Reported By: Sayner/Star Lake Barnstormers
Trail Report: Sayner
Date of Report: 02/02/2015
Trail Conditions: Fair
Snow Cover: Need More!!!
Area Report: .
Not a lot to update, unless you believe in that Easterner tradition of waiting for the fat wide body rodent “Phil” to come out. He saw his shadow – supposedly meaning 6 more weeks of winter. We were not going to park the groomers if he did see his shadow and the fact he didn’t? Well, it added nothing to the trails for us to groom!!!
Nothing significant for new snow since the last trail report. Only a dusting while southern Wisconsin and especially northern Illinois got buried. We cleaned up the trails the best we could after a busy & crazy weekend. They did not leave us much of anything to work with in some areas. I would still rate our trails as fair on average. Wide open trails without a lot of tree cover or turns, such as Trail 11 between Trail Intersection 209 & Star Lake is always awesome to Excellent!!! Trail 7 North of Star Lake always gets so much traffic, it is tough to keep in decent shape. Right around Lake Laura Road has such a heavy tree cover that not all the snow makes it to the trail. It is so tight and twisty that sleds blow a lot of the snow off. You get further north from there and it is good, but does get bumpy with tons of traffic from late afternoon on. Sections right near Sayner always get hit hard and are impossible to keep up with. Trail 51 is a lesser traveled trail that I would normally recommend, but it has a lot of logging going on with trucks using part of it.
Logging continues, as it probably will all winter, between the following intersection numbers; 205 & 353 on trail 6/10/11 and on 11/51 between 344 & 352. Out in that area, there are also logging trucks using Vandercook Rd, which is a Cross Country Cruisers trail. The speed limit on Vandercook has been reduced to 35mph. Trucks are hauling out from a lot of areas – so PLEASE be ready at all times to get out of their way! Get off to the side if you can or turn around as quickly as you can. These loggers are not out there to ruin your snowmobiling experience. They are out there trying to make a living. There ARE LOGGING AHEAD SIGNS. Pay attention – heed their warning – SLOW DOWN!!! If you encounter a truck being loaded or a logging machine on the trail; DO NOT assume an operator of the machine or driver of the truck sees you. Always wait until the operator/driver signals you to pass or wait until they have moved off to the side.
We have 15 groomer drivers this year, as usual, led by trail boss Dennis Horan. All of our drivers do an awesome job. Please give them a thank you if you see one of them somewhere!
As always, PLEASE RIDE SAFE!!! Expect the unexpected. Respect especially the groomers and also other riders. You are not the only one on the trail, so always expect traffic to be coming at you around every corner. Slow down and ride another day!!! Riding Stupid Takes a Toll! Riding Smart Should Be Your Goal!!!
News & Events: .
Our fundraiser at Stillwaters was a big success! A HUGE THANKS to Chuck, Karen, and their staff!!!
Our fundraiser at Patti’s Murmuring Waters was a big success!!! A HUGE THANKS to Rich, Patti, & Kaye!!!
Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015 – 4 pm to 8 pm
Proceeds from any pizza purchased, go to the Barnstormers!
A HUGE THANKS in advance to Jim & Nancy!!!
Feb 7th. Please meet at Sayner Pub by no later than 10AM for breakfast. The ride will then head out at about 11:00a.m. to the establishments participating in the 2015 Steve Pulec Challenge. If members would like, they may purchase their card at the Sayner Pub before we head out for the day.