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  1. Welcome aboard. What area do you ride in?
  2. That's what I was wondering, Ox. If he was " getting " calls, why couldn't he make calls, advise what happened, " honey I'll be late " or I need help, etc. This just sounds like a Forrest Gump walk. Goofy story. But worth sharing in case it ever happens. PS. Text often works, even if calls don't.
  3. Published Oct. 25, 2021 8:53 p.m. ET CTVNews.ca A person who went missing during a hike last week in Colorado ignored multiple phone calls from search-and-rescue because he didn’t recognize the number, according to authorities. In a Facebook post last Thursday, Lake County Search and Rescue (LCSAR) described how they had been called at around 8 p.m. on Oct 18 with a report of a hiker who was overdue to return from a hike on Mount Elbert. Mount Elbert is the highest summit of the Rocky Mountains, and the highest point in the entire state of Colorado, U.S. The hiker had departed on their hike from the south trailhead at around 9 a.m. that morning, LCSAR were told, and still had not returned. Search-and-rescue tried multiple times to reach the hiker on their cell phone, but received no response. Fearing for the hiker’s safety, LCSAR sent members out into the field at 10 p.m. to search “high probability areas,” but although they searched until 3 a.m., they did not locate the hiker. At 7 a.m. the next day, LCSAR sent three more people out to search in another location where hikers often lose the trail. But just two-and-a-half hours later, they received the good news — the hiker they were searching for was safe and had returned to their place of lodging. The person who originally reported them as missing was the owner of the establishment where they were staying. The twist was that the hiker had no idea anyone had been looking for him. LCSAR stated that the hiker recounted how they lost track of the trail around nightfall on the 18th, and spent the night trying to find their way back to the trail. Once they found the trail again, they were searching for the correct trailhead, and then finally reached their car the morning of the 19th, almost 24 hours after they began the hike. The reason they didn’t know that anyone was out looking for them was because when they saw an unknown number on their phone, they declined the call automatically, even though they were receiving repeated calls from the same number while lost on a mountain. LCSAR stressed in their post that when you’re in an emergency, you should probably pick up your phone if you get in a call. “If you’re overdue according to your itinerary, and you start getting repeated calls from an unknown number, please answer the phone; it may be a SAR team trying to confirm you’re safe!” the post stated. ----- It could happen - answer that phone, if lost, out there overnight.
  4. Most of you riders don't need the left side of the speedometer gauge ( readings under 50 km ). In all seriousness, good look with this issue. Gauges are light - candidates for air freight delivery. ( I was once in import- export, regularly changed from ship to air delivery based upon weight and necessity - being chirped by fellow sledders makes this a ' necessity ' ).
  5. Sault Ste Marie to Wawa is a long day. Always enjoyed lodging at Halfway. The flipside is that we didn't stay at Wawa. We kept doing to Dubreuville, from HH. Guess Wawa gets more overnight business this year.
  6. Appreciate the Wawa updates, group, especially since ( as a casual observer ) I sense Halfway Haven is in transition. Correct me if I'm wrong on the latter - Leafs fan, thick skin.
  7. Ever look at a picture and say " Ah, Arctic Cat" 😁 That trip, with family, must be a great memory. Thanks for sharing. Snow covered sleds at hotel, wow! Those memories almost make Perce Rock look ' ordinary ' Thanks again for posting.
  8. The land border to USA opens in early November. Those that couldn't drive south last year may have stayed north, snowmobiled. Ciao this year. Maybe they'll sell their sleds, others will fill the void
  9. If you hear about the hours at either, please let us know. Have stayed at Silver Sands and dined at the Legion. Look forward to riding in that area this year.
  10. Golden Lake is a great shortcut in that area. Only been out there a half dozen times but really enjoy the Golden Lake " bypass".
  11. Sorry to hijack, Andrey. But there's snow in the image 🙄 Buying 2 permits this year. Looking forward to the season.
  12. Thanks for organizing this Marni, Linda and team.
  13. I realize many on this forum : a) have fantastic weather models and intuition; b) don't believe in long range forecasts. Bear with me. I was looking ahead 2 weeks and was surprised at the relatively warm GTA and cottage country weather. Warm autumns have led to consistent, cold December's - says the city boy Noticed the Weather Network "exclusive" https://www.theweathernetwork.com/ca/news/article/will-winter-invade-the-heart-of-ontarios-fall-season-this-year If I had to pick an over/under, I'd agree with this guy. Once the switch flips in November, we're in for winter weather. No freeze-thaw-freeze. Thoughts? While the colder pattern may get started during November, we expect that once the pattern change does occur, it will stick around through the holidays.
  14. Thanks for the update. When I was looking online....this was the address: BONNECHERE CUP - OVAL TRACK ADDRESS 675 SNODRIFTERS ROAD EGANVILLE, ON. CANADA K0J 1T0 You know that a snowmobile club has community roots when there's a road named after them. Thanks again for your incredible trails. Well signed, as I recall.
  15. Eganville....enjoyed watching races one weekend, years ago. Nice to see it's on this February ( 18-20), 2022. http://www.bonnecherecup.ca/
  16. As others have said - thank you !
  17. Do as little truck driving as possible. Look at the RAP. It's a circle - draw a straight line to your closest starting point and away you go. We start in West Toronto ( Etobicoke ). We found that by starting in North Bay or Haliburton, it's efficient. Some folks will drive to Kearney, Barry's Bay, etc. bit I don't see the point ( you pass North Bay if heading to Kearney, etc ). The only issue is that the trails have to be open ( good ) if you want to get to your southern starting point. Only once have we been euchered by rain in North Bay on our ' last day'. That sucked. .
  18. Manure buckets and Ski-doos. "Put away the keyboard, said the inside voice".
  19. Ditto on the thanks. Eastern Ontario trails. Bucket list.
  20. Older volunteers. That's what you'll find at polling booths in a couple of weeks. Jackass' election. Sorry, I digress. Some " booths " are apparently okay. Others not.
  21. Sorry to hear about the Toronto show being cancelled. Enjoyed seeing oc.com members at the show, planning trips, in some years meeting new people from the forum. Tourism's important. Although this indoor show is cancelled, I don't think this is a sign of things ahead for sledding. The 'District Health unit' concept has to go. Hwy 400 isn't closed where Toronto meets Vaughan nor further north at the Vaughan/Innisfil border, etc. Enjoyed cottage area riding last year, but it's time to (safely) unwind the sled and moi with a few trips further north.
  22. Great info. Thanks. Heads up re: air travel, 'tho. News reports of up to 3 hrs. wait time in line ( or on plane, at gate ) upon arrival for internationalflights. Covid screening adds a speed bump at the airport, they say.
  23. You ready to follow a green helmet wrap for days? Cats eyes, or something :)
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