This is already good tradition to me : make a trip on a Christmas vocation.
Last year exactly in a same dates I was in a 2 days bike trip with my girls. In same area.
This year : Dan was in Minneapolis, Nadia at Nordic ski trip, Yeva with grandma. And I needed my wild way to go. Two Harbors area is very good for this kind adventure.
Bad thing that I had to pack in Two Harbors stuff for full family and Christmas gifts... So I left lots of stuff what I needs: GPS, BarYak system, down skirt, membrane jacket....
But good part about it - you can learn (or back to the time )when you don't have this stuff .
I put my sleeping bag and pad on my handlebar with rubber bands and slings instead of BarYak (not as good as BarYak , but possible to ride)
top: merino wool Borealis and Icebreaker thin jersey and The North Face wind stopper jacket (regular I added Membrane jacket on the top for that temperature) -10 F and lower
No down skirt , but 4 pairs of pants:
Merino wool leggins, Patagonia fleece, Ski pants and membrane pants. This combination works perfect and keep my butt warm
Every time during the Trip I love ( if I see ) to stop at the old broken houses... the house still keep history... and I LOVE IT
This time house was so broken, fall apart , but full of old stuff.. like a museum...
But plans was changed.
This is not public roads and places. My mother in law always said to me that lots of creepy people live there ...
i said "thanks all good"
Few miles after another car with two "red neck" guys slowed down and drove behind me. This is makes me nervous.. In that moment I so want to be MAN...
Than I stopped to let them pass me. But they stopped too and started to ask me where I am going... I try to say that almost at the house where I am need to be and they try to get last name...
I said that I do not share this info... and stopped conversation. Little bit scared.
I tested new goggles ( they light and comfy for snowy and cold weather ). I will take them for the race.
After that, when they pass me... I decided to looking for place for night. And it was exactly same place in the wood on the creek where I stopped with my girls - one year ago.
such a good memory
It was cold enough and my feet was frozen .
I make my bivy and jump IN.
I drink hot tea from my thermos and cookies.
I put on my feet down booties + hand warmers. About 2 hours it took to make my feet warm again.
I was not slept perfect , but good enoughand warm in my -15 sleeping bag.
I kept my knife close to me as always for some reason.
OR bivy is OK, but I want something what will give me more space for my head up.
SO 4 season gas ballon was all night in my sleeping bag - but DO NOT WORKED
So make mark in your head.. It is big possibility in your endure race. Tablets stove worked perfect and it is super small and compact. SO for winter - this is my choice not. I HAD a hot tea in the morning.
Another fail. Because I drink tea before from the thermos cup - it was frozen after that and was not able to open in the morning - just broken cup (((
After few hours of riding I had to put ON my extra over boots.
This system we used in my mountain trips when I lived in Belarus. And it made my feet much warmer. I used this system also at Arrowhead few years ago when was -30 C