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2009, Starting It Off In The Snow!

by on Feb.05, 2009, under Travel

What a trip. Ron Bien, and his wife went with me and Dar to go visit the James Gang in Michigan. They live in Waters Michigan, up there near Gaylord. Beautiful vacation place on the lake is now their retirement home, where Steve and his family have been enjoying for 38 years now. In the winter it’s a snow mobile haven. I never knew how many trails there were in the US for snow mobiles.

On day one we did 70 miles of unmapped trails, and on day 2 we did 100 miles of the groomed, mapped routes with plenty of snow. Temps were in the single digits for the most part, and got up as far as 12 or so, and when we were riding, we were sweating. We were nice and warm with all the right clothes on. This was my second visit there for snowmobiling and I was getting a little cocky and trying to keep up with the big boys. I ended up in the snow 3 times. The first was the funniest. We stopped for a break, and I walked in front of Ron’s sled and tripped right over the rail and went face first in about 15″ of snow. I when I finally got back up (bundled in clothes) I opened my face shield and all this snow came out. What a riot.

Then next was when Steve and I was getting on it in the twisties and lost it in a curve. He went in the ditch, I spun out trying to avoid him and the ditch and flipped it. Could of been worse. We were ok, my sled got a little banged up. When I say “my sled” I mean the one I was riding which belongs to Doug, Steve’s brother.

The third was when we were going up, then down a step hill, and I let her rip on the way down, hit a rut, and it bounced me right off. I’m getting too old for this self abuse. I’m paying for it now, but dang was that fun!

Here’s a few pic’s. Winter ain’t all bad sometimes.

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