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General Snowmobile Discussion / Re: Mercer trip planned
« Last post by SnoSub on Today at 08:40:03 AM »
All is well Howie.  It sure is nice saving 3 hours on every weekend we go up North. And yes, that was Burn N Bush at the convention.
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General Snowmobile Discussion / Re: UP ride Jan 17-18
« Last post by 6Mile on January 21, 2020, 04:58:14 PM »
2Qik,

I agree that "most" clubs know when the ideal time to groom is, but the Keweenaw club is the exception.  I spend time in the groomer (when we have snow) for my local area club as well, and do understand the resources issue, but this club is one of the few that pay the operators, they apparently do not pay to have them groom at night.  I have been going to this area for decades now and have first hand witnessed the change how this club operates and maintains the trails. 
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General Snowmobile Discussion / Re: UP ride Jan 17-18
« Last post by 2qik on January 21, 2020, 02:35:20 PM »
I will say that the trail between Houghton and Toivola was CRAP and a bit dangerous in a couple spots.  The Keweenaw club needs to learn to groom at night when the traffic is low to allow the ribbon they lay down to firm up.

I'm confident there is not a club in the UP that doesn't know it's best to groom at night when traffic is low.  Groomer repair, operator availability, and DNR or local contracts for grooming are just a few examples of why trails may be run at "non ideal" times.  Sunday afternoon I groomed the CJ Ramstad North Shore trail because the groomer had a mechanical failure Saturday night which required a field repair and we wanted to get it back to our maintenance shop before dark as to not strand the operator (me) if it went down during the run.  I've learned clubs generally know what they are doing and are doing the best they can with available resources, using volunteers who likely also have full time jobs.
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General Snowmobile Discussion / Re: UP ride Jan 17-18
« Last post by 6Mile on January 20, 2020, 03:24:28 PM »
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General Snowmobile Discussion / UP ride Jan 17-18
« Last post by 6Mile on January 20, 2020, 02:23:31 PM »
Went to the UP for a quick ride this past weekend.  Got there at a great time. Snow was really good. 

I will say that the trail between Houghton and Toivola was CRAP and a bit dangerous in a couple spots.  The Keweenaw club needs to learn to groom at night when the traffic is low to allow the ribbon they lay down to firm up.


 




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Wisconsin / Barnstormers 1/18/2020
« Last post by MachZee on January 18, 2020, 02:43:56 PM »
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General Snowmobile Discussion / Re: Mercer trip planned
« Last post by Howie on January 12, 2020, 07:46:31 AM »
There's Howie, the shirt master.  Hi Howie.
Dave, in a year I will have 5 years in and then vested for a WI pension so that is the earliest.  I will probably work a couple more years but probably not move from north of Madison.

Hey Steve. How you guys doing? TC sure misses you!!! New people, things change I guess. Unfortunately not always for the better. Same thing with the clubs here.
My bro bought a cabin/house up in Conover a couple months ago. I'm sure one of these days he would also like to move up there. Not so sure about his wife though!
Was Burn N Bush the band at the Convention in Rfd last time? They were good!
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Wisconsin / Barnstormers 1/11/2020
« Last post by MachZee on January 11, 2020, 11:43:52 AM »
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General Snowmobile Discussion / Re: Mercer trip planned
« Last post by SnoSub on January 09, 2020, 10:10:51 PM »
There's Howie, the shirt master.  Hi Howie.
Dave, in a year I will have 5 years in and then vested for a WI pension so that is the earliest.  I will probably work a couple more years but probably not move from north of Madison.
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General Snowmobile Discussion / Re: Checking in
« Last post by greekboy on January 09, 2020, 08:34:50 AM »
Regardless of reason, It's always a little sad to me when I read or hear someone has quit sledding.

I could still ride but don't trust that I could control myself and not end up in the middle of nowhere with a dislocation.   

Look me up if you are up this way, I still drink beer...I'm sure some of you still have my number.

Keweenaw, Good to see you post again.  it may not be all that long and we all will be on here talking about how we used to ride and how great it was.

Still think about it as sleds are zipping past work daily.   Drove up the to stop sign by Gino's in Hancock the other day and let 3 or 4 sleds cross in front of me and then pulled into the exhaust cloud to take it in.   Ah the memories.

Lost a good friend last winter on a sled, and that was pretty much the kicker for me and thoughts of maybe getting back and just trail riding.   He was hit by a car on the last road crossing before coming into Hancock from the North.   Instantly killed.   He was the slowest most conservative rider I have ever seen.  Sad.

Sorry to hear that. I always said, if something tragic like that ever happened, I'd be out too....
Now, I have my two sons in it with me and that seems to be all I think about while we ride together. Generally speaking, our trail system in the Southern UP is pretty safe, lots of road crossings, but we know the are well and we take precautions as best as we can.
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