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Old February 2nd, 2012, 12:01 PM   #1441
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BTW...maybe I missed it but I was wondering who was Roast Master saturday nite at the banquet?

That was Jim Roy. He is Bult4mud on here and rarely posts. He came up Saturday morning specifically to host the banquet. Hopefully next year he will be wheeling!
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Old February 2nd, 2012, 12:32 PM   #1442
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BTW...maybe I missed it but I was wondering who was Roast Master saturday nite at the banquet?
Thats Jim (yes another, 1 of 4 or is it 5 Jims at SnoFari) LOL

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Old February 2nd, 2012, 12:39 PM   #1443
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It has either been cleaned up a bit, or washed out further. I went around and let folks know if they were adventurous they could give it a try (it was covered with snow, couldn't see if it was bad), I think just about all of them went through the old trail section without difficulty.
We knocked it down a bit with shovels, to make it passable.
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Old February 2nd, 2012, 01:27 PM   #1444
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Jim took us through the new Sofo trail (tight trail) on the Friday night run , and the challenge was the first one who showed reverse lights was the looser , and everything was fine , until the end !! It turned so icy that needless to say we all lost , there was only 2 people that made it through without sliding into the trees and having to get winched off of them or pulled off of them or pushed off of them !! That was when Wadey got his first dent in his quarter panel , but then the next day he wedged it between 2 trees anyway earning the So-duh award !! But snow , mud , icy hills , hidden ice pits to fall in (Thanks Shawn) I had a blast !!
I'm also a big fan of that new trail. Jim took us out on a friday day run. Although I only had to back uo once in my stock Cherokee :D
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Old February 2nd, 2012, 02:49 PM   #1445
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I had your back though Keith That was a pretty cool stretch of trail.
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Old February 2nd, 2012, 03:48 PM   #1446
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We knocked it down a bit with shovels, to make it passable.
Fortunately no one gave me a hard time for being the only one to go around
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Old February 2nd, 2012, 09:11 PM   #1447
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I'm also a big fan of that new trail. Jim took us out on a friday day run. Although I only had to back uo once in my stock Cherokee :D

I didnt go through during the day , but its very cool at night !!
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OK did ANYBODY make it there and home with no problems??
Third times the Charm. We made it to, wheeled and made it home with no problems for the first time out of the three years we've been coming!

Year one, drove Jeep up, wheeled, drove home and about 35min from home lost 5th gear.

Last year, where do I start? Blew up engine on tow rig in Lansing, unloaded Jeep and drove the rest of the way, Wheeled, broke front drivers side axle, pulled and plugged, had to be pulled out of the woods, and made it home with out further carnage. And recipient of the unofficial So-Broke RUNNER-UP award, Thanks Cube.
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There will be additional addresses to send your letters to. Stay tuned for El Presadante Devore to post the 'sample' letter and a complete list of who to send them to. The letters can all be the same. We just want you to send them to a multiple number of people in order to get the most bang for our buck.

One thing to remember too, City governments carry equally as much weight if not more when it comes to looking out for their respective communities. As such we should add the City govrnments of Rose City, West Branch, and St. Helen to the list.
And while we're at it, the recently elected State Representative for that district #103, Bruce Rendon. He succedded Joel Sheltron who was also a strong ORV advocate who got the P.A. 240 Act passed which allowed ORV on the shoulders of the roads.

State Representative Bruce Rendon
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Michigan State Senator Darwin Booher
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Posted by Jarhead this afternoon on glfwda.org:

Dear (Insert Name of Chamber of Commerce),

I am writing today to tell of the wonderful hospitality my family and I recently experienced while attending an OHV Off-Road Event entitled Sno-Fari that was held in the St. Helen, Rose City and West Branch OHV Trail and Route system. We spent about $250 on lodging, $150 on fuel and about $430 on food at Restaurants and the Grocery store. People were friendly everywhere we went and look forward to returning again next year.

While there was little snow, we still came and enjoyed what your area has to offer. We understand this event has been put on for six years now. We also understand there were some problems in getting the permission necessary to utilize all of the OHV Trail and Route system available in your area. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) eliminated a portion of requested Trails/Routes last year and some additional Trails/Routes this year. Our enjoyment is experienced at a pace of 6-8 miles per hour and we exercise Tread Lightly! Principles everywhere we travel off-road to preserve our natural resources for many, many generations.

Our fear is that if the last two years are any indication of the loss of Trails/Routes; how many years before my family and I can no longer come to your area and enjoy what the OHV Trail and Route system has to offer. We enjoy the system and we enjoy the hospitality your area affords us. We are asking you to please contact your State Representative and anyone else that can work with you and/or Great Lakes Four Wheel Drive Association to ensure we can return year after year and help your community in what can be troubling times with the economy being what it is.

Help us to help you help your community.

Sincerely,

(Yours Truly)

He even posted samples in both Word and PDF format, http://www.glfwda.org/showthread.php...ll=1#post64950
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Thanks for posting Paul.
And thanks to Bob for putting that together.
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Thanks for posting that !! I will be sending letters soon !!
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We will be mailing letters in the morning.
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It took a week but the EB has finally left snofari . Stopped in gladwin getting a pizza.
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Thank you to everyone who submitted a tailgate report for SnoFari - I have uploaded all 117 of them and sent out thank you e-mails to everyone that provided an e-mail address written in clear, standard english...it's amazing how crummy some of you write!

Thanks again - we will start compiling the data for future discussions with local, county and state officials.
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Thank you to everyone who submitted a tailgate report for SnoFari - I have uploaded all 117 of them and sent out thank you e-mails to everyone that provided an e-mail address written in clear, standard english...it's amazing how crummy some of you write!

Thanks again - we will start compiling the data for future discussions with local, county and state officials.
after that long day of wheeling my writing got to be pretty bad, I was thinking about that after I turned it in. Maybe next year we should hand them out at the begining to give everyone time to use there best writing skills and spell check, I know I need a translator to read mine sometimes.
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after that long day of wheeling my writing got to be pretty bad, I was thinking about that after I turned it in. Maybe next year we should hand them out at the begining to give everyone time to use there best writing skills and spell check, I know I need a translator to read mine sometimes.
My favorites were the ones completed in crayon. While it was nice of the QI staff to provide crayons and coloring sheets for the kids at the tables, it probably was not the best choice for a writing tool!
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My favorites were the ones completed in crayon. While it was nice of the QI staff to provide crayons and coloring sheets for the kids at the tables, it probably was not the best choice for a writing tool!
I noticed some adults coloring the pictures and needless to say, alot of the kids can color better then the adults. I could only imagine writing in crayons.
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My favorites were the ones completed in crayon. While it was nice of the QI staff to provide crayons and coloring sheets for the kids at the tables, it probably was not the best choice for a writing tool!
one from our table i think was started in crayon and finished in pen.

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I noticed some adults coloring the pictures and needless to say, alot of the kids can color better then the adults. I could only imagine writing in crayons.
we where also coloring, one of the girls at our table took the jeep pic, colored its, made bigger tires, then crumpled the page so it looked like a real jeep.

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My favorites were the ones completed in crayon. While it was nice of the QI staff to provide crayons and coloring sheets for the kids at the tables, it probably was not the best choice for a writing tool!


SoFO provided that stuff. You should have seen the ladies face when we bought 30 boxes of crayons.
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