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  1. I always laughed with Dad about the name ‘Sledjunk’ – it was never meant to be a “name”. He liked to have different email addresses for his hobbies and interests to keep things separate, ending in junk, and so for sledding it was sledjunk. When he joined the forum many years ago, he thought of it as a resource to help plan trips that him and Adrian could take; and so out of laziness just used sledjunk as his avatar name, thinking he would just post the odd question or comment here and there. When he told me that he was meeting someone IRL from the forum for the first time, we joked ar
    36 points
  2. Sorry I haven't been on here much since late January. After my one post about getting sick with a pneumonia and blood clots in my lungs as well. I ended up in the hospital for 2.5 weeks and off work for a month. On the positive I am now back to work and although there is some lingering side effects which I am getting tested for I am getting stronger everyday. Our sledding season is now over as the doctors and us have agreed that sledding might not be the best thing for my lungs right now. I have now quit smoking for 6 weeks cold turkey and feel great about it. The craving
    25 points
  3. What an amazing 13 year old son I have the pleasure to ride with today. landed in cochrane Chimo around 11:30, with kitchenette - had some soup and crackers and left over steak for lunch. unloaded sleds and headed to gas station to fill up (who knew the Canadian tire in cochrane doesn’t have premium ???) Left 12:30pm, back home 6:50 pm fully filled up. made a nice pasta , salad and bagels and cheese for dinner. 295km round trip.filled up 25l of fuel at abitibi base camp between the two sleds. son was amazed at size of the dam and
    24 points
  4. The Westway. Fond memories. Dave and I went on back-to-back snowmobile trips in late March, early April one year. Who does that, how and why? Who? Sledjunk. He had a great sled ( Yamaha). We took that old railroad line from Cochrane to Quebec. Not his favourite trail. Not enough turns - oh, you race rally cars? You like corners? Not the trail for you How? By snowmobile. Under his own power eastbound to Quebec. Where we had dinner, a coffee and split 25 litres of fuel to get back to Cochrane ( no gas station, just $50 Jerry cans back then ). We each had fuel left in t
    20 points
  5. Over the years, my I have to admit, my dad has been pretty good to me. To the point, it could be considered spoiling your kid. I always drove a brand new truck growing up and when we were in business together, our business always paid for my sleds, seadoos, dirt bikes etc.... He never really questioned much. My dad and I have put 1000s of miles sledding around northern Ontario since the mid 90s and our last trip together was probably 15 years ago. He has had lots of sleds but the last sled that he has ridden for a full season was back in 2011. Normally he goes south for the winter b
    20 points
  6. well got my plan done ... put my house in paisley up for sale sold in under 24hrs for over asking. finalized and sealed yesterday so my new house is now not to far from hunta "close to cochrane" was going to do this this summer but house market to good me and wife are now retired and enjoying life
    19 points
  7. Got organized yesterday and loaded up for today, planning to knock the break-in % down a bit on the new TnT .... planning to ride some logging roads between Mooseland and Hornepayne. The bush didn't dissappoint.... Driving down the highway it was apparent that sledding was all but done, the A trail along the highway was real thin, lots of standing water in low lying areas, and lots of bare spots on tops of hills. REAL nasty. Got to East Elgie Road where we hunt birds, got set up and ready, started along down the road. It's well
    18 points
  8. I don't get why everyone feels the clubs/OFSC should be trying to obtain, insure and most likely regulate areas for people to off trail ride, isn't enough we already go to the lengths we do to provide trails ? IMO the last thing we need is to be caretakers of an even more risky segment of the sport. If people want to off trail ride they can find their own places and even start their own club or business doing it, as has been done in Wawa, where they have lots of crown land that allows motorsport access, with variable terrain and snow amounts that fits the bill. Adam it's up to
    18 points
  9. Have you guys seen these on the District 9 Facebook Page? What do you think? More to come in the next week or so.
    17 points
  10. Just wanted to thank all the Clubs, Volunteers, Land Owners, Business Owners and everyone who makes this sport possible. A job well done. This had to be one of the most challenging seasons ever, with the weather, and the covid situation. Hats off to everyone. We pulled it off. Really looking forward to next season, and here's hoping it will be just as good, if not better. Kenny Johnston from PBR Riders said it best in his current facebook post. Also i want to say it was great to meet so many new OC members, and to see the ones we've already had the pleasure to meet and ride with so many
    17 points
  11. So another beautiful day riding with my son - swapped back and forth again with the 900/850 - nice to switch up the position and warmth ever 10km or so. we had a great sleep and both slept in as no rush. Had a huge breakfast of yogurt, cereal and bagels. received about 5cm last night so drive out to moonbeam with truck was a little slower. we unloaded at moonbeam and onto the trail heading west as far as we could around 11:20am. trails were great to superb. Only wildlife (besides the Artic Cats!) was a nice little hare. Went thro
    17 points
  12. Dave became an instant friend on our first group meeting with him in Kapuskasing. We spent a couple of nights in Kap and rode local trails with him, OntarioF7, ApeXman, WhiteDragon and his daughter Lily. We had a great time, I'm close friends with all of these guys still today. My son Alex29 and Dave were very fond of each other and many things in common. Several seasons ago when the snow was scarce, I suggested having a group BBQ at my house, and some 16 people showed up !! It was a frightening experience until the day of, having never met many of them. Your father was in the g
    17 points
  13. Absolutely spectacular day of riding. Enjoying cocktails now at the Super 8 in Hearst. This is the busiest I've seen the Super 8 and Companion EVER. Absolutely packed with Sleds. Was very nice to meet OC member 1049 and his wife this am in Kap. And thanks to you 1049 for the parking arrangements tonight. . Lots of OC members here tonight. Some photos to share..First picture is Us and @Evil and company getting ready to hit the trails..
    16 points
  14. Post your pics of your first ride. Easy start today, full tank of Sta-Biled gas & the battery on the tender all summer. Sled started on 1st attempt
    16 points
  15. Finally picked up the 2020 Doo today. As some of you know, i have been patiently waiting for a factory turboed Doo. After my renny 1200, i spent the last 2 seasons on 2 brand new Mxz X 850s. I must say i enjoyed them throughly, but have always wanted another 4 stroker, especially a boosted one. Decided to wait a season and let Doo work some kinks out. I am beyond happy, at this point, and cannot wait for the season to begin. Thanks to the guys at Leatherdale Marine for everything. A little side note, i have spent considerable time during the offseason researching the aftermarket ECU flashin
    16 points
  16. For PC users such as myself, this forum has been up and down occasionally due to some EX145 error.....most probably access the site on their phones so may be unaware of any problems. However, any such interruption I report it to Domino here and access is usually cleared up in a matter of minutes or hours. It is upon such occasions that I think how damn lucky we are to have this forum and how much work goes into maintaining it. Personally, I would probably not be participating in snowmobiling except for this forum. The efforts of those who generously spent time detailing their trips
    16 points
  17. Hello folks. Haven't been on here in a while, but wanted to reach out to two Good Samaritans who helped my husband out of jam on Saturday, February 24th. On Saturday, the volunteers of the Northern Corridor du Nord had their 2nd Annual group ride. Riders meet up from both ends of the district, gather in Kapuskasing for lunch and then proceed to the Companion in Hearst, for dinner and an evening of socializing. During lunch, a decision was made to change the route: they would take the L123 to Opasatika, instead of the "A". Hearing that one volunteer from Val Rita had pl
    16 points
  18. Stayed in New liskeard last night then continued trailering to cochrane this am. parked at Thrift lodge (staying next two nights) and headed out up to do the abitibi loop. on the trail 10am ish after filling up sleds, gas caddy and 2 extra empty 4l jugs of oil with hi test - as was really worried abilitbi camp would be packed , potentially run out of fuel , and wasn’t wanting to stop in today (As cochrane is packed...) First 40 km out of town was a little bumpy for cochrane - but flat white carpet mostly after that. ice road still at 100cm! Saw two gr
    15 points
  19. Yesterday I ordered a 2022 Renegade X-RS 850 with the fancy new automatically adjusting shocks. Black.
    15 points
  20. Spent the day with a buddy Saturday clearing a trail. Full day to do 10kms.
    15 points
  21. Just wanted to say Merry Christmas to all the fellow Ocer's out there. Wishing you and your family's all the best. I know we all have been a bit 'testy' lately with the Covid 19 situation, and all our desires to 'RIDE'. It will come soon enough. Wishing all of us a safe and happy holidays and lets enjoy what we have. Most of us are fortunate enough to be able to complain about snow and snowmobiling. Here's to a fabulous upcoming year, and a great season of snowmobiling. .... Best wishes to all of you. Jeff and Kim.....
    15 points
  22. I'm out of sledding effective today. It's been a great winter, but I'm getting too old for this sport. Slomo is buying my 550 Polaris as a retirement present for his wife. He's overlooking the questionable fuel economy, and wants to get back to a good old two stroke machine. Nunz will be picking up my 1200 Ski-Doo on the weekend. Age has finally caught up with him, I guess. No more two strokes in his future. Sledjunk has finally capitulated and made the move to Cat. He'll be picking up my ZR9000 on his way home from Cochrane. I never thought I'd
    15 points
  23. Congratulations go out to Jeff (baylaker) who drove all the way to Sudbury then rode to wolf mountain to ask his girlfriend to marry him.
    15 points
  24. Well whether he likes this out there or not but i do give kudos when its needed and think this should get out as im sure and would hope that other businesses in other districts do the same. At last nights district meeting, wildbill announced that he will be giving every club in district 10, 10 gift cards of $20 to be given to their respected landowners for use at Rosseau Road Powersports at both locations. A great idea and very much appreciated by the clubs and to the gracious landowners. Great job Bill and thank you!
    15 points
  25. Looks like the IATG is showing 0km of open trail. Been that way for about 24 hours so I'm going to stop collecting data. Truthfully, I've had enough of it for this year. My data points were collected close to noon each day. I did miss a few days here and there so I averaged the missed day with the data from the day before and after. So here it is. As you recall, we started out good and early but things deteriorated earlier than last year. 2016 was 110 days of open trail with an average of 7865km 2017 was 116 days of open trail with an average of 10374km
    15 points
  26. I got notification of Try our Trails promotional material being available to clubs now. But I'm a bit torn on deploying it. Permit buyers are taking a beating this season, and promoting trails with questionable bases or limited conditions to holders of a free permit seems like a smack in the face of our club $upporters. If the trails are only available in pockets of the province like they have been so far I'd rather see the idea shelved for this season and IF there are decent trails to be ridden on Family Day leave them for the permit buyers.
    15 points
  27. Patiently waiting for this beauty to come in..
    14 points
  28. Hornepayne to Kap was fantastic today just loaded up heading for home been a fantastic trip only 11 hours and we will be home
    14 points
  29. OC crew leaving Hearst this morning and heading to Kap. Mrs Turbo Doo, Flying Dutchman, Turbo Doo, Techdenis007 and his better half. Have a great ride guys.
    14 points
  30. Here’s to you SledJunk(Dave). Stay safe everyone.
    14 points
  31. Just stop spewing please? The ofsc will be here next year, just like the last 54 years! I like many others will continue to support organised snowmobiling.
    14 points
  32. Oh yes we're such an entitled lot aren't we. Its all about us and our quality of lift. When someone says "barely livin" makes be laugh, I don't think they know what barely livin looks like. Most of the world doesn't know when there next meal will come let alone even understanding what recreation means. We should all know better, our friend Dave (Sledjunk) was taken by this. Do we need to see our loved ones sick or die before we change? Reading above makes me think so. We're all in this together. A lot of people and small businesses are going down financially and we grip
    14 points
  33. 2013 venture. I am sure she will love it. Power steering and a nice big warm windshield should keep her happy all day.
    14 points
  34. Still can’t believe he is gone. Such a wonderful man. I joined Ontario Conditions several years ago because of my passion for the sport and found some great folks on here. Lots of laughs and great sense of humor and online camaraderie. I have always been "leary" of the people behind the “handle” when you chat online in a “forum” (and rightly so if you have ever met some of the "Critters" on here ). We decided to do a fundraiser for the Kelly Shires foundation (a separate event from the official ride where all could participate not just the ladies). So Maple (Rene) and myself planned the e
    14 points
  35. Here is a few pics I dug up of him from our travels,
    14 points
  36. 5 kms of touring today. LOL
    14 points
  37. Wasn’t much but I’ll take it. Found this gem hiding inside a customer’s shop earlier in the summer. 600$. 2 new plugs and some fresh gas and it fired right up. Needs some tlc but otherwise rideable!
    14 points
  38. I just grabbed this a couple weeks ago!
    14 points
  39. Hello all As the IATG was once again displaying total kilometers of open trail this year, (perhaps to be taken with a grain of salt) I was able to track the season and graph it out. For those that may not have seen this before, I take the KM of open trail around noon each day and add it to a spreadsheet. If I miss a day here and there, I fill it in by averaging out the day before and after. This year we have 3 years of data to compare and can see some trends. Please note that there is no 2018 as the IATG didn't display the info I needed to graph. Since I ha
    14 points
  40. Lots of snow, lots of people out packing. I even found fresh groomer tracks (no drag). Obviously I was only riding on logging roads (no private property). Cheers
    14 points
  41. Here is some pics from the other day in Quebec,we have 12 people in our Group Patrick took us to this place it was amazing never seen anything like this,he is leading our group and doing a great Job,also Scott and Paige are here leading the group also and the rest of the crew we are having a great Adventure Trying to catch up on our post
    14 points
  42. My wife and I just got back from 3 days trip: Gogama - Timmins - Iroquois Falls - Cochrane - Smooth Rock Falls - Abitibi Canyon Pictures tell everything
    14 points
  43. On Wednesday Fire 242, Fabio and I headed for Camp Conewango (E of North Bay on Talon L) for a 4 night, 3 day fun filled snow scooter tour. It was an awesome tour, it seemed everywhere we went this week was just clobbered with snow! Camp Conewango included! It’s about 2km S of the A112A on the BF201which runs right through their parking lot. The first day we went to Stonecliff, we stuck to the A going there which was in fantastic shape…you know I’m just going to say this now that all the trails we went on this week where top notch, Saturday especially! Any woo the ride there was great once we
    14 points
  44. Clubs should close all the trails until the freeloader weekend is over. Save the trails for the paying permit holders.
    14 points
  45. Here's a few pics of the trails up in D15. Great trails all the way through for us. Always love riding the L trails. Superb!!! Great way to finish our season
    13 points
  46. A few pictures from today on the L159.
    13 points
  47. Thank you, Nunz and Karen! I enjoyed the party until I had to go home for my nap. Great seeing you guys along with your friends and family, including Slow Touring Guy, Mr. Secretary, iREVerent, Mr and Ms IQ Turbo, The Dutchman, Mr and Ms White Dragon, Mr and Ms Brappman, Mr and Ms Soupkids. (Not sure who else appeared after I left.) Best part was watching Nunz and friends gnawing the front off the Polaris cake.
    13 points
  48. Maybe it's just me but when I am out sledding I have no desire to have a beer while out riding, once back at the hotel, different story lol, To each their own I guess, It is frustrating to see empty cans all over on the trails though.
    13 points
  49. I didn't hear a rant. I just heard the lament of the over worked under appreciated volunteer. A tip of the helmet for all you do. I just stocked up on Tim's gift cards. A few years ago I started carrying the gift cards when I ride. If I come across a groomer on the trail I wave him down, say thanks and give him a card. It's a small gesture that costs next to nothing but seems to be appreciated.
    13 points
  50. If it's FREE Why not? If the OFSC can get an article for free in every Magazine in Canada.... go for it, the more our Sport get's out there the better. I'm often on CBC radio talking about Snowmobiling in the mornings, People will say "The young don't listen to CBC radio... that will not get new blood" It might not but it get's us in the news in a positive way and not because one guy wrapped his sled around a tree or sank in the bottom of the lake and died. It's getting our Sport in the public in a positive way.
    13 points
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