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Old 02-23-2015, 09:51 AM   #1
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DESTINATION ST. IGNACE

That was the theme of this weekend. The trail head didn't seem that busy this weekend, Youth Pond Hockey had about 1/2 the motel rooms, yet town was busy with sleds the whole weekend. IN fact a couple people remarked that this was by far the busiest our trails have been on a Saturday this season. At dusk is looked like a conveyor belt of lights of sleds coming off of the island. It looked like there was a ton of destination riders coming here for the day, just to go over the the island for the experience. Hopefully they will experience what the rest of you already know and be back for fantastic trail riding.

Saturday war story: So a friend absolutely twisted a pair of couple arms to come ride in the area - they have never ridden in the Eastern UP. So much so in fact that they would only book their rooms for one night, and were going to go back downstate after a day and half of riding. Gaylord and West of Munising are the only places you can ride a sled in this state... ya right. So after hundreds of fantastic fun filled miles the first day, they cancelled their downstate return, and stayed for a long weekend. Theses people will be back as they have found out what a few others have... Straits Club can make a fantastic trail with 12" of snow, and you will think you are in the big snow country if you are on-trail, except... the trails are smoother, less crowded, and a lot wider. We have several day-trip destinations to enjoy, if you like narrower, twistier trails, head East, super fast straights, go straight North, fun sweeping wide corners, head West. Naubinway, the Falls, Newberry, Rexton, the Soo, Cedarville, even Drummond Island are all good day-trip destinations from your home base, St. Ignace - "Why DRIVE, when you can RIDE!"

With all that Saturday traffic we did get a little choppy out there, it is all fixed up now, and will stay that way. (as long as the drivers plug in the block heaters) the tractors are running great and a normal to even heavy schedule for training. The weather bounced a little over teh weekend, and the cold temps returned today with 100+ schools closed. Last week was brutal cold temps, and although cold this week will not be so bad. A shot of snow on Tuesday, and then nice for the rest of the week. The coming weekend will be another epic great weekend on the Straits trail network.
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Old 02-23-2015, 02:03 PM   #2
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DESTINATION ST. IGNACE

That was the theme of this weekend. The trail head didn't seem that busy this weekend, Youth Pond Hockey had about 1/2 the motel rooms, yet town was busy with sleds the whole weekend. IN fact a couple people remarked that this was by far the busiest our trails have been on a Saturday this season. At dusk is looked like a conveyor belt of lights of sleds coming off of the island. It looked like there was a ton of destination riders coming here for the day, just to go over the the island for the experience. Hopefully they will experience what the rest of you already know and be back for fantastic trail riding.

Saturday war story: So a friend absolutely twisted a pair of couple arms to come ride in the area - they have never ridden in the Eastern UP. So much so in fact that they would only book their rooms for one night, and were going to go back downstate after a day and half of riding. Gaylord and West of Munising are the only places you can ride a sled in this state... ya right. So after hundreds of fantastic fun filled miles the first day, they cancelled their downstate return, and stayed for a long weekend. Theses people will be back as they have found out what a few others have... Straits Club can make a fantastic trail with 12" of snow, and you will think you are in the big snow country if you are on-trail, except... the trails are smoother, less crowded, and a lot wider. We have several day-trip destinations to enjoy, if you like narrower, twistier trails, head East, super fast straights, go straight North, fun sweeping wide corners, head West. Naubinway, the Falls, Newberry, Rexton, the Soo, Cedarville, even Drummond Island are all good day-trip destinations from your home base, St. Ignace - "Why DRIVE, when you can RIDE!"

With all that Saturday traffic we did get a little choppy out there, it is all fixed up now, and will stay that way. (as long as the drivers plug in the block heaters) the tractors are running great and a normal to even heavy schedule for training. The weather bounced a little over teh weekend, and the cold temps returned today with 100+ schools closed. Last week was brutal cold temps, and although cold this week will not be so bad. A shot of snow on Tuesday, and then nice for the rest of the week. The coming weekend will be another epic great weekend on the Straits trail network.

I also had 4 guys with me that only ride to the west and north as that's where the snow is. Well 2 of them are still there and the other 2 went home with me and talked the whole way home about how great the ride was and how great the trails were. They were also impressed with how nice all the people they met were. Needless to say they will be back. Good job again guys!

See ya this weekend as its time to play some golf on Moran bay. If anybody is in town Friday nioght they are having a glow ball closest to teh pin on Friday at the Mackinac grill with a Cheboygan Brewing company beer tasting then a band. It all starts at 5 so come on down for a good time Friday night after riding. Make sure to say hello!
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Old 02-23-2015, 04:07 PM   #3
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We've been riding St. Ignace for eight years now. Whenever we bring new people they say how great the riding and trails are.

The problem is--then they go up and take new people with them. One of these days I will not be able to get a room.

You guys/gals have the best maintained trail system in the State.
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Old 02-24-2015, 09:54 AM   #4
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We have around 2" so far from this little system snow. With the big lakes almost frozen over the super-duper snow belts will now be treated the same as the rest of us, hoping for some system snow. Long range forecast (for what it is worth) is suggesting a decent storm for next sun-mon. We could use a shot to keep things excellent, so lets hope for a few inches a week for the rest of the season.
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Old 02-24-2015, 12:27 PM   #5
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The Mackinac Bridge is closed due to a multiple crashes, high winds and whiteout conditions Tuesday morning, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation. The bridge is expected to be closed for several hours until the weather conditions improve.
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New snow makes for great random Tuesday trail candy, even before teh groomer returns home!
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Old 02-24-2015, 05:34 PM   #7
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Iggy groomer is home and Brevort is leaving now.

Storm totals:
3" in Iggy
6" in Epoufette and Trout Lake
8" + out on the Burma Grade.

Nice shot in the arm!
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Old 02-25-2015, 08:37 AM   #8
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Iggy groomer is home and Brevort is leaving now.

Storm totals:
3" in Iggy
6" in Epoufette and Trout Lake
8" + out on the Burma Grade.

Nice shot in the arm!
Awesome news.. The best just keep getting better and better..

Any news on the Caffey that we were talking about?
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Old 02-25-2015, 09:50 AM   #9
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Storm wasn't quite done,

4-5" in Iggy
6-8" in Brevort, Epoufette, and Trout Lake
12" on the Burma Grade.
The first half of the storm was a wetter snow, then it dried out towards the end.

Off trail in the core of our system should finally be good riding.

Yes Kenny, we fully groomed the Caffey. It has been 2 weeks since any logging equipment has been seen out there.
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Old 02-25-2015, 05:38 PM   #10
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Storm wasn't quite done,

4-5" in Iggy
6-8" in Brevort, Epoufette, and Trout Lake
12" on the Burma Grade.
The first half of the storm was a wetter snow, then it dried out towards the end.

Off trail in the core of our system should finally be good riding.

Yes Kenny, we fully groomed the Caffey. It has been 2 weeks since any logging equipment has been seen out there.
Great news! My favorite trail and I can now finally go ride. If you need to find me on Friday look on the Caffey
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Read on the news that the accident(s) on the bridge was cause by someone who couldn't see well because of blowing snow so they tried turning around on the bridge. REALLY!!!!!!
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