Morning Gardeners!! Surprise!!
No sledding today and likely done for the season. I am sad, mad and generally upset about it however; it was an inevitable juncture looming in the distance for one reason, or another.
Suffice to say, the gents I ride with have in the past been as enthusiastic about the sport as I. That is no longer the case. I am not interested in “token rides” or placation by half measures. It’s insulting, manipulative and a host of other adjectives that are likely not appropriate forum fodder.
It’s fine. I keep telling myself that while at the same time, completing CL and Uncle Henry’s ad’s for the likely sale of my machine. It stings especially hard because for the past several yrs I resisted the “a;ways recommended” pre-season" maintenance that my buddy swears by. So, to stop the bellyaching I agreed. $321 dollars later my sled has started hard all season like a carb is not adj properly, has intermittent electric start, is eating oil and belts like no tomorrow and has been back to the mechanic once. Oh and both ski’s have worn so poorly you can see daylight through them. Add in belts and oil and we are up to $526 invested in the season (not counting fuel) and NO BODY WANTS TO RIDE.
It’s been a good run, I’ve enjoyed the heck out of it. I’ve tolerated a great deal of “personality quirk” for the benefit of having my sled hauled to/from local areas where the riding is supreme. These gents both bought new to them, much newer/modern sleds in the past year and yet every darn weekend, they are too busy with other aspects of their lives that for the past 8 years have always taken a back seat to riding.
Thanks for listening. Hope you all are having a great day. The ladies in my life are happy as I am devoting the afternoon to doing their income taxes. Me, I am enjoying the increasing cure on this ILGM BBA, it is excellent smoke!!
In closing I will say one more thing about sledding. When the guys updated their rides I knew it was the beginning of the end for me. My sled is way past it’s prime and is nearing a plce where it would be best retired to draging supplies into camp or to the ice shack as opposed to 1000 mile excursions in the great north woods. The pressure to upgrade has been real and the lack of enthusiasm seems directly tied to not wanting to ride with “that guy.”
Rant over. Peace. I need a new snowblower anyway and my GF wants to get a Harley so, onward!!!