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srobak
02-23-2010, 02:33 PM
Didn't make the entire loop around because someone got sick and went back to the hotel for a few hours, then felt better and we doubled back to get them - but we still managed to put on 250 miles in 24 hours, which is pretty good for most of them being first-time riders. Everyone had a blast, and they cannot wait to do it again next year.

Thanks to everyone here on JD for helpful information - hopefully I can put more of it to use next year and actually make it to Munising. :)

We all made it home safely - albeit a bit sore - but it sure was a ball! Everyone had a great time from what I have been told, and there is some awesome footage to be had courtesy of Cole who had a GoPro Hero - I will post links to those later, especially our back-country trek up and down the wrong side of Mount Marquette

In attendance were Bill and Sarah, Cole and Kelley, Clint, my co-worker Nik, my friend Tanya who lives in the area we were sledding, and myself.

The ginormous Excursion to transport the 7 of us and all our gear was awesome. It was a roomy and comfortable ride, and it also got us home safely through the snow and slushy roads.

Under way
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The ladies getting ready
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Early in the morning to pick up the sleds
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First stop to watch the sled dogs - which were still a half hour away...
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So we pressed on to breakfast at Crossroads
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Then headed to my dads
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Where Clint decided to play on the snowpiles
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Including this one with some nice air!
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We then headed to the base (KI Sawyer)
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more next post

srobak
02-23-2010, 02:35 PM
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From there we blasted down about 20 miles of straight and foraged into deep forest, threading between trees to get to a frozen over Laughing Whitefish Falls

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Kelley taking a break
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And then after many miles of bumpy trails and some wicked back-country mountain riding in the dark as well as a visit to the casino - we went to Marquette Mountain and later atop Mount Marquette overlooking the city and Lake Superior

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The ride in back to the rental shop on Sunday went great with some awesome slipperly snow blazing as well as catching some air in a few locations along 8 and 321. Then of course came the long ride home and the sore muscles and snoring passengers... but we cannot wait for the next trip next year! :)

samc
02-24-2010, 08:12 AM
Love the Kawasaki Jacket! Nice to see everyone had a good time.

srobak
02-25-2010, 03:35 PM
Yeah that jacket goes with one of my summertime rides :) Works awesome as a snowmobile jacket too :)

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confusion_900
02-26-2010, 08:52 AM
Where was the pic with the air planes ! I love going to the look out over Marquette

and great pics of all the fun U had

srobak
02-26-2010, 10:50 AM
Those are static display aircraft at KI Sawyer. You take 8 east from Gwinn and where it Y's to go to Little Lake or Red Fox Inn/Tailwinds Bar (on base) take a left. Follow the trail all the way to Tailwinds. Then you have to cross 94 and blaze your own trail or follow existing tracks east along 94, crossing Avenue A and head north along A in front of the old barracks. Go PAST 3rd street (map below indicates to turn - dont) and after the next building turn left into the old BX/Commissary parking lot - the planes will be about 50 yards up and on your right.

Sat image with route from Tailwinds: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=800+Michigan+94,+Gwinn,+MI+49841+(Red+Fox+In n)&daddr=Ave+A+to:46.339077,-87.382207+to:Ave+C&hl=en&geocode=FTX6wgIdiJ3K-iE78wZEUaW3gin3w6VeKx1OTTFhwhCnSwn0nQ%3BFSwEwwIduq bK-g%3B%3BFZ4ewwIdSqDK-g&mra=dpe&mrcr=0&mrsp=2&sz=16&via=1,2&sll=46.337195,-87.383881&sspn=0.011585,0.029075&ie=UTF8&ll=46.337758,-87.378838&spn=0.011585,0.029075&t=h&z=16

We also went there last year too... http://www.johndee.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=13471

srobak
03-01-2010, 11:38 AM
GoPro Hero video footage starting 10 minutes into our ride for about a half hour, along trails 321 and 8.

There is a link near the end of each video to get to the next part.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2wKF_v1S-I

bonnevier
03-01-2010, 01:48 PM
Love the pics and the video turned out great....all 4 videos got me through lunch!