March 19, 2004 Paradise-Goulds Night Run: (1 Photo)
The 2004 snowmobiling season was going on record as being one of the busiest yet for our crew. Lots of snow this year meant a lot of runs, even finding the time for two trips to the Sooley Cabin. This weekend was no different as some of the crew headed out Friday evening for a night run.
French, Maffer and Sooley met at the Irving station in Paradise and decided to head towards Northern Pond Road, and across Cochrane Pond to the Goulds. This was plan was easily followed by hopping on the pole line across from Irving, following it as far as the Trans Canada Highway. Crossing the clover leaf where the T.C.H. intersects the Harbour Arterial, they continued on past another Irving station to Northern Pond Road and Cochrane Pond Park.
Along the way they met up with Harve, Harding and a few fellas and followed them for awhile before turning around as they were going on a much longer run. After running around the Goulds they made their way home re-crossing Cochrane Pond. The recent snowfall was wind driven which created a lot of drifts up the side of the pond so the ride was a little rough.
Maffer, who is not one to slow down even on rough trail, was clipping along pretty good when he came upon a series of much larger drifts. The old Scandic hit the first, launched off the second, piled into the third-causing him to pin the throttle wide open, and really launched off the fourth! The sled took flight one way, while Maffer (as described by French) was "thrown like a rag doll cart wheeling though the air, landing in a pile on the snow." The sled landed about the same time, and barrel rolled up the pond coming to a stop upside down and still running!
The funniest part of the story was when Maffer came to his senses but thought he was blind! During the tumble his visor was up and his helmet packed full of snow. He was relieved to regain his sight when he cleared his helmet out!
The damage to the sled was mostly cosmetic, the windshield was reattached, but the bonnet was cracked up pretty bad. This accident never slowed Maffer down for a second, and it also spawned an Area51 project (Stealth 503) where we repaired the bonnet and painted the whole sled a new colour.
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