Saturday, I chose to brave the chilly temperatures and met Steve out at Island Lake for a few miles. Steve is one of the regulars on the mysinglespeed.com board. We decided to start with a lap of the Blue loop (approx. 10 miles), and make the call on the ~5.5 mile Yellow loop afterwards.
Here we are about a third of the way through the Blue loop. Steve's on the right, I'm on the left.
We did the blue loop, were feeling good, and decided to give the yellow loop a go. Trail conditions were excellent for the season: snow was good and grippy, there were only a few small icy spots, and only one tree down (about 2 miles or so into the blue loop). The wind was only a factor in one spot, the open area by the swimming hole.
We completed the yellow loop, and decided that we had time (and energy) to do another go-round of the blue loop. When we rolled back into the parking lot, I had about 23 1/3 miles showing on the computer.Here's a photo of Steve's dash after the ride. Note the temperature of 13deg F.