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  1. LANCASTER — A Massachusetts man has been charged with reckless conduct and vehicular assault in the ATV collision that seriously injured N.H. Fish and Game Conservation Officer Matt Holmes last June. A Coos County grand jury has indicted Ryan Gingras-Jodrie, 24, of Groton, Mass., with reckless conduct. The Coos County Attorney’s office also charged Gingras-Jodrie with the Class A misdemeanor count of vehicular assault. Holmes was running stationary radar in Dummer on the Dummer Pond Road, which is open to cars and trucks as well as OHRVs. He was attempting to stop two ATVs when his patrol ATV was struck from behind by an ATV operated by Gingras-Jodrie. All three ATVs were traveling at an estimated speed of 60 miles per hour, faster than the 25 mph posted limit for the road. Holmes was ejected from his ATV and landed several feet away. Fish and Game Conservation Officer Robert Mancini, who was working speed enforcement with Holmes, dragged the unconscious officer from the middle of the busy trail and called for emergency medical help. Several riders who came upon the accident stopped to assist Holmes. Holmes was transported from the scene by Gorham Ambulance to Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin and then transferred by helicopter to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, Maine. He suffered broken ribs and numerous cuts and bruises. Fish and Game Col. Kevin Jordan, head of law enforcement, said the department is happy to see charges filed against the driver of the ATV that hit Holmes’s patrol ATV. He noted it has been almost a year since the incident. Jordan said Holmes could have been killed in the incident. “We were very lucky,” he said. Jordan said Holmes was out of work for about a month and then was on light duty for a while. He said the other two ATV operators involved in the incident pleaded guilty to charges in district court. Jordan said they were waiting for the driver of the ATV that hit Holmes’s patrol ATV to be charged. Holmes is familiar to viewers of the television show “North Woods Law” as one of the N.H. Fish and Game conservation officers followed by the television show. A crew from “North Woods Law” was filming when the accident occurred.
  2. Condition updates

    We got 2" of new snow overnight in Stark, but by mid-afternoon today, most of that had melted. Trails in our area are not looking good. Lots of dirt showing at all road crossings. We are all done riding for the year. We took our last ride on Monday 3/8 and it was a bit disappointing. Even though all the trails were covered, they were rough. I talked to a groomer operator in Berlin and they were out the same day we were riding but the snow was so frozen, the drags would not move it. Even with the blade down they were having trouble loosening it up. By Wednesday, temps were in the 50's and the base was melting fast. We never really built up a good base this year since just about every storm was powder and that did not pack very well. We had 7 consecutive weeks of great riding so I am not complaining. But with a good base, and a cold March, we have ridden on Easter weekend in past years.
  3. Parade of Lights

    On Saturday 3/6 we trailered up to Pittsburg and participated in the 2021 Parade of Lights. Below is a link to a video of last years event which inspired us to go. When we got to the lake, the fire department had their ladder truck on the edge of the lake with a giant American flag hung from the extended ladder. As we approached, we were directed to line up behind other sleds. The sleds were lined up 10 wide. Each line had its own team of volunteers. One person was taking names and phone numbers (for a mailing list). A second volunteer had colored cellophane that they taped over the front light of our sled. A third volunteer was carrying a firefighters boot for donations. Sleds lined up from 6:00pm to 7:00pm and many of them had elaborate light displays on their sleds. Some people were towing trailers with lit up Christmas trees and all other types of displays. The lines kept getting longer and longer until we could barely see the sleds at the end about 1/8 mile away. Not sure exactly how many sleds the were but I would estimate about 1,000. At 7:00pm they played the national anthem and then the sleds fired up and someone started leading certain lines forward. Eventually it turned into 3 lines of sleds all winding their way around the lake in a predetermined pattern. Someone told us it was supposed to be a heart shape but we could not tell if that is what it was from our vantage point. There was drone in the air taking a video so that may provide better evidence of the shape we were making on the lake. After a couple of turns around the lake, they lined all the sleds up in the middle of the lake facing the American Flag on the shore and they proceeded to light off an excellent fireworks show. We watched that for a half and hour and then headed back to the trailer and drove home. It was a great event and we really enjoyed getting out to a social event after months of being locked down. We are definitely going back next year.
  4. Condition updates

    Being reciprocal weekend, on Saturday we decided to try riding in Maine. We trailered up to the parking lot at Chickwolnepy Road in Dummer. This is at the southern end of the Milan All Weather Riders club system which is in Dummer and Success. We took Trail 114 to Cor. 12 north to Cor. 18 east and then connected with ITS 182 in Maine. As soon as we crossed over, it was apparent they were using snowmobile groomers and drags with the trails being dish shaped from side to side and having these long humps that are actually pretty fun to ride if you don't go to fast. The larger trails are about 10' wide and the smaller trails were 5' wide with lots of twists and turns. It kind of brought me back to the mid-80's when we first started riding in New Hampshire on the trails in Grafton county. The Maine trails were very well marked and they had maps posted at some intersections which was very helpful. We did about 30 miles in the trail system south of Upton, Maine. I would rate the trail conditions we rode in Maine as good. We headed back to NH and decided to make a few loops though the Milan All Weather Riders system. When we first started, Cor. 12 and Cor. 18 were a bit choppy. Once we got off the numbered trails and into their club trails, conditions were excellent. The groomer had just been through on several of these trails and it was speed limit riding on these trails. During our 62 mile ride we saw a total of 65 sleds. From there we trailered up to Pittsburg and participated in the Parade of Lights on Back Lake. If you want to see more about this event check my new post about this topic.
  5. Condition updates

    I suggest you go up Nash Stream Road (Cor. 5) to Cor. 28 and then ride the trails in the Millsfield area. They have been fantastic all season (so has Groveton's trails). The trail down from Dixville Peak to Trail 134 (Nathan Pond Trail by the Balsams) is a mess until you cross under Rt. 26. Its 5mph for over 2 miles due to the bumps. That section of trail needs major excavation work. I don't think 5 feet of snow would allow it to be groomed. I was told most of the trail is granite outcroppings so to fill in between those with snow is just about impossible. To head north of Rt. 26 you should take the Flume trail. From Millsfield, follow the signs to Log Haven. Take a left at the last intersection before Log Haven onto Primary Trail 113 and that is the best route north. Check out this great interactive map on the NHSA site to plan your trip: https://nhsa.evtrails.com/#
  6. Condition updates

    Did a 100 mile ride today starting from the Rt. 26 parking lot in Dixville up through Swift Diamond and Pittsburg territory. Saw 160 sleds and two groomers during the ride and I would rate the trails as follows: 25% Great, 50% moderate, 25% rough. I think these two clubs are still trying to repair the damage from the massive amount of sleds that were up there last week and also the warm temps of Monday. We went west in the Pittsburg system and tried to ride up Indian Stream Road, but did not see any signs of recent grooming so we turned around and headed east and north and made a loop around the northern end of Second Connecticut Lake, staying more in the center of their trail system. I spoke with a couple of riders who told me the trails to the east of the Connecticut lakes out to the Maine border were all in good shape, but we did not actually ride those trails. It was a perfect day for riding. Cloudy all day, temps in the mid-20's with snow flurries all day. Between last night and today we picked up about 2 inches of new powder. It was a nice ride and the good news is that the warmup gave the clubs much better snow to work with. Where they have groomed, the base is now solid packed snow instead of the loose dry powder we have had all winter. The forecast has changed and now it is supposed to be very cold on Friday and Saturday. That will reduce traffic plus give the clubs great weather to continue their grooming.
  7. Condition updates

    Monday was in the mid-30s with light rain. Monday afternoon the sun came out for one hour then all hell broke loose with snow squalls, falling temps and very heavy winds. Temps bottomed out in the single digits this morning and the trails looked icy with no loose snow for sliders. We did not lose much snow with the warmup. Power was out for most of Tuesday morning and even the paved roads were icy plus covered in evergreen needles and small branches. We did not ride today, but we did see that some groomers went out in the Berlin area. We plan on riding tomorrow (Wednesday) in the Swift Diamond and Pittsburg area. With temps expected in the high 20's, the icy surface should break up enough for slider lubrication and cooling.
  8. Condition updates

    Yesterday we had a one day warmup yesterday with temps in the 40's. Unfortunately it did not get that cold last night and we paid the price today when we went riding in Swift Diamond and Pittsburg where many of the trails were in rough shape. Most likely the groomers were not able to get out yesterday or last night due to the warm temps so we picked our way through the system on Primary Trails and tried to avoid the Corridor trails. After 40 miles of bumping around we worked our way back south to the Millsfield area and got another 20 miles of riding in there where trails were in better shape. There were a lot of sleds out. I did not count but we surely passed over 150 sleds. This is on a Thursday so I cannot imagine what it will be like for the next 3 days. We also saw tons of sleds at LL Cote's and Log Haven. It really looked like a Saturday. Some good news - we got 2"-3" of flurries this morning when the cold front came in. Sled activity should drop off next week after NH school vacation week is over but warmer temps are expected so we will have to see how this all plays out.
  9. Condition updates

    Over the past week, we have received about 6" of new powdery snow. Conditions almost everywhere up in Coos County are very good during the week and bumpy by the end of Saturday. But if history serves as a guide, many riders will stop riding at the end of the NH school vacation week (2/27). So usually there are a few weeks of really good riding at the end of February and into mid-March. Fingers crossed that it stays cold and we don't get any rain. The base is still very thin and it will not take much warmth to kill off riding on many trails, especially the ones that go into town services.
  10. Condition updates

    On Monday night and Tuesday (2/15-2/16) we received 4" of new dense snow followed by some sleet. Moisture content in this snow was high making it great snow for grooming the trails. Even though its only 4", it has been a bear to clean up due to the weight. Not everyone got this much. I noticed in Lancaster and Whitefield they only got a couple of inches.
  11. Condition updates

    We received another 2 inches of snow on Tuesday night. We left from Stark and did a 103 mile ride to the south. Went through WMRR (Berlin club) trails PT109 and Cor. 11 and they were perfect. Took Cor. 11 into Randolph groomed by the Waumbec Methna Club and it was freshly groomed. Continued on Cor. 11 into Jefferson (groomed by the Jefferson Hilanders club) and it was still great. Got to a trail junction where Cor. 11 goes into Twin Mt. Club territory and that is where the fun ended. 10mph due to bumps. After two miles we had enough and turned around. Went east on Cor. 12 (RR bed) and met the Waumbec groomer. Took the Jefferson Notch Trail south and it was not freshly groomed but not that bad. At the end of Jefferson Notch Road, we noticed a new trail going north. Followed it and it goes to the Cog Railway so you can ride there by sled, take the train or eat at their base station restaurant. Pretty Cool. Headed back east on Cor. 12 to Gorham and then to Berlin (all freshly groomed) and then took the cross city trail back (PT108). Pretty nice ride and only saw about 40 sleds.
  12. Condition updates

    We received another 2" of snow on Superbowl Sunday afternoon and night. On Monday we trailered to the Millsfield Pond Road parking lot with the idea of riding the Success trails maintained by the Milan All Weather riders. We crossed over the 7-Islands bridge, took Trail 119 (Tea Kettle Ridge Trail) and it was obvious no recent grooming had been done. Trail 119 intersects with Cor. 18 and we decided to head towards Errol on Cor. 18 in hopes of finding some decent trails. After a few miles of hump and bump we crossed into the Umbagog trail system and found our flat trails. Took Cor. 18 into Errol and then back out of Errol and then took Trail 115 (runs along Buffalo Farm fence) towards Millsfield. Once we arrived in Millsfield we did a loop around Millsfield Pond then took Newell Brook Road back south. We had fresh tracks behind two tandem groomers on that road for over 5 miles! Eventually we passed the groomers and did a run over Deer Mountain and back to Millsfield Pond Road. Millsfield Pond Road is plowed but snowmobiles can ride the sides so we took that back to the parking lot. 47 miles in less that two hours and only saw 6 other sleds. This is less than our normal ride but when we left it was 10 degrees with a biting wind blowing so we decided to cut the day short. Still a great ride especially that 5 miles on fresh packed powder. Thanks USA club!
  13. Condition updates

    Trailered over to Newell Brook Road and rode north from there. As soon as we hit the trails groomed by the Umbagog Snowmobile Club (Errol), it was perfect. They must have been out last night because it was hard packed powder frozen into place. We took the trails north around Millsfield Pond and ended up crossing over Rt. 26 onto the Flume Trail (Trail 134). We did a loop north through Swift Diamond territory and then into the Pittsburg trail system. Everything was in good shape and we passed a Swift Diamond groomer on Corridor 20. We looped back south on Trail 131 and ended up back on Greenough Pond Road. Instead of taking Trail 134 back to Millsfield, we decided to take the South Valley Trail (Cor. 18). It was groomed flat but as we got closer to Errol, it turned to brown snow. We crossed back south at the Rt. 26 parking lot and took Signal Mt. Road back to the Metallak trail and then back onto Newell Brook Road. A total ride of 82 miles in just 3.5 hours. I call that a great day! Thanks to the Umbagog, Swift Diamond Pittsburg clubs for getting the job done in spite of record traffic and less that ideal snow conditions. By the way, we saw over 150 sleds on the trip and this is on Superbowl Sunday so people are definitely riding to escape the lockdown.
  14. Condition updates

    First the good news. We got an inch of snow Thursday and 2"-3" on Friday night so in the last 5 days we got about a foot of new snow. Now the bad news. We went for a ride on Saturday and just about every trail was trashed. The amount of traffic in the Berlin/Gorham/Stark area was ridiculous. In a four hour, 50-mile ride we saw over 250 sleds and over 40 ATV's. I finally stopped counting. It seemed like every wannabe sno-cross rider was out laying their rooster tails all over the trail. It was so bumpy, maybe that was helping, who knows. One thing for sure is that the trails in this area are beat and its going take more than one pass to clean up the mess so I am avoiding it for the next few days. Trailering somewhere tomorrow to find some flat ground. Wish me luck.
  15. Condition updates

    After snowing all day on Tuesday, I spent several hours on Wed. clearing snow. We ended up with 8"-9" of fine snow that turned out to be pretty dense. It was not light and fluffy and not wet but somewhere in between which should pack down to about 3"-4" of really good snow for the trails. We are giving the groomers a day to get things in shape and heading out for a short ride on Friday and a longer ride on Saturday with friends.