Feb 16, 2008 Southern Harbor ATV Run: (32 Photos)

 

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32.   With time booked off work, I was looking forward to a long weekend of snowmobiling in the Southern Harbour area on the weekend of February 15, 2008. A week before I was scheduled to leave we had a good snow storm and snow conditions out there were reported as excellent. Unfortunately, mother nature dealt us a poor hand bringing 3 days of warm temperatures and a lot of rain to the Avalon Peninsula.

 

31.   Snow conditions quickly deteriorated from excellent to nearly non existent and with cold temperatures forecasted for the weekend, the trails would freeze solid. It looked like melting hyfax, overheating engines and exposed rocks would be experienced by snowmobilers.

 

30.   Like many east coasters I made the best of the situation and went ahead with my trip, but instead of risking damage to my sled, I took Project Foreman instead. The skidoo was wrestled off the trailer during a down pour of rain, the bike revived from hibernation, checked over and loaded aboard the trailer for departure Friday evening.

The weekend brought sunny skies and temperature just south of the zero mark, a great day for winter ATV riding. With the snowpack hardened, traveling by ATV was great, even snow off the main trails was hard enough to permit travel by wheeled vehicle with relative ease.

 

29.   Saturday morning Captain H. (with Terry as passenger) and I took our ATV's, while Joe & Scott opted to take their fan cooled sleds. 

 

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27.   We left Meghan's Gas Bar and headed East on the Trail-Way for a short distance to a path heading North across frozen gullies.

 

26.   This well used trail took us across country towards Trinity Bay and within viewing distance of the Bull Arm Fabrication site. 

 

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23.   Since we had our ice fishing gear with us, we stopped to bore a few holes and try our luck. This also helped us determine that the ponds were still safe to traverse, even with the rain the previous week.

 

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21.   For lunch we started a fire and before long bacon was sizzling in the pan along with fresh onions. Once cooked a can of beans and wieners was poured over top, meanwhile in another pan bottled moose from last fallís hunt was warming. This was served with tea and home made bread.

 

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16.   That afternoon we didnít travel far, overstuffed from lunch we spent our time exploring the area where we were ice fishing. 

 

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12.   Terry also had his first opportunity to drive a snowmobile. Riding young Joeís Citation skidoo, he had a few crashes and stucks but had a lot of fun.

 

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1.   Even though the weather didn't cooperate for a great sled run, we still managed to have an awesome trip, burn some gas, lots of laughs and pass the day away in the country!

 

Cheers, MIKE

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