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March 9, 2023

Hi Folks,

So the $64,000 question of course is "Where do we stand?" And it only a somewhat difficult question to answer, tho it's the start of the second week in March and we almost always know where that leaves us, right? Again, the answer is "Mostly". This year the weather has truly been all over the place, Spring is coming on fast and honestly I think you just have to "play it where it lays" folks.

Tuesday was nice so in the afternoon, mid 40's actually, that I gots on the fat bike, rode over to the North End and took a run up Thresher. There were a lot of folks over there earlier, but nobody when I was there. As always I push the bike up ~50' and tuck it behind a tree or rock while I climb. The little gully was fun and Thresher was a gas as well. The ice was fairly fat, but covered with a crust and there was a lot of snow up there on the ledge and in the woods. Kind of surprising how little was packed out considering how many folks had been there over the previous days. A testament to just how much snow had come down in the storm. This week looks like we're not getting any and I'm fine with that. If I don't have to get up on the roof to shovel, or hire someone to do it, that's just fine by me.

Full Conditions Report

Do the math folks...

New Hampshire:
4 deaths directly related to COVID over weekend
930 active cases
26 Current hospitalizations being treated for COVID
2,995 Total deaths due to COVID-19

United States:
Confirmed: 103,655,657
Deaths: 1,122,264

Confirmed: 676,083,059
Deaths: 6,877,701

There are a fairly limited number of places to ride the fat bike right now. And they are limited to places that are either purposefully groomed for the bike, skis or snow machines, OR are randomly packed by hikers or snowshoers. The trails at Marshall have not been groomed very often this season, but the ones at Rogers Crossing in Bartlett are. In fact they were just gone over yesterday However, they are still soft. I went there today aft 10:30 after taking pictures and they were too soft. At this point I think the best time would be early in the morning. Sawyer River Road has been well pack and groomed by snow machines, as is Cathedral Ledge Road. The NOCO group has been actually grooming the trails on Hurricane Mt, but there is so much snow up there right now they can't do it. There is always Whittaker Woods, but they are in the same state as Rogers. If you don't ride very early, the trails will be too soft for a bike. Even with the tires quite soft. We are getting into the season when it's going to be iffy to get out in the woods for a while. Here's a map of Rogers Crossing. PLEASE DO NOT ride on the groomed ski trails.

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Al Hospers
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North Conway, New Hampshire

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