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Old February 1st, 2012, 11:27 AM   #1401
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I came home sunday with everyone else, but the temps up there have been in the 40's according to my neighbors up there. in the trees there is a couple inches but the roads/ open trails are almost clear.

I guess we got there just in time to have a little bit of snow!
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I guess we got there just in time to have a little bit of snow!
Same thing happened last year! We had ok snow, got a few more on Friday night, and then it all melted when we left. But, this winter has been like no other I can ever remember.
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But, this winter has been like no other I can ever remember.
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 !!
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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 not sure why people would have a hard time on that trail. When we cut it, we tried to make sure it was kind of easy. We even used the cutting brakes on the tractor to get around the tree's!


It sure is fun when the DNR gives you the go ahead to build a trail with a somewhat blank canvas!
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I'm not sure why people would have a hard time on that trail. When we cut it, we tried to make sure it was kind of easy. We even used the cutting brakes on the tractor to get around the tree's!


It sure is fun when the DNR gives you the go ahead to build a trail with a somewhat blank canvas!

That was a cool trail , and it will only get better the more it gets used !!
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Old February 2nd, 2012, 03:42 AM   #1406
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That was a cool trail , and it will only get better the more it gets used !!
I really enjoyed that trail as well. I think running it at night made it even better but don't have a day time run to judge it by yet.
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I really enjoyed that trail as well. I think running it at night made it even better but don't have a day time run to judge it by yet.
I havent been over there since the fall. Is the washout still over there on the ORV route?
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BTW...maybe I missed it but I was wondering who was Roast Master saturday nite at the banquet?
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I havent been over there since the fall. Is the washout still over there on the ORV route?
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.
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Old February 2nd, 2012, 01:01 PM   #1410
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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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Thats Jim (yes another, 1 of 4 or is it 5 Jims at SnoFari) LOL

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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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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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I had your back though Keith That was a pretty cool stretch of trail.
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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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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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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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