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Old 01-06-2014, 10:38 AM   #1
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Default Trail Conditions 1-06-14

Very good, to excellent over the whole system. A big snow at the end of last week gave us 10-14" from Cut River to Trout Lake, tapering to 1" in Iggy. That groomed out fantastic. With our groomer out of Iggy down we did get a little rough coming into town, and with the big snow up North we could not cover everything with the Brevort tractor. We worked on #6 in Iggy for 7 hours Sat morning and got it back running. Big thanks to Randy for taking the extra time to fix everything up to get our base back in fine shape. After last nights groom the South loop is very good condition and we are waiting for some new to layer on top.

As you know, it is going to be super cold over the next few days. Trails are smooth, so we are not going to run Monday, and probably Tuesday night. There shouldn't be hardly any traffic, and no need to put the equipment out and risk freezing up again.

Loggers are plowing some roads around the trail stop area, and a section of the cedarville connector, they should be passable with no problem.

I will report that the treeline to Mackinac Island went up on Sunday. I have not heard if the ice is in good shape, I will not report that it is safe to cross, but I said I will report the fact that the trees are up. Always check ice conditions locally before venturing out onto any frozen lake.
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Old 01-06-2014, 02:41 PM   #2
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We were UP and rode this past Thursday and Friday. Great conditions. It's a shame that the loggers can be so greedy with their plowing but the trails they have plowed still are very passable.
We had a "Newbie" with us this trip and I think he is hooked, both on the sport and our area.
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Old 01-06-2014, 02:46 PM   #3
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Another from the Overlook.

By the way, if you go to the Overlook by Brimley, do not try and take the old "Indian Trail" down to the Bay from there. I mean the one that has all the Disney character signs on it. That trail has not been brushed or groomed. I don't know if they are giving up on that particular trail or what the deal is.
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Old 01-06-2014, 03:09 PM   #4
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The Bay Mills groomer is down and the Soo club is grooming the grant program trail..the baymills trail with the cartoon markers is a community trail and not part of the grant program..but it is a fun trail when groomed...
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Old 01-06-2014, 03:29 PM   #5
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The Bay Mills groomer is down and the Soo club is grooming the grant program trail..the baymills trail with the cartoon markers is a community trail and not part of the grant program..but it is a fun trail when groomed...

Thank you for clarifying that. I always like that short trail down to the Bay.
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Old 01-07-2014, 09:56 AM   #6
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Considering on staying at Gaylord this weekend or is it worth it to drive another hour across the bridge? I haven't road this area since 1997.

If so, suggestions on lodging?

We are bringing our wives and looking for a nice resort type, with pool, hot tub, bar etc with flat trails! lol. Let me know and thanks for any advice!
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Old 01-07-2014, 10:38 AM   #7
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Just a quick update. I love the fact that it is colder in Detroit then it is here -10 when I got up this morning, and -4 now, on our way to a high of 4d today. Every school I can think of is closed due to -30+ wind chill. Tomorrow the temps will moderate somewhat, into the 10-20s, another short cold snap then 20s-30s for the weekend. What does that spell? Fantastic riding conditions for you folks. Right now our trails are super hard, flat and fantastic. That means a quick touchup groom on Thursday to do a final packing and they will be rocking for great riding conditions over the weekend. Temps this weekend will be great for riding, so it is time to make that early Jan trip to the UP!





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Considering on staying at Gaylord this weekend or is it worth it to drive another hour across the bridge? I haven't road this area since 1997.

If so, suggestions on lodging?

We are bringing our wives and looking for a nice resort type, with pool, hot tub, bar etc with flat trails! lol. Let me know and thanks for any advice!
We don't really have anything with everything that you are looking for. There are places with pools, and places with bars, but not all of that. Within walking distance of each other though, or free shuttles to get to to/from the pub. Lots of guys on here will do that.

I am going to venture if you poll this site, 99.8% of the people will tell you that Gaylord is a waste of time when SI is only 50 minutes longer. Monitoring the web and other trail reports and can guarantee that our trails will be in better shape and for a longer time then they will be down there. Miles of smiles up here, just not as many destinations close together as on their trail system.
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Old 01-07-2014, 10:41 AM   #8
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I am going to venture if you poll this site, 99.8% of the people will tell you that Gaylord is a waste of time when SI is only 50 minutes longer. Monitoring the web and other trail reports and can guarantee that our trails will be in better shape and for a longer time then they will be down there. Miles of smiles up here, just not as many destinations close together as on their trail system.[/quote]


Ok how about on trail lodging, clean nice hotel with bar and great price? lol..
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Old 01-07-2014, 11:47 AM   #9
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I am going to venture if you poll this site, 99.8% of the people will tell you that Gaylord is a waste of time when SI is only 50 minutes longer. Monitoring the web and other trail reports and can guarantee that our trails will be in better shape and for a longer time then they will be down there. Miles of smiles up here, just not as many destinations close together as on their trail system.

Ok how about on trail lodging, clean nice hotel with bar and great price? lol..[/quote]

Try the Budget Host, it's as nice as any chain hotel in Gaylord. They have an indoor pool and hot tub and a restaurant/bar a block away. Easy trail access also.
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Old 01-07-2014, 11:51 AM   #10
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Default Re: Trail Conditions 1-06-14

Talked to a guy at work that just got back from Gaylord and said it was miserable..Was in the Igg after xmas and things were very good definitely worth the extra hour in my opinion. The Bugethost is great to stay at that's were we were.
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Old 01-07-2014, 12:08 PM   #11
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Our group will always bypass Gaylord. That area is a madhouse. Drive the extra hour and go to St. Ignace. We think St. Ignace trails are the best groomed/maintained in the Upper or Lower Peninsula. Once on the trail system the U.P is pretty much wide open.

We stay at the Budget Host. Very nice place. Easy trail access. Nice restaurant one block away or take the free (I tip) shuttle service to the Casino for drinks and dinner.
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Old 01-07-2014, 04:38 PM   #12
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I will put a plug in for the Super 8. That's where we always stay. Great pool and hot tub area. Timmy Lee's Pub is about a mile down the road. Great food and people. Truck Stop, McDonalds and Frisch's all within walking distance. Drive right bye a Shell station going in and out of town to the trail. It is about a mile and a half thru town to get to the main trail. The ride thru town isn't bad. Marked well, runs along the road a little, thru some yards and lots. Really not bad at all. The owner of the Super 8 is the president of the local club and puts a lot of work into the trails.

I have never stayed at the Budget Host but many friends have told me it's pretty nice also. The owner also puts time in with the club and working on the trails.

Those are the only 2 places I will personally recommend because of their work with the local club and trails.

As said before, drive the extra hour. It's well worth it. I don't even ride in the lower anymore and for us it's 430 miles to the bridge. It's that much better!!!!!
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Old 01-08-2014, 03:17 PM   #13
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Hands down, SI has the best trails, lower and upper, well woth the extra 50 miles. Try it, you will be back!
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Old 01-08-2014, 03:21 PM   #14
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Hey Wink, when is your next trip up? I will be up on the 11th. for a week, then early Feb. I need your stamp of approval on my new Ski-Doo!
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Hey Wink, when is your next trip up? I will be up on the 11th. for a week, then early Feb. I need your stamp of approval on my new Ski-Doo!

We are planning on going UP the weekend of the 18th. Should be riding that Friday and Saturday. Then every other weekend after that.
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The Driftwood in SI is priced right, and has a nice bar area and good food in their restaurant. Do they have rooms available is the question. Call them at
906-643-7744.
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Looking at Gaylord after driving home Sunday St. Ignace is in way better shape and in my opinion is always worth the extra drive. The people in St. Ignace are always happy to have people come there and as Wink said I would stay at the Super 8 or Budget Host. Have a great ride.

Matt Sheila and I are coming this weekend. See you all on the trails or at Timmy's Sat night.
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Old 01-10-2014, 12:34 PM   #18
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Thanks Wink.
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