Snowmobiling Michigan's Central U.P. 2008
/ © DM Gabrish
Pg. 3, to curtis
At sun up Monday we were all well rested and ready to ride!
Highs today are expected in the 40's so we wanted to get in as
many miles as we could in the morning chill. Following trail 8 east
there was plenty of snow all the way. I was trying to keep an average
speed, including stops, at above 30 mph. I always plan for an average
25 mph. Because it was getting warmer I wanted to step it up and
get into the lake effect areas northeast of Munising before melting caused a problem.
I knew there would be more snow there and with no towns to pass through
we would not have to worry about road-rash on the final leg of the trip.
So far, so good!
By 11am we were just outside of Chatham on
trail 8 at Eben Junction.
Skipping breakfast we were all hungry and glad to see a place called
the Snack Bar right on the trail. We had made good time averaging 35 mph
to this point, about half way. The food was good with friendly service.
We stayed for about an hour sipping coffee and talking about the ride so far.
By noon we were stuffed and slowy getting dressed to continue on. Despite the
warming temps the trails were in good shape. The snow was loose but heavy,
and plenty of it. I used the weight of the snow to help push
my sled around corners as we headed northeast on trail 8. We were all running four strokes
for this trip and they were all humming along nicely. In case you're wondering
side-by-side my Jag was faster than the Turbo 660 Steve was riding and the Rage Dean rode.
Dale had my old 4-stroke touring to haul our gear so there was no racing there.
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