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Time to revisit this site and my life

Posted by on March 28, 2017

So last August I retired, it was to say the least a hard decision but a good one now that I’ve had time adjust 🙂

With all my free time I was asked and agreed to re-join the Fairbanks Snow Travelers, Snowmachine club and have been enjoying it so far. Lots of work to do to get the club back up to par, to many things were laid to the waste side as it were. Membership down to an all time low, rides not being scheduled or done, events that we always did not being done and numerous other things that it takes to run a local club. But it’s getting back up again and will continue to do so, it just takes some energy and a little work.

My big thing is getting rides in, of course this is a benefit to me, now that I’m retired I get to ride all I want We had a slow snow year, but when the snows did come it fell in feet. Earlier rides were OK, but last weekend was the Best ride of the season, 7 of us (Shawn and Dawn Murphy, Nick S, Alvin, Davey, Mike C and Me) started out from Chena Pump Landing at 9:30 AM and not a one of us had been to Clear Creek Butt in a couple of years, so we left with hearty souls and faith in our communal memories.

3_25_17 Tanana Flats

Tanana Flats with FST

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Turns out it was a good thing we did, the usually route down the Tanana and onto the Flats was easy until we got about 7 miles in. At this junction the slough we were on comes out onto a big open field and normally we would hang a left to the Bonnifield Trail. On this day, no one had broken open that turn, so we followed the heavily used route south. Ooops, 3 miles or so we turned around and went back to the field and opened a trail to what eventually ran into the Bonnifield. We did do a lot of playing in a lot of fields of deep untouched snow. Davey, a photographer that was along got some footage on his drone of us riding and playing, showing to be announced :thumbleft:

It turned out we went the long route to Clear Creek Butts and the hitch to the Cat Kitchen broke just as we got to the base of the hills, 28 miles in, no worries, were a resourceful bunch and after searching for various items to use to fix the 2 broken bolts, we were on our way and at the top of the Butt’s next to Paul’s Memorial marker in no time, where we had a good lunch of hamburgers and hot dogs along with the summer sausage and cheese that Alvin made and provided, good eats Alvin.

Did I mention that once we did get to the Bonnifield it was groomed, no, well it sure made the return trip smooth. We followed it all the way back and along a number of sloughs to the big field we broke trail on, so it turned out to be a 50 mile plus loop for the day. As I said, with all the powder, warm temps (at least by noon) and good company, it was the best trip this season.

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