It looked like a great day for a ride. Almost 50deg out and sunny. I decided to take Forest route 71 off Rt. 9 to Kelley Stand Rd. This is a route I have taken a couple of times before and follows a nice river up into the hills. The dirt roads in southern NH are in great shape and figured they would be in VT also. WRONG! I soon found out the hills in VT have seen a little snow. Heading up the dirt road that leads to Forest route 71 it soon turned to extremely slick baby poop mud where all the formerly frozen snow and dirt had melted. It was about then that I regretted my decision take off the knobby tires. The Shinko 705’s I put on recently actually performed much better than I would have guessed. Creeping along with an adrenaline overdose in my veins and the front and rear tires wanting to take different routes up the road the surface slowly solidified a little. I’m thinking I’m through the worst part. Still gaining elevation I start to see more snow and ice on the edges of the trail but way better than riding in the jelly mud. Now a little more snow.....a little more snow...then it gets interesting. I come upon a section of ice about 300ft long from edge to edge. Seeing some small specks of gravel I decide to give it a try. Why not, I’m only about .25 miles from Kelley Stand rd. Thinking to myself that this seems manageable the front end just flops over and I slide down spinning on the ice riding on top of the bike. Ok...now to pick it up which under normal conditions is not hard. While picking it up I start slipping and the bike and I slide sideways down the hill while trying to not drop it again. I slowly slide the bike to the edge of the road where my feet are in the snow and have a little traction. Walking the bike down the edge (I can’t remount because the edge of the road is low, the bike is tall, and I am not) I get to a dirt patch and stand the bike up without it sliding. I didn’t get any pictures as I was in adventure mode just thinking about the task at hand. Time to recon and walk down the road to see if it gets any worse....the intersection is so close. I made it this far and turning back will probably be worse than continuing. Down to the intersection staying in the tire tracks where the ice has melted and the intersection is all ice! The edge of the road is snow and the drop off is not too deep and I ride it to the intersection. Flop, the front end slides out on ice while I am barely moving. Pick it up again and ride on the edge of the road slowly in the snow. The ice clears and turns to slippery mud again and I am home free. Now I have a sense of accomplishment rush through me and realize how much of an adrenaline rush this was. The funny thing is a similar situation happened to me in November 2007. I guess the moral of the story is stay off Kelley Stand road in November. Then again I wouldn’t have had some great riding experiences. It’s moments like these that I feel truly alive.