I may only have time for ONE weekend up in the Tug Hill Plateau this winter, so when Ann suggested going up this weekend to Winona State forest with a relatively warm (almost 30 degrees) Saturday, and a slightly colder day at the Osceola Ski Center on Sunday, I jumped at it.
I’ve been itching to take my fatbike to Winona for a while. There are miles of trails up there where fatbikes can play, and the Winona Forest Recreation Association is inherently multi-modal in it’s user base. Skis, snowshoes, snomobiles, dogsleds, and now fatbikes are ALL welcome in the forest!
While the others went XC skiing, I mushed along the snowmobile trails around the perimeter of the forest. It started slightly sunny at times providing great photo ops, but got cloudier as the day progressed.
I met a lot of sledders and half of them cruised by giving me a thumbs-up in recognition of my cool bike, determination, or crazed look in my eyes. Not sure which, but it was all friendly waves.
It was a real treat for me to finally see a musher and his team in action.
When I returned to the trailhead, everyone but Karen had left for the day. The others had to get back to Rochester, but we had no commitments, so we headed for a motel and dinner in Pulaski, and enjoyed a short and easy drive to Osceola Sunday morning.
At the ski center, it was total sunshine all day. The temps were perfect for some really fast skiing, and the woods were beautiful.
Maybe not this winter, but I’ll certainly be back to the plateau again with skiis, a fatbike and friends!