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  1. will win this battle too. As I dislike rumours etc. I have decided to make it public that I have been diagnosed with Prostate Cancer. I now face MRI's,Cat scans and bone scans as we find out the next steps. I am blessed with great friends and family as well as a great team at our businesses. I have had battles all of my life this will not be my last battle. I grew up as a fat blonde kid and had to deal with bullies my entire school career that made me stronger in the end. My Dad died after a 5 year horrifc battle with cancer when I was 13. One of the things that hurt my dad the most was the friends that abandoned him once he was diagnosed with cancer. I was lost for years after that but I fought back. We lost the family farm during the dark days of the early eighties when the feed lot was struck by a firbrinous pnuemonia and the bank called our loans despite us never having missed a payment. With what we had left we purchased a run down marina near Carnarvon. The first fall the house burnt down,the insurance company initially tried not to honour the policy (a battle that they lost in court years later) I spent that winter sleeping in a camper trailer that was loaned to us by a nieghbour while my Mom and brother shared an uninsulated cabin both without running water or washrooms. I brought in income by working in forestry,drywall, house moving whatever I could while still fixing sleds in what then was an unheated workshop as the folks that sold the marina to us had lied about the furnace and we could not afford to replace it. These also made me stronger. And a bit cold lol the heat went out in that trailer everytime it hit 20 below. We built the marina back up perhaps a bit too much for that marketplace. Sales were great and we were super busy. Then the huge recession of the late eighties and eary 90s hit and we were not ready. Stuck with millions of dollars of inventory,skyrocketing interest rates and the fedral governments refusal to refund us over 100,000.00 dollars that they did admit that they owed us the business folded. My Brother and I both landed jobs at Parry Sound Marine full time year round jobs! We could not find a place to rent but we did fnd a house that we could be purchased with no down payment. That worked as we were broke having not collected a paycheque for years trying to keep the marina afloat. I thrived there. It was a great team . In august PSM announced that they were going seasonal. I opened up Rosseau Road Enterprises as a winter only business in response. Once again I was not defeated by events. I guess what does not kill you makes you stronger. That fall I met Jen and we began dating. This has definitly made me stronger. My wife Jen is the most amazing person in the world. We became engaged in April of 93. Set a wedding for March of 94. As my family has not had the best record of longevity we decided to start our family. We were married in March 94 and had our first child in June of 94 on my brthday! In august of 94 I was laid off at Parry Sound Marine as it was failing and eventually became bankrupt. Faced with a lack of income I worked at anything I could and grew our business in order to survive. Funny thing is that I was told by my bosses at PSM that they regretted the decision to lay me off but that they new that I would succeed. I guess that it made me stronger again as it did not kill me either. Rosseau Road Enterprises began taking on non snowmobile work Marine etc. The next summer I worked at a Muskoka marina often in excess of eighty hours a week however they would only pay me maximum 60 hours and bank the rest at even rate. Never overtme was paid.My productivity was often in excess of 100%. However it did pay the bills. To make ends meet I sold my Dodge Dart a decision that both Jen and I struggled with. (I told you that she is amazing!) . That fall when approached by the boss at that marina as to what service schools that I wanted to go to I told him that I was not coming back to him. His words to me were that I was the first person to leave there that he could trust my work 100 percent. I took a job at a tiny marina with the understanding that I would only stay 3 years seasonally and all that tme I was going to be building my own busness to be full time full throttle. True to my word that is what I did. Our daughter was born in my final year there. Jen and I have never looked back. Rosseau Road Enterprises grew to be Rosseau Road Powersports and Marine. May 8th 2001 while sittng in a line of traffic I was heavily rear ended by a large van. This destroyed our van and sent me to hospital. I suffered a fractured ankle,7 herniated discs ,so much muscle damage to my right leg that it turned black,My C1 vertabrae was permanently turned by 10 degrees both shoulders were badly damaged and more. I was told that I could accept a pension. I did not. I kept on working. I forced myself to get stronger as I believe that that was the right thing to do. I still suffer from these injuries but I do not regret my actions. It made me stronger I guess in a way. It forces me to spend more time thinking and less time doing. So as not to be so sore. A good neighbour and a great man sold us the property that we built the new shop on. My son John joined the business and our youngest son was born. We moved forward with much help from frends and customers. We continue to grow and care for our customers and our team. We are blessed to be surrounded by good people. I have a family who loves me,great friends and great staff each and every one of them have earned my trust and my love. I am blessed. We have two grandchildren! I WILL SURVIVE ! To those who wish to gossip go to hell! To those who wish to support please give your loved ones a huge hug that is my only wish. I will survive and this somehow will make me stronger. Our business will continue to grow and thrive. We have a great team that will carry forward and I will likely still be here 7 days a week often. I actually like this place. It is my team and customers that I like the most. Stay tuned good news will follow. If all of this could not kill me this wont either Wildbill
    36 points
  2. Took my 8yr old Granddaughter for loop thru my 40 acre Sugar bush this afternoon, she loves to ask about the tracks she sees , ( rabbit, fox, coyote, turkey) and commented on the beauty of all the snow on the branches. ......and its those shared moments that make it worthwhile to keep the 1998 340 cat running another year !
    15 points
  3. Spent the weekend in Temagami at the Polaris Ambassador meet and ride, had a great time meeting fellow riders and ambassadors from Ontario, with the support of the riders and sponsors we raised 4000 for the local snowmobile club.
    14 points
  4. I wish Blake and Turbo Doo would check back in sometime. A difference of opinion doesnt equal ill will in my opinion but to each their own i guess. Nunz has stuck around! Yay! Also Panther340 disagreed with some covid opinions too and it got heated a bit at times and he's still around. Always a great contributor and stuck by his opinion and respected others right to do so. Never met ya bud but i respect that and kudos to ya for that.
    13 points
  5. Always sad when people decide to leave the sport or just leave the forum. There are a few people on here that are less than friendly at times and the world has become more divided than ever. Its a sad state we are in, but we all need to come together in our common activity, snowmobiling, and focus on having fun, being safe and having a good laugh. Enjoy the trails, enjoy friends.
    13 points
  6. Not much riding, spent the day clearing trails for Tall Pines.
    13 points
  7. Just got back from Kap Rode to Cochrane and back Tuesday From Kap to Hearst and around a couple loops and back on Wednesday Thursday we rode from Kap to Smoothrock and then did the Abitibi Canyon and down to Cochrane and back to Kap Trails were pretty much excellent Only issues were a section of road running due to logging coming out of Cochrane and just West of Canyon there was a rough patch that had a road reroute For anyone riding up there not sure if it’s been posted before but there is gas in Mattice at the little store in centre of town Very hospitable host at the store with a coffee bar to warm up at. Gas price was better in Mattice then most of area we fueled up at And O’Briens in Kap has Rib night Wednesdays and Wing Night on Thursdays Our group loved the ribs
    12 points
  8. If you have the opportunity do it. My amazing (15 year old) son and I took a long weekend and headed to Revelstoke to sled this past Sat and Sun. rented basically brand spanking new 2023 850 summits 154’s from Freeriderrentals.com Was an absolute blast. Best time I’ve had on a motorized vehicle. heading back next year for sure (and in better shape!) Views: half the amount of snow this year that last year at this time. getting too hot and cooling down:
    11 points
  9. I just got back from 5 days in Quebec. We saddlebagged it to a different lodge/hotel every night. Trails were "good". Not amazing, but better than what we have in the South.
    11 points
  10. Todays ride was from shawinigan to kanawata, around 340km. Great day on the trails….most were fast and good, but some rough stuff too. Ran into quite a few Americans.
    11 points
  11. @UsedtoSkidoo and @oldslowsledder I don’t have the time, nor do I care to argue. It is hustle season. Working all day and then rushing around trying to get trails open every evening and weekend. The car is loaded for work part 2 today. Opened a little trail last night and hope for more tonight 🤞🏻
    10 points
  12. Rode out of Hearst last Friday through Monday. Great trails almost everywhere up there. The yellow section from the end of the Hearst/Hornepayne at Mooseland over to the west is the only issue. The snow is fine, but this section has not been given enough grooming over the last few seasons to successfully break the saplings off. When it is cold and the drag cuts into the trail a bit, they are broken/cut off. The current state is to the point of causing many to turn back to Hearst. My group continued and found the best trail conditions I’ve seen since its reopening in I think 2018-2019 season. We’ve ridden it every season except the 2020-2021. We met a guy trying to cut some of the growth with a homemade sled-knife he was dragging, but it really wasn’t working. Other than a few low areas (bottom of the hills) where water cut through during warm temps, the trail is real good once past the long bridge on Hwy11. The trail is green at that point. Really liked staying at the “Between the Bridges Inn” on Hwy11 in Geraldton. Park in front of your room. Moonbeam Clubhouse was cranking on Saturday afternoon and ran into Dennis and his group from Hearst. Too bad it’s such a long drive. Great 750 miles. Scott
    10 points
  13. Long time no post, just west of Winnipeg yesterday, 100km with wife and friends
    9 points
  14. New luggage and gas caddy for upcoming chiboug loop. Can’t wait for miles of smiles!
    9 points
  15. Aubrey Falls / Black Creek Outfitters Today, we spent the day riding the Aubrey Falls region and stopped in for an enjoyable lunch at Black Creek Outfitters.
    9 points
  16. So, at 72, I have run into another reason to quit snowmobiling. I am an "active sledder" with no wish to quit, but my wife wants me to quit to be "safe". In fairness to her, I have had a few mishaps, and my friends never like drawing straws to tell her what hospital I am in. I have a smart 'phone', only because it was handed 'up' by my son. I use it as an emergency phone. An 'app', to me, is still something to eat before the main meal is served. I hope that I can die without ever becoming a facebooker, but acknowledge that this gets tougher every week. I have a few GPS units, but haven't used one for sledding. I access the ITG from my home computer before I leave home to avoid riding on "closed" (red) trails. If signs are no longer used to identify suddenly closed trails, I will inevitably end up trespassing. I realize that the "trespassing" being discussed here is different from my potential scenario, but am majorly uncomfortable with the idea that I may have to quit sledding because I choose to not embrace communications technology. An unanticipated dilemma for sure!!!
    9 points
  17. it is a hard question to answer. everyone is different, in their likes, wants, needs. I will say that, many buy a mid size truck, thinking the fuel economy will be better, then reality sets in. that isnt always the truth, and once you hook a smaller truck to any load, the mileage really drops. when you look at the costs of mid size trucks, for a few G's more, you are into a larger truck, better towing capacities, and the mileage may even be the same, or better with the larger truck. then you get into the interior and what you can fit into the truck as far as cargo, gear, people... bigger truck is always more comfortable. you may own the truck but, would you ever want to sit in the back for 4-8 hours or longer? you do need to think about your family, and friends on those trips (unfortunately). then you also have, the tail wagging the dog syndrome on towing... smaller truck, bigger load, cross wind, snow, ice, hills, high speeds... if you tow, you need a capable vehicle to overcome the dynamics of the load you are carrying. and I mean, not in a way the manual says, it is "ok" to tow with. some people believe and like the way their smaller vehicles tow, until they get into a bad situation. they may be able to tow the load but, can they control it, and stop it, in a bad situation? Like Nunz, (did) I have a Tacoma, it is basically a car with a bed, and use it as my daily driver, dirt bike, pedal bike hauler. it says it will haul 6500 lbs... not a chance I would try that! Having towed an enclosed hybrid (lightweight) trailer, with only one sled in it, from Michigan to Northern Ontario, one time... was enough for me. but, I am spoiled, and also have a 2500, if I need to haul something, I have that option. in the end it is personal choice, I understand economics plays into this more than anything but, for me, buy the most capable unit you can. buy once cry once. we have way too much invested in our sport so, you determine what your budget is, and the outcome will follow. What I am saying is, dont rush into buying a smaller truck. when you take the test drive, load your trailer with your normal load, and go for a real drive. then make your choice. Ski
    9 points
  18. If we look back to the beginning, we have lost allot of great contributors. This last deal, I don't really understand. I guess some are not happy and have left, I respect that. The last few years the whole world has changed, there is separation everywhere, it has no boundaries. It's up to each individual to either get along, ignore, forget or forgive. There have been many over the years I didn't think much of, no different then every day life, mostly I just let it roll off. I've been part of some heated discussions on here, it is what it is, at the end of the day we all love the same sport. I wish the others would just come back and get over their differences, but if they don't they don't. It's their choice, and I firmly believe we all have a choice, just as our charter of Freedoms and rights states. This is a tuff season province wide for our sport, I hope everyone finds happiness in what they are doing and gets to do some sledding, wherever that may be.
    8 points
  19. A couple of years ago in Quebec we were noticing that someones saddlebags let go and there was underwear and misc clothing along the trail for about 20 clicks. All of a sudden I noticed a big bottle of Crown on the side of the trail and immediately turned around to check it out. It was new, unopened. We didnt want it to go to waste to so we took it to the hotel in Amos and polished it off that night.
    8 points
  20. That's one of the reasons I started the forum. We can post whatever we want and it doesn't effect the OFSC. Trail Status has always been in control of the OFSC (as it should), trail reports is something completely different. Ya can't beat real-time trail reports with pictures
    8 points
  21. Say what you want, do what you want, but imo, assuming a trail that has been groomed, is 'open' is not right. Again, these sections have been listed as closed since the start of the season, and have been worked on, I.E, grooming, brushing, signing etc, since the start of the season and since other sections have been listed as open. Again, imo it's not right, but ride on if its rigth in your head. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.
    8 points
  22. You mean something like this?? I had several F150’s (EB 3.5’s) in the past and got the Ranger last year. It is a great truck, gets great fuel mileage (not that the F150 was terrible) and drives really nice. I got the Tremor package and with the Fox shocks it drives way better than a Lariat or XLT as they are pretty bouncy. The new 2024 body style looks awesome, plus they are coming out with a Raptor version….I imagine that will not be cheap. As for towing I have no issues at all with 2 sleds and a TC167. If you drive it at the speed limit the fuel mileage is decent, if you have a heavy foot while trailering, it sucks the gas pretty quickly. Only a 70 litre tank so you will stop for gas more often. I get about 600km to a tank not towing 10-11l/100km on average. When I tow it drops to about 16l/100km. In comparison my F150 had a similar drop in fuel mileage but it went from 12-13l/100km to 17-18l/100km. The truck seems to handle the trailer well, always feel confident while driving. The only thing I don’t like about the Ranger is that is doesn’t have Auto 4wd, it is either 4 high or 4 low. I would buy another Ranger in a heart beat. You can tune the motor through Ford or after market, but a lot of the tunes want you to run 91 octane….F that at these prices. If you drive it in Sport mode it shifts a bit more aggressively, similar to a F150.
    8 points
  23. Hi Bill, sorry to hear this. I'm not too often on the forum and just saw this. Remember a few years ago 2015 or so I fought cancer and I'm still here and seem to be in remission. My last checkup will be this coming March. It was a long journey, the surgery, Radiation and Hormonal treatment has left its toll on me. I could have chosen any advance country in the world to treat me but I trusted the Canadian Specialists and looking back I made the right decision. I'm 70 now and still sledding with my buddy, the Yamaha Vector. Still rockets me around. Forsure life will change for you and some physical adjustments will have to be made, but it will never be the same. Through it all, with Radiation pellets in my left leg, I still sledded with Blake G, Glenn, Grizzly Griff and a lot of the members I met on this forum. However, I wish you the best on this journey. Cheers 🍻
    7 points
  24. Im glad the Monkey barrel forum was put in. Keeps everything else PG, and enter at your own risk if you want to. Made it a friendlier place again IMO.
    7 points
  25. Got back home today after a mini three night/two day trip out of Mattawa Golf and Ski. Our group of 6, for the most part, lucked out with the weather and the grooming schedules. Wednesday, we rode 290 km from Golf and Ski eastward via the A trail to Deep River for an early Timmi's lunch, and then back via the 130 series local North Renfrew and 190 series Missing Link trails. Most of the trail we rode had been groomed Monday or Tuesday, and even those that hadn't (the 'dead end" 137 and 136), were tolerable. That day's riding is about as good as it gets in Ontario. Every time I take a new person on that ride, they are super impressed with the scenery, and trail quality and variety. Thursday, we did the same 240 km route that gtowe referred to above, but in the opposite direction. From Golf and Ski, we went thru Mattawa via the A trail and A112A, unfortunately still via the downtown road bridge, then northwest toward North Bay on A112A, to the A trail, south on the A with a detour in/out on BF201 to the Dinner Bell for a delicious lunch. After lunch we carried on back to the A trail, south/east back to our hosts. The trails were in very good shape with 3-6" of fresh snow on top of mostly very smooth base. Sled traffic was minimal both days. Sadly we saw a broken down groomer on the A trail about 15 km west of Golf and Ski. With the colder weather this coming week, the slush should freeze on the Mattawa River, allowing that crossing to open. The hospitality for three nights was excellent at a modest price, which may be important to some, as the fuel prices for both sleds and trucks are still too high. If you haven't ridden this area recently, make the effort to go there.
    7 points
  26. DIY , as most rental companies didn’t want to rent a 160 hp 850 cc machine to a 15 year old for some reason???? 🤔🤔🙄 that being said , Saturday we rode by ourselves at Boulder to get use to powder and mountain riding (and the narrow ski stance and 2” tracks!) and Sunday the owner Mike , came out with us on his 850 turbo and took us to Frisby ridge to some spots not easily accessible unless your a local. Was the best day ever. Seriously. Note , my son is better at two things than me already. Fishing and back country snowmobiling !
    7 points
  27. Lots of antlers over the years. we have over 20 now. still a hoot to find them, on and off trail. the antler with the water bottle for scale, is the one on my back, in the blue, green, white gear. it was pretty big. the one with Lynne in the pink gear, Dan Kelly from Manitouwadge, and I ran it over, my sled kicked it up, for Lynne to see. the one with Lynne and I, was the first pair we found laying together. I found another later that day, that gave us 3 in one day. The one with GrapeApe and I is from circa 2012, in Manitouwadge. We have found them in Dub, Mani, Hornepayne, etc... they are everywhere. the most we have ever found was 4 in one day. that day lynne and I each found one, and my buddy and his wife, each found one, taking turns leading. Ski
    7 points
  28. Hitting the forest today, conditions are as stated, fair to good. Wasn’t fully booked today but tomorrow it is. Was considering railbed at fenelon falls, but wasn’t sure how it’d be with freezing rain vs snow that fell last couple of days.
    7 points
  29. Thank you for sharing your story Bill. You have a remarkable family, and a remarkable life. Cancer does not and will not define you, or your character. Keep up the good work, and the good fight. There are many new breakthroughs in cancer treatments and technologies. I had a good friend diagnosed with the same prostate cancer a few years ago, he struggled through treatments, and is in an experimental treatment now, and currently his most recent check showed no cancer present. You too can beat this! you know you have support and friends here, lean on us, when you need to. Ski
    7 points
  30. I have been delaying posting updates this year because resorts and restaurants are waiting to the trails are fully open to post changes in days and hours of operation. Right now Pit Stop 518 has yurts fully winterized for rent and food available at any time for yurt guests even if restaurant is closed to public. Pit stop has their restaurant open fri and sat 4 to 8 right now. They seem willing to open the restaurant to large groups if you call a week or so ahead. Legion is still thur to sat, Fork on Main (formerly Suds) is open 7 days a week and Edgewater is also open daily. Lots of airbnb listings if you search on google. Not sure what is going on out at Silver Sands, Spicolli pizza is no more in Emsdale, however Yettis pizza up in burks falls has taken over the lease and will be opening mid January. there is a new pizza place at the Katrine General Store, Big Doe Pizza and it is delicious as well. I would advise calling ahead to see what is open in Kearney for food and lodging this year. New people took over the variety store in Emsdale and they have an LCBO outlet and greatly increased hours. Fetterleys garage has a new hardware store in the old mechanic repair bay area and lots of sled and other vehicle fluids and other odds and ends of hardware and tools.
    7 points
  31. We put vinegar on fries only......and at 3 am , I am snoring or up for my nightly pee !!
    6 points
  32. And there hasn't been any problems in the Monkey Barrel. It's just a place where people post what ever they want and no one gets offended. It's more of a fun place than a political thing. Think of it as a safe place within a safe space. It's nice to have place where we can post without being attack for our belief or just our bad sense of humour. It's not the first time we had a revolt by main posters and I'm sure it won't be the last. It's the other 99% of forum members that enjoy the forum that still makes it a great place imo. Imagine a forum started to make friends and riding buddies turned into a place of hate and like always it was egos that made thing go bad. I was asked by many people to try and fix the fighting/bickering that had festered for a longtime. The problem was solved and everything went back to normal again but for some reason that wasn't enough for some people.
    6 points
  33. Headed to Rouyan next Saturday. Hopefully it’s good
    6 points
  34. We made a snap decision and are going to Mont Laurier on Sunday. Saddlebagging it for 4-5 nights. My buddys and my wife are in Costa Rica until Sunday am so as long as we are back to pick them up at YYZ are good to go.
    6 points
  35. You may or may not know that the St. Clements Snowmobile Clubhouse and property was recently sold. Unfortunately the new owner will no longer be allowing snowmobiles or Staging / Parking on the property. If you are looking for a place to Stage / Park while riding the St. Clements area trails we have arranged permission for riders to Stage / Park at the Waterloo Rod and Gun Club as well as at the Linwood Community Centre. Both of these locations are located very close to the trail for easy access. Please refer to the Interactive Trail Guide for the locations of these parking areas. The trail 5-72 has been rerouted behind the old Clubhouse and will still allow riders access to the St. Clements area trails as usual. The ITG will be updated shortly showing the reroute. A BIG THANK YOU to our Valuable Landowners for allowing us to reroute the trail on their properties.
    6 points
  36. Givin' the weather lately and 14 day forecast, perhaps try this one....
    6 points
  37. The official process (which is the minimum standard for all districts) is that trail status must be updated every Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Failure to update the ITG will result in all trails showing as Red-Closed. This is a pure Risk Management policy. If trail status cannot be confirmed by the club it is automatically deemed to be closed. Districts are encouraged to update more frequently ( and I believe most do) especially at start/end of season when trail status is changing rapidly. As PLC noted above most if not all of the reporting relies on Club volunteers reporting on a timely basis. This fact raises its own unique challenges in delivering a reliable product to the end user. as far as the actual process goes, for my district at least, clubs are required to report by email/text every Monday Wednesday and Friday morning. The ITG is updated as reports are received and it only takes a few minutes for the changes to be seen on the app. Like PLC states for D-5, our district administrator monitors email 24/7 and will update ITG virtually at anytime. It only takes a few minutes to update the database and can be done on a tablet/mobile device. If the DA can’t be reached, there are 2 of us as back ups. for those that don’t like, use or trust the ITG, I would be interested to hear what the better alternative is that an be applied consistently across the province, from Kenora to Cornwall.
    6 points
  38. Absolutely AAA trails today . So glad we changed up some plans. sorry can’t post any pics. Another 24 hrs up here then heading home. Won’t be much more riding January for us - heading west to Revelstoke to ride in two weeks. Sorry no pics will be available. have a great and safe season.
    6 points
  39. The polarization of society in past three years has even gone so far as dividing families ( including my own) One of the best things this site did was separating those sensitive topics to that Monkey Forum. I am purposely not a member there because when we didn't have it , even though I would say to myself I would ignore or not read certain posts.....I am too passionate ( and well informed ) and would be tempted to read and reply.....so now with it separate in Monkey section, I can avoid easier. So as long as Moderators keep that stuff over in Monkey, I think we all , in the rest of the forums, can get along with other common passions like the outdoor sports , or technical helps , non political jokes.....etc.. so I consider you all people I am confident would be friends if we met in my garage with a beer.
    5 points
  40. So I personally do not know what all the drama is about but I can say this. While I’m not a regular chatty person Ihave been part of this forum for over 20 years.if I recall a crash or something back in the day that eliminated my profile once maybe twice. Recall this was started by LMV way back and rode with a number of members way back. This site at one time was where you needed to go to find trail conditions in Ontario as there was no ITG or anything close. There was a tight knit group of folks and back in the early 2000’s I likely posted far more regularl back then. Times change, people change and ideals change. I always enjoyed the snowmobile focus of the group. I believe it will survive, it’s the folks that remain part of the group that will ensure that. I continue to check in during the season and if I feel I can contribute in a meaningful manner will do so.
    5 points
  41. Why ask to have your account deleted? Seems childish to me?
    5 points
  42. missing it, monkey barrel didnt start until the "problems" and difference of opinion during covid. that was when several left, starting their own website and FB page to be sledding only, instead of a social club around sledding. was kind of I'm taking my ball and going home kind of theater. I miss the larger group, and the more threads, discussions, pics, reports, trip reports, the things people were building, working on. the fights were in the open, before the barrel was offered. Ski
    5 points
  43. Just hoping that the temps stay low enough now until the end of the season 🙈
    5 points
  44. I realize it may not be conveniently local for everyone in the South, but if you're in the Muskoka area already, have a trailer and are itching to ride, I'd recommend the 1.5h drive to where the A101D and D meet and start from there. Trails were good to excellent in that area. Went east to Mattawa on A, then A112A west toward North Bay then A back down to A101D through Bonfield. 240km of mostly great conditions! Sorry, no pictures unfortunately.
    5 points
  45. This one we picked up in the bush NW of Wawa. (not near any trail) The boy stands >6' at that time I think. It's a pretty big rack. We were back in a small spot that was clear cut and had a LOT of moose lays in it, but the area was very tight and I was quite concerned aboot scaring up a moose with very little options... As we were leaving that area I saw it. It was under the snow, but sticking up. I could tell what it was by the profile of the snow. I stopped and waited.... "What'cha dooin'?" I said to the boy: "You gunna go pick that up?" "What?" "That shed" "What?" "Over _ there..." "OH!" That is a real prize for him to this day. 11 years ago. .
    5 points
  46. Should see most of the map green this week
    5 points
  47. The grass is covered don't worry. Trails are gradually opening, slowly. Trails are thin but rideable. Biggest problem is the same as everywhere else, water. Swamps aren't freezing up. We have been plagued with breakdowns due to low snow, expensive breakdowns.
    5 points
  48. Black Creek Outfitters Cathy and Shane were out for a sled run last night and are reporting plenty of snow for adventurous wilderness riders. She said she may snap some photos today. Aubrey Falls Trading Post I was in conversation with Randy a few days ago and we'll get a clearer picture tomorrow about what his plans are for the winter at Aubrey Falls Trading Post. Chad and I are trailering to Black Creek / Aubrey Falls tomorrow for a day of exploratory wilderness riding. https://aubreyfalls.ca
    5 points
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