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Here is my little adventure this last week. I am riding a 04 800 HO Renegade and my buddy on a 04 500 SS.

Monday January 30th 6pm left the staging area in St. Ignace headed up trail 47 to trout Lake. 7:30 pm arived in Trout Lake for gas…. Seems the temps have been too warm on Sunday night to groom so the trail was a mess Monday night. Headed out to Newbeery and got tangled up with the north south trail thing in Newberry. Learned that if you want to head north on trail 9 you must choose the north Newberry trail. Refueled on the south trail at 9:30. Missed the turn out of Newberry and ended up on the west side of town at another gas station….. decided we would need gas before Munising (learned different) so we headed to Seney after topping off again with another gallon of gas in Newberry.

We arrived in Seney at 11:30pm bar time and found no gas or lodging! We still had a little over a half tank but I was out of oil. Lucky for me my buddy packed a gallon! 12:00am got a hold of the North Shore Lodge in Grand Marais, which had a room and headed out. Arrived at Lodge at 1:30 am

Tuesday 9:30 am, headed out on trail 8 to Munising. (groomers had ran Monday night and Tuesday morning) Arrived in Shingleton around 11:30 am and refueled. This is when we realized that we had enough fuel the night before.

Headed out on trail 8 to trail 417 to Harvey picking up trail 8 again after Marquette. Snow was a little thin in Harvey and Marquette but as soon as we got back in the woods the snow was great. Refueled in Ishpeming and grabbed a bite at SubWay. Trails were very smooth from Grand Marais to the swamp on the other side of Michagamme where the groomer is unable to groomd do to not being frozen. This stretch was really rough! Picked up groomed trail again in about 30 min. From there we hooked up with trail 15 which we took to trail 109 and headed to Alston. We never seen a sole on 109. Turned around at Alston and headed to Baraga via trail 159 where we spent then night at the casino.

Wednesday 6 inches or so of fresh powder.. 9:00 am toped of in Baraga and headed out of Baraga on trail 15 and picked up trail 8 heading east the fresh snow made seeing the trail a little hard but made the swamp along the power lines easier to navigate. Arrived in Ishpeming around 11:00 am grabed a bite at SubWay again and refueled. Hooked up with the 417 trail again which was as smooth as a babies behind. Linked up with trail 8 and contued east. Some where I missed the turn to stay on trail 8 and the next thing I knew we were in Munising! This was not the plan but we worked with it. Refueled and headed to Shingleton then on to Seney…. We didn't think we had enough fuel to make it to Newberry so a stop in Seney. At seney we discovered we had more then enough fuel to make it to Newberry if we would have taken trail 88 off of trail 43. Arrived in Newberry at 4:30pm and got a room.

Thursday 9:00 am headed out of Newberry on trail 9 then picking up trail 2 and headed to Trout Lake. Arrived in St. Ignace at 11:00 am with all the bolts but one falling off the MAG side of the Y pipe. The sled got loud just about the time I could see the staging area.

Total miles on my sled 699.3 and my buddies was 705.4 All in all it was a great trip. Only one real problem. I blew up the 800 last year and the dealer got it back to me after the season had ended. I took it though a little break in time having the wife ride it around the corn and hay fields. About 75 miles or so of easy riding…. Well I found out that this thing was an oil guzzler! 2 qts for every 15 or so gallons of gas! The dealer had put a new cable on it and had adjusted it to the 18 mm spec. I was unable to adjust the cable any longer so this added about $15.00 to every other gas stop. In 700 miles I went through over 13 qts of oil!

Took a few pictures but haven't processed them yet.
 

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You must really burn alot of fuel. It sounds like you fueled like 12 times for under 700 Miles!

There isn't many areas in the UP that don't have fuel every 60 miles or so.
We rode Friday and put on 227 miles and fueled up 1 time! (05 500 SS and 06 F7).

Sounds like a great trip. Glad they had snow for you!
 

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Good idea to get gas every time you have a chance (within reason) You never know when a gas station will either just be closed or maybe burnt down......... Shingleton!!!!!!!! Map says you can get gas there but the past 2 years there has been non available! It is now open again thank the lord!!!!!
 

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brs2002 said:
Good idea to get gas every time you have a chance (within reason) You never know when a gas station will either just be closed or maybe burnt down......... Shingleton!!!!!!!! Map says you can get gas there but the past 2 years there has been non available! It is now open again thank the lord!!!!!
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Yup, My rules for Gas in the UP and Canada, Never pass up a Gas Station without topping off, Never Know when thoes play areas will pop up, and are just dying to be torn up!!!
 

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bigf150 said:
you said "learing experience" what did you learn?


I'm confused!
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learned:

1. you must take the north newbery trail
2. enough fuel to ride from newberry to munising
3. enough fuel to ride from ishpming to baraga
4. carry more oil
5. check oil consumption prior to making a trip like this
6. tighten Y pipe bolts often
7. gas and lodgeing is not always readly avaible
8. trip meter was at 406 miles in baraga and only 699 miles when returned to staging area.. saved 100 miles in lessons learned.

hope this helps
 

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thedillybar said:
genesly said:
2. enough fuel to ride from newberry to munising
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Which means you can make it from St Ignace to Munising on 24-hour fuel.
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Its 100 miles from St. Ignace to Seney and then another 43 to Shingleton by trail. My SDI can make it but not many others.
 

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Its open til 10 on the weekends.
 
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