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Grayling Trail Report – Fay’s Motel – 02/07

Greetings Sledders,

Trail conditions are about what I thought they might be with the limited snow and light recent traffic. I checked basically all of the crossings this morning and all are snow covered albeit thin. Had we gone out and panned the snow that we did get the trails would be even thinner and probably no better than a poor rating, right now I would continue to consider them rideable but fair overall. It’s difficult to upgrade to good without a real base and the only base that’s there is a result of sled traffic, as planned.

In the last report I indicated that I would publish the grooming schedule for the weekend, but I’ve changed my mind, just kidding.

We are going to groom this weekend with one objective in mind and that is to keep roughness caused by increased traffic in check. This is not a base building grooming exercise by any means and if there wasn’t a desire to get people the best possible ride that we can with the limited snow that we have to work with I wouldn’t be sending them out at all. After all this might be last weekend for awhile based on the weather forecasts that I’m looking at.

We’ve only picked up a dusting or two since last Saturday’s snowfall and dustings seem to be the new norm. I wonder how many dustings there are in an inch. Are those fluffy dustings or compressed ones.

Ride Often and Please Be Safe,
Keith, Sandy and The Girls at Fay’s Motel, Grayling

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Wednesday February 20th, 2019 - 4:52 pm

Fay's Motel & Cottages

Greetings Sledders,

What a weekend. Two tractors vs hundreds of sleds. I'd bet on the sleds winning out every time and that certainly was the case last weekend. It took us until Monday but we got all the trails back into very good condition and it looks like they will stay that way thru Friday. After that another ride on the weather roller coaster could be headed our way. At this point it's anybody's guess as to how it will shake out.

We took the day off from grooming today to slather a little grease here and there on the tractors and we will focus on some much needed re-arrangement of snow on the corridor at the golf course that is part of the trail thru town tomorrow and we will be back at grooming on Friday. We will be back at our usual weekend schedule unless the weather says otherwise.

LOVELLS TRAIL CLOSURE: The military will be closing the gates on the Lovells trail the first two weekends of March. This closure is due to training activity on what is known as the Range 30 MPRC and the gates block off a safety zone that is meant to keep everyone out of harms way. I will post this alert several times between now and the scheduled weekends.

Next report when we have a better idea what to expect for weather for the weekend.

Ride Often and Please Be Safe,
Keith, Sandy and The Girls
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Tuesday February 12th, 2019 - 3:56 pm

Fay's Motel & Cottages

Greetings Sledders,

If we get what is forecast, which by the looks of things we will, or at least come close, the trails should end up in good to very good condition.

Groomers are running full bore and will continue throughout the weekend.

This should prove to be the best riding of the year, plenty of snow to keep you off the ice base and the timing is great. Any snowfall on an early week day gives us plenty of time to compress and compact before the weekend traffic hits.

Gotta Go!!

Ride Often and Please Be Safe,
Keith, Sandy and The Girls
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Thursday February 7th, 2019 - 8:07 pm

Fay's Motel & Cottages

Greetings Sledders,

We are grooming and I still think that and after getting a first hand look at the local trails as well as the trails further north that a poor rating is accurate to the south and a fair rating works further north, say north of Frederic.

I haven't been on the trail south of M-72 but I did take a look during the thaw and it didn't look good.

There's a little snow in the forecast and even a couple of inches will help.

Ride Often and Please Be Safe,
Keith, Sandy and The Girls
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Wednesday February 6th, 2019 - 2:04 pm

Fay's Motel & Cottages

Greetings Sledders,

Well here we go again, another gut punch just when we were dialed in with some very nice conditions.

Too much warmth and humidity followed by too much rain and we are back to icy conditions.

To add insult to injury we had a breakdown Friday night and two and a half days were wasted chasing our tails trying to determine the cause. Is it a fuel issue, something mechanical, or is it a random electrical problem. Electrical it was and it took a tech from the dealership all day Monday to track it down and repair.

We are now back to 100%. So we wait.

We got about an inch overnight and I did a test run to see if we could possibly go out and iron out some of the moguls that were left from the weekend. I had limited success with the mogul part but the real problem was dragging the snow along the icy stretches because there isn't enough surface tension to pull the snow through the drag. So we wait.

The forecast doesn't look all that promising with freezing rain tomorrow and no measureable snowfall until next week. So we wait.

I'll get another report out as soon as conditions look to improve or if I should get tired of waiting and decide to write one for the hell of it.

Ride as soon as we get snow as it may not last long,
Keith, Sandy and The Girls
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