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Old 11-23-2018, 05:56 PM   #41 (permalink)
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My pet peeve......I want to beat the crap out of other riders who take their half out of my half. Don't It.

Well said.....problem is hardly anybody respect’s or care’s about proper trail manner’s anymore.
The CENTER LEFT bullshit is out of control.
Ride responsibility and within your limits people. PLEASE!!!!!!!!!
It could be YOU or a love one on the receiving end of this SHIT!!!!!
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Old 01-10-2019, 06:10 PM   #42 (permalink)
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Time to bring this back again.......

PLEASE BE SAFE EVERYONE!!!!!!!!


If you didn't read the 1st post in this thread please go back and read it..............
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Old 01-10-2019, 07:18 PM   #43 (permalink)
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Theres a line in that story I always follow and all of my "Buddies" snicker at me. I don't drink when I ride my sleds. At ALL! Not even one shot or beer.

One of those will alter your reaction time ever so slightly. And that slower reaction time at 60mph through the woods at that speed with trees 4 feet away from you would do what?
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No kidding. Good point
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One of the contractors currently working at my building here in the Twin Cities had his young (under 10) son hit and killed by a drunk snowmobiler while they were ice fishing last year. The boy stepped outside the fish house to pee and was hit by a drunk guy on a sled traveling at a high rate of speed. The boy was dragged down the ice for a long ways. His father told us about it a month or so ago on the day the sled rider was sentenced. What a terrible thing to live with for everyone.

The wife of one of the guys I am riding with this weekend (Also from work) was riding in Wisconsin two years ago and hit a rock in the trail. Threw her off the sled and she just missed a tree. She was unconscious and was airlifted to a hospital. Fortunately she was ok.

Several years ago another acquaintance went across a lake in the morning. Came back across the same lake in the same place later that night. Ice heave. Over the handle bars and sled on top of him. Broke both legs.

Another friend that I ice fish with hit his head on the ice on Red Lake three winters ago. Woke up in a helicopter going to the hospital. He said it was a bummer as he always wanted to ride in a helicopter but he was strapped down and couldn't see anything. He was ok also but it cost $23,000 for the ride. I told him he could join the Army like I did and you can ride in helicopters for free. He didn't see the humor.

I was riding with friends on the Red Top trails a couple of years ago by Mille Lacs Lake. I was leading the pack. As I came up to a sharp right turn I happened to see movement through the brush that looked like another sled coming the opposite direction. I slowed almost to s stop just before the turn. Around the corner right tight on my side going fast was the lead guy of several sleds. He yelled sorry as he went by. If I hadn't seen him coming through the brush he would have hit me almost head on.
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There is a few dangerous turns on red top that I always take my time through.


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Hit a deer last year in whakon, one mile from the trailer. Sled survived but bambi didn't.
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I ride the Soo Line from Little Falls to Moose lake a lot with a sled and four wheeler. Can't tell you how many times we have had deer run right across in front of one of us. Knock on wood that none of us have hit one. Lucky for you you didn't get hurt.

You are right about watching out on the Red Top trails. They are great fun but there are some places you have to be careful of. People seem like they like to stop side by side on the trail just over a hill or around a corner a lot there. If you are sight seeing pull off to the side.
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Time to bring this back again.......

PLEASE BE SAFE EVERYONE!!!!!!!!


If you didn't read the 1st post in this thread please go back and read it..............
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Time to bring this back again.......

PLEASE BE SAFE EVERYONE!!!!!!!!


If you didn't read the 1st post in this thread please go back and read it..............
i'm glad you bring it back every year, with already one death in NY, we need the reminder.
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I DID write this.

Still miss Jim but time heals all wounds I guess.

I finally decided to get back into sledding.

I was doing some archive research on clutching rpm for my mach (found it!) i ran into my old story - I'm glad it still has an impact on the community and makes people think about what they're doing.

Hopefully the trails are good around crivitz and I can get back into this next weekend!

Ride safe!

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FYI looks like its been clipped a bit... here's my original version.




I am not a writer. In fact, this is the first time I've written anything since college. I am, however, a snowmobiler.

My friends and I are probably just like you. We are all in our late twenties to early thirties, and single white males. We have pretty good jobs; some own their house, others rent. We hunt and fish, watch football and NASCAR, go to bars and church festivals. We have problems with women, like fast cars and Schwartzeneggar movies. We think we can dance, but look like Frankenstein having a seizure when a girl drags us onto the floor. We could probably switch places with any of you and fit right into your group.

We have owned sleds from all manufacturers over the years. Our first sleds were junkpiles and we still make fun of them. We work on our own sleds and help each other with theirs. We watch the weather forecasts waiting for snow and read all the snowmobiling magazines drooling over the new sleds. We put 600 miles on the truck to put 200 on the sled. We have all entered corners too fast, and all missed turns at night at one time or another. We laughed at slow riders that putted along at 15 mph. We rode with the feeling of invincibility that only youth can bring.

Our youth ended February 14, 2003.

In a small town about 10 miles South of Crandon, at 11:00 PM my friend Jim Smolen lost his life. He was only 28. He died within a half mile of the cabin, within half an hour of unloading the sleds off of the trailer. The reconstruction showed that he hit a stump under the snow, was thrown off, and hit a tree. At least he didn't suffer. Excessive speed was believed to have been involved, even though the sled wasn't wrecked. It looked like he just stepped off of it. He did have ONE or TWO beers, but I must say that I have seen people drink much more - I'm not condoning it, but I know you have too. Jim was riding as long as I can remember, 5+ years at least, riding the same sled he had for three years. We have all seen the articles in the papers that give little detail; letting us assume it was an inexperienced rider, totally drunk, on a brand new, huge displacement sled.

What the newspaper articles do not show is how it affects everyone else. They don't show the undescribable horror of seeing a close friend lying in the snow bleeding from the eyes, ears, nose and mouth. They don't show the blank stare in his unblinking eyes as you try to remember the CPR you learned in high school. They don't show the panic felt during the longest half mile you will ever ride back to the cabin to call 911. They don't show the feeling of helplessness as you spend the longest HALF HOUR of your life waiting for an ambulance. They don't tell about men who haven't prayed in years dropping to their knees and saying a prayer. They don't show the feeling of uneasiness as you drive HIS truck to the hospital. They don't show the cold you feel as you wait until 4:30AM when the doctors give you the news you already knew but still can't bring yourself to hear. They don't tell the flood of emotions you feel as you have to call your friend's parents in the middle of the night to tell them that their son has died. They don't mention that none of his friends will get any sleep for days. They don't mention the nightmares when they do. They don't tell about the DNR showing up at 8:00AM the next day to fill out paperwork and make them relive it all again. They don't tell about grown men breaking down and crying. They don't tell about the longest, quietest drive home ever.

His roommate is the one who found him, called his parents, and drove his truck home. He has closed the kitchen window blinds so he doesn't have to see his truck. He had to close the kitchen cabinet to keep from seeing his box of corn flakes. He is now afraid of the dark. Our season is over.

The human body is so frail, so easily damaged. If you have an accident in a big city, help is only about five minutes away. If you have an accident in the north woods help could be forty miles away or more. Think about it: that's like having an accident in Milwaukee and having to wait for an ambulance from Illinois. And then having to go to a hospital back in Illinois.

I am not asking for speed limits, or other restrictions. Just please, PLEASE be careful. Slow down just a little. Skip that beer and have a soda instead. Ask yourself if it is worth the consequences to go flying through the woods. Your friends WILL wait for you. Death is forever. Think of all the good times you would miss. Take a little time and look at the beauty of nature. There are those that no longer can.

We laid Jim to rest today. If only one person is affected by this pointless loss, and a single life is saved, Jim's death would have meaning and all of us could have some closure.

I know you think that this only happens to "the other guy". So did we. Just like you.



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