smallengineguy

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  1. Snow Traveller

    It has really come a long way, like a national magazine format now. Like all the articles as well.
  2. Not enough snow?

    Interesting read! Thanks for sharing!
  3. Trail signage issues

    Went on a great ride today on the west side of the state. Thank God I had the NHSA Trail App. MANY trails were poorly marked, or not marked at all. The App was super stable and got me back to where I needed to be. Many signs did not annotate fuel which was close by, etc. or some intersections had no signage at all. And I appreciate having a trail named (ie, John Smith trail), but PLEASE tell me on the sign WHERE that trail goes! Coming to an intersection on an unfamiliar system and seeing Smith trail to the left and Jones trail to the right can be an issue.
  4. Awesome ride today!

    Left from Meredith, took Corr 8 to Plymouth, shot over Corr 5 to Lyme and the VT border, south to Dorchester, Corr 24 back toward Groton/Hebron. Found Corr 11 back to Corr 8 and Plymoputh, ate lunch/fueled up and cruised back to Meredith. Most trails were OUTSTANDING. Did over 100 miles. NHSA Map App worked great! Great day overall, I've never ridden that side before, will definitely do it again!
  5. Trail signage issues

    I think a statewide standard is a great idea!
  6. Merry Christmas!

    AND Happy New Year to all of you as well!
  7. Changing color of a plastic part, Wrap?

    Or Plasti-Dip works very well.
  8. Snow report?

    Almost a foot in Milton, sure to melt by the weekend with the 40+ temps and rain...
  9. How much air is in your spare?

    Or for that matter tried to lower the spare on their pickup? I have a chevy full size and have never had a reason to let the spare down, which is stored under the rear of the bed. Went to try it a few weeks ago and had to CUT the cable holding it. Glad I never got a flat!
  10. NH GRASS DRAGS - RACE INTO WINTER

    Love how this site continues to be the "Bash the NHSA site"... Step up if you can do better.
  11. AMSnow going out of Publication

    Electronic media is taking over. Why subscribe to a paper media when it's all online for free unfortunately. I still get a few paper magazines, but newsstands seem to carry fewer all the time.
  12. NH GRASS DRAGS - RACE INTO WINTER

    It was a Race into Brrraaappp!!! AWESOME time today, LOTS to see and do, awesome shows too!
  13. 2019-2020 snow season

    First EVSC meeting is Sept 10. Summer went fast...
  14. Snow Totals

    Got a solid 6" in Milton, we will be out rolling tonight.
  15. Official 2019 riding pic thread

    Gotta love Jackman
  16. Official 2019 riding pic thread

    Awesome trip! Jackman is awesome, and the 250 miles in 2 days proves it! That's obviously me in the yellow LOL
  17. Old map

    I have it sideways LOL
  18. How to keep snowmobiling alive in NH

    Per the Maine Snowmobile Association's website: Off Trail Riding It seems every year new issues rise to the top, and for the past several years the growth of off-trail riding has been hovering near the top of the list. This fall the MSA organized a discussion between landowners, outfitters and lodges to see if some agreement could be reached on how to get a handle on it. The primary concerns are safety, followed closely by property damage, particularly tree plantations, and what seems to be a sense of entitlement on the part of some riders. Off-trail riding has been an ongoing problem in southern and central Maine, with riders veering off marked trails on agricultural lands. These problems have been relatively easy to solve through a combination of signage and enforcement. The more recent issues are the result of the significant growth in sales of mountain sleds. Those sleds are becoming a good piece of the snowmobile market, and many riders mistakenly believe that their use in Maine is the equivalent of off trail opportunities in the western states. By tradition, most of Maine's forestlands are open to public use for a wide range of activities, including snowmobiling, with one important caveat: as long as those uses don't disrupt or damage their operations or place a burden to the landowners. They are, after all, in business to manage those lands to make a profit for their owners and investors. The snowmobile trail system is based on that understanding, which is why it isn't unusual to see trails rerouted or occasionally closed during the course of a season to accommodate logging operations or other activities that may be taking place on the land. Landowners spend a lot of money every year investing in their property and those investments may or may not show up under the snow. For example, hundreds of acres are replanted every year, and it is not the responsibility of the landowners to expend the time or money needed to educate off-trail riders as to where that is taking place. Additional issues are safety and liability on roads that may or not be plowed, have bridges out, gates or other hazards. Again, it is not the responsibility of landowners to keep off-trail riders informed of what is happening on their property. One of the outcomes of the meeting last fall was a general agreement that everyone is reluctant to pursue legislation to regulate this activity, at least for the time being. It is hoped that better education and more awareness of the issues will be enough to keep the activity under control. In the meantime, here is what riders can do to help keep this land open for all riders: Stay off all plowed roads. This is illegal, and presents a serious safety hazard. Those roads represent a significant investment and are intended solely for transporting wood and equipment. These roads may be in use 24/7 and are no place for sleds, private vehicles and trailers. The same goes for log yards. They may be empty when you arrive, but they are never intended to be parking lots for pickup trucks and trailers, they are for off-loading wood headed to the marketplace. Snow covers everything and that includes newly planted seedings or any number of obstacles or hazards. If you're unsure, check locally or just don't go. Keep in mind that calling the landowner isn't an option. Their employees are there to keep their operations moving, not to provide sledding updates to wannabee off-trail riders. Check with locals, or better yet Hire a guide. This is the first suggestion when people call the MSA office about off-trail riding. Guides are generally well connected to the forest landowners, know local conditions and can certainly help provide a high quality off-trail experience. There are also several lodges and outfitters in northern Maine that specialize in off-trail excursions. Hopefully this season will show that the education efforts will help reduce problems off trail that could affect snowmobiling across the state. Pretty self explanatory! Obviously the sport has taken the State by storm, and no one knows what to do about it.
  19. Old map

    I still have the full set from 1988
  20. How to keep snowmobiling alive in NH

    Wish it was that easy...Obviously, you (like me) haven't been a 20 something with a 800+cc mountain sled and a ton of fun-looking terrain in a while. Respect is taught, and it it ain't taught, it ain't learned! I think the idea of a MANDATORY OHRV course, where the off trail rules are taught, will help more than any other idea out there right now.
  21. How to keep snowmobiling alive in NH

    That's exactly what I said. If you're not TAUGHT respect, only that the snowy landscape is your canvas like the advertisement, then that's what you get.
  22. Anyone using a vintage plate?

    Cracks me up nowadays when I see a Camaro Iroc Z from 1990 with an "Antique Auto" plate on it. Same with 90's sleds. Guess it's different as you get older.
  23. Recent rains

    This last rain really threw the whole trail system for a loop.
  24. Official 2019 riding pic thread

    Almost 100 miles today with my son. Parked in Conway and went wherever the skis took us. GREAT trails and great day!
  25. How to keep snowmobiling alive in NH

    I'm pretty sure when you go to a dealer and buy a mountain sled, the dealer isn't going to have a class on proper riding and landowner respect. They're going to take the money and hand over the sled, SO actually it DOES matter what the manufacturers push. Posters on the dealer walls of sleds side hilling and high marking. That's what you're SUPPOSED to do with the sled, so let's do it. If you're a 20 something making your first sled purchase, all you care about is the fun, not the consequence.