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12-14-2007, 12:18 AM
Took my 14-year old's Cougar 550 out for a shake down on 12/12/2007. Started in Onalaska WI on the Great River State trail, north to Trempealeau, east to Galesville, east to North Bend and south to Holmen then back to Onalaska. Nice 80 mile ride, lots to see.

12-14-2007, 12:32 AM
Sorry John still having problems.

12-14-2007, 12:40 AM

12-14-2007, 12:43 AM
Got it, look out.


12-14-2007, 12:50 AM
And more


12-14-2007, 08:17 AM
Glad to see you got it! Those are some nice pics! What for camera are you using? Pics are nice and clear. Post more if you have them.

12-14-2007, 08:49 AM
The camera is a Kodak EasyShare Z7590, it's a 3 or 4 year old model set on the auto mode. The Mississippi Valley has some great trails we just don't get enough snow to use them all the time. These are my best pics from that short ride but I will post some others tonight.

12-14-2007, 09:04 AM
That's a pretty classy deer stand!

12-14-2007, 11:11 AM
Nice pics the conditions look pretty good for early December.

12-14-2007, 12:55 PM
Real good conditions on Wednesday the 12th. Real poor on Thursday night the 13th. The sun has killed the south side of the hills. Need more snow before I go again.

12-14-2007, 02:18 PM
Great River Trail

Justin's Cougar

Black River

Cold bird

Down Town North Bend

12-14-2007, 06:54 PM
If you wish you should go over to the LaCrosse County Alliance site and shoot Nancy Olson an email with the pics as she is looking for content for the site of the region.

Bangor Blizzard Busters club member

12-14-2007, 06:56 PM
OOPs, I was going to add that the sun on the south slopes is one of the reasons that we didn't have them groom from Burns to 4 Corners as we (the Bangor club) have alot of south facing slopes. I rode here in Barre on Wed and found the trails decent even without grooming, I bet they are nice out here after the groomer went through this morning, but I can't find out as both sleds are down at the moment. http://www.johndee.com/discuss/clipart/sad.gif

12-14-2007, 10:45 PM
Paul: Didn't make it over to the 4 Corners area, sounds like I should have. I was around the Holmen area, lots of snert already. The Bike Trail is perfect. I will try to send pics to Nancy. Get those sleds fixed.

12-15-2007, 08:27 AM
Found a guy on Craigslist that has the parts I need, so I'm off to the T.C's after I post this (literally) then down to my buddies in Waukon. Relatively easy fix, I have an 84 Phazer and the motor went a couple of years ago on my first ride with it, so it has sat, but new motor at the end of last year so I've been breaking it in, well now I discovered that one of the skis is worn through and I'm not going to pay a 100 dollars for a new one when I'm looking for a newer sled. (Phazer will be the wife's and kid's sled)

12-15-2007, 08:36 AM
Paul: Did y brake-down in Holmen? Hows the bike trail east from LaX?

12-15-2007, 10:05 PM
No, I broke it about two hundred feet from home, but caught it when I offloaded the sled at my buddies in Waukon. I had noticed a noise coming from the sled, and when I got down there it pulled real bad.

Wed, the trail was looking good, I can't say today how it fared. I know the trail to St. Joe's is not looking bad considering it is a Saturday at least from the highway.

12-15-2007, 10:07 PM
Fancy that, I go over to the County site and your pictures are the first ones that come up!! Congrats and thanks!

Oh, got the sled home with a "new" ski only cost me 15 bucks and a drive to the cities.

12-16-2007, 01:25 AM
Any of you Lacrosse area people get into town and go to Johns bar on 3rd and state...ask for Guido!!
Hes my brother and will treat you righthttp://www.johndee.com/discuss/clipart/happy.gif
his real name is Eric but hes known as Guido.
So glad to hear you can finally ride in that area.
My folks also live in Lacrosse and I have only rode that area once. ENJOY!!!

12-25-2007, 10:19 AM
Marry Christmas all. Hey Paul K., herd the groomer is in the shop. We tried to ride on Monday the 24th from Bangor to 4 Corners had 3-4 foot drifs but the bike trail was groomed, any word on when the groomer will be fixed?

12-25-2007, 04:54 PM
As far as I know at the last meeting it was supposed to be done, per what I heard on Sunday it was to be coming down from St. Joe's where they put new tracks on and supposed to be heading for Bangor.
They can only groom up to Burns with the tractor although they can go to the split before Olson's gulch and the skinny but the thinking is that the tractor won't make it through those two areas so they only want to take a track unit across there.
I just got back from riding from my house (Barre Mills) to the bike trail and I'd say the trails are awesome at the moment, little slush in some spots but hardly any traffic or moguls!!

12-25-2007, 10:44 PM
Took a ride myself. Rode from Onalaska to Holmen to Stevenstown to Mindoro through Olson's Gulch. Turned around and went back. Thats a quick 80 miles. Most trails are real nice today. The bike trail is flat, some moguls in the woods, but this is the best December I can remember.

12-26-2007, 06:40 AM
Excellent Photo's Paul. Is that Cougar a 96? I had 96 then bought a 97 that I still ride. I love that little sled, that 550's such a good engine.

Where can I get some trail maps for the area.I would like to trailer over there and check it out.How much snow did ya get from the last storm.


12-26-2007, 08:44 AM
ridesafe: It is a 96. It was my wifes, now my sons. I had a 95 as well, sold it this fall. I also have enjoyed the Cougar, real nice snowmobile.

As far as maps, check out this site.


Any of the sponsors should have maps, or request one from the contact link. You'll want Monroe, Jackson and Trempealeau also. Here is another link.


If you can't find any let me know.

As for snow, the area got around 14" Saturday night into Sunday. The trails were nice on Christmas day, put on 80 quick miles. News said maybe more snow this weekend. If you want, let me now how many miles you want to go and I can give you a good rote to take. The bike trails are flat and straight, the others are more demanding.

Here are the bike trail links.


Hope this helps.

12-26-2007, 08:29 PM
Thank You very much! I'll e-mail you if I have any more questions as far a route to take.Thanks for your offer.
take care,