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Old 01-02-2017, 06:24 PM   #11 (permalink)
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It was my buddy Bryan. I was at the site today. Yes he was flying South out of Hurley on Trail 17 and just as the trail cuts to the right he went straight and hit a few trees. His girlfriend thought he just hauled ass down the trail for some time or got lost cause she kept heading South by herself until she reached the Cranberry Inn where she called police and reported him missing. . She drove right by him in the ditch/trees. there he lay for approx. 12 hours until he was found around 10:30 the next day. I cant believe it! Totally experienced rider leading in front of his girlfriend. This happened about a minute from my house. So i'm laying in bed at 11 at night on Friday and he's lying off trail in the ditch at the same time less than half mile from my home dying. Unreal.
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Old 01-02-2017, 08:07 PM   #12 (permalink)
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It was my buddy Bryan. I was at the site today. Yes he was flying South out of Hurley on Trail 17 and just as the trail cuts to the right he went straight and hit a few trees. His girlfriend thought he just hauled ass down the trail for some time or got lost cause she kept heading South by herself until she reached the Cranberry Inn where she called police and reported him missing. . She drove right by him in the ditch/trees. there he lay for approx. 12 hours until he was found around 10:30 the next day. I cant believe it! Totally experienced rider leading in front of his girlfriend. This happened about a minute from my house. So i'm laying in bed at 11 at night on Friday and he's lying off trail in the ditch at the same time less than half mile from my home dying. Unreal.
Real sorry to here and when you put it that way it sounds even worse
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Old 01-02-2017, 08:20 PM   #13 (permalink)
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It was my buddy Bryan. I was at the site today. Yes he was flying South out of Hurley on Trail 17 and just as the trail cuts to the right he went straight and hit a few trees. His girlfriend thought he just hauled ass down the trail for some time or got lost cause she kept heading South by herself until she reached the Cranberry Inn where she called police and reported him missing. . She drove right by him in the ditch/trees. there he lay for approx. 12 hours until he was found around 10:30 the next day. I cant believe it! Totally experienced rider leading in front of his girlfriend. This happened about a minute from my house. So i'm laying in bed at 11 at night on Friday and he's lying off trail in the ditch at the same time less than half mile from my home dying. Unreal.
Sorry to hear about your buddy. Have a feeling this could happen to any of us if something just slightly goes wrong or catch something unexpectly....
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It was my buddy Bryan. I was at the site today. Yes he was flying South out of Hurley on Trail 17 and just as the trail cuts to the right he went straight and hit a few trees. His girlfriend thought he just hauled ass down the trail for some time or got lost cause she kept heading South by herself until she reached the Cranberry Inn where she called police and reported him missing. . She drove right by him in the ditch/trees. there he lay for approx. 12 hours until he was found around 10:30 the next day. I cant believe it! Totally experienced rider leading in front of his girlfriend. This happened about a minute from my house. So i'm laying in bed at 11 at night on Friday and he's lying off trail in the ditch at the same time less than half mile from my home dying. Unreal.
Been on trail 17 many times, know the cut you are referring to you. Whether you are going south or north, there are a couple of cuts and they can sneak up in a hurry. I have seen way too many paths into the woods in this area. Stay safe my fellow sledders.
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Yes me too Chris!
Seriously, I was leading Friday night and it was snowing those giant flakes hard. I was only going 35 and kept checking over my shoulder to see my 12 yr old behind me. Him , 3,4,5,6th sleds said they couldn't see anything but a taillight and the red reflector on the back my son's helmet through the dust. There were times I know I wasn't going 20 it was so bad. When we got home it was a good feeling. I explained to my boy that when it gets like that, slow down as much as it takes to see and get your ass to home or somewhere safe, that's when accidents happen. It only takes a millisecond. How it saddens me, I was right.

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It was my buddy Bryan. I was at the site today. Yes he was flying South out of Hurley on Trail 17 and just as the trail cuts to the right he went straight and hit a few trees. His girlfriend thought he just hauled ass down the trail for some time or got lost cause she kept heading South by herself until she reached the Cranberry Inn where she called police and reported him missing. . She drove right by him in the ditch/trees. there he lay for approx. 12 hours until he was found around 10:30 the next day. I cant believe it! Totally experienced rider leading in front of his girlfriend. This happened about a minute from my house. So i'm laying in bed at 11 at night on Friday and he's lying off trail in the ditch at the same time less than half mile from my home dying. Unreal.

So sad, sorry to hear that. I have been riding my whole life and to be honest the past few years, I have slowed down big time.....and, I worry more and more.
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Horrible,,,, I got chills reading about this as its something that ran through my head when we were riding down trail 3 in the snow Christmas week.

I make a conscious effort to make sure I dont overdrive my headlights these days.
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I like to ride hard. Too hard as a matter of fact. Pushing my sled and myself to its limits. When it gets dusty or snowing hard I back way down. Just plain freaks the shit out of me like nothing in this world. Many years ago , I was involved in a fatality accident. I drove into a complete white out traveling 60-65 mph down a lake. Total white out meaning I couldn't even see the front of the sled. Not seconds later something came over the hood and took me and my wife off the sled. That something ended up being my friend. I'm telling ya fellas there's nothing like getting out of bed every day since then. That was 17 yrs ago at the end of this month. When you can't see, slow down. I never had a chance to slow down or didn't even think to back then. I always wonder what if this or that. Just not worth it!
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I can't even imagine ... it's bad enough having close calls. Truer words couldn't be spoken ... when you can't see, slow the f down.

In fact, I hate to sound like a prude ... but when you're on the lake, try to stay off your buddy's bumper (or near it). Things happen way too quick on the lakes. I got launched off my sled a couple years ago, while we were going across Lake Namakagan headed towards Garden Lake and I was fortunate my buddy wasn't directly behind me. Ever since then, it was a wake up call to stay off to the sides of each other or far enough behind to react. I guess it IS possible to learn as we get older, because when I was younger there was no way I'd consider that. It was always a blast putting the ski tip on my buddy's snow flap.

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Just sad....I know I've slowed down the last few year and have become way more defensive as I've had a few close calls of mine own. Stay safe to all those out this weekend.
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