9:25 AM The sleds have been fired up
for a few minutes and unloaded.
9:40 AM Time for some orientation.
We look under the hood and get a rundown on the drive system and
the engines characteristics.
for A flip up so we can see "where the rubber meets the road!"
This is the special dual carbides and skags that provide a
positive steering experience.
Just a glance at the extruded aluminum radiators that help keep
your feet warm on our model snowmobiles.
Here you can see the 1" treaded tracks for a good balance of
speed and snow performance, something that needs to be matched
to the capabilities of the engine for an overall good balance.
The derby is run out of the local
One of the local residents has a hot rod snowmobile on display.
We sign up for the local
fund raiser and now have a chance at winning a prize.
Signed up warmed up ready to head out.
11:10 AM We get off the rough wind
blown fields after 20-30 KM and find awesome power near the tree
11:14 AM We follow the route down onto the
11:45 AM We find ourselves back in that deep power along the tree
lines. The boys are pushed to the max with lots of deep snow off
camber turns in the many meadows and hills. It may be
-23 but when you work this hard no one is cold!
12:08 PM Here is an old homestead that I have seen on the Laird
Derby over the years.
There are other old homesteads in the distance.
How can you go for a ride thu this area without stopping at
We stop by the site of the Fort Carlton docks and
later the Fort Carlton ferry crossing.
4:52 PM Time to go in and see if the arms will be able to lift a
6:47 PM Back in the city ready to pay tribute to a Black Russian!
Fuel up at the end in Saskatoon 1:56
PM 80 Miles/130 KM
Wow that was a pretty good run longer than
I had thought!
Lots of work'in muscles telling the story for a day or so! We spoke to
some other riders at the end in the hall, one group with guys and gals,
and they reported that they took the long route at the signage provided
after lunch. They told us it was not 40 additional KM, but 40 extra
miles! Holy smokes dodged a big one there, had we taken that, we would
of ended up with 200 KM's !!!