Sunday, January 31, 2010
Trail Conditions: Good.
Weather: still cold…. Minus 18 this morning. Seemed warmer when the sun was out… Got colder at night… No Snow !!!
Route / Notes:
-Left house went down the lake to Woods Inn to watch the pond hockey and drink a beer. See videos below…
-Back to Clarks for Gas and over to the Hard Times café (I survived Trail 5) for lunch. Bartender Cara laughs as Big John reads yesterdays blog. She enjoyed the Fat Matt comment.
-Took trails up to the Glenmore to try to catch the end of the Cuse DePaul game, but they didn’t get the game (Cuse won 59-57). G-Man scolds Falcon for passing on the trail.
-Big Moose Lake to Big Moose Rd down to 4th lake. There was a traffic jam on the lake. Crossed the lake and got off by the Red Dog (didn’t stop).
-Took FX Matts over to 7th lake house. Not 7th lake boat house. Bartender (Jeff) gets after Falcon “It’s guys like you that make me wish DePaul won”. As we finish our first beer and start to think about leaving, Jeff breaks out chips and salsa…. Stay for second beer. Good Move Jeff. Rich says “I Don’t even know where we are”. Jeff explains black ice. It’s the ice that forms before the snow falls. Johnny said he doesn’t like the old barn. The people are crabby and the urinals smell. Some lady at the bar who liked to listen to our conversations, said the old barn is dark and creepy. It was also commented that they never run the train anymore. Nappi names the house “The walk in cooler”.
-Big John leads us back to the Red Dog to warm up. Jerry voted in as 2011 president. He wants to take us to the Poconos next year…
-Over to Dakers for some snacks (wings and nachos). John paints his electrical cord yellow.
-Head to Traven from Dakers. Watch the Kansas / Kansas St game. Drunk Ladies at bar tell him he looks like Tommy Lee Jones. Big-D’s lights didn’t work. Low beam blown and may have some rear lighting issues too.
-Tavern to Woods Inn, falcon left on the trail, meets up with them at Woods Inn. Rich and Nappi go home before Woods Inn, Big John goes home after Woods Inn.
-Scottie leads falcon, g-man and caddy down to the Red Dog. No one in the parking lot so we head over to Dakers. Place is packed with people from Jersey. Some guy named Pete (from North Jersey) wanted to be our friend.
-Left Dakers and went home to eat plates.
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Saturday, January 30, 2010
Trail Conditions: Good. FX Matts was excellent… first groomed trail we road this week (until we road over it twice..)
Bartenders…. How do you like that?
-Bartender at Big Moose Station (Steve) use to work at The Glenmore. He quit because his brother is going thru a mid life crisis and wanted him to work in the kitchen. “I don’t work in the kitchen”. Steve makes a mean Irish Coffee. He also road across slush on
Friday, January 29, 2010
Trail Conditions: 7 of 10 on the Bozley scale. Firtherr says 58% Good, 11% Fair, 9% Poor, 22% excellent
Route: 5 to 9 to 1 to cross over down the 17 mile crossing to Trails End (formerly Bucs). Bucs to Timberview. Timberview to Montague. Montague to Pine Tree, Pine Tree to Wayback, Wayback to Tap Room. Tap Room Home.
Repair Log: Falcon skags @ Trails end (Mileage 1836), Firth skags at home, Jerry needs front end alignment
-excellent breakfest sandwitches.... thanks Caddy and Rich gets an assist
-met a group of couples.... they say to scott, "we don't ride, we plod."
-rich trail dials me 3 times
-Jerry rolls sled over and checks scags on the trail
-Lunch at Timberview
-Scott and Rich have a hard time getting up the hill. Question: will they be picked next year?
-Scott, the thing I like the best about my new sled: smooth riding suspension, the thing I miss the most about the love seat (old sled) backrest and studs.
-Falcon and Firth lose $16 on quick draw, Rich even
-late night plates - thanks caddy
-DMB marathon at Tap Room, forces Rich to leave
-Little know fact.... Boz binges and purges.... he is becoming bulimic and love advil
-Nappi borrows Richs hat @ tap room
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Timberview - nice hats
Thursday, January 28, 2010
-Nappi sells Scout at Hudon's sled salvage for $200. Proceeds fund the wally pool... We drink to the scout at Dakers and Tap Room. Picture below....
-Jerry finishes PPT (power point presentation) & talks to boss. Boss says "Its cool you own your own snowmobile... Be Safe."
-Lost in Old Forge.... Danno & Big D couldn't find Dakers... Some think Danno's navigation skills were channeled into Caddy
-Left Dakers to have dinner at Glenmore. Trail 10 sucked. Bumpy & hard.
-Cluster F on Big Moose Lake. Big D 270 spin, Nappi was lost, Caddy & Nappi thru slush, Scott has to avoid Jerry.
-Big Moose Inn closed too
-Down Big Moose Rd, to Uncus to the Tap Room. Dinner at the Tap Room. Kurt (retard) bartending. Big John unites with local.... Local says "Good call Sherlock". "Holmes" says Fitherr... "Not Johnny" say local...
-Recapped "Top 10 Things G-Man Forgot" over the past years....
- gas cap @ big moose yamhma
- hat @ the taproom
- trades hat back in, but leaves blackberry at taproom
(paid postage due to taproom last nite... tard did not know what to do with it...)
- jacket at visitors center (TODAY!!!)
- left his innards at slickers...
- lost his wallet, found in his bibs
- left registration at big moose inn...
(was mailed back...)
- left sled for other HMWHSC members to load and unload (as he finishes his PPT presentation...)
- power cord for helmet
- (stay tuned, i'm sure he will lose something today)
-Bartender wants to sell us his converted ambulance: 350 diesel, berber carpet, amish fireplace and a barker lounge chair... all lights work, no sirens, no rear brakes
-Left Tavern to come home, Boz arrives at 12:20am
-Approx. 85 miles.
-Hockey Tournament at North Woods Inn
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Saturday, January 16, 2010
Wife / Sig Other: Linda***, Kathy, Sharon, Pam***
***Denotes first time "virgin" rider..
After a little waffling in the morning, we decided to go for it and take a ride. The sun was out and the snow as heavy. Most trails were fair, some good, some poor, some snirt. All in all a good time was had by all. 54 miles was bad either. Definitely a nice area to ride. I look forward to going back.
-2 cats down... neither owned by the rectors
-excellent planning by fitherr
-Pat takes a header on the trail
-Sharon drives 500 yards before jumping on the back of the doo
-Pam screams thru a corner into the bush
-Virgins (Linda and Pam) ride like pros
-Kathy trys to roll the polaris... twice
-a 25 mph minimum speed limit has been imposed on the next couples ride
-Doos ran hot and didnt want to start
-Cadillac lines up repair man and drops off sleds Sunday AM
Left Kaitlin Drive at 1pm, parked at Wallington Fire House 7863 Ridge Road, Sodus, NY 14551
-Unloaded sleds and gave virgin riders some last minute instructions. Pam's maiden voyage was interesting... I wish we got it on tape...
-Before we made it out of the Fire House fields, the 580 was not behaving. Plugs were changed and ether was sprayed. After a second test drive it was determined the clutch was fried...It would not release. The sled was loaded back on the trailer and big john and Sharon rode tandem.
-A quick not here, if you like all your fingers and how they work, do not stick them inside a busted clutch.
-Trails were mostly fair with some good and some poor... lots of snirt in the corners.
-Headed west on C4... the best trail of the day was the stretch on 104, smooth and flat... rumor has it some of the girls hit speeds of over 30 mph...
-North on s42.. at intersection 304... headed the wrong way... it lead us to a bar overlooking the bay... had our first drink of the day and got our cards
-After getting back on the trail, took s42 to the lake. stopped for a drink and snacks at the bluffs... Lake O was choppy and angry... took pictures, awesome stop
-Took s42B to Skippers Landing. Had a drink and got another card. as we were coming in a couple cops (on sleds) were leaving. the looked (casually) at all the sleds to make sure they were registered.
-Rode s42b, to s42 to c4 west into sodus point. on the way we stopped on the trail for a drink.
-stopped at Franklin House for dinner. had the place to ourselves... had a couple drinks and some bar food for dinner.
-leaving we leaded over the the Steger Haus for a final drink when the drive on Linda's cat broke free. towed the sled up the hill to Geneva Rd and dropped the girls off at the bar. the men went back to the vehicles, loaded the sleds and picked up the girls...
-Steger Haus wanted to close, so the men could not get a drink. Tried to stop at Cary Lakefor a beer but the lot was over flowing & no room to park. Access to the back lot was blocked...Headed home.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
1) Stop Light not working... Scottie did a little investigation and felt it was the a short in the wiring harness... he was correct. The wire was removed, repaired including soldering the new connections and reinstalled... worked A OK.
2) Battery low... added water to the batter... needs to be charged.
3) Gas gage not working... an inline fuse was missing. Installed a 20 amp fuse (suppose to be 5 amp) and the gage worked fine.
4) replaced skags
12 pack gone so we called it a night.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Members: Firther, Falcon, Big-D, Cadillac, Vinnie-O, P-Dawg
Fitherr's 580... completed reinstall of seat, also installed new battery with custom wooded block...
Falcon... skags and sliders OK on Ski Doo, Polaris wasn't looked at... i think the rear shocks are bad
Big D... greased, sliders OK, Sages, low, big d to purchase new set... FYI new battery fixed the electrical issues
Cadillac... greased the green onion and sliders, skags all good... Ryan's sled... greased sliders OK, skags OK
Vinnie O... installed new windshield that was damaged when he over ran the end of the trolley bed on way back from tap room...greased, a couple of boogies need to be replaced... chewed up by the studs....
P-Dawg... freed frozen brake on ZL-500, greased too...
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Launched Cary Lake, Took C4 up to Williamson, groomer just came thru as they were grooming for the Webster Picnic. Crossed 104 and Scottie got hung up on the tracks and bent his skag. We had to break off the first few inches and all was well. Rode the bumps to Rascals in Williamson. Had burgers and beers, watched the Eagles game.
2 Cats didn't want to start after Rascals... Doo brothers got them going...
Left Rascals and the plan was to head north east and loop back towards the lake... Unfortunately we didn't find the trail and went back the same way we came. There was some talk of hitting the tap room, but we thought it would be close so we headed back to Cary Lake to listen to the band and gawk at the bartender...
50 some miles.
Monday, January 4, 2010
4:30 ish - Picked up the HMWHSMC propane heater from brother Falcon
6:15 - Fired up the heater
6:20 - Began work, started drilling out the old bolts
6:39 - First bolt successfully removed, threads in frame still in tact
7:10 - Second bolt successfully removed, this one was a little bit tougher to get out but I got it and again the threads in the frame were in tact.
7:11 - Had to turn the heater off it was too hot!
7:15 - Trying to put the cowl back on my hand started to cramp up something fierce! ( Man I need that operation!)
7:20 - Cowl back on
7:21 - Started the Yammy but thought something was wrong way too much smoke, realized the problem was me. I forgot to turn the choke off.
7:22 - Had to open the garage doors, too much smoke!
7:23 - Yammy back to running smoothly
7:24 - Realized I still had a problem, my speedometer is working intermittently. Must have a loose connection some place. CRAP!
7:25 - Had to halt repairs because of other things I needed to do.
Hopefully I can get it figured out maybe tonight! Anyone with electrical knowledge that wants to stop over tonight after 7:15, I will be looking at it.
That's it for now! Happy riding and remember a bad day of snowmobiling is better than a good day of work!
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Unloaded the Scout to run the kids around, found it running on 1 cylinder, again! New coil didn’t last! Had to pull out Phoenix. Buzzed around, tore up grass, driveway, etc. When it melts, I’m in trouble.
This led me to thinking….
Scout has run its course. What to do? I can’t sell it as it was a HMWHSC gift. Options?
1. Anyone interested in taking it?
2. Sell it on EBay – drink the proceeds. (Registered owner is an issue)
3. Drop it off at salvage on way up and use proceeds for drinks.
BTW – Divot, no Divot, Tommy, no Tommy. 10 riders? 2 groups? 1 group? Members returning… I gotta say, this year’s president deserves a round on us for all of the difficult decisions. I didn’t have any of these issues! Hat’s off to you!
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Members: Falcon & P-dog (with wifes)
Lauched at Carey Lake on 441 (new trail spur)
Repair log: during unload... the ZL 500 was frozen to to the trailer... so we pulled it off... Further investigation revealed the emergency brake was on... and broke so we had to pry it back... after several attempts to get it going and suggestions from our better halves, we left the sled... the caliper is frozen to the disc... dragging the sled back on the trailer was a chore...
-pam and pat dismouted on the way to bill grays
-dave found some water on 441
-kathys eyes caught fire
-bands at at carey lake every friday and saturday night
-all and all it the day exceeded expectations
Another diddy for you...
pam and pat were riding two
kath on the polaris and me on the doo...
the snow was thin, the trails were fair
we wanted to ride, we didnt care...
so we were off, to bill grays we drove
thru the fields, and across roads...
the walworth loop was our trail back
at carey lake a band, a beer and a snack...