Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The days are getting longer.  It is daylight at 6:30 and still light at 6:00.  It's wonderful.  Spring may be around the corner but the sledding continues.

We have had a number of riders in over the last two days.  Conditions are still great.  We have had snow every day since Friday.  None today but according to the weather watchers the sky is falling tonight. 

I watched both groomers go out last night at 6 and they were back out this morning again about 10:30.  So with the fresh snow on the groomed trails it should be even better tomorrow.

Things have been pretty quiet this week and week end.  No touching stories or bone head plays.  The only amusing thing was the Llama that my friend saw running down hwy 127 on Saturday afternoon.  Most people didn't believe her and thought that she was just smoking something.  But today I found out where the little fella lives and he really does exist.  Just like Santa.

Well that's it for now.  I will be back in a day or two after the alleged storm hits.  We have had a whole lot on snow days this year but we haven't had a real rip snorter of a storm that drops a foot or two of snow.  I think that it is time for one.  It will give everyone something to talk about and keep the old guys busy for a day or two.

Hope to see you soon.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Perfectly groomed trails, with a fresh layer of snow (that is still falling), temperature just enough below zero to keep it all in good shape.

It doesn't get any better than this!!!!  We are expecting a lot of happy sledders today.  If you can't make it today I hope you can tomorrow.


Friday, February 22, 2013

Sorry I didn't  update Thursday.  But the day got away on me and it was snooker time before I knew it.  The weather has been great this week.  Sunny mild, snow here and there.  I had the driveway plowed once this week.

Riders in this week are all saying the trails are in great shape.  Two groups commented on how good it was from Whitney down to the Haliburton turn which often isn't so good.

The groomers have been out every day so far this week. 

The groups have been smaller this week and the trails are not as busy.  Most riders say that they have only met one or two other groups all day.

Well that is about it. Nothing earth shatering. I'm off to town for the weekly beer, liquor and food run so I'd better dash.

Hope you can make it up this weekend.


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Okay it is almost 6:30 and I am ready to go home, make dinner and crash so no witty banter, touching stories or shout outs to anyone, although there have been many over the weekend.

I waited until today to update because I wanted to see how much snow fell overnight.  Well not much overnight but it snowed of and on (mostly on) all day.  I came to work in my shoes and I really wish that I had worn boots.  We got quite a few inches and it doesn't look like it is going to stop any time soon. 

It has warmed up from the weekend and is really quite nice out. 

The groomers have been out grooming madly.  Every trail in the system has been done in the last 24 hours.  They have groomed every day since last Tuesday and there are no signs that they are slowing down.  Kudos to those guys.  One groomer was in this morning and he was out yesterday from 9 am until 6 pm and he is back out again this afternoon.  They are still working on the Madawaska trail and have something special for groomer to climb the icy hill.  Cleats or spikes or something like that.  I really should pay more attention.

Riders in yesterday and today say that they have never seen the trails in better shape.  Even with such a busy weekend they were well kept up.

So things are looking good for this weekend.  I will be back Thursday with an update.


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Well that last weeks storm is just another story. It seems so long ago.  We have had snow, rain, more snow, rain, more snow and then more snow. 

The trails are in great shape.  They have been grooming every day, sometimes twice a day. 

I apologise for not updating sooner but we have been so busy I haven't had time.  I can't believe it is Wednesday all ready.

Holy mackerel I don't know where you are all coming from.  But bless you all for coming.

I had turn down a group for dinner last night because my son-in-law was on his way to Bellville to test drive a vehicle for my daughter when he hit a dear.  I had to go and babysit my granddaughter while she went to pick up her husband.  I guess that lowers the resale value of her car, and I may  be in a grandma time out for things that went on. Oh well pay back is a bitch.

Our conditions are great and riders are coming from all directions. We had some riders in from Haliburton today and it is the first time that they have been able to ride over here.

Don't forget the club poker run this weekend.  You will be supporting a good cause.

That's is for now.

Saturday, February 09, 2013

I guess I don't have to tell anyone that it snowed!!!  You probably already know.

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Wow Thursday already.  This has been a crazy week.  But Thursday is usually quiet so I have time to blather on today.

We are getting snow today.  But we get our snow in sensible amounts so as not to cripple the neighbourhood.  The local weather forcasters here, and by that I mean the old guys and the BS table by the door have varing amounts of snow falling.  One says 2-5 cms the other says 25 cms.  See what I mean.  They are all half deaf and never get the story right but it does make for lively conversation when they all start talking at once.  It is amusing and it gets hard to ignore them sometimes, but it keeps them off the streets.  It's exhasting on rainy days when they stay forever.  It's like indoor recess.

Two of the groomer guys are here now after making some minor repairs.  They say all trails are groomed and are in good shape but there is still ice under the snow so be careful.  The only problem spot is the same 173 & 175 where the hills are still icy. 

Just a heads up.  For family day weekend you can ride without purchasing a trail permit.  All you have to do is go online to the OFSC website and print off a permit and ride free all weekend.  You can ice fish without a license also.

If you are looking for inexpensive lodging while sledding you might try the Arlington Hotel in Maynooth.  There are new owners there and they are anxious to have overnight business.  Also the hotel is open most of the time so if you are staying there, there is something to do in the evening.  There is lots of parking for trucks and trailers. -613-338-2080.

Also on Sunday, Feb 17 (family day weekend)  there are Radar Runs at Pine Grove Point near Harcourt.  11 am - 5 pm  There will be lots going on and they are also looking for volunteers to help with the runs that day.  For more info call Rob @ 705-448-2387 or e-mail pinegrovepoint@gmail.com.  This is a charity event for the Wilberforce Food Bank and should be a good day.

Here's a shout out to the Cleveland guys.  Hope you made it home safely.  Sorry you had to leave just when things were getting better.  See you next year.  Except for their buddy from Mckenzie Lake.  I'll see you sooner.

That's it that's all.  Hope we see you on the weekend

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

No time for whimsy this morning.  I have a busy day ahead of me today.  So just the facts.

Groomers were out yesterday.  All trails are open again.  the 175 and 173 are called limited because of ice on the hills.  Riders in Tuesday were all pleased with the conditions and the lack of traffic made it even better.

We had a little more snow last night and more is expected if not today then Thursday for sure. 

It is shaping up quite nicely for the weekend so load 'em up and get riding.

That's it for now. Back Thursday with a snow update.


Monday, February 04, 2013

All four groomers went out this morning. Unfortunately the new red Case broke down AGAIN  just about 5 miles from where it started.  That thing should be yellow because it is a lemon!!!!  It logs more hours broken down than it does grooming.

The little one that stays on the Madawaska Rd. is having trouble getting up the hills because of the ice.  It slides off the trail and that is not fun apparently.  It is heading over this way to do some grooming today.

That's all  know, so that's all she wrote.  More snow is expected this week but I've been duped before.

Back in a day or two.


Sunday, February 03, 2013

Things are looking much better today.  We got about 3-4 inches of snow yesterday.  We have had a fair number of riders in so far today and all are saying things are good. 

There are some trees down and the odd rock on the really rough spots but all things considered not too bad. 

No word on grooming so I will be back early next week when I find something out.

Keep snowy thoughts.


Saturday, February 02, 2013

It's snowing!!!!!!  Not crazy but enough to cover the ground well.  It started snowing lightly last night and hasn't stopped yet today.

Riders in today are not disappointed.  They are saying things are good.  Last night was not so good, sleds were overheating because of the ice but not so today.

You have to be careful on the corners but otherwise all is pretty good.  It's amazing what a difference 12 hours can make either way.

It would be worth the trip if you are close enough to come up just for the day. 

Lets hope this continues.

Hope to see you tomorrow.


Friday, February 01, 2013

It is with deep regret that I must report the death of our snowmobile trails for this weekend.  I can't believe it.  Busted 3 out of the last 4 weekends. 

I have long passed crabby and slid right into pissed off!!!

It would only take 2 or 3 inches of snow to get back on track (no pun intended) again.  The groomer tried to go out last night to see what it would do but it wasn't effective enough to make a difference.

I had one rider in this morning and he said that if he wasn't running a machine with studs you would never make it around the corners.

I'll never understand why when they predict rain we always get it, but when they predict  snow it doesn't happen.  Mother nature is one mean old hag.

I will be back as soon as something changes.  Like maybe the temperature going up to at least -10.

Sorry for the bad news  this hurts us all.

Cheers :(