So it's December 13th, 2017 and we all have the itchy throttle thumb and it needs to be scratched.
So Sam and I take off out of Moorhead and head towards what we think is snow on the snow coverage maps. We head up to Crookston, then on to Red Lake Falls just to find that the previous night's rain left us with a skating rink for a highway and no rideable snow!
So Instead of heading to Thief River Falls, we turn the truck around and head to the Bermuda Triangle of snow! We find dozens of anglers on the lake pre-fishing for the National Panfish tournament this coming weekend. They are reporting 9-11" of ice! WOW! (note the pickup on the ice in the last few seconds!)
So after 250 miles in the truck we actually get in roughly 40 miles on the sled. Side trails were pretty rocky, but the roads had been packed well by the deer hunters over the previous month. And now the main roads were very rideable and a blast.
We expect to see more snow over the coming days, and are heading back this weekend!
So it's been -25f and -20f and it has warmed up to -15f. Jarred, Davey and I wanna go ride.
Jarred has had a bucket list item of riding from the Cleem Cave on Little Cormorant up to Pinehurst in Naytahwaush. The snow is good, so we said let's go.
John and Dan wanted to ride with but chose to take off from Charlies on 34 outside of Detroit Lakes. We said we would meet them along the way.
We ended up running across Little Cormorant, Big Detroit, Little Bemidji, Elbow Lake, and back on down across those and Many Point Lake, Round Lake, Height of Land Lake, Cotton Lake and back over to DL.
A quick stop at Zorbaz to thaw our lips out in a cold beer and we had a quick hop back to Jarreds. 167 miles for the day!
So January 6th, 2018. A new year and new temps. It's supposed to get up to 15f today! WOO WOO.
My good buddy Steve bought himself a new ZR6000 from Dakota Cat and needs to itch it now that it is fresh off the break in period.
So along with his brother John, and Nephew Adam, we load up and head East. We know that most of the clubs have been grooming, but we want to find the honey holes that nobody thinks are groomed yet.
Word is out that the Bermuda Triangle is good, so now it's time to dig into the uber secret stashes.
I do know that the snow coverage out of Detroit Lakes was rideable, but in need of some TLC as far as snow and grooming. So we are trailing up to Okeson's Off Trail North of DL. This gets us right one the trail.
And after crossing the two lakes, we drop into Mary Yellowhead and Rat Lake trail. All have been double groomed and untouched! They are setup nice. I have not gone that many miles with hardly a rock click.
Of course we have to run up to PineHurst for lunch. But then it's off to my favorite super highway. The Anchor road is the South route into Itasca. When groomed it's flat and fast. And it did not disappoint.
We made the annual stop at the headwaters of the Mississippi and up to Lobo's for bump. Then made our way back to Okeson's. 150 miles on the day!
I find it amazing how different Eastern UP is from Western UP. You guys must be just too warm lately.
We got back from 3 days in the Western UP the beginning of the month. Conditions were amazing. We only put on roughly 400 miles, compared to 500-600 as portions of our party, put the "P" in party and couldn't get rolling at a decent time.
We put on another 175 miles this weekend and it puts me over 1200 miles this season.
We just got shelled with snow across the Northern half of MN. Conditions are shaping up for a great late season barring any more meltdowns.
Crazy year. Woke up yesterday to the biggest one-day snowfall of the year, 12", and then this morning the thermometer says -5°. Weatherman says more on the way. Had December started out this way I'd be rocking a new sled. Still don't know which I would buy. Suggestions?
I have nothing now but it doesn't make sense to live here and not ride. Mostly solo riding on groomed trails and no desire to die hitting a tree at 90mph. Probably a recent vintage 2-stroke for easy maintenance. I ran into a guy from upstate NY who stated he'd buy sleds with 134" tracks for as long as they were made, feeling it was a good compromise. The local guys are a funny bunch, they won't offer any advice but freely criticize you if you make a poor choice.