Happy New Year

Trail Conditions: Lower Traffic and new snow.

Weather: 3+ Yesterday.

I have openings in all the rentals, check out the calendars. 

I nice well needed snow fall yesterday. I’m saying 3+ inches but it could have been more, I haven’t been out side yet. Traffic should die down after the holiday and groomers will be out. A light snow is falling as I write, it does not get any better. Even spent New Years with Mom and Grandson.

Traffic will die down and with the groomers all out and new snow conditions should continue to improve. Extended forecast is not the best with not a lot of snow and warmer weekend temps. But it should still be good riding.

Happy New Year everyone, be safe.


A woman asks her husband at breakfast time, “Would you like some bacon and eggs,
a slice of toast, and maybe some grapefruit juice and coffee?”
He declines. “Thanks for asking, but I’m not hungry right now. It’s this Viagra,”
he says. “It’s really taken the edge off my appetite.”
At lunchtime, she asks him if he’d like something.
“How about a bowl of soup, homemade muffins, or a cheese sandwich?”
He declines. “The Viagra,” he says, “really trashes my desire for food.
Come dinner time, she asks if he wants anything to eat.
“Would you like a juicy rib eye steak and some scrumptious apple pie?
Or maybe a rotisserie chicken or tasty stir fry?”
He declines again. “No,” he says, “it’s got to be the Viagra. I’m still not hungry.”
“Well,” she says, “Would you mind getting off me?  . . . I’m starving.”

New Year’s Eve

Trail Conditions: Some problem areas but a lot of Good.

Weather: 1-4 today, below freezing for highs.

I have openings in all the rentals, check out the calendars. 

In general riders have been reporting pretty good conditions, we have problem areas like 4 miles west of the hoop on trail 8, 11S into Wisconsin I heard is closed. We still are lacking a normal amount of snow for this time of year but even with heavy traffic it seems the trails are in better shape than they should be. I think the groomers deserve a lot of credit for working with the conditions we have. The wet snows we received followed by the cold weather are creating a good base and the light snows are giving us a little here and there. Snow is in the forecast, nothing big at the moment but as long as we get a little every day or two the base will keep building and trails keep getting refreshed.

The other day three guys came into the Lodge, Tool, Super and Zippy. I know this sounds like the start of a joke. I told them I would post something the next day but when I started writing about the Lady that got killed it kind of took away the mood.

Three men, Tool, Super and Zippy walk into a bar. The barman tells them, “If you can sit in my basement for a day, I’ll give you free beer forever.” Tool walks out after five minutes and says, “It’s impossible, you got a swarm of flies in there.” So Super tries his luck, but can’t take more than an hour. Finally, Zippy goes down. When he returns a day later, the others ask him how he did it. Zippy says, “Easy! I took a dump in one corner and sat in the other corner!”

Trail Conditions: OK too Good.

Weather: 3-5 inches Monday maybe?

Mixed reports yesterday got a few saying trails were tore up but for the most part riders said we were thin on snow but the trails are not that bad to pretty good. We need snow and possibly Monday we will get our wish. Is it worth the ride up here? I think most are saying yes. Gotta run, Gogebic Lodge this morning. Have fun and be Safe.

In Memory of Jill.

Trail Conditions: OK too Good.

Weather: Not sure how much more snow yesterday, probably 3+..

When I arrived at Gogebic Lodge for work yesterday morning I was met at the door by Dave and he asked me if I heard about Jill. My heart sank as I asked him if was their group that had the casualty. I know a lot of people by face or by what they drink and don’t remember their names. When I read the article I didn’t put 2 and 2 together and associate Nebraska and Dave.

Wednesday Doug, Jill, Dave and Dave’s guest arrived at the Lodge, I shook the guys hands and gave the women a hug and we said how happy we were to see each other. I’ve probably known them going on 10 years. Not 48hours later I find out it was Jill who had the accident on Lake Gogebic early Thursday morning.

The reason I am writing this is to remind everyone bad shit can and does happen out there. Slow down, and watch the drinks when you have to drive. We are not (most of us anyway) a bunch of douche bags up here that just want your money. We get to know our customers and a lot of you become extensions of our families.

Thoughts, Prayers and whatever I can do to help Doug. A part of us that knew Jill left this week also. Please call if you need anything at all.

Talk to sledders yesterday and a huge improvement over before the fist snow hit. Still bare spots and problem areas like 8 a few miles west of the Hoop. But then with the 3 or more inches yesterday the thin areas should be getting better. More snow possible Sunday through Tuesday, conditions should continue to improve.

Be safe out there, Please.


Trail Conditions: Should have improved 150%

Weather: 3+ of wet Heavy Snow and single temps at night.

The big snows have missed us but that may not be all bad. What fell was heavy and wet and now temps have dropped drastically. That will make for a good base. Snow is in the forecast for the next week or so. We should be go to go for the next few weeks.

I appolagize for the “Get Your Asses up here” comment a few days ago, we thought we were going to get a major dumping on and it dwindled down to 5 or so inches total. But Huge snowfalls mean huge moguls also. A few inches a day is our best bet.

The Hoop’s web Cam is back online, bigger and better. Right now you can view it from tomstrailreport.com or johndee.com

I heard trail 13 north of trail 2 is all tore up from Loggers. The northern ends of trail 1 and trail 13 are still cut off due to logging.

It is supposed to come.

Trail Conditions: Snow needed..

Weather: Snowed about an inch, waiting on storm.

What a crazy ride we been on. Everyone here is anxiously waiting just like you guys are. In the last five days I think the forecast has went from 1-4 inches to 12-24 inches to 6-8 inches to rain/snow mix and who the hell knows. Right now I don’t have a clue what the forecasts are even predicting. Check out  John Dee for yourself.

I heard trail 13 north of trail 2 is all tore up from Loggers. The northern ends of trail 1 and trail 13 are still cut off due to logging.

You’ll just have to tune in tomorrow to find out how much snow we actually got, the only weather forecast I trust at this point is me sticking my head out the door.

Housework can’t kill you, but why take a chance?  –Phyllis Diller

Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing up is like shovelling the sidewalk before it stops snowing.

-Phyllis Diller

The reason women don’t play football is because 11 of them would never wear the same outfit in public.

Phyllis Diller

Best way to get rid of kitchen odors:  Eat out.

-Phyllis Diller

A bachelor is a guy who never made the same mistake once.

Phyllis Diller

I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford.  Then I want to move in with them.

-Phyllis Diller

Most children threaten at times to run away from home.  This is the only thing that keeps some parents going.

-Phyllis Diller

Any time three New Yorkers get into a cab without an argument, a bank has just been robbed.

-Phyllis Diller

We spend the first twelve months of our children’s lives teaching them to walk and talk and the next twelve years telling them to sit down and shut up.

-Phyllis Diller

Burt Reynolds once asked me out. I was in his room.

Phyllis Diller

What I don’t like about office Christmas parties is looking for a job the next day.

Phyllis Diller

The only time I ever enjoyed ironing was the day I accidentally got gin in the steam iron.

-Phyllis Diller

His finest hour lasted a minute and a half.

-Phyllis Diller

Old age is when the liver spots show through your gloves.

-Phyllis Diller

My photographs don’t do me justice -they look just like me.

-Phyllis Diller

Tranquilizers work only if you follow the advice on the bottle – keep away from children.

-Phyllis Diller

I asked the waiter, ‘Is this milk fresh?’ He said, ‘Lady, three hours ago it was grass.’

-Phyllis Diller

The reason the golf pro tells you to keep your head down is so you can’t see him laughing.

-Phyllis Diller

You know you’re old if they have discontinued your blood type.

Phyllis Diller



I see Sleds.

Trail Conditions: OK to Good..

Weather: Favorable forecast the next 4 days.

Well what to say? Now they are saying a wintery mix and we might see a bit of rain. But snow totals look to be just what we need. Totals are going to depend on how quick it changes to snow. Regardless whatever we get will be a big improvement. Sitting here at Mom’s watching the Lake Sleds are going by so it is going to be a busy week. I’m at the Lodge Today and Friday days, come and see me for a Bloody and Breakfast.



Merry Christmas

Trail Conditions: OK to Good..

Weather: 20’s and the forecast is lovely.

Merry Christmas. Actually what are you looking at my bullshit? Go back and spend time with the family. Later on early in the evening, say you are tired and going to take a nap. Then sneak out and get the sleds loaded, gear packed up and get ready to get you asses up here. Below is Mr. John Dee’s report on the snow headed our way. See ya soon….


Merry Christmas Eve Morning

Trail Conditions: Looking up.

Weather: 20 degrees  and the forecast is lovely.

I am not sure if everyone has been good little girls and boys, went to church, sold your souls or what but the forecast just blew up compared to what we have been getting. Snow looks to be starting Wednesday and continuing into Friday. I think it may be time to say “Get Your Asses up here”.

Hats off to the grooming clubs around the area, from what I have heard from riders conditions are not bad out there and good trails are being found. Now add the forecasted amount of snow this week to it and Snowmobile Season has Begun.

We got an inch or two the last few days, I’m not even going to jinx it by saying what we are supposed to get, look for yourselves.

Sorry, no Joke today, I am dead ass serious.

So Spend Christmas with your Family and then get your asses up here and spend some time with you friends.

Merry Christmas From Tom and Becker, Gogebic Lodge and Dutches Old Bar in Marenisco.

All I want for Christmas is ………

Trail Conditions: Wait for it.

Weather: 20 degrees  and Cloudy.

Back below freezing for highs. No snow yet but temps are staying low. Now it is a waiting game.

What’s next?!  It’s getting so we are scared to say hello to the opposite sex!

Here’s another example of the witch hunt caused by the flood of sexual abuse allegations:

I just read that a professional – after 7 yrs of medical school and training – has been fired for one minor indiscretion.

He had sex with one of his patients and can no longer work in the profession.

What a waste of time, effort, training and money. He’s still paying off his school loans. This just goes to show you, one minor mistake can ruin your life.

The article says he really is a great guy and a brilliant veterinarian.