Chickawaukee, Rain + 2 Days

Nice spreads of ground glass smooth snow ice, also many patches of paper thin shell ice, some with residual water in deeper ripples. Rare areas of smooth 1/4in. shell covered still unfrozen pools, maybe 1 inch deep. Occasional linear and spidery drain holes, mostly in older black ice which is 6-8 inches thick along open cracks but only 2-3 inches under some coarse swiss cheese snow ice with under lying water.
This is skateable and bikeable with some attention, somewhat treacherous for ice boat sailing. Five feet of open water at Lloyd’s beach, plank in place. Public park launch ramp not checked but ice tight to shore away from ramp yesterday. No cold weather for another couple of days.

Public opinion (Mountain Bike Review Forum) on floating mountain bikes, they don’t, 5 votes to 1. Andy Donovan in Biddeford, recent member now Gambit owner, remembers his kids building a jump into the water for their mountain bikes, the bikes sank. Flotation is in order.


About Lloyd Roberts

Long time ice boater. Creator of the Gambit and Cheapskate boats. Author of the first definitive book on ice boating "Think Ice"One of the original members of the Chickawaukie ice boat club in Maine. Lloyd also lives on Chickawaukie and has played launch host to countless ice boaters over the years.
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