BLOW ME DOWN

How would you react if the doctor said you’d never ride a snowmobile again? Can you imagine? Never grabbing that fist full of screaming throttle, pouncing the perfect pillow, or pulling another wild wheelie. No more ice fishing. Lake drags are out, and even a family trail ride is no longer an option.

If you’re anything like us you’d probably think life wasn’t worth living anymore. Until you realize it is – especially when it comes to snowmobiling.

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“… Blow Me Down…”

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After a three-year recovery period we decided to try out the new back with a test ride on a pre-release demo tour for the 2021 sleds in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. Despite all the core strength training, the endless stretches, and a heightened sense of wariness – things simply didn’t work out this weekend and it became infinitely obvious that it was time to throw in the towel and call for an end to the madness.

That was a hard day. Over the past 20 years, snowmobiling has come to determine much of our existence. It defined a core group of friends, most of our idle thoughts, and the most satisfying dreams. Its been hard enough wading through rehab but at least it created the illusion of hope – now it seems all was for naught.

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“… all for naught…”

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Or was it? Though the next day was spent resting with lots of cold packs, it provided a time for reflection and an opportunity to recognize what we’re truly grateful for. Surely some of our best memories come from our time in the saddle – but equally prominent are the many great road trips and the conversations we shared. Then there’s the camp, breaking bread, foolish pranks, wrench turning, a late night parts run, and of course those weird wildlife encounters.

This is probably the finest part of any snowmobile experience, so rather than “Walk Away” we’re going to keep wading in the middle where we’ll continue building on the team's core and the many new memories we’re certain to share.

Sweat your brains out takes on a whole new meaning at this juncture. The pen might be mightier than the sword – but its pointless without a story to tell.

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“… many new memories…”

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