... for the last few years I havent been real keen on running on the ice around here.
3 years ago I busted through with my apex, thank God I was on it and running and it hooked onto the rear bumper and I gunned it and got out of it. Then like a week later I get out riding and the trail goes onto another lake. All kinds of tracks going onto it and it was plenty cold. We go out on the lake and I see a little slushy spot and figure just gun it and get through it. That slushy spot was for about 2 miles and all the time I got Carol behind me on her Vector and I see no quads, no sleds, no trucks and no shanty's. Im freaking out pretty good, thinking Im FUCKED. We come around a corner and Im flying across the slush and when I turned the corner I see all kinds of trucks parked and shanties and what not. I stopped then, took my helmet off and was just shaking. I think I was more freaked because I put carol in that position. Maybe I was thinking too much....
....but then I hear some sleds coming and they are coming from the same spot I just left and its a family, a couple adults on sleds and some younger kids on 340s bombing through the slush. I began to feel a little better. A dude with an FST pulls up and was asking about the apex and I asked him about the ice thickness. He told me was like 15 inches but was at least 12 inches of slush on top because they dropped the water table or something. Said nothing to worry about just a pain.
But the damage was done my nerves were SHOT.
A few hours later we meet up with Ace and his buddy up by my place at the bar. Its on Castle Rock Lake. Now castle rock is a real bitch, its a flooded river system and its very tricky. Every always telling me how bad it is, unsafe areas etc. Its pitch black and they want to go across the lake. I was like...ummm... OK.
We get half way across the lake and swoosh...tons of slush. Now Im like you gotta be kidding me.
We stop have a drink and Im just about shaking. But now the only way back is across the fricken lake at like 12am.
Got across the lake and I had enough of crossing that lake for the year.
Unlike up north the snowmobile clubs will not touch this lake, they wont mark it and want nothing to do with it. Marked trails across lakes I have no problems with. Hell even over by Minocqua I had no issues with.
The only time I want to go on the local lake is when I see there are a ton of truck and ice houses out there. Then I still want to stay around the outside of it. Not real big on crossing the middle where there is hardly any snow on the ice. Last year was the first time I rode a river. I was nervous about it, but there were 10 other people with me so I figured if I stayed in the middle of the pack, someone would see if I went through. I'll never ride either of them alone. Too many risks involved.
The only water corssing I've done was in a flooded out corn field at the end of one season. I'm betting the water wasn't more than a couple feet deep, but it was enough to do damage if it went under. The mud in the bottom would have been the real bitch. Might have been a couple hundred yards across.
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I don't know why, but I hate riding on the back of a sled across a lake or riding in the backseat of a car or truck across a lake. I've never had a problem, never fallen through but I just don't like it.
if i'm crossing a lake, i will be doing atleast 50 incase i do hit soft ice, atleast the sled it doing enough momentum to carry it's way across the water and give me a little time to react and get it pointed towards shore.
Originally Posted by RipnChick
She was a fat girl, of course she did.
she was all hongry and shit.
Hahaha! everyone up there knows Billy May.
He seems like a decent guy when he's sober, but after a couple of beers, look out! Instant idiot.....just add alcohol!! LOL!!
Thanks for putting the whole story out there, Kevin.
I didn't know all of that.
Castle rock is a tricky lake. Thus the reason behind the roundabout way we take across it. Alot of people will shoot out of shipwreck and go straight across in front of dam. Not wise, you never know with the current running
through there. No matter how much ice there has been we always take the way that goes behind alcatraz or devils island. We are staying out of the main current area that way.
And as far as the daylight thing, I don't know if i want to see what I am going through!! LOL!
Last year the lake was partially marked.
The atv club went out and marked it for their poker run.