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General Snowmobile Discussion / Re: First Day of Summer
« on: September 23, 2018, 03:31:10 PM »
Live'n the dream. Don't have a Railroad pension but don't have to shoot bill collectors either.
Fall is here. Couple cool raw days in a row here. No temps under 40 yet... (But today is barely 50)
Just wandered back from two weeks camping our way across ND, eastern MT, eastern WY and SD.
Had a cool couple nights in MT and WY, 38 degrees in a CG in the Bighorn NF up by Medicine Wheel. Another night somewhere was 42.  (heater nights)
Spent a couple nights up in Bighorn Canyon Rec Area north of Lovell WY. (said to be the third biggest canyon in the country) but camp grounds are actually in MT.
End of a dead end road 25 miles from town. So quiet you could hear the gas fridge hissing at night.   :specool:

88 days till the first day of winter.

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General Snowmobile Discussion / Re: First Day of Summer
« on: July 25, 2018, 04:33:14 PM »
Noticed a few trees turning in the higher gravel (drier) country this week in NW Wis. (I'm about 20 miles east of Duluth MN and 6-8 miles south inland of Lake Superior).
We've had a wet early summer here, heavy rainfall, flash flooding to the south and east of here. US Hwy 2 is still closed for bridge repair west of Ashland. Our club lucked out with not too much damage from flash flooding. Only went over our grade in three places in a small area.
Southern part of our county around Solon Springs was hit pretty hard along with Eastern Bayfield and Ashland County's section of Trail 2  (Tri County Corridor).

Now, wet as it was earlier we haven't had much rain lately, thus some of the trees turning a little early.

Now we're out mowing and grading our Summer ATV railroad grades.

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General Snowmobile Discussion / Re: First Day of Summer
« on: June 26, 2018, 09:13:07 PM »
My countdown says 25.4 weeks.    :biggrin:

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General Snowmobile Discussion / First Day of Summer
« on: June 21, 2018, 07:35:58 AM »
First Day of Summer !
From now on every day gets shorter ! 
Then it's  :sledder:

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General Snowmobile Discussion / Re: 1981 eltigre resto
« on: June 21, 2018, 07:33:44 AM »
Man it's been a long time but I had a 77 and an 80..........
Thought they were a little different.

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General Snowmobile Discussion / Re: New Iron
« on: June 07, 2018, 07:03:58 AM »
I've run across a dealer or two like that.
Zirt nails is though. "It will be a little while before we can accommodate you".

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General Snowmobile Discussion / 50 years ago Ralph made it
« on: April 19, 2018, 10:31:50 PM »
 :sledder:
50 years ago today Ralph Plaisted & crew were the first people to make it overland/ice to the North Pole. (Confirmed by the US Air Force) By snowmobile of course.  :beer2:
The National Geographic Society doesn't like to admit that their boy Robert Peary never actually made it to the Pole, missed it by 60 miles . :nana:


I have made the Pilgrimage to Ralph Plaisted's birthplace, Bruno MN on Hwy 23 between Duluth MN and the Twin Cities.
Here's to Ralph, the first Super Sledder.  :beer2:

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General Snowmobile Discussion / Re: 1981 eltigre resto
« on: April 19, 2018, 05:43:15 PM »
Hmmm, 80 Pantera brings back some memories !   :thumbsupsmileyanim:
Bought it new in midwinter,
Lousy sled, didn't keep my wrenching hands in tune much.  ;)
I think I put 7500 miles on it, then sold it to a neighbor (with the second set of slides on it ?) Then he put a pile more miles on it.
For it's time line I didn't do much to it.  A little clutch work of course, but not much.
I think that's the sled the the clutch face broke away from the hub (?) (under warranty)`

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General Snowmobile Discussion / Re: Last ride of the season
« on: March 14, 2018, 05:20:51 PM »
We are pulling groomers in and contemplating locking the gates before the weekend. Looking at the forecast i wonder a bit but we have a few nasty holes in our system from open areas, logging etc. The sun is pretty powerful these days. To really make a go of it we need snow. The last storm only hit the southern party of our territory.
The Fat Lady is tuning up.   :(

We ran our grooming equipment Saturday night, without new snow I don't see us going out again.

We pulled 3 of the 4 groomers in Monday doing a little grooming along the way.
Probably had my last good ride yesterday. Breakfast in Barnes and headed home. 80ish miles for the day.
Going to have to check but I think I cracked 2 k and the first half the winter I just couldn't get into it.
The last few weeks were much better. Things started going better when I got on the sled EVERY DAY for about a week straight. That fixed me right up!
Part of that was weather got better, and it SNOWED, i put the sled on the trailer and went somewhere else for the day, along with a couple other things).

The club made supplemental funding on all three of our contracts. That put me in a better humor too.   :beer2:

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General Snowmobile Discussion / Re: Last ride of the season
« on: March 14, 2018, 05:09:07 PM »
My local trails (South / Central UP) are pretty much spent. Around one hour north of me is still decent, but unless they get real snow, I just don't see it happening. MI trails close in 2 1/2 weeks. We'll see what happens. Hoping to get in one off trail ride, if we get some spring snow ??  :snow:

Wasn't a horrible season for me, I got (1) ride in December, (2) rides in January, (1) ride in February and (1) in March. Only downer was that I'm 300 miles short on getting 10,000 miles on my REV. I was hoping to turn the clock, just to say I did it.....  :punk:

Mighty good feel'n comes with 10,000 on the clock.   :banana:

In my world that translates to about 400 hours of motor time.   :biggrin: :beer2:

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General Snowmobile Discussion / Re: Last ride of the season
« on: March 13, 2018, 07:09:44 AM »
We are pulling groomers in and contemplating locking the gates before the weekend. Looking at the forecast i wonder a bit but we have a few nasty holes in our system from open areas, logging etc. The sun is pretty powerful these days. To really make a go of it we need snow. The last storm only hit the southern party of our territory.
The Fat Lady is tuning up.   :(

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General Snowmobile Discussion / Iron Dog
« on: February 18, 2018, 09:12:46 PM »
Well Frosty...................
We're five ours in.........
Hows it going?............

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General Snowmobile Discussion / Re: Broom Snow
« on: January 31, 2018, 12:38:40 AM »
Can we use the C word for mother nature?

Can we spell it with all capital letters. >:(
Trails were really starting to get NICE. Then mother nature (the big C) melted our butts halfway into oblivion.
Made it out to northern Bayfield County yesterday and it was mostly pretty good. Rode out west of me today but that's right on the edge. We did get an inch of snow today but we need 6 or 8 inches. We ran our groomers over about 80 % of our trails since the weekend but the ones to the west leave a lot to be desired, just barely enough to ride on but not a lot of fun. 

And not much in the forecast.............................

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General Snowmobile Discussion / Broom Snow
« on: January 16, 2018, 12:17:31 AM »
A foot of broom snow today !
Occasionally we get some Lake efffect off Lake Superior. Today we hit the jackpot.
I've swept my sidewalk about three-four times today, never had to use a shovel and I can still find the sidewalk.
The ATV cranks along like it isn't even there but it's pouring over the top of the plow.
For the last couple weeks we have had enough snow to scrape by with the groomers. We were grooming about 110 of our 130 miles.
The last 20 miles were groomed for the first time late this weekend
Trails had started shaping up with a couple small snowfalls, 2-3 inches, then this.  :-)

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General Snowmobile Discussion / Re: Did everyone die.....0r sumthin?
« on: November 25, 2017, 01:22:52 PM »
I'm still kick'n. Although I didn't kick much from early May till a month or so ago.  ;) Slipped in the yard early May and broke my left fibula  (small bone just above the ankle joint) Later found a stress fracture in the middle toe. Had never broken a bone in my body till then and didn't understand how people could break so many bones. After that I don't understand how I haven't broken a dozen bones.

Think I've mentioned on here that I retired July of 15. Counter on my phone says 873 days. I had the countdown running on there for retirement so I just left it running.   As Hal mentioned, "Don't know how I had time to work before I retired".  Spend a lot of time mowing, grading maintaining snowmobile/ATV trails for our snowmobile club. We do about 130 miles so it keeps us busy.

He he, no more shifting in the groomer this winter.  :biggrin: The club put Soucy tracks on our 2011 125 hp John Deere with the IVT (infinitely variable transmission) Been a long wait.



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