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The gathering of snowmobiles at the club house.

The gathering of snowmobiles at the club house.

This past Sunday (3/15/09) was the last vintage ride of the season for the Baker River Valley Snowmobile Club.   We had quite a turnout.  There were 31 snowmobiles. We had good weather.  The sun was shining all day.  It did get a little warm for some of the sleds.  The older motors just don’t like the heat to much.

Sport and Maggie came with us on the ride.  They had a blast.  Sport rode with me.  Maggie rode with Tom.  Sport curled up in between my legs.  It felt like he was trying to go to sleep.

Maggie and Sport on Tom's Rupp Nitro

Maggie and Sport on Tom's Rupp Nitro

He kept poking his head out under my arm to watch Tom and Maggie behind me.  Maggie on the other hand sat with Tom and watch as the world whizzed by.  She loves to have the wind in her face.  Everyone got a kick out of the fact that they would just sit with us on the sled and ride.  They also enjoyed exploring the trails when we stopped.

There is a great look out over the valley where we stopped for a while.  I almost had to stay there.  The sled I was riding was getting hot and kept on stalling.  Then the rope came out of the starter.   Tom tried to put it back but found that the starter spring had broken as well.  So with help from our friend Greg, Tom wrapped the rope around the starter cup and kept trying to start the machine.  After quite a few tries, they got it started.  But I couldn’t let it stall or shut it off or I was done.  As we were leaving the look out area, I notice Greg was having issues trying to start his machine.  But I couldn’t stop to help.  Sorry Greg.

Eve on her Skee-Horse at the look out.

Ev on her Skee-Horse at the look out.

We had a hard time keeping such a large group together.  It was the largest turnout of the year.  Next time we will probably break up the groups so it will be more manageable. There were a few Rupps.  A really nice Polaris and an Evenrude.  Ev, the club president, rode a Johnson Skee-Horse.  Other makes included Kawasaki, Arctic Cat, Ski-Doo, and Northway.  There was even a Johnson Skee-Horse with a caboose.  When we stopped for the day I had Maggie and Sport pose for a picture in the caboose.

Maggie and Sport in the Johnsons Caboose

Maggie and Sport in the Johnson Caboose

At the end of the ride we all met at Ev’s house.  She lives just off the trail.  We had a cook out.  The weather was gorgeous.  No jackets needed.  Everyone had a great time rehashing old snowmobile stories.  Talking about various sleds they had in the past or have at present.  Maggie and Sport tried there best to get food from everyone.  I was very proud of my two. They were very well behaved.

I can’t wait until next year.  The word is spreading about these rides.  I’m sure that next year we will have even greater turn out.

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C

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Tom and I had another great day riding the vintage snowmobiles.  This time the group started in Lincoln, NH.  From there we made our along the bike path through Franconia Notch.

Mystery Sled

Mystery Sled

We had good representation of many different vintage snowmobiles. Rupps (of course),  Johnsons, Mercury, Ski-doos, Yamahas, Arctic Cats and Polaris.  There is one I can’t figure out.  It’s the orange one.  Not sure of it’s make.  I’m sure Tom knows but he’s not available at the moment.

Jo taking a break on her Arctic Cat

Jo taking a break on her Arctic Cat

It was moderately snowing when we left the Whales Tail in Lincoln.  By the time we got to the Notch, just past Cannon Mountain, it had lightened up.  If you have ever been through Franconia Notch during the winter you know it can be sunny everywhere else and a virtual blizzard through the Notch.  But it wasn’t bad in the Notch.  It could have been much worse.

We only had one break down.  Steve’s Yamaha overheated.  His Yamaha is a free air and we were going a little slow and it didn’t like it.  He had to be towed back.  But that’s par for the course with vintage sleds.  I almost didn’t make it back myself.  After we took a break at the top of the Notch, the Rupp Yankee I was riding got vapor lock and would not start back up.  But with everyone’s help, we got it started.  The only problem was the throttle cable was sticking.  I could let off my throttle and still go 15 mhp.   Made stopping a little interesting.

Taking a break at the Notch

Taking a break at the Notch

Parked at the NotchAs you can see we had a large group.  I didn’t take a head count but I’m sure if you visit the Baker River Valley Club site Ev (club president) will have it.  As we made our way along the bike path, we took others by surprised.  There were allot of double takes.  I even got a thumbs up from some one.  It’s just like seeing an old vintage car.  It’s fun to see how far we have come with the technology.  It’s fun to ride the old sleds once and a while but I can cover more mile with ease and comfort with my newer Ski-doo.   Granted it’s no the newest thing out there but it’s a lot more comfortable to ride than the old Rupp.

C

Tom and Greg in their Vintage suits

Tom and Greg in their Vintage suits

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Baker River Valley Snowmobile club sponsored a vintage snowmobile ride last Sunday February 1st. Tom loaded up three of his Rupp snowmobiles and my newer Ski-Doo Formula 500. My niece Amber (she is 8 ) came with us. We meet my sister Paula and her husband Jim there. Tom, Jim and I rode the vintage snowmobiles and Paula rode the Ski-Doo with Amber.

Evinrude, Arctic Cats and Tom's Rupps in front of the club house

Evinrude, Arctic Cats and Tom's Rupps in front of the club house

We did a 25 mile loop from the clubhouse up through Plymouth , Dorchester and Groton. There were a few Arctic Cats, an Evinrude, Yamaha, and a Ski-Zoom. I have never heard of a Ski-Zoom but Tom had.

I found it difficult to stay seated on the Rupp. The seats back then were so low I felt like I was eating my knees. I reverted back to kneeling on the seat like they did back when these were first built. It was more comfortable. I could also control the snowmobile better. The ski stance on the old sleds is very narrow causing them to be very tippy. Kneeling on the seat made it easier to shift my weight to control the sled. When I ride my 500, I don’t have that problem, I am not all crunched up on the seat.

This was Paula’s first ride not being a passenger on someone else’s sled. It was a nice slow pace for a first ride. I’m not sure she would have been able to keep up with us otherwise. But I think we have got her hooked. Now Jim is going to have to buy her a snowmobile of her own.

Paula and Amber on my 500 talking to Jim

Paula and Amber on my 500 talking to Jim

Paula was spoiled thought. It wasn’t all that cold but almost everyone riding the vintage snowmobiles was having problems with our hands getting cold. The new sleds have hand and thumb warmers. The old ones did not. Luckily Eve, the president of the BRVSC, had some hand warmers. They made all the difference.

After the ride we all had lunch at the clubhouse. And there was lots of reminiscing about snowmobiling in the old days.

I’m looking forward to the next ride on the 22nd of February.

I enjoy snowmobiling, but I need to get back to my quilting.

C

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The pain in my back reminds me, this was our first ride of the season.  Advil will be my friend for the next few days.

-2.2

-2.2

Tom and I went up to Pittsburgh, NH on the first.  When we got there the temp was -2 in the sun at 11:00 in the morning.  I have no clue as to what the wind chill was but it was cold!!.  Most of the pictures I took were of our second day.  It was to cold on the first.  I did not want to take my mittens off to take a picture.  We usually ride for 100 miles in a 3 -4 hour span.  We only did 65.  It was just to cold.  The second day with did over 90 miles.

Nice Flat Trails

Nice Flat Trails

Great trails in Pittsburgh, NH

Great trails in Pittsburgh, NH

On the second it was much warmer.  Granted, the temp. in the morning was reading -9.  But by the afternoon it was up to a balmy 25.   The trails in Pittsburgh were nice and flat.  The Ridge Runners did a great job grooming the trails.   The only trails that weren’t that great were the ones leading to Young’s.  But that’s typical.  There is just to much traffic in that local with everyone going to fuel up.  But once you get out in the woods, the trails were awesome.

We went down towards Colebrook but the trails were not a nice.  There were quite a few washouts.  Corridor 18 out of Coleman State Park toward The Balsams was terrible.  It did not look like they had groomed it since the first of the year.  We did catch up to a couple of groomers,  but the washouts and ruts were to many the groomers didn’t make it much better.  If they continue to have cold weather and get some more snow the groomers may be able to get those trails into better shape.  Best be is to stay north of town in Pittsburgh.

Tom cleaning his helmet shield

Tom cleaning his helmet shield

With the temps being so cold we had issues with our helmets fogging up.  Tom usually uses Rain-ex windshield cloths on them. But I had thrown them out over the summer.  I would not use them on my windshield. They leave a cloudy film on the glass.  But they work great on the plastic shield of the helmets.  I will make sure we get more before we go on our next ride.

garyWhile in Pittsburgh we stay at  Spruce Cone Cabins.  They are on Lake Francis.  They are always nice and clean with easy access to the trails.  The owner, Gary, is an avid hunter.  You can tell by the display of animal in the office.

We are going to try to go up to the Plymouth-Rumney area some time next week, weather permitting.  So pray to the snow gods for more snow so us snowmobilers can have more fun.  On Jan 18th, there is a vintage ride sponsored by the Baker River Valley Snowmobile Club.   We will be participating in that.  We did it last year. A great time was had by all.  Watch for pictures.

I must get back to quilting.

See you on the trails.

C

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