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Originally posted by 75 Tique 75 Tique wrote:

   but a guy we shared the farm fields with (at home) had a skidoo TNT.  That machine was "the bomb" back in the day. We never rode on the ice.  Despite it being like 22 feet thick, it was a household rule.  Surprisingly, we never did see much traffic on the lake.  Snowmobiling and drinking did not mix but of course people did anyway. 

The last sled I owned was a 399TNT. It wasn't as fast as the 699TNT but still got you wherever quickly.

The trail system up here utilizes plenty of lake trails. Without crossing the lakes, getting someplace on a sled can be a chalenge. Ice thickness/condition is checked and then the lake trails are marked. 

Yes, it seems drinking and sledding is common. Most of the trails were created between bars! It's common to hear about accidents around 2am just after closing time. Cry


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Speaking of trails, back in the early days there weren't any. Yup, just as you mentioned Larry, it was just get out there and go wherever you could. The well traveled routes were nothing but moguls. 

Today, it's a different story. The trails are well maintained and groomed like highways. 




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I was never "into" snowmobiles since down by us you were so limited as to how long you could use it. But motorcycles you could use all year. The winter of 69/70 and 70/71 had the most activity of all time, go carts,snowmobiles,motorcycles,mini bikes and even a car.  The river had always frozen over before Christmas those years. Everyone had something out on our chain- when the ice left there was actually an oil sheen that I have never seen since.  

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50 years later you can see the open water in the back ground-



Very few snowmobiles of the day were faster on ice than one of these. And I wonder why my ears ring today.....


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Originally posted by 8122pbrainard 8122pbrainard wrote:

Yes, it seems drinking and sledding is common. Most of the trails were created between bars! It's common to hear about accidents around 2am just after closing time. Cry

Near decapitations by barbed wires fences were always fun stories to hear about.  The favoriate "gin mill" near us was the Buffalo Head Inn, as you can see in the upper right corner, it was right on the tracks.  It was about a 2 mile straight shot down the tracks from the lake.





Besides the tracks, there were about a billion miles of little unplowed camp roads to ride on, but you are right, after a while, both the trails along the tracks and the back roads could get pretty hummocky.  We were in kind of a no mans land between civilization and the real winter sports mecca of Old Forge and the Adirondacks.  As the years went on, I dont really remember when it started, the Adirondacks went the route of all the formal, groomed trails.  Never made it up there to try them, probably after I left the area.  




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Originally posted by 75 Tique 75 Tique wrote:

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Near decapitations by barbed wires fences were always fun stories to hear about. 



This happened to me on my dirt bike.  Single strand across the trail, caught me chest high & pull me off the bike.  I had no idea what was happening until afterwards.  Good thing I was in 1st gear.
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Back in the days when there weren't any groomed trails and we would just run the fields and roads, fences and barbed wire could be a problem. some would even mount these gaurd/cutters to their sleds:




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Necessity is the mother of invention Pete. Someone's dad probably had first hand experience 25 years or so previously when they took that European trip   



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