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Old 01-12-2017, 11:18 AM   #1
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BOOM. Poor to Excellent in 48 hrs, with basically one groom. All we needed was those 2 storms, and a little work. The little extra snow storm from yesterday topped things off with a cool 4" in Iggy, 7" in Moran 10" in Epoufette and in teh core of the system. Between teh storms this week we have got between 8" & 16" of new snow across our system. After working things over we have an easy 8" of hard pack over and ice base. Everything is flat fast and raring to go. It is flat out easy to do updates when conditions end up this good, so it is time to pack things up, leave those narrow and crowded downstate trails and head North - and don't stop until you cross the Mighty Mac. Forecast for this weekend is perfect for riding, and the groomers are running - and shifting into a more normal schedule now.

Trail issues to be aware of:
The snow is a bit thinner for about 1 mile North of Iggy on trail 2. Don't worry it is just that open area we usually have issues with and you will be fine by the time you hit 471. On the Southeast end of 471 they are plowing a few miles for an on-again-off again logging operation (Castle Rock & Round Lake roads.) They plow, we groom, rinse and repeat. The trail is still perfectly passable, and in good condition - just not the super awesome trail it usually is. And the groomer got stuck in the mud hole on the side of the road just South of trout lake. Avoid the cat-tail area and ride the shoulder for 100', you will be fine.

Off our trail: East towards Cedarville - they still have some issues with their swamps - check their conditions before heading that way.
TASA trail from Rexton to Trout Lake has mud holes open, better to drop down onto our trail if going between those 2 spots. Although a bit longer, our trail is faster, so about the same time to take that route.

Lots going on here this morning, so just a couple of quick pics, first shows how much snow we got since last weekend, my shed roof was clear last saturday. And the other 2 are just outside of the overpass in Iggy.
If you are done reading this, just one question: Do you have the truck packed yet?
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Old 01-12-2017, 11:21 AM   #2
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Default Re: Trail Conditions 1-12-17

Thanks for teh update buddy. See ya later this afternoon!
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Old 01-12-2017, 11:54 AM   #3
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Headed up tonite after work for the weekend! Sounds a nd looks like it's gonna be some of the best conditions we've had in couple years!
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Old 01-12-2017, 08:11 PM   #4
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You guys are awesome, thanks, Heading up with some newbies for a 4 day
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Old 01-13-2017, 12:22 PM   #5
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I had a chance to groom up most of town trail last night. It turned out OK for teh most part, but snow is very soft, so watch for hazards - it is normal city riding. The boat is still running to Mackinac Island, so there is a considerable amount of cars parking in the alley behind Bentley's Cafe. You can get through, just watch for traffic. Those riding into town, there is a new food spot, the MI Grill in teh location of the old Marina Pub is trying to stay open this winter. Light menu and drinks available right on teh trail in downtown Iggy.

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Old 01-13-2017, 09:03 PM   #6
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Default Re: Trail Conditions 1-12-17

Thanks Neil, the town trail was great this morning.

Rode to Brevort today and then up to Hulbert. Plenty of snow.

As you mentioned, Castle Rock Rd. and Round Lake Rd. are plowed thin. Was showing some higher temps than I like when riding those this morning. Passable but we decided to take the Burma over to the RR grade to come back home this evening.
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Old 01-16-2017, 10:14 PM   #7
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What a great weekend. The trails were awesome. That is the most traffic I have seen in our area in a long time but things held up well. Let's hope this weather don't hurt us to bad this week.
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