I "rode" Krinkum on Sunday and it was pure snow other than the wood work. Not a great ride. Snow was in full effect until below the third switch back. I guess the west side of the mountain is in better shape than the eastern part probably 'cause it's steeper and gets more traffic. It'll have to be laps of Floppy Bunny or Bob Sled and Natural High!
I made these last night (found recipe at http://www.recumbent-bikes-truth-for-you.com/honey-trail-mix-bars.html):
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[HTML_REMOVED] 2/3 cup butter, softened
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[HTML_REMOVED] [HTML_REMOVED]#189; cup brown sugar, packed
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[HTML_REMOVED] [HTML_REMOVED]#189; cup raisins
[HTML_REMOVED] [HTML_REMOVED]#189; cup dried cranberries
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Directions: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly grease a 9X15 inch pan. Combine the first four ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add vanilla, honey, and brown sugar. Beat with an electric mixer. Batter will be very heavy. Using a wooden spoon stir in remaining ingredients until well combined.
Press dough into prepared pan. Bake 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Cut into bars and cool completely before removing from pan. I found it worked best to make bars that are only about 1/4" thick or they're too crumbly.
The road upgrade project was discussed at the Mt. Fromme Residents Association AGM. We were told by the DNV that it was being done because the road has such poor design, with respect to culverts and cross-section layout. This has led to major erosion in the manner seen at the 3rd switchback.
I usually ride with riders that are much better/faster than me so I stick to the back of the pack by choice. If I end up in front of them for some reason my adrenalin shoots through the roof as I try to go fast enough to not hold them back. This can be super fun but often ends with me on the ground and them having to stop to see if I'm OK. The one area I find group rides get tricky is on balance lines because everyone has their own style of approaching them. A lot of my friends take a methodical, trials-style approach to them while I like to take a more "let's get this thing over quickly" approach and end up running up on their back wheel. Through lots of bail-outs I've definitely learned to give even the best riders more space on these types of stunts.
I attended this meeting and thought I'd post a very brief overview of biking related discussion items. I'm new to this association but it's my understanding that it was set up to specifically address the parking and traffic concerns of area residents. The RPO pretty much completely resolved these issues and, for now it appears as though the RPO area will not change. There has been discussion of putting two 25 stall parking areas on Fromme, one on the north side of Dempsey/Braemar and one at the top of Mountain Highway (where the current staging area is). However, it was mentioned that budget constraints have put this project on hold for at least another year. The RPO may change once the parking areas are built.
Susan Rogers from DNV Parks gave an overview of the Fromme Trail Classification Plan. As per the plan, DNV parks has a 5 year plan to decommission some trails and amalgamate others into single trails. Susan mentioned that the immediate priorities for Parks are to fix bridges, develop trail signage and continue to upgrade the Fromme service road (with assistance from Grouse Mtn.) Erica Geddes from DNV Transportation was not able to attend.
There was a very poor turnout (only 9 or 10 people) to this meeting which may be a direct effect of area residents being happy with the way things are.