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Grayling Trail Report – Fay’s Motel – 02/17

Greetings Sledders,

I’d like to start by going way back to last Thursday. I groomed the Lovells trail and I had a frequent visitor here at Fay’s ride along for the 5 hour trip. A gentleman by the name of Maurice. He was here the week before and expressed a desire to see exactly what it is that we do in our big green tractors. He called on Wednesday and said he was headed to the U.P. and would I be grooming on Thursday which it turned out I was. During the trip he asked me to guess his age and I admitted that I didn’t have a clue. Turns out he is 88 and going strong. Rides in the Grayling area quite often and enjoys a couple group rides in the upper every winter. Hope you enjoyed the ride Maurice.

Apparently our grooming efforts over the weekend were a success as we received many positive comments from the riders that we talked to here at the motel. The groomers had a heavy schedule and they all did the best that they could to try and keep up with the very heavy traffic.

Right now the trails are in overall good shape. I groomed trail #7 South of M-72 today and the snow has slowly built up to the point that that segment is no longer thin and the ice has been buried on all of it except for the inside of a few corners. I was pulling a full drag and working the blade going uphill and not breaking traction.

We are pushing and pulling good snow on the rest of the system and we are expecting 3 or 4" tonight.

Beware of the warm up coming this weekend. Impact unknown at this time.

Gotta Go

Ride Often and Please Be Safe,

Keith, Sandy and The Kids

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Tuesday February 25th, 2020 - 7:51 pm

Fay's Motel & Cottages

Greetings Sledders,

The trails can only endure so many body blows by the Sun and this last round has taken it's toll.
Here is the latest poop by segment:
Trail #7 from Grayling to Frederic is poor.
Trail #679 fared better and is snow covered from Frederic to the intersection of #79.
Trail #79 is good on the upper half, the Southern half is poor.
Trail #47 ( Lovells ) is fair to good according to the driver. The real challenge is getting to it as Lewiston Grade Rd is down to gravel from the Frederic Trail turn off to the start of the Lovells Trail.
Trail #7 South of M-72. I will groom that in the morning but I don't expect anything better than poor. Better to have an ugly flat trail than an ugly bumpy one.
The weather forecast is calling for some snow on Thursday and Friday although it will be Lake Effect so it's anybody's guess as to where and how much we can expect.
Temps look to hold thru Saturday with yet another warm up on Sunday and Monday followed by more snow.

We will be grooming thru the weekend. If sledders are going to ride the trails we are compelled to groom them. Grooming school 101.

Wish I had better news but it is what it is.

Ride Often and Please Be Safe,
Keith, Sandy and The Kids
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Thanks for the update! Wish it was better news but it is what it is.....

https://frederic-mi.com/hard-icy/

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I had some of that rib Saturday

All the snow is heading for Detroit 😥

That looks delicious !

I had some of that rib Saturday

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Wednesday February 19th, 2020 - 9:37 am

Fay's Motel & Cottages

Greetings Sledders,

We got 4+ yesterday along with some hefty winds.

Everything was groomed yesterday and into last night and the trails are good to very good. Probably the best that I've seen in a number of years.

There was significant drifting in the clear cut and open areas which provides for an opportunity to be amazed at the amount of snow these tractors will simultaneously push and pull and not break a sweat. Instead of relying on the drag to bust up the drifts which can sometimes lead to a mild roller coaster effect, we drop the 10ft wide blade and do some old fashion drift busting. It's the most fun you can have in these tractors while being fully clothed.

It's anybody's guess as to what affect the warm up will have on the trails although traffic will be much lighter than last weekend and that should help a little and there's a ton of base to eat through before a total breakdown occurs. Let's hope for the best.

Ride Often and Please Be Safe,
Keith, Sandy and The Kids
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February 18, 2020 | Uncategorized

Grayling Trail Report – Fay’s Motel – 02/11

Greetings Sledders,

We finally got some much needed replenishing snow on Sunday and it looks like a little more is expected Wed night into Thursday. How much depends on which forecast you are looking at and I keep hearing 2-3" so we will go with that and talk about something else.

I just got back from what we call the tandem grooming run which means we put both tractors on the trail and do a loop from here to Frederic, then on to the Blue Bear, turn around and continue South on trail #79 then we head East and Back to Fay’s.

The only issue I have with all of what I groomed today is the snirty condition of trail #7 between Grayling and Frederic and you all know that prompts me to call that fair. Until we get the dirt snow separator working again that trail will show some snirt. Everything else was good to very good.

The forecast looks good for the week and on into the long weekend. Expect heavy traffic and we will do our best to keep up grooming wise. All of our trails will be groomed once each day and to accomplish this we need to groom some segments during the daytime. Around the next corner or on the backside of a blind hill may be a groomer. Something to think about.

Have a SAFE weekend.

Ride Often and Please Be Safe,
Keith, Sandy and The Kids ( How’s that Bob?)

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Tuesday February 25th, 2020 - 7:51 pm

Fay's Motel & Cottages

Greetings Sledders,

The trails can only endure so many body blows by the Sun and this last round has taken it's toll.
Here is the latest poop by segment:
Trail #7 from Grayling to Frederic is poor.
Trail #679 fared better and is snow covered from Frederic to the intersection of #79.
Trail #79 is good on the upper half, the Southern half is poor.
Trail #47 ( Lovells ) is fair to good according to the driver. The real challenge is getting to it as Lewiston Grade Rd is down to gravel from the Frederic Trail turn off to the start of the Lovells Trail.
Trail #7 South of M-72. I will groom that in the morning but I don't expect anything better than poor. Better to have an ugly flat trail than an ugly bumpy one.
The weather forecast is calling for some snow on Thursday and Friday although it will be Lake Effect so it's anybody's guess as to where and how much we can expect.
Temps look to hold thru Saturday with yet another warm up on Sunday and Monday followed by more snow.

We will be grooming thru the weekend. If sledders are going to ride the trails we are compelled to groom them. Grooming school 101.

Wish I had better news but it is what it is.

Ride Often and Please Be Safe,
Keith, Sandy and The Kids
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Thanks for the update! Wish it was better news but it is what it is.....

https://frederic-mi.com/hard-icy/

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I had some of that rib Saturday

All the snow is heading for Detroit 😥

That looks delicious !

I had some of that rib Saturday

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Wednesday February 19th, 2020 - 9:37 am

Fay's Motel & Cottages

Greetings Sledders,

We got 4+ yesterday along with some hefty winds.

Everything was groomed yesterday and into last night and the trails are good to very good. Probably the best that I've seen in a number of years.

There was significant drifting in the clear cut and open areas which provides for an opportunity to be amazed at the amount of snow these tractors will simultaneously push and pull and not break a sweat. Instead of relying on the drag to bust up the drifts which can sometimes lead to a mild roller coaster effect, we drop the 10ft wide blade and do some old fashion drift busting. It's the most fun you can have in these tractors while being fully clothed.

It's anybody's guess as to what affect the warm up will have on the trails although traffic will be much lighter than last weekend and that should help a little and there's a ton of base to eat through before a total breakdown occurs. Let's hope for the best.

Ride Often and Please Be Safe,
Keith, Sandy and The Kids
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February 12, 2020 | Uncategorized
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