December 6th in 1917 the Finnish parliament declared Finland independent from the Russian empire, taking advantage of the turmoil caused by the Bolshevik revolution in Russia. A few weeks after that, the Bolshevik leaders recognised this in a document signed by Lenin, Stalin and Trotsky. During the WWII years, Finland was attacked twice by the Soviet Union. The independence barely survived this, thanks to the great sacrifices of my grandfather's generation. The Independence Day is a national holiday and it was therefore possible to go out for a snow ride in the morning.
It is still possible to get wet, despite the snow.
Even with the Pugsley, the very soft trails were barely rideable.
Outside the trails it riding was impossible, except for downhill sections.
Winter is nice. I think I'll commute to work by skis tomorrow, for a change.