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April 22, 2021

Hi Folks,

When I got up this morning at 6 it was cloudy and right around freezing. After coffee, my regular local walk and breakfast I decided to take a drive up into Crawford Notch to check if Sawyer River Road would be rideable on the bike and just to see what was going on up there. I had gone shopping in Portland on Wednesday and on the way home it poured down rain that continued through the evening, tho the weather folken said it was snowing further north.

I got up at 6 and soon thereafter got a picture from Matty Bowman showing snow on the ground and folks started posting more snow pix on FB. After my morning walk and breakfast I got in the car and took off. Tho there were cars coming south covered with fresh snow, there was no snow on the ground until I got to Notchland. From there on up there was a dusting in the woods and obviously more in the higher elevations. I pulled into the Dry River Campground. It's funny to be there with the gate open and no real snow on the ground. When I was taking a few pictures and doing a little video selfie which is on Facebook and Instagram, the campground manager John pulled up. He is getting things ready for the season and we chatted for a bit. Apparently they are close to being fully booked through May! It's going to be a very busy summer.

It's always amazing just how quickly ice can form overnight. There is stuff on all the major climbs, tho it will almost certainly be gone tomorrow.

I showed the pix to Brad and he commented that he bet someone could scare themselves if they got out on Standard early tomorrow morning! LOL

I think I'll just leave this here.
Tho there no longer is a mask mandate in NH and Sununu has announced that he is going to drop all other restrictions soon. That said, the local restaurants and most businesses have stated they will still be requiring masks. Since many of them have had to close due to infection, some more than once, this makes a lot of sense. So if you are up visiting, please be respectful of the businesses and the employees. They are just trying to protect their businesses and their employees.

Thank you...

New Hampshire:
2 new deaths reported.
362 new cases reported.
Deaths total 1,273.
Active cases total 3,090.
124 patients are currently hospitalized.

Confirmed: 31,873,253
Deaths: 569,530

Global Confirmed: 144,108,248
Global Deaths: 3,062,945

The Johns Hopkins COVID-19 tracking map:

I find JHU's Daily COVID-19 Data in Motion report to be very informative. It shares critical data on COVID-19 from the last 24 hours in a short 1 minute animated video format.



After a week of great riding, 2 days of rain has made somewhat of a mess of the interesting trails! [sigh] I got new tires put on yesterday, MAXISS DHR 2.8, and took them out for a an hour test ride in the neighborhood today. Just as I was leaving a strong squall came through and it was pretty intense. Right at freezing it was pretty amazing.

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North Conway, New Hampshire

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