Flagstaff – a cycle ride in the snow?

Route 66, Flagstaff
Route 66, Flagstaff

Flagstaff is known for its many and varied bike trails, bike routes, and bike lanes. However, we wondered if the snow would prevent us from trying them out. Since many of the roads had been cleared, we decided to attempt a ride on the Flagstaff Loop which paralleled Route 66. The bike trail had also been cleared and the ride of 14 miles was an out and back from the Visitor’s Center at the train station where we had parked our car. While the trail was paved and easy to cycle, taking a shortcut through some gravel and red dirt was not the way to go. Sinking down into the red mud and having muddy tires and shoes was not worth the few minutes the shortcut saved us as it was spent cleaning the mud off our shoes in the snow! Moral to this story: stay on the paved trail!1/5/15