in the afternoon. It was sunny and mild at 9:00 but had already become mostly cloudy by 10:00. With the exception of a few rain drops, the weather held off until we were near snow-line. After that, there were on and off periods of hail which turned out to be better than rain because the hail just bounced off us where rain would have soaked us.
This annual ride is for our club members who are capable beginner single-track riders on up. It's a no pressure ride where the group is as fast as the slowest rider.
We started the day with 18 riders but lost 4 shortly after the first trail (trail #8) because of mechanical difficulties and because the Canfield Trail System was a little more difficult than their riding experience allowed. The remaining 14 riders made it to the snow-line and back.
Although the weather wasn't perfect and the ride had to be shortened (21 miles vs 40 miles) because of the lingering snow pack, everybody who made "Canfield To Snow-Line Ride" had a great time riding Canfield's single-track with some great people.
Hope to see you next year!