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Wanderer

Snows a comin...?

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Justin is making me jealous about having days off right now to fish. Dang! I wish I could be there now, especially since I don't know if I'll be able to travel Burntside after the next predicted snowfall this week.

I know you only picked up a fraction of the last prediction but I worry as I only have a wheeler and my truck to get around. Once a sled is required, I'm in trouble.

Could you guys keep us posted on what you get? I can make it up there one or both these last two weekends--I just need to know if it'll be worth it.

Is there a place in town to rent a sled?

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I believe Ya-Ta-Hey in Ely rents sleds but I think the price is outrageous. Better off to find a used one and buy it.

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We only got an inch out of that whole storm last weekend, so wheelers would be OK. However, we have a new inch overnight and snow still falling this morning, with a pretty good dump expected Wednesday night, Thursday and Thursday night.

I'll keep you up to date, but wheelers on Bside will be iffy if we get much more snow.

Ya Ta Hey rents snowmobiles in Ely. If you're looking to buy an inexpensive one, check out the sale forums here on FM.

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I hear ya, Wanderer. I haven't taken my sled out of the garage this winter and I am not going to. No sense putting the insurance on, buying the registration, trail sticker, etc. for 2 weeks of use. I have been relying on my 125 Honda 4-wheeler 2 wheel drive to get around alot of places, but if we get much more snow, that will be out. If you have a bigger wheeler with tire chains, you should be just fine unless we get a foot of snow this week. I haven't had any trouble getting around anywhere in my truck, either.

The only problem is, I haven't been out since last Fri. Been to busy with house projects, appointments, or it has been to miserable to go outside! crazy.gif

Anyways, I will be going out tomorrow and this weekend, so I will keep you posted. If you buy Great Outdoors some beer, he might plow a road on Burntside! shocked.gif

Justin

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Is that all it takes?! Beer?! I'm good with that. I'll even let him pick the spots to plow to and bring something for the grill if he wants to fish with us!

I have a Sportsman 500 4x4 which can get through ALOT of mud but I hung it up on the frame in some deep packed snow once and had to have my dog come help me dig it out! Those pigs are heavy! blush.gif

I'll look into chains too but once you lose the contact with firm footing you're done.

Nothing beats a snowmobile in snow....Except maybe a hovercraft. ooo.gif

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I cannot believe that Justin and Wanderer think I can be bought with beer,like some cheap hooker!!! mad.gif Hmmmphhhf!

Er, exactly how much beer are we talking? smirk.gif

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HA HA HA grin.gif!!

I knew I would get him with that one! Lots of beer, and Wanderer is going to grill you a steak!!! Can't beat that!!!

Jim, I am still going to stop by and get the game plan for tomorrow...I am just waiting for my carpet installer guy to get here...I think he went in the ditch confused.gif

Wanderer, Tire Chains will turn your ATV into an unstoppable machine in the snow. I will be willing to say with tire chains, you can go through 2X the amount of snow that your machine will go through right now without them.

Justin

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Jim,

As much beer as you can handle withing walking distance of your store! Oh, wait, maybe I should put a limit on that!

Justin,

Its sounds like you've pushed the limits of things a time or two... I'll invest in the chains if they aren't the same cost as a snowmobile. I pay more for a set of brakes on my wheeler than I do a car!

Crap! I just finished my last Lake Trout nugget for lunch. I'm all out now! frown.gif What am I gonna do???????

I guess I'll be coming up! Don't catch all the dumb ones tomorrow~I need one! grin.gif

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Trust me- You won't be disappointed by putting chains on your tires. I don't think they are very expensive, you should be able to find them at any fleet store or maybe your local atv dealer.

I wouldn't really call it pushing to the limit, it just depends how bad you want to fish certain areas grin.gif You would be amazed how much snow and slush that little 2 wheel drive 125 Honda of mine will go through pulling my loaded Otter sled and me! (200 lbs) Tire chains make a huge difference!

Not looking too good this week-Forecast says heavy snow. Channel 6 out of Duluth says 6-10" and I have heard more than that frown.gif This has been without a doubt, the nicest winter for getting anywhere on the lakes- I hope that stupid snow misses us!!!!

Justin

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We actually ended up getting about four inches overnight last night through today. Really light, though. Almost nothing to it. I was able to sweep it all off the steps without any work at all.

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Thanks Steve!

Sorry I didn't acknowledge your offer of info yesterday. I get just short times during my "working" hours and got caught up in traction talk. I did buy chains for my wheeler last night. Also dreamed about the used H/O with tracks they had sitting there. The seller is about ready to give it away.

I did look at the FM classifieds yesterday per your recommendation. There was one sled listed but sold. It needed work though and I have enough projects on my list already.

We're supposed to get 15-20 inches in the Isanti area this week on top of the 13 we just got, so I'll put my rig to the test at home first. It sounds like I'll have to travel North to get outta this mess!

I check the NOAA website but if you don't add what they put in the 3 day history and keep up on it, you don't know how much is really there or how "fluffy" it is!

Thanks again.

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Hey Wanderer, no problem there man.

The NWS is calling for an additional 1-3 tonight, another 3-7 tomorrow and more tomorrow night, though they haven't given an expected range in inches for tomorrow night.

On top of the five we got over the weekend and earlier this week, if we get another 4-10 or more, it will be tough going for a wheeler, even with chains.

Maybe JustinG can run his chained wheeler around Friday after the snow has finished and give us a report. Give him a great chance get away from having to go back to work. grin.gif

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Let it snow we need it. The plow is ready and so is the sled grin.gif.

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Hey Tom if we get as much as they say we could I may be calling to have you plow me out. wink.gif I almost toasted the belt on the blower the other day. Luckily I caught it in time and she is still workin.

1 last trip to the honey hole tonight though. I hope we can get to my spot.

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I will go with you to the honey hole if you call me today.

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