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Mass City Group Ride Report And Pictures!!!

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Old 02-12-2008
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Default Mass City Group Ride Report And Pictures!!!

First of all; thanks everyone that showed up (Ultradud). We had a safe and relatively unbroken ride.

I was up there from the 1-10. The first day, as some of you know, was declared as a Snow Day by ME when I called my boss - she was hopped up on vicoden I think becuase she hurt her back the night before shoveling. Whatever... I was gonna hit the road early that day! Or so I thought........... I had so much shit to do on that friday that I didn't hit the road until 3pm. I'll spare you the details but interject that Megan hates crickets and I had to get groups of 4 put into bags. OK so now I have all my crap. I load the trailer and get the F outta Naperville. I make my last stop for gas, a carton of smokes, and check the air in all the tires. I get gas and smokes and quarters to get air. I pull up behind a red corsica that's next to the pump. I wait. 5 mins. 10 mins. Fuck this I'm going in to pound on the bathroom door to see the idiot that's constipated AND parked in front of the air pump. I walk in and ask (in my big boy voice) Who's fuckin red corsica it is out there in the way? Some crackhead looking skeleton lady with her 1982 pink color changing jacket says "that's me". I said ya gonna move is soon? Oh yes sir just a minute. So she finally moves the thing and I air up. Mostly uneventful until I hit Eagle River, around 10pm. That entire town reeks of 2 stroke smoke; as soon as you get within city limits that's all you saw and smelled - sleds. So I continue up and pull into the hopping town of Mass City, Mi. What's in Mass City? Umm... a single bay carwash, an outside booth-style payphone (that doesn't work), a BP gas station, a bar, and a hardware store which we are staying above. There was nothing else I could see at first and later I would find out that I only missed a coupld things. I assume Gotmud, Rubi, and The Gerbil saw me since I was the only vehicle to go by for prolly an hour that wasn't a log truck. I pull up and we all shake hands. About 10 seconds later the Team Kessler Boys show up, all lit up. It's about 11:30 or so....and they have a snow-hawk. For anyone not familiar with one, it's a 50CC snowmobile-like thing with no headlight or taillight. It has a 6 inch wide rear track, and a tiny front ski. They also take about 200 pulls to start. They sometimes keep it in their room to keep it warm and make it easier to start. I missed some of the better times of the falling over in the middle of the highway, but they were still beating on that thing like a red-headed stepchild.

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I awoke to a beautiful snowy parking lot:

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I also got to take a better look at the place we were staying. Needless to say it was bad enough to not take pictures of. Gotmud took the big boy bed becuase he got there first. Quick rundown of the Shangri-La that we stayed in:
-Kitchen floor is army-green laminate from 1965
-1 foot by 2 foot spot of wall directly to the left of the toilet the paint is peeling from the gallons of alcahol-induced piss being sprayed on it for countless years.
-Hot water that only lasted for 5 mins and then got cold
-A bunk bed that when Rubi's small frame got onto wobbled like granny's titties in the wind
-A freezer full of pizza but no pizza cutters?
-A poker table that took up the entire living room

OK so since MX86 was supposed to be there in the beginning we were kinda on our own. We had some trail maps. We go across the street and gas up, I fill up on my SUPER-TECH and off we go. We come to the trail and we can either go down the hard-packed trail or weave across the powerlines in about a foot of fluff. Not even a second thought. We roll around and start taking every offshoot we can. I'm having a hard time getting used to a completely new sled even though it rides better than a cadillac. Power is totally different and my primary clutch keeps sticking... meaning every time we stop or come close to stopping I had to feather the brakes and throttle until it came unstuck. Not fun.. But it always put a smile on my face every time I used the Electric Start on my sled, and Gotmud would just shake his head. Anyways we take this one little trail to what kinda looked like a gravel pit. It was big enough for us to play around in and deep enough for people to get stuck. Rich and I climbed a hill a couple times, Rubi beat on his sled, and The Gerbil climbed the hill. He successfully made it to the top. Rubi and Gotmud went to explore and I climbed the hill again. I stopped on the top and looked around and didn't see anyone or hear any sleds. No big deal, Gerbil's gotta be around here somewhere... i mean shit he just came up this hill. I turn around and come down.... and Rich shows up. We look over and see the Gerbil buried on his 121 MXZ 583:

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There's a couple pics from when Rubi decided his sled was running like doody. I should also note that I was wearing a t-shirt, sweatshirt, long underwear, and jeans.... UNDER my gear. This will come into play later in the story.

I believe Rubi got stuck at some point early too. Gotmud and I were like, heh, shorttracks.....

Then we found the so-well-known powerlines from Mass City to Rockland, except we were going from Rockland to Mass.. I didn't know this until the last couple days when I went riding with Power and Olaf and saw the bottom of the climb that made us stop. As you can see in the pics, there were only a few people that were ahead of us.

We took some random trail for a few and Rubi decided that climbing this hill would be a good idea. However it was a hill to a clump of trees and nowhere else. He spent a good 15 minutes turning himself around. We would have helped but there wasn't even enough room for anyone to get up there with him:

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On the way back to the powerlines Gotmud had his first stuck, it was just a little drift off the side of the trail:

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We went back to the powerlines and climbed some hills. We didn't make it all the way due to a vertical hill that none of us could have gotten up without studs.

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AND THEN I SAW IT. The true colors of Rubi and his CYI-BRAAAPNESS came shining through:

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What is that you ask? Why that's a washer fluid bottle that's covered in electrical tape. What's it doing there? It's his riser cover of course! It was such a beautiful work of art I had to document it with a camera.

We find this nice little trail and head out, along someone else's tracks. As we crest a hill we see a nice overlook. Gotmud and I snap off a couple pics:

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We come to somewhat of a clearing. There's tards stuck everywhere, sleds parked all over, etc. Gotmud powers around them and heads down what appears to be a creek bed. As I come up to the bottom of this hill, some guy on a Ski-doo crests it so I stop. Not a huge deal... the guy keeps looking behind him. Finally he moves out of the way (or so I thought). I start coming up the hill and pffft I get stuck. This guy helps me get out, and then asks if we're with the other guy. Yes, why? Oh I was stuck bad and he helped me. Oh. So we get going (I think Rubi and Gerbil got stuck too but I'm not 100% sure) about 40 feet later I see this:

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This was the first major stuck for a lot of us. It was a clearing that was about 50 feet by 100 feet. As I entered I started to fall into a big drift, Rubi and Gerbil were still behind me. We spent a good 15 mins pushing and moving snow so that Mud could get turned around. Pouring sweat (remember, wearing all those clothes) we got all 4 machines around and on their way out.

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As we went up the creek bed, I was in front and Mud in back. I stopped on a part that was easy to continue on with; Mud was yelling to keep on going. I said there was that group on the top still stuck. Guy from up top said there was room, so we climbed most of the way back up.

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Then we haul out of there behind those guys who managed to get all their shit unstuck and moving again. We come back to a trail and the one guy waved me over. I stopped by and started to talk to him. He asked if anyone wanted a beer, he'd give us one for the help Mud gave him when he was buried. About this time Rubi, Mud, and Gerbil take off down the trail. I'm stuck behind these other guys with no way out. After a couple mins I get out and go down to find them. Think they waited a few feet down the trail? Hell no; so I start going down all these other trails and can't find 'em. Eventually I find my way to a road in Rockland, and see off in the distance an all-red bright sled..... RUBI. So I cruise down the road and catch up with them; they say they came back for me but I was gone. Anyways, we cruise by HENRY'S cuz I said I was hungry. Then no one wanted to eat (DAMMIT). We rode for a little bit then decided to head back to the room to make a pizza (Only thing to eat at night in the UP).

We eat, and head back out. I was a little slow due to having to empty my netherregions.

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We head back on the trails and take another way out. As we play along, Rich takes off ahead of us. He proceeds to try and jump from the trails to the off-trail under the power lines. Didn't exactly make it. We pull up to him stuck. I didn't take any pics of him stuck but I did get the 3 sleds parked while we tried:

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We go down a little ways and I manage to biff a creek at about 35-40. I turn around to wave at Gerbil and Rubi to slow down so they don't do the same thing. I see a blue EDGE seat laying on the ground. I look down and see MY SEAT MISSING! And my SUPER-TECH laid out in the snow! The horror! I go back and we find that my seat is basically snapped on. Put the gatorade and oil back in and continue on. About 1/8 mile later we find a play area that is relatively untouched. We proceeded to ride around in there for a bit.

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We go down a path and find this open spot/climb and crawl up a little bit. It got chewed pretty bad, and sure enough I got stuck near the top. Luckily I was at the very top and almost on my way down. Of course my belt squealing happened again. Rubi really tried a couple times and plowed the crap out of it.

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As you can see it was starting to get dark. The sally's were getting tired... as you can see by this pic of Rubi passed out on the couch while we watched the Weather Channel and trying to cut our pizza WITHOUT A PIZZA CUTTER.. instead we had to use a dull butter knife (I didn't know they existed).

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End of day 1.
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I have said picture. I didn't put it in my thread because I knew it would come in handy elsewhere lol. It took some peer pressure to get him to try this hill lol. Gee how many failed pics shall I upload?
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SUPER BOWL SUNDAY!

Gotmud's only concern for the day was to make sure he saw the game. Kinda rough becuase we had a 5inch TV with NO fuckin remote.

Anyways on to the ride. We start out in yet another direction looking for some off-trail shit to do. We go down an old logging road with me in front. It has some bad ruts in it, I take a bad hop and fall into one. Everyone just keeps going - no big deal. I set my ass end in the water and power out. I catch up with the other guys; Rubi has attempted to turn around and hit a log. His ass end is in the water too.

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We leave and proceed to find an untouched spot that begged for us to destroy. So every square inch got pounded into hardpack as we rode, carved, and Rubi mowed down small innocent trees:

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There's a couple shots of Rubi's sled getting away from him. Sweating and steaming; Gotmud decided he wanted a snack. How about a nice Nutter Butter? Looks more like a sack of what I left in the toilet that morning...

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Shit well I guess that Dragons don't have a gentle storage compartment then. Gerbil's Doo clutch (the one that looks like a couch on a crankshaft) is hotter than hell and he's not engaging correctly. We go to a Yammi dealer, no luck with a new belt. We head out and continue on towards Twin Lakes to hit up Krupps for a belt. There's a couple steel trestle bridges that we crossed on our way and we snapped a few pics. We stop at Krupps; you can see the snow in the backround how deep it was.

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We start heading in the direction of Mass and find another area that's relatively untouched. Gerbil gets some air:

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A small hill climb that A few of us got stuck on. I must admit that by the time I hit it; it was pretty chewed up.

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The huge town of Mass City, MI

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End of day 2.

Day 3: Monday, our first real vacation day.

Well somehow I forgot to post this. If anyone remembers I was using a frying pan to angle the signal so I could get internet. We were getting sauced that night as well.

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OK Now on to Monday morning. All you can eat in the UP is pizza. Pizza ovens everywhere. MX86 said the pizza's good though. Fuck no, it's just frozen tombstones tossed in a pizza oven. Nothing special. Along those lines is the fact that you can't buy Orange Juice anywhere. Not at the general store (heaven forbid they have a grocery store), gas station or anywhere else. Gotmud had a bright idea and bought some frozen OJ concentrate. Well just like we didn't have a damn pizza cutter for all the pizza, we didn't have a container for making any type of juice. There's just something amusing about a guy making OJ in a coffee pot.

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OK let's HIT THE TRAIL! Today we were throwing the idea around of going to Lake of the Clouds. Rich decided nah, we won't go but let's head up to Ontonagon and see the lake. He wants to stand on frozen lake Superior. Gotmud - don't cry... you sure look like you're going to in this pic:

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We arrive in Ontonagon to find out that you can't get to the lake. Damn we tried though.

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I talked to some guys and they said that you can get to it in Silver Lake (or silver mine, silver city, something like that) so we look at a map. I decide that ditchbanging will cut our trip by 2/3. The loop from Ontonagon to Silver whatever is like 30-something miles. It looked like 6-7 on the map to cut down the road. We made it about a mile down the ditch and we saw a road that went straight to the big Lake.
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Then we said hell, let's keep going to Silver Whatever and we'll see if we want to go to Lake of the Clouds. Hell, it's only another 5-6 miles right?
WRONG. 13 ditchbangin miles later we meet back up with the trail.

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We take a break for a few. We start going again after deciding F it, only 3 miles to Lake of the Clouds! We make it a 1/2 mile and had to pull off. Why? This guy just made a nice smooth trail for us:

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Everyone said to take the ride to Lake of the Clouds. Some people go every year. I was a great time, the last couple miles are along a road that's close for the season. Just a super smooth highway of sleds. We make it to the top, and I find out that it's a 300 ft. walk. Bummer.

Here it is folks, Lake of the Clouds!

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I took some pics of the little hut-thingy on the way out. I also wanted some pics of my sled, and the guys in front of the infamous sign.

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Day 4, Tuesday

Gotmud left us on Tuesday AM like a little Sally. Powersledder finally showed up. We went on the trails. The snow was wet and sticky. Rubi and I got stuck. My belt made the horrific noise, power took a look at it, we felt the secondary and decided the spring was broken. We headed back to camp. After taking it apart we found it to be ok, just a little dirty. We cleaned it and it still was not right. We pulled the primary after much effort. I told the guys to just go and ride while I went to the Polaris dealer. They said I had the right puller, and to just "Crank on it".

So I did. Cranked and cranked, made some horrific noises, saw my engine tweak over terribly and saw loose motor mounts and a busted torque stop. Finally the primary popped off. We stole the clutch from the XCR, changed weights and off I went. No pics from all day as most of it was spent wrenching.
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Day 5, wednesday.

Rubi and The Gerbil left in the morning. I checked out of Captain Fucko's Chance's Hardware. I load up and drive over to Rockland. I can't find the actual office for the Pepper Mill. So I go into the only place open - Henry's Bar. Tim the bartender - nice guy, hopped in the Jeep and showed me.

I talked to Cindy, dropped my trailer at the shop, and went on my day trip down to Eagle River. I figured no one was around and I always wanted to see the Derby Track and both hall of fames.

It was a nice scenic 1-hour drive down there.

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I stopped at Radio Shack, got some wire, connectors, etc to repair my heated shield. Right down the road in St. Germaine is the original Hall of Fame. This is the one always talked about on Vintagesleds.com.

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I get inside and donate some money.

Now who has heard of a "dropped and rolled chaincase"? I bet nothing as extreme as this.

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I have way too many pics to comment on all of them, so from here on out I'll just comment on the really cool shit.

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That's all I have for the Hall of Fame (#1).

I took off on 70 and met up with 45 in Eagle River. As I come up to the Derby Track that I wanted to visit I see it's a CYI-Fest. Fuckin Amsoil sponsored shit everywhere. I decided that hell hole wasn't worthy of my feet walking on it so I just snapped some pics from the road as I was driving.

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I head over to the disputed Hall of Fame owned by the Decker fam, who also owns the Derby Track. It used to be a small strip mall that they knocked all the walls down and created it. It's smaller and not as "homey" as the real one. The people who are there aren't exactly "nice" either.

There are some pictures of pictures in there. Mostly OUCH ones that I couldn't pass up.


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Twin engine Arctic-cat deathtrap? Hey it's the only way they could keep up with Polaris.....

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Hey Look Rubi Falling Off His Sled And It Getting Away:

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Since it was still early I figured I'd snag a new torque stop and toss it on. Here's the old one:

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Here's the new place that we stayed at. Quite a step up from where we were. This is one of the apartments at THE PEPPER MILL IN ROCKLAND. Nice place, TV remote, clean, hot showers, and across from Henry's! Can't as for more than that!

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CuzzinOlaf was supposed to be there around 11:30-12:00. That didn't happen. His ass barged in at 2:30 or so when I'm passed out on the lazy-boy. I woke up and we hung out for a bit and then we passed out. He wanted me to snuggle him in the big bed but I passed on that, I just went to bed in the bunk-bed.

End of day 5.

Day 6, Thursday, the day of Olaf.

Olaf and I don't exactly wake up early. We go and retrieve his sleds from the owner's of the Pepper Mill's garage. We get back to the apt.

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Olaf says hey follow me, I know of this great field. It was cool - lots of open space. Would be great if there was more snow. As it was there wasn't enough to carve in.

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Then we cruise back the other way, we climb a hill that Rubi was eyeballin on the last day on the way out.


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We hit some powerlines. Passed some cat guys, no surprise.

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Now this is where it gets kinda funny and confusing.

Olaf finds a little off-trail chute to hit. We get to where a previous rider turned around. Olaf looks back at me and asks "If I get stuck will you help get me out?" I say "Fuck no, you're on your own" "What?" "Just go for it".

As you can see he didn't make it very far.

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Now this is confusing. Somehow that last stuck created this:

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That drop-link is supposed to be straight. I'll come back to this later.

That killed the rest of our day, but about 1pm? We were trail running on the way back and I stopped right before the trestle-bridge to put my balaclava on. As I'm doing this 2 sleds pull up, 2 riders each. 1 rider on each doesn't have a helmet. I ask if they're OK. They said yes, they're looking for an accident on the trail just outside Twin Lakes. I said I hadn't seen one, they said no one had and they're turning around. I start up and pull off... following Olaf and his busted BRAND NEW sled. We come to a curve just past Mass City and see a bunch of people standing around. Looks like a guy missed a turn. The trail curves back and forth between power lines, and this one curved and went over a bridge. Since he missed the turn he went straight into the opposing side of the small ravine. When we stopped and pulled off, this guy was laying there freezing his ass off with only a thermal (plastic) blanket on. None of these guys had a clue what to do. I start talking to the guy, making sure he's concious - ask how he's doing, etc etc. He says he's cold. Here, take my jacket. Olaf gives him his too. Another guy donates his. So far he's been laying there for a half hour. I tell them that I met the rescue crew and they said they were turning back. After another 10 mins of waiting some safety crew show up in their bright flashy Castle-X jackets. They also had no clue. To cut this short, the guy laid in the snow for an hour before they got him out. His SRX was trashed. I didn't want to take pictures of the carnage with respect to the guy, but I wanted to show that you really need to pay attention.

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Olaf's buddies were showing up that day. We had to fix Olaf's sled. We went to the dealer, they ordered the part but couldn't give him one. We went to a guy's place just down from Krupp's. Almost a complete machine shop in his garage. There were a couple guys with a smacked up 98 xcr 700. Trailing arm mount was destroyed. The guy fixed it then started in on Olaf's. Instead of fixing what he had, he made him a new one from 3/4 solid steel. Olaf's old one was like 5/8 hollow aluminum. Reverse threaded, deburred, perfect piece of art. $25 is all he charged.

Olaf's plan was to go get his buddy's ski-dud that needed a TPS. Dealer was supposed to leave it outside with the key in it. He left to do that while I took my swaybar off and loosen my suspension. He got back a couple hours later with no sled. Dealer forgot to leave the key in it. Oops.
Olaf and I pass out, me with my feet hanging off the end of the bunk-bed.
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Day 7; kids come out to play.

Friday morning.

Olaf's friends woke up, decided they wanted to go to Lake of the Clouds that day. One of their machines was still at the dealer, so they borrowed Olaf's Apex and went for it. We were all for getting stuck and they were not.

Powersledder must have changed plugs and carb needle clip positions more than anyone in the world every time he was out.

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That was across the street from Chance's Hell hole, the first place we stayed. We decided to explore a little around Mass City.

This is up the road and a little through-the-forest trail we did. Came to a nice lookout.

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Then we follow Olaf through the woods. I kinda get stuck. Power fouls a plug.

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THEN IT HAPPENED. Olaf led us into this deathtrap. I couldn't get enough speed up to get out of it. We spent easily an hour in a 75 by 75 ft mess. I hit every fuckin log, tree stump, and branch in that area. Any time we though we were getting anywhere, BAM I'd start trenching. They'd bitch at me, then see some 10 inch log sticking through my track. Fuckers.

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Those pictures don't even describe it... any time one of us got unstuck, I'd get buried. Olaf dug 4ft deep trenches perpindicular to where I was supposed to get out. It was ugly. The last 2 pics are of the rest after we finally got the weapon on level ground.
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So we ride for a while. Everything's fine, Power climbs a little hill, tells us to turn around. So we do, find another way up. Some jackass on a REV is at the top, bitching about Power. Powersledder goes back down, attempt #2. I have a picture, but no video. As Olaf and I are talking to this REV guy, you hear Power... BRAAAAP... out of the corner of my eye I see him and his sled flip on their side faster than humanly possible. It's really hard to explain but was funny as fuck when we saw it. Immediately the engine cuts off. We run over to see WTF happened. We see this:

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He rode up the side of the little stick! If you look closely, he has one ski under and one over the tree. Uphill. We decided to cut the tree down because:
A. It was easier
B. Wanted to try Olaf's survival tools
C. We wanted to kill the fucker becuase it messed up Powersledder's ride.

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That little saw tore through that tree in like 3 minutes, no joke. I don't think a cordless sawzall could have done it faster. Here we are at the top of the hill, the easy way that didn't involve cutting trees.

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Then we decided to hit the Mass-to-Rockland Powerlines again. We took a few hills.

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This is the bottom of the one that made us turn around the first day with Mud, Rubi, and Gerbil.

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I guess it doesn't look that bad. No studs = not getting up that. Frozen dirt and ice. As we sat at the bottom, a bunch of Arctic Crap came down. We sat at the bottom and BS'd for a while. They took off the way we came. We gave them a few minutes. As one of the last guys goes over the first hill, we hear some yelling. We climb to the top and:

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OOPS. That guy was on a 600, all the rest were F1000s. The rest of the powerlines back were uneventful. We found a mine, and Powersledder proceeded to try and break in.

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Dead frozen bats, shit inside, etc etc.

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We play outside the mine for a few.

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We find some hills around there, and some nice play areas. This mine is pretty big. We found the top, the excess rock pile dump thing. Also this smokestack coming out of the top for what reason?

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That's about it for daytime riding. I still have carnage pics form friday night that involve Olaf's friends and their "VES cleaning". They asked me for help cleaning them, as it was running on one cylinder and spewing carbon-goop out of the VES cap..... stay tuned for more tomorrow.
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Friday night Olaf's buddies asked me to help clean the VES on the XC. I said no problem. After a stomach-stuffing buffet at Henry's where Powersledder and I ate a ton of butterfly shrimp I went into a slight food coma. After bugging me a few times, we went over the the shop. It's heated, well lit, and has some tools. I should also note here that Olaf's buddies aren't the sled-wrenching type - they got a quick lesson in rebuilding some shit when needed in a quick way. They usually are working on their jetskis - same principal but a little different.

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That's Powersledder playing with the mini-crane thingy, and Penny staring at the camera like a dope.

After pulling the PTO VES off, I found just a stub shaft and no guillotine. NOT GOOD. He's lucky it didn't drop into the engine and cause complete destruction. Later we found out why it didn't do this. He also had a torn bellows causing the exhaust gases to blow out the hole on the top of the VES cap. First thing I did was have them clean the bellows and I put a dab of Ultra-Gray on there so it would dry by morning; sealing the bellows to at least make it through the rest of the day.

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Well we couldn't get the valves out. We yanked and yanked, sounded like metal on metal contact at the end. No luck getting these things out. We pulled the head to see what's stopping it.

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We looked into exhaust port and saw 2 melted exhaust valves. The PTO one that snapped was blocking 90% of the exhaust port, causing it to run like shit on just 1 cylinder. These fuckers weren't coming out without a fight. We had no choice but to pull the jugs and get them out.

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We were balls-deep in this thing by now, it's about 1AM if I remember right. We were planning on riding in the morning so it had to get done. With no die-grinder in sight we went for the next best thing. A drill. Now the owner of the shop had the largest selection of drill bits I'd ever seen. 100's of them. We started drilling. Penny got excited by all the pics I was taking and wanted to be posted on the site so I obliged.

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Here's Powersledder being oh-so-careful when removing parts of the guillotine (Hammer moving so fast you can't see it).

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These are what was left of the blades on there.

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We buttoned it back up and were out of there by 2:30 in the morning. We wanted to let it dry overnight before refilling with coolant and firing it up. Back to the room, to wait for MX86 and crew to show up. We were just going to bed as they were hitting the road....
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Day 8, warm to cold. Most of us there.

Saturday morning; MX86, Polaris1Man, and a few others show up to do some riding! First and foremost we decide to fix the Weapon. Polaris1man was kind enough to bring all his clutch tools and an extra clutch shell that ISN'T bent. We head to the shop and swap springs, pins, weights, etc. We get back to the Apt. and get read to ride.

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There's a big group over at Henry's getting gas.

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We head out, going for some play area over by Krupps that they know about. We start going tha way and stop for a few. People started throwing food at me so I couldn't turn that down. It was snowing pretty hard, I guess these pics don't show it that well.

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As we're sitting there, we hear BRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAPPPPPPPPPP.

Up comes the red XC that we worked on the night before. Loud as fuck that thing is. He pulls up and says it's running great above 5k. Below that it's shit. Figuring the VES missing is the culprit I didn't think anything of it. We pulled the plugs and they were a tad white; Polaris1man saw some burnt antifreeze on them so we sent them back to check it out. I guess when they got back they couldn't see anything wrong and the plugs took on some more color - maybe a little more antifreeze in the bottom they didn't drain out? I don't know - but when I looked at the piston crowns while they had the head off again later in the day it looked fine - about 3/4 inch.

We hit the trails, find some wooded off-trail shit and start plugging along. I'm playing tailgunner, directly behind Polaris1Man and the XCR-800 trencher in front of him. We didn't make it far before the XCR hit a little drift.

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Then we found some fresh stuff, Powersledder of course changing plugs and fiddling with jets.

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Then BAM Polaris1man gets stuck - not sure who he's waving to over there. Maybe you saw a deer or something?

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Here it is from the top after I POWERED my way around and over him, heh. New clutches that don't stick and engage correctly at 4k instead of 5k make a world of difference.

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We are looking for some big bowl area that's in this logging area. We backtracked, got a few stucks. Nothing major. We find this lake that was untouched. We played in there for a while.

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MX86 told me to lead, hoping I'd get stuck or hit something. Well that didn't happen, but when we turned around and he was in front this did:

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That's king smartass MX86 buried into a tiny little drift slightly off the side of the road. It was funny watching him slow down and sink. As you can see Olaf is right on his ass.

We stop to talk about finding this magical bowl of white powder (not a drug reference so lay off). As we were standing there, Olaf and Power had the bright idea to climb a hill. I guess it was too small to turn around up there, they had to turn around by hand. Or so they say, I think Olaf tried stickin it into Power's pooper real quick and Power was running around with his bibs around his ankles screaming. We heard the screamin.

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It went from 25 degrees and not snowing to.... trees bending and snow coming down like a bitch and 10 degrees in about 5 minutes. We better get outta here... waited and waited for Power and Olaf to get back down. They finally make it back down. We leave the area, Olaf and power are almost out of fuel. We stop at Krupps, get some gas. It's DAMN cold by now.

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The ride back was miserable. I was wearing off-trail clothes under my gear, IE a t-shirt and long underwear. Which is just fine most of the time, but ripping down the trail at 40+ and pretty bad snow just wasn't cutting it. The trails were the busiest I'd seen, everyone was trying to get back as fast as they could. We get back to the room.

We de-gear and get some food. Henry's buffet again! Can't go wrong, good stuff right there.

We go back to the room, hang out for a minute. I go check on the XC, plugs and wash look fine by now. Put it back together and they're all set. They're leaving in the morning, we were going to ride another day (sunday).

I decide to take power to Henry's for some drinks. Power and I sat there and BS'd sleds for a couple hours, we closed Henry's down. My total bar tab was $24, woot woot. I was suckin them down pretty quick too. We went back to the room and I guess I was being a loud drunk. MX was trying to sleep on the couch but I'm sure that was kinda hard. I passed out and awaited the pain of the next day of riding.

End of day 8.
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I awoke with a splitting headach, thanks Absolut. They don't have Ketel one or anything there so I was feeling the pain. Polaris1Man was saying nobody's going anywhere today. Too damn cold, let's load up and head out. I walked down the stairs and remote-started my Jeep. Surprisingly it worked. We had some trouble getting the diesel and Olaf's buddy's Jeep going. Had to put a block heater in the diesel.

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We all said our goodbyes, shook hands, and left. I had a miserable drive home. I drove for an hour and a half through this, it should have been a 45 minute drive but the snow was terrible. Hitting walls of snow on bridges slows you down a tad. Again, the pics don't really show how bad it was.

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As I get into Eagle river the temp was even lower, the lake wasn't there to warm it up I guess.

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Pretty uneventful ride home. Just north of Madison, WI there were a ton of cars off the road that were headed north. What's funny is that there was no snow and it was sunny by there. I don't know what's with the cheeseheads.
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Or so they say, I think Olaf tried stickin it into Power's pooper real quick and Power was running around with his bibs around his ankles screaming. We heard the screamin.
HA! He started with the bad touch so I thought he wanted it. I like em' young.
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well i guess it was a good thing that the queer left on saturday night. i felt safer haha
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MX86 told me to lead, hoping I'd get stuck or hit something. Well that didn't happen, but when we turned around and he was in front this did:

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That's king smartass MX86 buried into a tiny little drift slightly off the side of the road. It was funny watching him slow down and sink. As you can see Olaf is right on his ass.
This is where MX told me to not go through there... I'll get stuck. I was barely moving and got right through with no problem. MX kindly gave me the finger.
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All in all it was a great time. It was just as nice as I expected, the riding was better than expected, and I had a lot of fun. It was nice meeting some of you for the first time, and good to see some faces for a second time (sober). I learned a lot (Twins are turds).... tried some new riding. I really want to do this again next year.

Some people asked about costs, here's the breakdown:

New sled so I don't die: $2600
Lodging @ 25/night: $225
Gas getting there and back: $180
New clutch parts: $75
New Belt: $75
Food: $300
Booze: $100 ish
Oil: $25 for 4 gallons
Gas in the sled: $200ish

Total: $3780.

Meeting all you fuckers: $3755, I took the Super-Tech out becuase I would have bought that anyways. What, you think I liked meeting all you fuckers and I'd say PRICELESS like some gay-ass tagline on the back of Olaf's truck?

Your cost may vary. Lodging is cheap, so is booze.
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1200.00 bucks for 10 days...not to bad, if you guys do this next year I am in.....I will also bring my son...who is over 21 by the way. I will definatly go for a week.and we are going to long track our sleds this summer to 136 so wont hinder the ride as much!!
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Where's all you pics Olaf?

Lets see,
gas for the sled and truck: about $60-$80
2 Nights lodging: $50
Primary spring sold to IBS: +$20 (Just thought I'd let ya know you over paid me....)
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Where's all you pics Olaf?
Olaf has a hard time sending pics to people....

The same must be true for posting pics
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