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Agree this may have taken a bad turn. It does raise an issue of concern while on the trail. A meal that doesn’t agree with you when 50 - 100 miles from your truck is a real problem. I know I will be bashed for not supporting local businesses but, I only eat what I pack now. Only takes one bad experience. I’ll never risk it again if I don’t have to.
My buddies will stop to eat and I’ll tell them I’ll be back in and hour. I get more miles in and I’ll eat trailside when I find a nice place to stop.
 

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i) Drinks (or smokes up,...) and rides (do that after you park the sled for the day)
ii) doesn't stay right on the trails (especially in corners or on hills)
iii) doesn't stay on the trail when crossing private land
iv) rides with a noisy aftermarket can
v) has to stop to smoke a cigarette every 30 minutes
vi) tailgates/follows too closely when riding
 

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Guys who party the night before riding.

Guys who party the nights on the trip.

Guys who drink while riding.

This next one really happened. We rode with a guy who would ride in back. And just randomly stop to smoke an entire cig. We would look behind us and he wouldnt be there at all. We had no idea if he crashed so we would turn around. Nope, smoking every time. Didnt ride with him again.
 

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Yup, been there. I always tell everyone, be sure your machine is looked over good. 2 years ago we took our trip to hayward. A new guy, to a friend of our group. A 4 hour trip from my house. Guy brings his 1996 ski doo formula. We are out riding, he fould plugs 3 times each day. Back up to the 2nd day, not only is he fouling plugs, but a gas line started leaking on his sled. I was loosing it by this time. I asked him did you go through this sled or have a mechanic look it over. He said no. He also said that the sled has been fouling plugs all year, and that he knew the fuel lines were bad. Nice..... ha? You could say my trip was not fun.
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Bathroom??? the couple we ride with the girls figured it out and can piss almost as fast the men, only difference they are making sure there is TP available.

LOL THATS ME. Great thread 😄
 

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There is a large group of friends we USED to ride with every winter. For over a decade. People came and went, some could really ride.

And others well just like that list. These were my hubbies buddies, but after several years of ending up drinking beer in the potato barn instead of riding I was pissed.

Back then no cell, GPS yada yada. But I learned how to read a map as a little kid.

So I announce one morning "I'm going who is riding?" My H was too nice a guy to say it. Lol not me. Hanging around in a barn all day every day...fuck that shit.

Can I "fix" a sled on the trail by myself? Hell no. I've changed a belt, and duct taped a broken throttle...but I will not sit around because some guy LITERALLY never goes through his dinosaur to do basic maintenance.

Now my own rides are getting up there in mileage but they get inspected thoroughly prior to riding season.

At some point I will have to upgrade. Price of a new 2 stroke is insane.

Being female I've only had a couple of women over the years that could keep up, and not whine. I can't stand that. We've had a guy here and there bring "the girlfriend" and I'm always expected to baby sit.

Now I ask questions BEFORE the trip.

1) Do you like the cold?
2) How much time have you ever been outside in winter?
3) Do you do any sports? Do you workout?
4) What gear do you have?
5) And this is the most important question: "have you ever driven anything other than a car?".

If I get a "no" to any of these questions I tell Mr. Boyfriend or Husband "she's your responsibility not mine".

I've had to deal with too many crybabies. Jesus too many. I'm not "mamma bear". I sound mean but my life could depend on one of my group. I know what my abilities are, even at my age. I don't need my life to be compromised by someone too inexperienced to be a part of our group.

Newbies are welcome to my camp but whomever brings them is responsible for "training them".

I'm 60, and my H said I STILL ride better than a lot of the I men half my age.

And I've got health issues, healing now from surgery, and if I ride this coming season I won't go on long rides if I can't handle it.

Now my H doesn't like me riding alone. But I'm not going to slow down a whole group. So when I go out I keep it local. Or hook up with someone else who wants to take it slow and short.
 

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i usually lay it out as "we are going to be riding to the bar all day" . not the bar stool either. i had one guy doubt it, came riding and was telling people we were nuts. not in a bad way, just hard core riders who rarely stop. i kind of hinted that to rynex before we hooked up. funny when his wife said "i know i am a woman but i promise i can ride". and she delivered and so did he. we for once met a couple of riders who are just like us . and we will ride again this year for sure because of it
 

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There is a large group of friends we USED to ride with every winter. For over a decade. People came and went, some could really ride.

And others well just like that list. These were my hubbies buddies, but after several years of ending up drinking beer in the potato barn instead of riding I was pissed.

Back then no cell, GPS yada yada. But I learned how to read a map as a little kid.

So I announce one morning "I'm going who is riding?" My H was too nice a guy to say it. Lol not me. Hanging around in a barn all day every day...fuck that shit.

Can I "fix" a sled on the trail by myself? Hell no. I've changed a belt, and duct taped a broken throttle...but I will not sit around because some guy LITERALLY never goes through his dinosaur to do basic maintenance.

Now my own rides are getting up there in mileage but they get inspected thoroughly prior to riding season.

At some point I will have to upgrade. Price of a new 2 stroke is insane.

Being female I've only had a couple of women over the years that could keep up, and not whine. I can't stand that. We've had a guy here and there bring "the girlfriend" and I'm always expected to baby sit.

Now I ask questions BEFORE the trip.

1) Do you like the cold?
2) How much time have you ever been outside in winter?
3) Do you do any sports? Do you workout?
4) What gear do you have?
5) And this is the most important question: "have you ever driven anything other than a car?".

If I get a "no" to any of these questions I tell Mr. Boyfriend or Husband "she's your responsibility not mine".

I've had to deal with too many crybabies. Jesus too many. I'm not "mamma bear". I sound mean but my life could depend on one of my group. I know what my abilities are, even at my age. I don't need my life to be compromised by someone too inexperienced to be a part of our group.

Newbies are welcome to my camp but whomever brings them is responsible for "training them".

I'm 60, and my H said I STILL ride better than a lot of the I men half my age.

And I've got health issues, healing now from surgery, and if I ride this coming season I won't go on long rides if I can't handle it.

Now my H doesn't like me riding alone. But I'm not going to slow down a whole group. So when I go out I keep it local. Or hook up with someone else who wants to take it slow and short.
Same with me. Had a large group (10-12) of guys I used to ride with when we were in our teens and early 20's. Was always a clusterfuck but we did it anyway. We'd go to Tug Hill and I'd try to get everyone coordinated so half would shower at night and half in the morning, we'd gas up on our way home each night if something was open, guys that wanted breakfast would get up earlier than those who didnt, etc so we as a group were ready to ride by 9am. Hardly ever worked out like that but I tried. Now with my work schedule and winters being shorter I simply do not have time for guys that cant ride, wont get their ass moving in the morning, or show up unprepared with junk equipment. I'm 53 and can go all day, and when I get a day to ride thats what I plan on doing.
 

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I have taken a day off here and there for a "wife" that wants to sight see in Vermont. Actually I've only done that twice.

I don't need or want to "go shopping" not all women like that. I'm in the store I grab what I need and I'm out. Done.

I'm not a huge eater either. I don't do "froo froo" primping and preening. I tell the women "yes your butt will look YUGE LOL in your bibs" but there's a reason they are made like that.

I will cop to waterproof makeup though. ☺
 

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#1 is guys that want to sit in the bar and drink instead of ride. I cant even count the amount of times this happened to me when i was younger. Id say great, im going riding, and take off. These days i dont even call anyone to ride anymore because they think a 40 mile ride is a long day.
Anyone in the central mn area want to actually ride this year? PM me if you do!
 

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Thread makes me glad I mostly just ride with 2 others. Trouble with that is when one can't make it. Prefer to ride in groups of at least 3 sleds. If one goes down and then you're towing, at least you aren't towing with the only running sled. We all have newer sleds now but shit happens.

Had two guys I can remember that were issues. One always wanted to be the leader and tried different "short cuts" that didn't work or ended up on roads somewhere. The other guy didn't like to ride long days - seems like our best laid plans always end up when you are 80 miles from your destination when you planned to be there. If you can't roll with it in this sport, you aren't going to make it. Neither of them ride with us anymore.
 

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how about the guy who shows in the morning and announces he has to be home at 3? i tell them you may as well leave now. no fucking way i will be back to the truck by then, and surely no special escort back. see you next time (maybe). one guy did just that, but we had issues. we were 80 miles from the truck at about the time he was to be home. he makes the call, it was snowing lightly and quiet out. we could all hear her screaming at him. he hangs up , and just hangs his head. this guy was a real good dude, we felt bad
 

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how about the guy who shows in the morning and announces he has to be home at 3? i tell them you may as well leave now. no fucking way i will be back to the truck by then, and surely no special escort back. see you next time (maybe). one guy did just that, but we had issues. we were 80 miles from the truck at about the time he was to be home. he makes the call, it was snowing lightly and quiet out. we could all hear her screaming at him. he hangs up , and just hangs his head. this guy was a real good dude, we felt bad
That's a good one. Had a guy who always seemed to try to get us on a tight schedule going into the last day or two of the trip. We saddlebag most trips and there's no telling when we might get back to the truck, at least within a few hours, but then we all feel that pressure to keep on this self-imposed schedule that he drops on us. I think he started to get anxiety about work or something. I don't know.

Another guy always seemed to be hearing it from his wife - didn't seem like she wanted him to go away from home and she made sure to let him know about it every time he called. We all felt bad for him.
 

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That's a good one. Had a guy who always seemed to try to get us on a tight schedule going into the last day or two of the trip. We saddlebag most trips and there's no telling when we might get back to the truck, at least within a few hours, but then we all feel that pressure to keep on this self-imposed schedule that he drops on us. I think he started to get anxiety about work or something. I don't know.

Another guy always seemed to be hearing it from his wife - didn't seem like she wanted him to go away from home and she made sure to let him know about it every time he called. We all felt bad for him.
Why would you feel bad for him? He chose her.
 

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i had to cut another loose from the group. always late, forget shit, sled not right, and fixing his helmet because his girlfriend threw it at his truck. sent 1 guy packing , couldn't keep up, we wait he comes up calling us assholes. i told my buddy that brought him, that asshole has to go . found out later he had a flask in his pocket, and that's why he was off the back. he tried to tell my buddy he was kidding about us being assholes. yeah right
 

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Told our group one year I wasn’t riding with them if Joe was going. His sled was a complete POS and his girlfriend was very controlling about where and when he could ride. Well, it got back to Joe and I was the a-hole. So I apologize and I go on the first ride of the year and it includes Joe.
That ride included a leak that soaked him in antifreeze. Two blown belts (because they got soaked in antifreeze), countless fouled plugs. A broken trailing arm finally took the sled out for good Of course this was 60 miles from the trucks. I feel bad for the guys in my truck that had to hear me say “I told you so” for the whole two hour ride home.
As to the girlfriend, he got engaged to her and every time she showed the ring to anyone she would say “This is Joe’s new snowmobile”.
 

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I hope Joe figures it out. Mine keeps up. wont bitch. outrides most people. And wants me to keep the used sled she is used to. She doesn't like to ride piles or miles in a day. And never complains if I leave with friends on a longer run. 20 years ago I couldn't figure sledders out who want to ride with only certain sled years or certain riders. But I totally understand now.

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how about the guy who shows in the morning and announces he has to be home at 3? i tell them you may as well leave now. no fucking way i will be back to the truck by then, and surely no special escort back. see you next time (maybe). one guy did just that, but we had issues. we were 80 miles from the truck at about the time he was to be home. he makes the call, it was snowing lightly and quiet out. we could all hear her screaming at him. he hangs up , and just hangs his head. this guy was a real good dude, we felt bad
I gotta give my wife credit, she doesn't ride much anymore and certainly wont do big days, but she knows the riding season is short and when conditions are good thats what I'm gonna be doing. She doesn't expect me to go to her brothers wifes sister in laws kids birthday party and wont even ask. She doesn't even expect me to be home for dinner anymore
 

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I gotta give my wife credit, she doesn't ride much anymore and certainly wont do big days, but she knows the riding season is short and when conditions are good thats what I'm gonna be doing. She doesn't expect me to go to her brothers wifes sister in laws kids birthday party and wont even ask. She doesn't even expect me to be home for dinner anymore
sounds like mine. stickdude leaves his truck at my house when we ride, sometimes my girlfriend hangs bake goods and such on his door handle. my dinner is usually waiting, might be cold but that's my fault. i absorb all the xmas parties etc. through december, but she knows after santa leaves on his sled so do we. no obligations till april. sunday is sled clean and inspect day so that is off limits too
 
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