The weather has been in the news recently, with the cold spell in Europe and the heavy snow in the upper Midwest a few weeks ago and in the Northeast this past weekend. They have had some shorter tours on snow-cleared courses in the Netherlands--a schedule can be viewed at the natuurijs section of KNSB's website under the Kalender Toertochten tab. Also, a video search of youtube is always entertaining and yielded a few recent videos I embedded here...I like the ATV snowplow in the video above that looks like an AMC Pacer that appears just before the 2 minute mark.
Not sure what will happen with the canals in Illinois. The weather has been cold and the canals snow covered. A warm rain is coming Friday, which may wash away the snow and leave smooth "black ice" (best case) or may just simply leave slush and weak ice or open water. As always, firsthand reports are welcome--this editor probably will not be able to make a trip anytime soon.
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.