I’m working on a true, kind of a sad, story to share with all of you. I haven’t actually put it down yet; still formulating in my mind (so THAT will probably keep me awake!).
But in the meantime, I wanted to let you know that I won’t be around tomorrow, Thursday, so there probably won’t be a post before Friday.
I also want to share some upsetting information with you. You know I go on and on about TASA and the good job the groomers do, how dedicated the group is, etc, etc. You also know that it has been very warm for this time of year for the past several days. When it is warm like this, it makes for BAD grooming conditions. In fact, we have been told by the DNR IF we groom when the temps ARE ABOVE freezing that there is a good chance the club will NOT be reimbursed for the grooming efforts. So with all of that said, I have received 4 “bad” emails about our trails and how rough they were this past weekend, how disappointed the people were, they would never come back to ride again and would make sure to tell others of the situation. Receiving those types of emails is hard enough but when you find out that even your locals are NOT supporting or defending what the club is doing, that is a big kick in the face.
Remember how I told you that Bob and Dan left around midnight Sunday night to groom?? I guess those things don’t matter. And I guess it doesn’t matter that in the past several days TASA has been trying to maintain our trail system WHEN THE WEATHER PERMITS with ONE GROOMER. And by groomer, this time I mean the equipment. One of our groomers (equipment) has been out of commission for over a week. We were waiting on parts which FINALLY arrived yesterday. But during this same time frame, our oldest groomer (equipment) broke down with a broken front axle. This groomer will have to be sent away for repairs and is going to cost a BIG chunk of change…we’re talking thousands of dollars. But people don’t think about these things. I guess we’re expected to groom 128 miles of trail (that is just ONE WAY, we DO have to come back so double that as far as miles spent per run) in warm weather, in the rain and with one groomer (equipment).
As it was yesterday with the warm temps and humidity, Prez Bob took the repaired groomer up trail # 9 and had a couple other guys meet him up there so they could hook up the drag that had been sitting there for close to two weeks (while waiting to get the groomer repaired). Bob doesn’t do much grooming any more due to health issues and poor old tired bones (the ride does shake the bajeebers out of ya), but he spent at least 6 hours in the groomer yesterday to go get the drag and then try to smooth the trail out on the way back. At 11:30 P.M. last night, Dan was called in to groom. We had NOT expected this, what with the temps still at 38°. But we’re trying to keep people happy, even if grooming wet trails makes them worse in the long run. Dan was advised to NOT RUN MORE THAN 6 MPH INSTEAD OF THE USUAL 8. So, Dan managed to get close to 16 hours in grooming that trail. He finally got back about 3 p.m. this afternoon. He said the trail was very hard to groom because the snow is so wet but he did the best he could.
At least, the temps are supposed to return to more normal and there is an inch or two of snow in the forecast over the next couple of days. Our trails will be back in true TASA form as SOON AS THE WEATHER COOPERATES! And let’s hope we DO get reimbursed for all of this.
Does all of this make us board members feel warm and fuzzy? What do you think?
OK, I’m off my bandstand and will return to it Friday…maybe with better grammar and a better attitude.
- Cathy Clementz
- A long time ago, I was a child. (I started out as Cathy First from Colon, Mi.) For the past several years I’ve been an adult. A lot of things went on between those two stages of life; probably no more or no less than anyone elses. My husband and I moved to “da U .P” from southern Lower Michigan several years ago (yes we were trolls at one time). We owned and operated and operate Clementz’s Northcountry Campground and Cabins just north of Newberry, Michigan until May 2015. We have grown kids and grandkids (who all live downstate). My passion is life and all that Nature has to offer us and trying to photograph it in unique ways. Our intention in life is to see all that Nature has to offer us. We hope that you will be a part of our adventures as we cruise through our lives together. Come back often!