Last Trip to the Gaff

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I must say we all had a great day yesterday but it might have been my last day on sled.  Still lots of great riding to be had in certain areas and still some good hill climbing too.  However getting there is getting a little difficult, although still possible for the few diehards that want to get in a last ride for the season.  We had a big crew out too…..ten I believe.  The bulk were from the East coast (Sledcore) and central.  The bare road sections had some fairly long bare sections but once you get past Joe Glodes most of the bare spots can be bypassed by riding on the marsh.  Once again we saw lots of caribou and geese.  Although the snow took a good cut on Thursday the areas where the snow is deep is still excellent riding.  If you stick it out and pick your way along as far as the arch bridge on Mary March you will ride right into winter.  Don’t bother with the main top or anything on that side once you reach the summit.  There is some excellent hill climbing on the slopes of the Mizzen and Hinds.  Just make sure you check your carbides before you leave.  If you lose a carbide and have to ride out you will also wear your ski to the point of replacement.  I didn’t see any difference in my skegs or skis after the trip.  One poor fella lost both carbides on the way in though so he will need new skis.  All in all, an awesome day by all but I have been riding since November….time to put the sled away and focus on the summer season.  Thanks to everyone who came out this winter to ride Hodges and the Gaff.  Hopefully, I will see you on the river this summer!  Thanks to Tom Caines and Keith Peyton, two excellent riders whom I will be riding with as long as I am riding I am sure!  For many more pics of this past trip have a look at Tom Caines and Andrew Goldsworthy’s FB page.    Its seems this blog has become a valuable resource for many people riding in Central this past few seasons.  For this I am very proud.   I will be continuing to post up to date and accurate riding conditions next year.     Until then, enjoy your summer and hope for an early winter.  Funny thing though…..as I write this blog there is a snow storm happening outside my window!

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