>General Running>This winter's first trail
My new full name is Running on river During today's long run I got to the riverbank and the view of that huge ice plain was so inviting that I ran across the river. It was -17C (+3F) and I don't really like running in cold weather, but while one cheek was nipped by the frost, the other one was warmed by the sun and it felt almost like spring. I had no camera with me, but a friend of mine made some good shots:
Ice hole in the middle of the river.
Panorama of Samara from the river (see the image in full size).
How cold does it have to be for a river to freeze over?
It depends on how strong is the current (and the activity of the hydroelectric dam about 100 km up the river), but normally it takes about 3-5 weeks of temperatures below -5C (23F) for the river to freeze up to the condition when people can safely cross it. The municipal services monitor the ice thickness and when it grows to around 20-24 cm, the crossing paths are opened.
Nice, I enjoyed running and cycling across lakes/reservoirs when I was living in Belarus, the looks from the ice fishermen were priceless.
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