Our amigo from way up nortt, Jerry sent us a report on the Global Fat-Bike Day celebration from the gorgeous northwoods of the Chequamegon National Forest. This is what he shared…
We celebrated Global Fat Bike Day on Saturday by enjoying the inaugural ride on the newly groomed Seeley Pass. Fifteen people showed up at the Bodecker Road ski hut in the morning, braving the single digit temps to share this historic ride up to the High Point on snow.
Jeff Schmid groomed the trail on Friday for the first time this winter. We have 8 to 12 inches of snow in the woods, so grooming it couldn’t have been easy, even with his new Rocon. He reported that the snow was like granular sugar after the grooming. Fortunately, the temps fell Friday night to zero, so the trail set up nicely. The trail was so firm, I was able to spend much of the ride out of the saddle after breaking a rail a couple miles into the ride. Good job, Jeff!
After the ride, those of us who didn’t have to go to work headed to the Seeley Sawmill for some lunch and libations. I enjoyed a delicious bowl of chili and a pint of Angry Minnow Rye IPA. Life is good!
The Seeley Trails are also in great shape. They can be accessed through the Urhenholdt State Forest about 100 yards east of the Sawmill. Thanks to CAMBA, Rivers Eatery, the Birkie Foundation, and a handful of dedicated volunteers and fat bike enthusiasts like Cindy Bijold, Jeff Schmid and Tom Gaier, we’re looking forward to a good fat biking season in Chequamaland.
[Photos courtesy of Chris Young and Scott Chapin.]