I'd spent quite a bit of time making a cheap set of snow tires... I went the cheap route. I took a set of used tires, and put in the most corse-thread sheet metal screws I could find that weren't too long. I'm only in the whole set-up $15. Kyle came over the evening before, and we spooned them on the XT. Woke up, showered, and went to put the trailer on the Element. The lock on the trailer had 'frozen' or 'rusted'... and was locked on there. So... I had to spend 90 minutes to take it apart, get it to the locksmith, and get the lock taken off of it. A little while later, and we were ready to roll... Kyle doing what he does best - making ADVsnow. This looked as good a place as any, so we unloaded, and made our way to Adventure Ave. You don't want to slide off the road... or you're sure to get nippy in the creek. After 5 miles, I had to stop, and take pics for Mike, to help him see that there weren't screws flying off and putting eyes out. Some action shots while I was riding. Once we got to Harris Creek Summit (pardon the poor stitch on the camera panoramic), we stopped to play in the deep snomobile play area. Kyle has the pics of the bike on its' side from me trying to climb the sledding hill (you had to have known that was coming....) We'll see when he gets around to posting them... We went on to Placerville In Placerville, we stopped for coffee, and to see how the screws were holding up... still hadn't lost any... The screws made for some funky tracks. After re-charging at Placerville, Kyle was ready to roll... He hopped on to give it a try. Note the goofy smile coming through the helmet. Clear evidence that this was a hoot. He was ready to put on some miles. So I tailed him for a while, hoping we weren't in for another E-room visit. In all, we put around 30 miles on in the time we had. We averaged around 25mph (because Harris Creek is very twisty, and there was quite a bit of traffic on it today), and didn't get going much over 40mph in order to not throw screws. Had I not been concerned with that... I know that the set-up would have done 55mph with stability. Imagine riding in pea-gravel, and that's about what it feels like ~ squirrely, but managable... esp once you get used to it. We didn't loose a screw all day, which was heartening. It was pretty clear that we could have done 100 miles today, pretty easily. We were very easy on the throttle... just because I know that the way my screws are set would not handle too much abuse. Afterwards... We loaded up, and headed to the Mex food. I'll likely go for a 75-100 miles ride next weekend... anyone in??