While I'm not contemplating another ice skating marathon this winter, I still am training a little. This past weekend I got out the cross-country skis and enjoyed a few good days at Royal Gorge in the Sierras in California. After a series of storms, the snow was fresh and deep, with the resort reporting over 9 ft (2.75 m) of snow depth. While I enjoyed some cross-training for the skating marathons this past winter at nearby Tahoe Donner and at Kirkwood, Royal Gorge is the granddaddy of them all with over 200 miles (320 km) of groomed trails and stunning scenery. Plus, on Sunday, I had a good combination of the right wax and nice snow so the skiing was extra special.
Editor - Jim
This blog weighs in on topics such as long-distance skating, the Illinois canals, cycling, and a variety of related (and occasionally not-so-related) topics. I'd like to correspond with others interested in skating the Hennepin and I&M canals.