March 22, 2008 Southern Harbor Sleds: (26 Photos)
26. My last snowmobile trip of the season took me back to Southern Harbour this past Easter Holiday weekend. This time the weather cooperated and we had decent late season snow conditions. The snow was fairly hard and drifted but fresh falling flurries kept the sleds cool and the trails decent.
25. The plan was to leave
Southern Harbour taking "Groomed" Trail-Way west to Clarenville where we would stop
for a coffee and fuel. Then we would head back East and travel across country
via map & GPS to the Black River area where excellent riding conditions had
reported. Young Joe's old Citation was done for after hitting a big jump earlier
in the week so he may join up with us on ATV later.
24. Saturday morning Captain H, Joe Hepditch & I left Southern Harbour and made decent time to Clarenville on the Groomed Trail, Joe was riding his Polaris RMK, Captain H. his 1996 Formula 583, and I was on Project Renegade.
19. When we arrived at the Warm up shack just east of Clarenville we noticed the left side trailing arm on Captain H’s sled had come off where it attaches to the body!
18. On further inspection we found the washer on the trailing arm bolt failed and the arm pulled off over the bolt. Some trail side ingenuity using the tool kit wrench as a washer we got back on the trail and into Clarenville. With some help from the guys at OMB Supply in Clarenville we made a proper repair with new washers.
16. After a quick Coffee and a stop for fuel, we headed out of town East on the Trailway. Unfortunately we didn’t get far before Joe’s sled ran poorly and shut down. After an hour of trouble shooting, we determined that the engine ran lean and burned down.
15. Luckily we were only about a mile outside of Clarenville so I hooked a strap onto Joes RMK and put my 1.25" rip saw track to work towing him back to Clarenville & up over the steep hill to Tim Horton's. With the help of a friend with a trailer we got Joe a ride back to Southern Harbour.
14. With the map and compass member of the crew out of service, we aborted our cross country adventure to Black River and stuck to the trails we were more familiar with. Young Joe & Terry met up with us later on ATV and we had a great afternoon running side trails back into the country all along the Trailway.
10. Of course no day in the woods is complete without a boil up for lunch.
1. Even though the trip didn't go quite to plan, as always we made the best of it and had a fantastic day on the machines!
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