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Grayling Trail Report – Fay’s Motel – 01/04

Greetings Sledders,

We picked up a meager inch or two yesterday but it was enough to help with the snirtiness somewhat on the south end of trail 7 and I would call that trail a fair from here to just south of Frederic where it improves greatly from there north. Trail 7 south of 72 is what it is and I’m tired of talking about it.

Trail 79 is in decent shape from the parking lot all the way to the Blue Bear, trail 47 is in decent shape as well. There are some thin areas through the pines which is typical.

I groomed everything north of 72 today and the Lovells trail yesterday and a reasonable indicator of a trail that’s building in snow is the fact that there is ample material in the corners to blade to the inside radius and pretty much all of the corners have material to work with. We are also blading the corners wide which will help as well.

The base is slowly building on all of the trails although it’s a slow process with the traffic and subsequent grooming that took place over the Holiday but we are gaining on it. There continues to be some marginal areas of snirt and that is typical as well. We need more snow before I can honestly put a "good" rating on everything so "fair" is the word.

Tired and I have our club meeting tonight so bye.
Ride Often and Please Be Safe,
Keith, Sandy and The Girls

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Thursday January 11th, 2018 - 10:55 am

Fay's Motel & Cottages

Greetings Sledders,

Not again. Yup, another January has emerged and she's here to take us out of the game.

I was holding off on this until I could see just how bad this was going to get and it's bad, real bad, we are toast. Not just any toast, we are all things toast. Light, burnt, French, white, rye, cinnamon, raison, and milk. What the hell is milk toast anyway?

Just to add a little insult to injury there isn't any major snowfall on the horizon so we are going to be breakfast food for some time to come.

So, all grooming efforts look to come to a halt unless there's enough left to the North and West, but I doubt that we are going to do an over the road deal to get to groom able trails.

And I see no need to turn this report into some sort of daily blog because we just aren't that interesting.

That said, we will start reporting again when it looks like this time out is coming to an end.

Ride Often and Please Be Safe,
Keith, Sandy and The Girls
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Don what do we do now 😣😣

Pray for snow

My parents ate milk toast when they were sick,just hot milk poured over toast,yep it’s a real thing.

Thursday January 4th, 2018 - 7:22 pm

Fay's Motel & Cottages

Greetings Sledders,

We picked up a meager inch or two yesterday but it was enough to help with the snirtiness somewhat on the south end of trail 7 and I would call that trail a fair from here to just south of Frederic where it improves greatly from there north. Trail 7 south of 72 is what it is and I'm tired of talking about it.

Trail 79 is in decent shape from the parking lot all the way to the Blue Bear, trail 47 is in decent shape as well. There are some thin areas through the pines which is typical.

I groomed everything north of 72 today and the Lovells trail yesterday and a reasonable indicator of a trail that's building in snow is the fact that there is ample material in the corners to blade to the inside radius and pretty much all of the corners have material to work with. We are also blading the corners wide which will help as well.

The base is slowly building on all of the trails although it's a slow process with the traffic and subsequent grooming that took place over the Holiday but we are gaining on it. There continues to be some marginal areas of snirt and that is typical as well. We need more snow before I can honestly put a "good" rating on everything so "fair" is the word.

Tired and I have our club meeting tonight so bye.
Ride Often and Please Be Safe,
Keith, Sandy and The Girls
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Appreciate the update and all you do for the trails!! πŸ‘

Road those trails today they were perfect thanks.

Monday January 1st, 2018 - 9:45 pm

Fay's Motel & Cottages

Greetings Sledders,

Yes I know that I'm tardy with this but I've yet to figure out a way to update and groom at the same time. I've been in a tractor since Tues and got a reprieve yesterday due to it being ridiculously cold. Got up at six to find temps in the neighborhood of 17 below and decided to cancel all grooming for the day. A multitude of bad things can happen in that kind of weather, none of which are good and the worst can be gelling of the fuel in the filters, killing the engine and also the heat. It's not worth the risk.

Some trail segments took a beating from heavy traffic and from heavy grooming which has made them pretty snirty. We've gotten some snow off and on, or on and off depending on how you wish to say it and it has helped to keep those stretches in an overall fair condition. Be advised however, that there are pieces of that trail that I would consider to be in poor shape and will continue to be that way until we get measureable snowfall. Specifically the trail I'm talking about here is trail 7 which is basically the I-75 of trails near Grayling. Trail 79 is in a little better shape and trail 47 to Lovells is better yet.

It remains early season riding with a mixed bag of conditions which is typical after a Holiday weekend.

We groomed today and will continue tomorrow and Wed with Thurs being up in the air because daytime highs are not expected to break zero.

That's it for now, next report sometime this week.

Ride Often and Please Be Safe,
Keith, Sandy and The Girls
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Beware that although Trail 47 maybe in good shape, you can not get any gas in Lovells. There has not been gas in Lovells for approximately one month.

Looking forward to seeing you all soon..! I finally retired...

Tuesday December 26th, 2017 - 11:34 am

Fay's Motel & Cottages

Greetings Sledders,

We got about 2-3" of Lake Effect yesterday. It's never the type of snow that we would druther, but it's certainly better than no snow at all. Some of this did fall on trail #7 South of M-72 and East of M-93 near Camp Grayling ( a.k.a. Hanson Hills ) where it was needed the most.

This wasn't enough snow however to upgrade the trail conditions past fair. This trail status was arrived at through much deliberation with the trail conditions board of regents and their word is final. Fair it is. I'm also going to stick with the "poor" label for the previously mentioned Southern trail because as traffic increases it won't take long for that new snow to get blown off or beat down.

We are grooming and will continue to do so until we get tired or the traffic lightens up, whichever comes first. Or until stuff starts breaking in this sub zero weather. Or until the fuel filters gel up. Or until something really good comes on TV.

There isn't much snow in the forecast and the temps won't clear the teens in the foreseeable future so layer up.

It's early season riding and we've all seen worse.

Ride Often and Please Be Safe,
Keith, Sandy and The Girls
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