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    I know that there was talk a cpl years back of possibly dropping them, doo they still have the 2 or 3 day passes yet?


    I have chums that would likely only come one weekend, and we are off trail most all the time.




  2. My chum had to tow my Pol the last 1000' up Mt. Antero with his Cat. 

    Scramblers don't have a low gear... :oops:

    The air gits thin @ 14,000', and I couldn't find a "high altitude" clutch kit for it, so I ground the weights (?) down as much as I could.


    (weekend after Katrina)





  3. Normally, Halfway has not been as seasonal as you think. Steve and Dennis started it expecting to only run it in the winter, and sell gas as that trail started out to be prox 180 miles long, and in '99 most sleds got 10 mpg. 


    But these days the trail length has benn shortened up a bit and sleds git noteably better milage, and so many only fetch a few gallons, and so they lost a big chunk of their income revenue.


    After a few years they started staying there full time, and catered to the atv crowd. They can live there MUCH  cheaper then as they can git away with running the generator only a cpl  hrs or less per day. They had a pontoon boat on an adjacent lake that folks could take out fishing too.


    Then they started dooing bear hunts. Maybe a few guys during moose season. And they would take in loggers during the weekdays for a reduced rate. And of course Steve trapped (traps) the 3 adjacent townships.  Even had the tree planter kids camped out in the yard sometimes.


    By 2001 or so Halfway was open for business for most all year except spring break-up, untill 2010 when The Great Recession took  it's toll. 


    I have only been there once so far since the Bonne's sold it, so I really have no clue how hard the new folks try to make it work? How in touch they are with the bush around them, or even how much oportunity there is anymore?


    I did question what they  (new owners) were dooing when they shut it down a few summers ago to doo renovations, when the summer weekend crowd would help to  put some loonies in the tank. ???


    But to make it sound like it has been unreliable since it was opened is just wrong.


    And with all that said, I would think that they should have closed it up as soon as Wuhan Flue closed the border. The cost of just being there in the winter is just staggering, and there is just no way that they weren't flushing loonies down the drain for the last 2 years.


    Hopefully they will git the border truley open this year and that they can have a chance again.





    Think Snow Eh!


  4. 29 minutes ago, skidooboy said:

    sorry to be jaded but, I have saw this play out several times since 1998. the clubs bank on this stop to be available, then for financial, and other reasons, they close down, mid season, or never open. wasting valuable time, money, resources and the faith of the volunteers. can you imagine the amount of ofsc/district money, put into getting that trail opened, signed, safe and groomed during years when it closed, or never opened? or after it closed for years, to get it reopened, only to close again?


    for me, I would rather see a route placed that can bypass this situation altogether, and stop depending on a place that of late, cannot maintain itself functional.  


    yes, at one time with the right people, funding, and commitment, it could serve the public but, the condition of the buildings, property, location and infrastructure not in place, even though they are right below the hydro line, just isnt a good bet to bank on. this place's time has come and gone. (in my mind). 


    I have utilized them, I respect what was tried and done. I understand we cant loop ride from the soo, chapleau, timmins wawa, without carrying big gas, without a stop like this in place. I understand some people really really like the place but, there are other routes, and options. just ask @AC+YAthere are viable routes in there, or around there. 


    restore the Missanabbi to Chapleau trail. make a closer route from searchmont/aubrey falls, to chapleau. 


    the last I heard the owners were from the USA, and were trying to get a grant from the Canadian Gov't to keep it running. being a Canadian property owner, and having some common sense, I cant see the Canadian Gov't giving money to a US business person, only to turn around and see the profits (if it makes it), go to a person of another country. or if it doesnt make it, just throw good money down a deep hole, with no chance for any return. 


    Sorry guys, it is just time, to find another option, and stop trying to make this work. Ski



    There was no Halfway Haven for the '98 season.

    My group was the first through ever and that was Dec 27 (?) '98.


    And there was no issue with it [not] being open until around 2010, after 2 full seasons of no Yanks with pockets full of cash coming up anymore. However - it really shouldn't have been a hardship for many - since the traffic had been nill already.


    I am not going to contest the rest of your schpeal, but the subject doesn't need exaggerated.





    Bear in the kitchen again?


    I wonder where he came in through?



    Years ago they had one come right through the kitchen wall. (prolly had a hood vent in that area?)


    When he had it all back together, Steve took a large 2 man cross-cut saw and flipped it upside down right near the winder on that wall. If a bear git's pawing around there, he will be self invited to leave that wall alone....





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  6. On 9/11/2022 at 2:35 PM, stoney said:

    Hopefully dealers have a full supply of free dess post locks to supply in lieu of this. 



    If it's of any consolation, apparently they have just recently started working the new site for the new Intel chip factory down near Columbus. So, in 3 years or so, maybe they can start stomping out chips in North America again?


    My daughter is loving this too, as the site is 6 miles from her house. A house that they have been intending to sell next year anyhow, and move back up here as their oldest will be starting skewl next fall. Their property value has already increased 65% she said, and what they have is just shy of a McMansion at that, so they will have a fair chunk of their new house paid for when they sell that one!


    That girl is a worker, and a penny pincher. Believe me - she squeeks! But it doesn't hurt to be lucky too eh?




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  7. I'm guessin' that there is more to that strap than jist a chunk of rubber. (???)

    Prolly copper lined?



    Well, I was searching for a pic of a '68 Caprice or equiv with curb feelers AND a grounding strap, but this was as good as I was finding.


    We could have really used one of these on our '96 'Burban!


    Self Serve is aboot the only reason that we didn't blow up any gas stations.

    As soon as you got out you got a good poke, so it was safe after that. :smil9: :wtf: :oops:



    30 times over the last 10 years?


    Oh well, I drove a Chevy truck with the gas tank outside the frame-rails too. (nail biter!)


    Forget the trucks prior to that that had the tank in the cab....


    "I want to climb that chute! But not until I git my gas tank fixed. Safety first eh?"


    Not gunna be here forever, may as well go out with a bang!



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  9. I wouldn't want this in southern Ontario or the Northern Corridor by any means, but if you want to ride in the bush, then for sure!

    You wunna go up to Algoma and ride with Dan Kachur for the day, bring this thing!


    By the sounds of it, this may very well have a much larger range than a snowbike, per fuel on board / used.


    One drawback is that you wouldn't have much/any stowage, and I'm not young enough to be part of that back-pack crowd, but that's likely what you would have to doo for this unit.

  10. 4 hours ago, Panther340 said:

    My God daughter is a commercial/ residential estate appraiser, and was visiting last week , she was saying that a typical new garage build is quoted around $150 a sq ft now, pre covid a garage was $100 sq ft.  I am not sure if I can trust her " Timmins Ontario " perspective but scary either way. As for new vehicles dealer inventory.....here in Sault Ste Marie area, the Ford and GM dealer lots are pretty skimpy of trucks, but the Ram Jeep dealer ( dealer is Superior Dodge Ram Jeep ) has all sorts of new Ram trucks. Not sure why. 


    Same here. The Crashler Group seems to have plenty of stock, where the others don't normally have much.


    Either Crashler didn't start off requiring the fanciest of 'puter chips, or they redesigned right away to be able to use what actually is available.


    I was talking to a cousin at a family gathering the other day and he said that they had redesigned a board or two to use what was available.

    They were able to get new boards printed pretty quick I guess....



  11. I am not what most folks would consider "green", but I doo believe in good stewardship.


    But we doo have a few batt powered yard gizmo's.



    Chain Saw

    Leaf (grass) blower (also used for clearing out dryer vents)


    I have been dead set agginst these things ever since my mom came home from the hardware in prox 1980 with a rechargeable whacker that I was to use around the pond.

    I was pissed as soon as I seen it, What an underpowered POS!


    Yeah, well - 40 yrs and higher expectations have produced much better results!

    I prefer to have the batts on a charger and ready to R&R when needed, rather than have to dink with a chain saw that hasn't been started in 6 years.

    After 2 years with the batt gizmo, we sold our Stihl whacker a few weeks ago.


    But for something being used daily, especially continuously, converting energy an extra time is not efficient.




  12. We have a round-about in Angola, Indiana (just 30 smiles from me) that has been there as long as I have known. (45 yrs at least)




    It is the center of town and only 1 lane, and trucks doo fine there.

    Just in recent years when Toledo started installing them - have I experienced a 2 lane round-about.

    I had to have a "WHOA!" moment to figger out how this worked!

    And those are not nearly as large as the one in Angola at all, and my BIL says that "You jist let the trailer run where it wants to and be done with it."


    I don't think that I have been through one of the 2 lane jobbies with my trailer yet.




  13. LOL!


    In the new Snowest that just came out, they were dooing a comparison between some version of the 2023 Summit, an RMK (or whatever term Pol uses these days), and what they referred to as "an Arctic Cat Mountain Max (in blue). 



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