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Interesting Night Ride at UNCW

(updated: Apr 22, 2008)

The trails were covered in bits of leaves which gave them a nice green tint, I guess in honor of Earth Day. According to Randy it had hailed for like a half hour the night before and shredded the leaves on the trees. The forest had a funny smell to it as well, I assume from all the fresh cut leaves everywhere. I also read that there was an unverified report of a funnel cloud near the University.

So Ed said that Michael rode in the morning and saw hail on the ground so he took some home with him. I told Ed that it couldn't be hail because it would have all melted -- there was just no way. So on we rode. Later in the ride we blasted through what looked and sounded like some white crunchy stuff. It took me a second or two to realize what it was, and I hit the brakes and went back. Sure enough, it was hail. Loads of it all piled together and covered by leaves and pine needles. All the water on the trail had swept it up into a pile, where it could last a lot longer than if dispersed.

I've never seen anything like this - hail still on the ground 24 hours later in 70 degree sunny weather. The protection of the woods also helped. This would not have been possible anywhere else. There were a couple of other piles too that we ran across.

So of course I had to snap some shots of it. I also had a small bag cooler and filled it to the brim with hail, brought it home and my kids had fun playing with it before bed. I also ate a couple. Thought about cooling my drink with it too, except for all the grime on it.

It was very unusual. I'll probably never see anything like this again.


Hail! This was a big pile. I could have filled a wheelbarrow up.

Close up shot. Judging by the holes in the leaves, I'd guess it started out a quarter inch to an inch in size.

Fresh leaves on the ground everywhere.

Magnolia leaf damage.

Rider: Randy with construction equipment in the background. They were digging a trench in a section of trail for an electrical cable. They actually offered to build a jump for us.

Artistic shot of Ed.

Filed Under: Ride Reports > North Carolina > Wilmington

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1. Reno said...

anyone been on BC since Monday night?

Curious if they had hail also. I know we got a bunch on Greenville Loop Rd.

Apr 23, 2008 @ 6:57 AM

2. Sir Bikes said...

No but they were replacing the utility poles yesterday.

I bet there is still some hail remaining at UNCW.

Apr 23, 2008 @ 9:20 AM

3. Sir Glide Bikes said...

Cool pictures , next time I ll bring some tequila and make some frozen Margaritas

Apr 23, 2008 @ 1:06 PM

4. parker said...

I just recently rode the Blue Clay trail... great fun,,, thanks to all who make that possible...
I just started riding again.. after 3 kids and being 45... want to really get going again.

Anyone ever ride the Kalalua Trail on the island of Kauai, Hi?

Apr 24, 2008 @ 12:04 PM

5. Randy said...

The Chancellor is claiming the trench is for catching wildlife to relocate them before work begins. I don\'t know if I buy that. This may become a story just yet.

Apr 24, 2008 @ 11:08 PM

6. Nate Dawg said...

Hail would be an interesting riding surface, you must have nearly eaten the floor when you ran through your first pile of ice!

Apr 29, 2008 @ 12:11 AM


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