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On the road again

January 22, 2009 - Cindy Votruba
Wednesday afternoon saw me in the passenger seat of a snowmobile trail groomer. I was doing a ridealong with Jack Anderson of Milroy, who is in his first year of grooming the 160 miles of trails throughout Lyon County.

Now the average speed of the groomer is only three to four miles an hour, so we were well under the posted speed limit of Highway 23.

“It ain’t the fastest thing on tracks,” Anderson joked.

We made our way along the ditches between Marshall and Green Valley and back again. Anderson, who is also a member of the Southwest RidgeRunners and an avid snowmobiler, is happy to make the trails smooth for fellow riders. He especially likes going down the trails by Garvin Park, which takes him through the woods. He also noted the wildlife and scenery down by Camden.

As we puttered down the highway listening to Jimi Hendrix on KARZ, Anderson showed me what the groomer’s blade does, which is break up the hard packed snow and smooths out any snowdrifts. Otherwise, it’s just riding over the trails.

Anderson said his least favorite part of the ride is attempting to get through major intersections, such as the one by Marshall High School or at 59/23.

“Traffic does not give you any leeway at all,” Anderson said.

He said it takes two and a half days to complete the 160 miles of trails. He’ll go from 9 in the morning until 7 or 8 at night. Anderson is out on the trails Tuesdays and Thursdays. Today and Friday, he’s getting the 99 miles of trails ready for the SW RidgeRunners fun run.

It may get to be a long day, he said, but Anderson likes what he does.


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