Yesterday was sunless and grey with off and on snow showers; not a good day for a ride. Since I was feeling a bit of cabin fever, I decided to go for a drive out the Teanaway. As I went out Airport Road I missed not having the big black dog come out to greet me as he usually does when I ride by. But, by the time I got to the curves of Red Bridge Road
to be fairly clear of snow and ice and the shoulders are as clear as they will be this summer. I was somewhat surprised that the Teanaway Mercantile
was closed--it's generally open on weekends for the snowmobilers (who I saw later in the trip) but, perhaps they're only open on Saturday and Sunday. The store is a bit over 14 miles from town and is a pleasant break--the restroom was always open, even if the store wasn't. There was a 'For Sale' sign on the store; I hope it remains in business. I continued out the North Fork road and began encountering areas of snow and ice across the roadway and a lot of sand in the curves and hills.
Finally, at 21 miles from town, I came to the end of the (paved) road.
It was a nice journey and this morning, when I awoke to find 3" of new snow blanketing the landscape, I was glad I made the trip.