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I carry a stack of Yamaha brochures in the tunnel bag of the Viper.  Can you spare a few minutes to hear about my Yamaha?

All the Jackasses on 800's with their fancy gear doing 55MPH for miles on end. Then they flip me off when I pass them on my 500 two up. Them slow pokes love their 800's.

It's called de thatching your yard you idiots. I do it every year. 

3 minutes ago, Zambroski said:

The ones that groom our massive MN state trails are paid guys.  And well paid I believe.  All the others are club volunteers.

NH has a few state employees that groom some of the state corridor trails. I think the state has about a half dozen groomers stationed around the state. Not nearly enough to cover over 6000 miles of trails.

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Just now, ArcticCrusher said:

How much do you guys pay for permits.  Ours average about 200 per.

I can't remember but a trail permit is like $35/year?  And registration that includes permits for 3 years is like $100?  Shit...not sure.  But it's cheap compared to other places for sure.

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3 hours ago, Woodtick said:

The club I'm in heads out at 7pm. It has all night to set up. It's a remote area with very few bars and no hotels, so they can get away with it. Heavy traffic during the day,ghost town at night, no gas after 9pm.:bc:

those locals without trail permits are the ones that like to head out mid week after dinner and weekends late in the day thinking they won't get caught

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20 minutes ago, 02sled said:

those locals without trail permits are the ones that like to head out mid week after dinner and weekends late in the day thinking they won't get caught

We've got those guys too.  When they get finally get popped it's a healthy fine.  And then they bitch that the state is killing sledding.  Really?  How was that trail you were on when you got that ticket?  Nice and groomed I'll bet.  Too funny.

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To most of the population we are indeed a strange breed. Watch the weather forecast on TV and the reporter says it's going to be nasty, cold and lots of snow, time to hunker down at home. Meanwhile we are doing the happy dance with a big ass grin on our faces.

I'm waiting in line in a store the other day and everyone around me is talking about how wonderfully warm it's been (well above typical) and how they would be happy if it stayed like this. Meanwhile I wanted to tell them to take their weather glee and stick it.

Today we finally have some cold weather. Below freezing last night and hovering just above today.

Are we a strange breed?

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28 minutes ago, 02sled said:

To most of the population we are indeed a strange breed. Watch the weather forecast on TV and the reporter says it's going to be nasty, cold and lots of snow, time to hunker down at home. Meanwhile we are doing the happy dance with a big ass grin on our faces.

I'm waiting in line in a store the other day and everyone around me is talking about how wonderfully warm it's been (well above typical) and how they would be happy if it stayed like this. Meanwhile I wanted to tell them to take their weather glee and stick it.

Today we finally have some cold weather. Below freezing last night and hovering just above today.

Are we a strange breed?

Yup.  Went outside this morning, breezy, flurries, smile on my face, not so for others.  Still gotta put the winters on the wife's car.:cry:

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30 minutes ago, 02sled said:

To most of the population we are indeed a strange breed. Watch the weather forecast on TV and the reporter says it's going to be nasty, cold and lots of snow, time to hunker down at home. Meanwhile we are doing the happy dance with a big ass grin on our faces.

I'm waiting in line in a store the other day and everyone around me is talking about how wonderfully warm it's been (well above typical) and how they would be happy if it stayed like this. Meanwhile I wanted to tell them to take their weather glee and stick it.

Today we finally have some cold weather. Below freezing last night and hovering just above today.

Are we a strange breed?

Ha!  No kidding.  I was at the post office the other day wearing a Sno-X shirt.  Heavy snow was forecast and the lady behind the counter made a comment of how happy I must be...I said "Ecstatic!"  She just laughed as did the rest of the people within ear shot.  They know....a lot of people like the winter...that's why they live here.  I think the length of it is what some don't enjoy as much.  And frankly, if you don't have a winter hobby, it'd be long for anybody.  

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There's a lot of skiers and boarders around here that also get excited at the mention of snow. Killington is hosting a world cup event next weekend. They are very happy to see the snow today.

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29 minutes ago, Zambroski said:

Ha!  No kidding.  I was at the post office the other day wearing a Sno-X shirt.  Heavy snow was forecast and the lady behind the counter made a comment of how happy I must be...I said "Ecstatic!"  She just laughed as did the rest of the people within ear shot.  They know....a lot of people like the winter...that's why they live here.  I think the length of it is what some don't enjoy as much.  And frankly, if you don't have a winter hobby, it'd be long for anybody.  

Absolutely. It's easy keep busy in summer which goes by in the blink of an eye. Then you have the in between eternity once the boats are put away and it's just damp and miserable until the sled season starts.  Sled season starts and again ends too quickly. Then back to an eternity scenario waiting for ice out and the boat back in the water.

If you live where there is winter... embrace it. Sledding, skiing, skating, something other than hibernate. Love it or leave it.

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Where does the guy that's out riding after the first 3" of snow of the season fit in your list, Z? I just heard a sled when I was outside with the dog. I bet their lawn is taking a beating with 3" of snow on top of an unfrozen ground. Wanna bet? Well, do ya :lol:

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1 minute ago, ckf said:

Where does the guy that's out riding after the first 3" of snow of the season fit in your list, Z? I just heard a sled when I was outside with the dog. I bet their lawn is taking a beating with 3" of snow on top of an unfrozen ground. Wanna bet? Well, do ya :lol:

Oh...I think that sub-category can fit nicely under each category.  We can call them the "grass trimmers" or "weed wackers" or something.  :lmao:

Several lawns and fields ripped up along my travel this morning...dirt everywhere.  

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13 minutes ago, Zambroski said:

Oh...I think that sub-category can fit nicely under each category.  We can call them the "grass trimmers" or "weed wackers" or something.  :lmao:

Several lawns and fields ripped up along my travel this morning...dirt everywhere.  

:lol:

I don't have any grass I care about up north so WTF.:lol:

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On 11/20/2016 at 10:20 AM, ArcticCrusher said:

How much do you guys pay for permits.  Ours average about 200 per.

I pay $10.00 for my Wisconsin permit, $48.00 for Michigan, a week in QC will be $215.00 CDN, Ontario will be $210.00 CDN for the season before December 2nd.

By the time I'm done with permits for my sled, the wife's sled I'll be at $720.00 in permits, then there are the spares for friends and family :lol:   

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On 11/21/2016 at 9:51 AM, ckf said:

Where does the guy that's out riding after the first 3" of snow of the season fit in your list, Z? I just heard a sled when I was outside with the dog. I bet their lawn is taking a beating with 3" of snow on top of an unfrozen ground. Wanna bet? Well, do ya :lol:

Who needs 3" of snow?

 

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