All is proceeding as I have forseen.
Warm up, followed by rain and wind, followed by more cold. Left it to freeze a day or two, probably should have waited a while longer for safety’s sake, but since they are calling for a little snow I thought I would test the ice.
North side was bumpy and littered with sticks and twigs blown out of the trees. Looked to be 2 to 4 inches thick. Didn’t go out far. Skated 3.3 miles and took a break to see if south lake was any better. Soft near shore- got a soaker getting off onto shore.
South side was much better but looked and sounded thinner despite being frozen longer. Lots of creaking and snapping noises but that just teaches you courage. Once again, beneath the tree limbs were lots of sticks and twigs but further out it was nice and clear. Stayed in the shallows just in case, not sailing out over the drop-off quite yet. Some very nice smooth areas further out where the rain puddled up and froze. If the snow holds off and the cold sticks around it might be epic conditions. As usual, I wore my life jacket under my coat and carried gutter spikes in my pockets.
Lake Pointe Skate Report
Odometer: 10.6 miles
Max speed: 13.5 mph
Moving time: 1 hr 45 min
Stopped: 27 min
Moving average: 6 mph
Overall average: 4.8 mph