(05:30 AM, Mar 22, 2017)
-10 in Bathurst. Last supper tonight at the lodge. We are steadily making progress with mastering the moguls of last weekend now that we’re back up to snuff with operators. Our new operator Darren Gray is out alone this morning. He has three years of past experience with us and is fitting in just fine. He is still on the trail and his run last night was from Rogers Lake to Governors on Trail 23 “Piston Alley” then over TV Tower 503, where he is currently on his way back from the 22/503 intersection. The #2 is out from Nepisiguit heading up Trail 22 (did the 508 on the way by) to the 22/507and when it gets back it will run to the Host sometime later today. The Serpentine run Trail 23 will occur later tonight.
The trails done are at 75% to 100% and a lot of the frozen moguls have to be bladed. We have a little snow forecast for today and this will not be any concern as far as grooming. All it would do is add some extra lube, which in some cases, is needed. There was decent traffic yesterday and it may possibly be a repeat busy weekend again here in the north. We ask everyone to avoid tearing up the trails, but that is like asking for a miracle. Some just like to make that announcement that “here I come with that Brap Brap”. You can’t fix ignorance. They just don’t have respect for the next rider that would like a smooth trail to ride on as well.
April 15 question
(10:00 AM, Mar 21, 2017)
This was dropped by someone: ""just wondering when the 4 wheelers are allowed to ride the trails, is there a certain date or does it all depend on the snow and grooming conditions?""
Answer: April 15th. All Trails that are designated snowmobile trails are leased to the NBFSC until that date. APRIL 15. Unless there is a catastrophic event like a complete meltdown, trails are still closed
to Wheelers until that date.
Slow Process, but steady
(04:15 PM, Mar 20, 2017)
Status of grooming trails today. Groomer went down to Bass River last night and that section of Trail 19 to the 23/19 intersection is now very good. Operator did say it was in no way near the condition of the rest and at present it is very good. He proceeded towards the Host from that intersection and turned at Blue Mountain pit as said it was too good to keep on considering there was more constructive work to be done west of the Nepisiguit Lodge so we’ll deem that trail from Atlantic Host to Nepisiguit good. He proceeded to the west of Nepisiguit Lodge on Trail 23 as far as Nine Mile Shelter. He turned there and is presently on his way back to Nepisiguit and another operator who was on leave will take over from there. I noticed that he spent some time on that section and after the other operator gets on it, it should be up to spec. The #1 will be out tonight on Trail 22 working the California Lake Loop and possibly up to the 22/301 intersection. They all were specifically told that no matter if you have to spend 10 hours on a 10 Km stretch to get those dam moguls out.
Monday Morning Trails are moguled
(05:25 AM, Mar 20, 2017)
It goes without saying that this was a brutal weekend for the trails in the Bathurst area. Sitting here on Monday morning, we have our work cut out for us as the trails at this point are very moguled up. As noted in a previous post “There wouldn’t be any problem to have six groomers and 12 operators and run 24-7 the way the traffic was”. Of course matters don’t help when you’re down to two operators with two off for personal reasons, plus the fact when you’re only able to groom during night time due to high temps. We just hired another operator Darren Gray, who groomed for us in the early 2000’s period. Darren brings experience with his calm manner and respect for equipment. He’ll need a day refresher with another operator to get him back in the mix.
The #2 started last night on Trail 19 East to Bass River. It will take us the rest of the week to get the trails back to some resemblance of what they were prior to last Wednesday’s snow, which by no means was easy to groom as it was very wet from top to bottom. The operator on the #1 was given the night off as he was just running on fumes coming off back to back to back shifts of 12 to 20 hours. I’ll be the first to say that yes they were brutal and the operators will also confirm this as well.
Update 8 AM
(08:00 AM, Mar 19, 2017)
Update: Trails done last night and both groomers are on their final legs of last night’s grooming at post. From the Lodge to Bathurst; Trail 23 from the Lodge to (23/19 intersection) highway 360 4 passes on that section last night, Trail 19 from the above intersection to the Atlantic Host. Trail 19 down the 23/19 Tracadie intersection. From the Lodge going west; Rogers lake ton Trail23 to 23/707 intersection, 507 to the 22/507 intersection. Trail 22 to the 22/301 intersection, Back on Trail 22 to the Nine Mile Shelter (22/23 intersection) and from there, Trail 23 to Highway 430. Groomer is on that trail at post and will return to Rogers Lake on Trail 23.
Besides all trails groomed from Bathurst to Serpentine, here is what trails received multiple passes from Thursday March16 (These are the most traveled)
Rogers Lake trail 23 to Red Pine Shelter up the 507, 5 passes
Roger lake trail 23 to 9 Mile Shelter, 7 Passes
Trail 23 Nine Mile Shelter to Nepisiguit Lodge, 9 passes
Trail 22 from Nine Mile Shelter to the 507/22 intersection, 5 passes
Trail 23 from The Lodge down to the 19/23 intersection 8 passes
Trail 19 from 19/23 to Host 6 Passes.
Note: With one operator out on bereavement and another on sick leave we are down to two operators and you can’t squeeze blood out of a turnip.