Saturday, January 30, 2010

Utrecht's landscape like a fairytale...

Sorry: it's not about kayaking, again ;-)
A few degrees of frost and a thin layer of snow turned the grubby, muddy Utrecht of last week in a bright white world over night. I got op early this morning to pick up Alex to do a MTB-tour in the snowcovered woods of the Utrechtse Heuvelrug. Biking under the clear blue sky in the virgin snow was a magnificent experience. The combination of hard frozen underground and a few centimetres of snow made biking hefty and the track partly quit technical and slippery: a bit of a balancing act, good for training MTB-skills.

The conditions for kayaking here are bad: ice, ice, ice... As the thaw set in and it started raining last week I got a little hope it would soon be possible to paddle in Woerden again. Yet, temperatures have fallen and for the second half of next week a new serious cold period is expected. It looks as if my paddling break is going to last a bit longer...
(No outdoor paddling for me since 6 weeks now, in 15 years Woerden this hasn't happened before!).

2 comments:

Tony said...

Well, you could call it kayak related ... its dry land cross training for paddlers!

Tony :-)

Northern Kayaker said...

Oooh! I've been to Utrecht!! My archaeologist friend worked at Duurstede for a few months.

At least you got outside, even if it wasn't kayaking. Looks lovely in the woods with the snow.