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An Experiment

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I tried a little experiment yesterday. I treated the Grizzly like a snow machine and did some trail riding. I had the benefit of some aggressive winter tires that were included in the deal when we bought the used ATV, but the results of my experiment did not ultimately produce results I was hoping to achieve.

DSCN4381eI was envisioning a wider trail than the skinny packed footprints created by Cyndie when she has been walking Delilah. Knowing that I wouldn’t be able to plow the deep snow, because there wasn’t enough traction to overcome the added resistance, I hoped to at least skim off an upper layer while packing down the edges under the wheels.

One of the reasons that didn’t work is that the blade would still dig in at times because the terrain isn’t perfectly flat. I had to lift the blade to a point it was rarely skimming any snow at all.

That produced a final result of two deep ruts on the outside with a narrow plateau in the middle. It didn’t solve the narrow path issue that annoys me.

The best way to get what I want is to purposely trudge the foot trail wider and wider as you go. It is a process that takes time to achieve, although not really all that long if you are walking it 3-times a day with a dog. I have taken to putting on snow shoes this weekend, to more quickly widen and pack the main perimeter route, even though that adds unwanted preparation time to the exercise of getting geared up for a simple walk.

If I was dead set on using the ATV, I could drive the trails over a series of days and make enough progress to plow it down, since the snow will re-freeze each night and provide increasingly better traction for the wheels, but that’s not really what I want.

Given a choice, I prefer a human-powered solution, as well as the aesthetic outcome that a foot path through the woods provides.

I’m going to keep strapping on the snowshoes for a few days.










Written by johnwhays

January 24, 2016 at 11:00 am

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  1. Donning the snowshoes does increase the cardiovascular benefit and the caloric burn rate! Slogging through the snow, dragging your feet would probably have benefits. Then there is taking a few bites with a snow shovel — after three times a day, wouldn’t take you long to clear a path.


    January 24, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    • Yes, and as fast as the path is created, it often gets covered again by blown snow in the open areas. Creating the path is always an ongoing process.


      January 25, 2016 at 8:09 am


    Here’s a trail idea for you❣ 🙋🏻


    January 24, 2016 at 5:02 pm

  3. we need to build you a groomer to pull behind the four wheeler 🙂


    January 24, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    • Ha! We should. I have let myself lose sight of that vision as time continues to pass without my getting on skis. The longer it goes, the harder it seems to get back at it. But if I had a groomed trail right outside my door…


      January 24, 2016 at 2:08 pm

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