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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Mama Tried 2015 - Part 17

After enjoying a delicious breakfast, I headed out to McKinley Marina to watch the ice racing/riding.

Along the way, I saw the Milwaukee Art Museum from a distance along with the statue of Abraham Lincoln (surrounded by construction equipment).

Like everywhere else I went on this trip to Milwaukee, I was one of the first to arrive at the marina.  The Cycle Source van did beat me there and I was very tempted to put a Gophers and Cheese sticker on it (I refrained).

Only a few people were there.

The landscape was weird.  There was this wall covered in ice along the one side of the "track".

Parallel to that was a line of rocks extending far into the distance.

Looking down was just bizarre.  There was a very light dusting of snow on top of solid ice.

It was soooooooooo cold.  Seriously, the wind blowing off the frozen lake was brutal.  I spent a lot of time on the lake taking photos and had to go back to the car to warm up more than once.

If you were going to ride, studded tires were a must.

Some people like Pat (seen here below) rode around very casually and it looked like fun.

As the crowd started to build, more people took to the ice and I was amazed at the speed and lean angles.

A bunch of people were popping wheelies too.

It was just plain fun to watch.

Not everyone stayed upright though.  There were a few wipeouts but thankfully the riders seemed to be well padded to stay warm.

More photos tomorrow!

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