Frosty Bridge New Year's Eve Trail Skate Report 2007-2008
A trio of relatively hearty, definitely frosty souls showed up with no possible better place to be than skating at the new section of the greenway around 11:30 pm last night. We started out comparing LED and halogen light kits and other gear, then rolled gingerly along the trail into the dark night, after a few photos of course.
Once we reached the old train trestle (or bridge), it became clear that it was covered with frosty ice particles. At first it was not so slick, but after photo experiments on the bridge, our wheels perhaps had collected some of that frosting, and the restart was definitely slippery.
We made it down to the fishing pond on the trail from the workshop and tour prelude "cloverleaf" route, where there's a short sharp climb to the refurbished (destroyed) barn, and at that junction we turned about. On the way back to the trestle we saw rich (and as timv pointed out, perhaps illegal) fireworks displays over the lake to the northeast of us. Nice, expensive and very brief show, free for us to view.
Back at the cars, we readjusted ourselves and our gear for the short straightway to the current north end and local high point of the trail, paused a bit, and returned without effort other than braking back to the cars.
It was a nice time with great friends repeating and annual tradition almost without exception (and even in the exception year perhaps we skated but just after the stroke of midnight locally) for eight years or so.
Then we went for treats and coffee and good conversation, getting to bed way too late to make it up for the Polar Bear Ride, what with the wind and cool temps registering at wake up time.