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Mar 01

Sunday 3-1-15

Greetings and welcome!

It was a huge weekend on the trails around here. There were a lot of events, the trails were nice, and the weather was reasonable. Between that and the end of the season looming large, people were out on the trails in force on Saturday.

DSC_1935A friend and I headed down to Crooked Lake to catch the vintage ride and do some pictures. I found a spot a few miles east of Crooked Lake and snapped away. There is a new page for those pictures because there ended up being 101 in the gallery. That would make the page load a little slow if I put them on the front page.

DSC_2006There were some great old sleds, and of course nice people too. We followed the ride into Crooked Lake and hung out at The Pines for a while to socialize.

The plan was for us to take in the vintage ride for a few hours and zoom back in time to make Slug Feast. That ended up not working out when we took a different way back than usual. Once it was obvious that I had blown the timing we enjoyed some of the trails and forest roads between here and Lakewood and Mountain.

There was some traffic but everyone seemed pretty sane about it. I didn’t have any surprises in corners or anything like that. The trails were very nice and we had some A-1 forest road riding too. There were a few bumps, but considering the traffic the riding was great.

The weather worked out good. It was cold enough that there weren’t whoopties building, but it was warm enough to be comfortable.

About the worst of my ride was the couple of miles of plowed paved roads between here and the trail. On the way back it was pretty bare.

We still have some snow coming Tuesday. The storm looks weaker than in previous model runs, but is on track for at least a 3-5″ snow, possibly more. A couple of cold days behind the storm should get us to the weekend with good trails.

From the 7th to Friday the 13th looks ok, but that Friday and the weekend look like they will be above 40 and possibly have some rain. That is two weeks away and could change, but I am planning on riding like the end is near.

I will be at Rapids this Saturday, and that will be the last Saturday of the season. They are closing down for a few weeks in March, a break before the whitewater rafting season starts the first weekend in April. I am usually there from about noon until 4. sometimes later if they are busy. Stop by and get your picture on the BSP.

Speaking of the Rapids, here are a few pictures from Saturday night.

Have a good week and thank you for visiting!


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Feb 27

Friday 2-27-15

Greetings and welcome!

Friday night and the big weekend is here!

Everything is on track as expected as far as weather, and I saw a lot of sleds and trailers in my travels tonight.

I have one event to add tonight.. The Iron Snowshoe poker run party is at Rustic Inn starting at 1pm. They will be cooking up burgers and brats, and drawing for the winner. End of the poker run parties are usually pretty fun. See their web site for details.

I have the day off tomorrow from both Rapids and my regular job. I will be trying to pack as many events into it as possible. If I’m having fun or the clock gets away on me it might only be one. All I am sure of is that I will be saddling up tomorrow to go get a ride and get in on some winter fun.

Have a good weekend and thank you for visiting!


Feb 26

Thursday February 26th, 2015

Greetings and welcome!

Today almost felt warm with the sun out and the high of 16 degrees. There wasn’t as much wind, maybe that was part of it. Our normal high right now is 33, our normal low is 8. Today we had a high of 16 and a low of -18.

Tonight is going to be pretty clear, so somewhere in the mid or upper teens below zero sounds like a good guess.

The weather looks a lot better for this weekend. Friday we are looking at sunny and upper teens, Saturday, about 20, maybe a degree or two more, and Sunday’s forecast is for mid to upper 20s. There is a chance of some light snow Sunday.

Today didn’t seem bad with the sun and minimal wind. The sun was doing its thing in the parking lot at work, melting the thinner ice, even at 16 degrees.

Our length of day at the winter solstice is about 8.5 hours. We are getting close to the 11 hour mark today. By March 10th we will add another half hour! Here is a neat calculator that shows the length of day on any given day. We are just over 45ºN (45º25’22”).

On to the events..

This weekend brings some good ones. First up is the rescheduled High Falls Radar Run, Winterfest, and Fish-O-Ree. Two weeks ago they had 30+ MPH winds drifting snow and causing whiteout conditions, and not being nice to the giant tent. They rescheduled for this weekend, and the weather will be a lot nicer to them.

Next up we have SlugFeast with the Bear Point Sno-Cruisers. SlugFeast is a trail side picnic with all kinds of great homemade food and a cooler of pop. It is a big buffet with no price, but there is a donation can at the end. You pay what you feel like donating. Naturally snowmobilers are a generous lot, especially when it is a club benefit, and it works out good for everyone.

When they did this by the Lake Mary fire tower, hundreds of snowmobilers would stop, and cars would be parked on both sides of the road quite a ways down.

This year it is by the Bear Point Yacht Club, across the street at the motel.

The next event is the old NEW Low Buck Vintage Riders Racer’s to The Pines (Crooked Lake) Run. This year they are having a poker run and adding a few stops. I rode this one a few years ago and had a blast. There were nice people and some great old sleds.

Last but not least.. our Tuesday storm. The latest model run that I have is showing it tracking a little south of this morning’s version. We would still be in the 4-6″ plus band, and it would be snow. There will be some wind and cold behind it too, hopefully making the weekend of the 7th a good bet.

There is some pretty warm stuff showing up on the GFS after the 10th, we will see how that goes. For now, ride ‘em if ya got ‘em. The season is getting mighty short.

Have a good Friday and thank you for visiting!




Feb 26

Thursday 2-26-15

Greetings and welcome!

It is another -20ºF morning this morning. Between last year and this year, that is getting old. The Green Bay news said that it is the 21st day like that, compared to last year with 45 of them by now. That is in Green Bay though. I am sure that our tally would be higher.

There is some good news ahead. Sometime in August the pattern is expected to break, and we could see above freezing temperatures again. Ok, just kidding ( I think..). The temperatures are expected to moderate in time for a big events weekend this weekend. We are expecting upper teens tomorrow, around 20 for Saturday, and mid-20s Sunday.

The shiny coin that has my attention right now is the storm for about Tuesday. We could be in for a real live honest to goodness southern storm, something that we haven’t seen in a few months. As is common with these, we will be watching the rain/snow line and the exact path of the storm. This morning’s GFS shows some bountiful snows, possibly well in excess of 6″+ and possibly toward the one foot mark. I I like how it looks now, where is my Buy It Now button?

Like I said, we have a lot of big events this weekend- Slug Feast, High Falls Radar Run, Winterfest, and Fish-O-Rama, and the NEW Low Buck Vintage Riders Racer’s to Crooked Lake Run, are all coming up Saturday.

I will have to cover that more in tonight’s report, along with a storm update. Right now it is time to make the donuts.

Have a good Thursday and thank you for visiting!



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