Day 1: The first day wasn’t so great. Shawn and I took off on Silver Lake and no one was out there so the ice hadn’t been graded. It was bumpy as hell, ruts were everywhere plus there was a ton of snow. He took his bike and I was on his XR100 again. He never gets to use it at the local lake because it is too loud, but at Silver Lake, it doesn’t matter.
It was exhausting. I had to be on top of my game constantly or I was getting my rear tire stuck in ruts, or sliding everywhere, or bogging down in the snow. Not to mention I had to blip the throttle the entire time to keep it going (sounds a little tempermental like my TTR125). I eventually quit. For about 10 minutes, lol. I went back out there as it was more fun, or watched him go around. The track is a lot larger than the one at the local lake so this was different. We rode until sunset, which was nice. I was freezing to death and was very glad I wore a full-face helmet.
Day 2 (pic is from day 2): We went to the local lake and brought one of the snowmobiles and the XR100. This time I didn’t wear a full-face and regretted it. It was freezing, colder than at Silver Lake even. Shawn and I took turns clearing the track with the snowmobile to get the snow off of fit. There are no ruts on this lake so it is pristine if you can get the snow off the track. The riding was a lot better than at Silver! I improved my riding a bit and had some fun. Shawn has been practicing for the Lake Koshkonong Ice Race in Ft. Atkinson, Wisconsin on Sunday. He is supposed to ride a KX500 as part of a team. I’ll be going home the day before and won’t be able to make it.
Anyway, I am loving ice riding 🙂 I hope the ice stays frozen for another month.
Shawn and I took off on the snowmobiles down the river at night, no protective gear except helmets. Stupidity, I know. I did ask if we should, and was advised, you can if you want but I’m not. Alright, so we are just going for some dinner at Heaven and off for a little ride. Well, you know me…
I was following Shawn, pretty close behind, competitive as usual and we hit some glare ice, he almost went off, I slid, did a 180 and then ended up facing the outside of the turn, sliding sideways. Once I connected with snow again it flipped the snowmobile and it rolled over, belly up and still running–I can’t believe it didn’t stall. Thank God it didn’t roll over on me. I don’t even know what I landed on but my clavacle and sternum notch is killing me. [Same areas that I fractured in the ZX-11 wreck. ] Interesting was that I hurt my head. With a helmet on. It felt like someone immediately punched me on the top of the head on both sides. Weird. It also felt like someone punched me on both sides of the chest. I rolled around for a while, Shawn ran over to me and asked if I was alright, I said “yeah, give me a second. Check the snowmobile.” Uggggghhh. He flipped it over and I jumped up thinking he was going to hit me lol.
Once it was upright again, we could see the damage. The screen was broken off, as was the frame around the headlights. Wonderful. The rubber clips were all over the ice, some broken, some not. So zip ties! I love zip ties. I wish I would have invented the Ziptie.
Anyway…the pic above is of Shawn during the day on the local lake. I didn’t get any pics of myself on the snowmobile but did get some on the bike. Incidentally, Shawn flipped the snowmobile clearing the track off for me to ride on Saturday. Ooops. I think that was his first time ever flipping one.
p.s. My head still hurts a lot and I have been getting headaches frequently. I hope it heals soon 😦 Shoulder is doing better, however.
It was soooooo much fun. Shawn and I took off to Iron Mountain and snowmobiled the trails up there. New Year’s Eve at 11 PM it was -10F so with a bottle of champagne and fireworks we took off into the middle of nowhere. Unbelievably, the champagne got colder once we opened it and it was almost unbearable to drink it was so cold after about 20 minutes.
I am way too competitive apparently. hehe Hanging off in the corners, going faster than I should have. It was great 🙂 I only got tossed once. Thank goodness for my new Dainese armor! I took some video one handed in a straight stretch, Won’t do that again. Deer were everywhere, we had to be careful on the trails. Only saw a few people (4) out on the trails New Year’s day. In other words, IT WAS STUPID COLD! We were the only ones stupid enough to be riding.
Ice riding is a lot of fun as well. We went back to WI and took the bikes out to the lake and set up a course using whatever we could find, boots, toys, sleds, lol. Silver Lake was too wet, and too much glass ice on the banks to park near it. Had to get pulled out, truck trailer and all. Too much fun 🙂