John Guzzi loves to pedal a rail-trail right after a snowstorm, when he knows there won't be ice underneath.
Guzzi's lonely tire tread through fresh snow this past October on the D&H Rail Trail.
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In January, we asked you to tell us about your favorite winter rail-trail excursions.
John Guzzi — Forest City, Pa.
These photos (at right) were taken in northeast Pennsylvania on the D&H Rail Trail at the Forest City trailhead. It was during the epic October 2011 snowstorm. I always ride during the first snow of the season because I know the trail isn't icy underneath.
George Stevens — Ankeny, Iowa
After living in Denver for most of my life, I now reside in Ankeny, Iowa, via Lincoln, Neb. I have yet to do much snow and winter riding in either place since there is often ice under the snow. So my story here is about winter riding in Denver not so many years ago. Yes, there is ice there also, but it does not seem to be as prevalent or to the same degree.
My riding partner was (and still is when I make it to Denver) Dave, and there were not many weekends when we wouldn't ride. Snow was never a problem for us; it never fit into the equation. We just simply rode. On one of our rides one winter, we both learned the hard way that snow on top of treated lumber, used for bridges, becomes very slippery. We were riding along the beautiful Platte River Trail north of Denver. It got to the point where we started keeping track of who fell the least. Even though we were cautious, one false move and you would go down.
Toward the end of the circuit, we approached a bridge we had successfully navigated going outbound. I was currently in the lead by one less fall. Needless to say, I fell and struck a metal bridge support. Fortunately, I was wearing a helmet, though I had nothing but several layers of clothing to protect my shoulder. That shoulder has never been the same, but it does not inhibit my being able to ride!
Bob Youker — Bethesda, Md.
This week I am off to Key Largo for the fourth year in a row to bike the Florida Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail from Key Largo to Key West on the old railroad bridges.
Robert Call — Framingham, Mass.
As long as it is not raining or snowing, I have gone to North Conway, N.H., and biked from there to Jackson roundtrip. I have also done the Minuteman Bikeway in Massachusetts in December at least five times, and the same on the Charles River Bikeway. I will keep biking until the weather says "no."
Dinsmore Roach — Toronto, Canada
I live in Toronto, and each winter I spend four months in Palm Bay, Fla., a 90-minute drive from one of my favorite trails, the Orange Blossom Trail from Clermont to Apopka, a distance of 62 miles roundtrip (just outside of Orlando). Where can we find beautifully landscaped, car-free routes to enjoy in 23C weather during February?