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Old 03-13-2013, 09:43 AM   #1
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Default Trail Conditions 3-13-13

Even if I tell you, you may not believe it, but trails can now be rated in excellent condition. We got things flattened out last night while it was still slightly soft and there is still tons and tons of material to work with out there. Over the next few weeks, the work we did on the base in the early season will certainly pay off. Excellent condition, not exaggerating, the RR Grade is the best it has been in over a month in the Moran area, there are no rocks poking through anywhere. All of our trails, including the RR Grade are white – white – white! Last nights groom was a bit touchy, with the groomer breaking off the soft side of the trail on several occasions, but what has resulted in a hard flat trail with good workable material on top.

The RR Grade from Iggy North has 6-8” of ice, with 2-6” of workable material on top, with a could of thin icy spots, everything else has 14”-28” of hard pack on the trail surface. There are a couple of water hole locations that were skimmed over and will refreeze, notable on West Burma, and the Trucktrail. They will be hard after tonight’s single digit temps for sure. Our Cederville trail connector has a short section that has been plowed for logging. That area is very icy, and will be the first to go when it get any sun. The great thing is we have not even touched the reserve snow along the side of the trails that we use to get another workable weekend out of it! (Shhhh - I’m saving that for Easter Weekend!)

The weather will put us in good shape for the next week. Single digit overnight temps, and 20d days are absolutely perfect for trail building. We have gotten a total of 2” of usable snow over the last 2 days, and there is a hint of snow for Friday night to make things look great.

Today: Scattered snow before 2pm, then a chance for flurries. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 26. Northwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 14. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 30. West wind around 5 mph.

Thursday Night: A 20 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25. West wind 5 to 10 mph.

Friday: A 50 percent chance of snow. Cloudy, with a high near 32. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Friday Night: Snow likely, mainly before 2am. Cloudy, with a low around 13. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Saturday: A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 8am. Partly sunny, with a high near 24.

Saturday Night: A slight chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 9.

Sunday: A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 24.

Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13.


OK, now I know that this is hard to believe, just a day ago I told you we basically has rain for 3 straight days, and we lost ˝ of our off trail snow. True, but the proof is in the pics – that is why I pioneered posting trail condition pics in the fall of 2005, and why I am bringing you a bunch of trail candy today. You get to see for yourself exactly what we are dealing with out there. The following pics proceed from the beginning of Castle Rock Road, out the West side of the lower loop, across the Burma Grade. A big thanks to Wayne for taking the pics, and to Chris for finishing his long slow run last night.

Also a warning: As has been a persistent problem this season, the crew came across 3-4 downed trees on their run. They are cleaned up now, but be on the lookout all over the state this weekend - trees are everywhere!
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Old 03-13-2013, 06:29 PM   #2
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That looks awesome!!!!!
Be up on friday afternoon!!
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Old 03-13-2013, 06:30 PM   #3
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Looks great Neil. We'll be UP to take advantage of it this weekend.
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:11 PM   #4
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How does the town trail look? Can we ride out from the Super 8?
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Old 03-13-2013, 10:02 PM   #5
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Town trail not too bad, some pavement. Really no worse then last weekend. I don't know if I will be able to groom it up or not though.
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Old 03-14-2013, 02:19 AM   #6
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Great pics Neil! Can't wait to get back UP there!
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Old 03-14-2013, 12:03 PM   #7
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Danyele and I will be UP Friday night, leaving Monday. Plan is to be on the trail at 8:30 am.
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:01 PM   #8
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I want candy!
http://youtu.be/aMICD3aMZpw
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Taken today on Round Lake (473) twisties. Trail groomed and in great condition. These twisties will show ice int eh bottom of the corners by the end of the weekend for sure. I bet most places will have that problem, so take it easy in the corners and have a fantastic weekend!
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Old 03-14-2013, 09:13 PM   #9
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The groomers report only 2 water spots on our whole system. Both are on our RR Grade about 3-4 miles out of St. Ignace, just past the Cheeseman Road crossing. May freeze up in the next couple of nights, but they were there today.
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I want candy!
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Taken today on Round Lake (473) twisties. Trail groomed and in great condition. These twisties will show ice int eh bottom of the corners by the end of the weekend for sure. I bet most places will have that problem, so take it easy in the corners and have a fantastic weekend!
Here I am looking at all this snow and leaving not 90+ temps in Nicaragua tomorrow at 6am. Have fun all and be safe! [i] will have one for ya...
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Here I am looking at all this snow and leaving not 90+ temps in Nicaragua tomorrow at 6am. Have fun all and be safe! [i] will have one for ya...

How the h#ll goes to Nicaragua? Is that where the new pope is from?
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Old 03-15-2013, 04:10 PM   #12
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How the h#ll goes to Nicaragua? Is that where the new pope is from?
Was wondering the same thing Mark! Nicaragua?????
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You guys are out of control Neil. We rode all the Straights trails today minus the Cedarville connector, crazy how flat they were. We had to go north of Rexton on TASA trails to find the bumps.
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Was wondering the same thing Mark! Nicaragua?????
Me and my dad came down to visit our cousin. He owns a house and resort/hotel down here. Came down for the week. Such a beautiful place with super cheap beer. Adios!!
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Thought maybe you were entering Survivor
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Trails are in great shape. Had a great day of riding on saturday with Wink And Floyd. Trails are flat, white and little to no bumps with very little traffic. This has got to be the best trail base the U.P. has had in years.
If anyone is wanting a " last ride " of the year. Get up there!!
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Only took one pic.
Didn't have time for pics, cause we just wanted to RIDE!!
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Had a great weekend and a good time riding with Kevin on Saturday.

Only 3 words to say about the Straits trail system -

FLAT, HARD, FAST

'nuff said!!!!!!
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Sorry I couldn't make it UP this weekend, Wink, still a bit under the weather. I hope to make it UP next weekend with AllSeason and Skeet for last ride of teh season.
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We are going over to the island where they filmed survivor on Wednesday. Its 9pm here and 88out. I love the cold and snow but this could become addicting. Girls sitting here feeding me beer and fresh pineapple... I say Sheila who????? Lol lucky I love that girl.
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We are going over to the island where they filmed survivor on Wednesday. Its 9pm here and 88out. I love the cold and snow but this could become addicting. Girls sitting here feeding me beer and fresh pineapple... I say Sheila who????? Lol lucky I love that girl.
You must be paying them quite well.
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You must be paying them quite well.
You would be amazed what a American dollar will get you
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Its 98, warm and sunny and I'm looking at the bridge cam watching it snow like crazy. Be safe out there guys.
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Hey Kenny. Was just wondering how the trails are down there? Thought maybe you found time to pull away from the hotties and rent a Razor and do some riding while the rest of us are living the American dream up here
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