Archive for December 31, 2013

Cold, Just fricken cold in Bergland




Weather: Fricken cold

Trail Conditions: Flat and hard

Holy crap, it is cold out, even for up here.  High of -3 today, not wind chill, just the temp.  A friend of mine posted that pic yesterday from out on the trail, the trails look inviting don’t they?  Not much snow in the forecast over the next few days, it will come, only a question of when, for now we are good though, we have lighter traffic with snow all over right now.

I had a few comments on Facebook and an email or two asking why I didn’t call the police or post the pics of the assholes that stole the bag in my lot the other day.  I would have in a second if I had a clear shot.  The camera they were recorder on was not strong enough to make a positive ID.  I was only trying to do whatever I could to get the guy’s bag back.  I do not like thieves and I will do anything I can to prevent or catch that crap at our bar.  So there is a new camera on order.  Incidents like this are far and few between up here, most people are just here for a good time, but out of thousands or tens of thousands of people I guess you are going to find an asshole or two, in this case 3.  I doubt very much these 3 guys were followers of mine, they were in plain view of the camera, just a little to far away from the one that records to get caught.  Enjoy your “free” Yamaha Bag buddies, I got a feeling fate will catch up with you some day soon.

New Princess of Bergland Bay Bar




Weather: holy crap, thermometer says -18 at 9am

Trail conditions: good and should be getting better

Trail conditions were down yesterday due to Friday and Saturday’s warm up and heavier traffic, but as groomers get out and with colder temps they will be hard and flat once again.  The forecast for snow is not the best for the next few days but we have plenty on the trails and we are still getting an inch or two here and there.  Come on up conditions are good.

My condolences to all the Bear fans out there, but even if the Bears would have won I can honestly say that was one of the most enjoyable games I have watched in a long time.  The bar was probably split about 50/50 between Packer and Bear fans, both sides were cheering right up until the end.  It was fun, thanks to both teams and everyone in the bar for a good time.

Now there comes a time when the King can no longer wait for the Princess to return, and sometimes he has to crown a new Princess, so, sorry old Princess, the new Princess has arrived……

new Princess

To the Thieves at the Bar Last Night



Just a shout out to the 3 assholes who stole the bag off the Yamaha in my parking lot last night, I got you on camera, if you bring it back, nothing more will be said, I will pass your pictures around to everyone I know if you don’t.


Cold temps return to Bergland



Weather: Back to the cold

Trail Conditions: Good and improving

Trails got tore up with the two day warm up and heavier sled traffic.  But we are back in business today with single digit temps for a high for the next few days, and colder than normal temps for the following week or so. It looks like we got a few inches of snow out there and there is a chance of snow today.  Give it a day or two and trails should all be back in very good condition.

2 beefs, 3 beefs 4 beefs, was all I heard yesterday.  We sold a lot of sandwiches, in fact I had to thaw out more late last night.  Sorry if you had to wait.

2 days till New Years, don’t forget we are having fireworks right after midnight out in the sled parking lot.

I’m told Henry’s Inn still don’t have gas, so plan accordingly if you are traveling through Rockland.

As a trucker stops for a red light, a blonde catches up. She jumps out of her
car, runs up to his truck, and knocks on the door.

The trucker lowers the window, and she says "Hi, my name is Heather and
you are losing some of your load."

The trucker ignores her and proceeds down the street.

When the truck stops for another red light, the girl catches up again. She
jumps out of her car, runs up and knocks on the door.

Again, the trucker lowers the window. As if they've never spoken, the
blonde says brightly, "Hi my name is Heather, and you are losing some of your

Shaking his head, the trucker ignores her again and continues down the

At the third red light, the same thing happens again.

All out of breath, the blonde gets out of her car, runs up, knocks on the
truck door. The trucker rolls down the window. Again she says "Hi, my name
is Heather, and you are losing some of your load!"

When the light turns green the trucker revs up and races to the next light
When he stops this time, he hurriedly gets out of the truck, and runs back
to the blonde.

He knocks on her window, and after she lowers it, he says...
"Hi, my name is Mark, it's winter in Michigan and I'm driving the SALT

Warm today and snow tonight?



Weather: Warmer

Trail Conditions: Good but they will get softer today

It didn’t cool down too much last night so you can expect softer trails out there today.  One more day of warm and then a cold front moves in.  There is a pretty good chance that we are going to get some snow tonight and tomorrow too.  Week day riding should be pretty good this week.  Not a lot of traffic out there for being right after Christmas, snow is spread out pretty good through Minnesota and Wisconsin too, so the trails are not real busy, so get your A$$es up here…….

If you need lodging call one of the people that are sponsoring me, I am sure they have some rooms or houses open yet.

Time to go chit, shower and shave, then go make more beefs at the bar.


UP Snowmobile Trail Conditions




Weather: Into the 30’s today

Trail Conditions: Very Good

Good conditions reported by all, not a grown in the bar.  Temps are going up into the 30’s today and tomorrow and then are forecast ed to drop right back down.  A hint of an inch or so of snow a day for next few days too. All real good conditions for the groomers to work with.

Yesterday was not as busy as I thought it would have been, probably because of all the snow in the Keewanaw, and Wisconsin and Minnesota having snow.  Less traffic boild down to less bussiness for me but better trails for you.

Some of the trail changes did not get onto the new map.  You cannot come from Ewen down trail 8 anymore and go north to catch 13 to Rockland unless you come into Bergland first and then go out the access trail right up from the old bar on the corner.

In between Ontonagon and White Pine there is a reroute at the 13 &101 Junction, you have to jog north on a road now.  I marked up a map below.





Opening Day in Bergland?




Weather: Cold with about an inch overnight.

Trail Conditions: Very Good

We will see what today brings, ole Mother Nature is going more north hitting the Keewanaw and forgetting about Bergland.  The forecast looks promising for the next week or so, it is supposed to get to 30 degrees here Friday and Saturday and then drop back down.  Hopefully the warm up will bring us some snow.  Don’t fret we have plenty of snow, the trails are hard and flat.  I’ll have beef and burgers on so stop by and see us.  Conditions are good, so get your a$$es up here.

Merry Christmas from Bergland Michigan




Weather: Cold and some white stuff falling down

Trail Conditions: Very good

Merry Christmas everyone.  I hope Santa brought you what you wanted today.  Short hours at the bar today, I’ll be open from 2-8pm.  tomorrow we will be ready to rock and roll.  I tried marking up a map with a trail change that did not make it onto the new snowmobile map.  This is on trail 12 going from Ontonagon to White Pine where the 101 intersection is, this is in the blue.  I am no Van Gogh but I think you can get the idea the trail heads north for a mile or so I think then comes back down to meet up with the old trail again.  I have had a few groups tell me it was hard to tell where the trail goes and a few thinking the trail did not go through to White Pine.  Where the green points is where water is going across the trail because of a beaver dam, (Where is Phil Robertson when we need him)  I had people tell me it was not marked.  I called Jim from the Pit Stop in Greenland  and he went out and made sure they were marked better.  Thanks Jim.

I am going to go serve a few drinks at the bar till 8 and then sit by the fire with Becker tonight and have a few brews probably.  See you all tomorrow.


Twas the night before a Drag Race





Weather: Temps are down, snow is packed hard

Trail Conditions: Very Good

Merry Christmas Eve Morning everyone.  I don’t have a lot to say about trail conditions right now.  Not many bilers around, they are all at home getting ready for Christmas and then heading up here the 26th.  The snow situation is what it is, it would have been nice to get what was forecasted for us the last week but it didn’t come.  Don’t fret, we are good to go, trails are in very good shape.  Hopefully we will get it next week to give the trails a refresh after a bunch of you put on some miles.

I was kind of bored tonight so I wrote (or revised) you a little poem………


‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the trails

Not a snowmobile was running, not even the for sales;

The helmets were hung by the doorway with care,

In hopes that more snow would snow be there;

The bilers were nestled all snug in their beds;

While visions of snowdrifts danced in their heads;

And Becker in her Nightie, and I in my cap,

Had just settled down for a five hour nap,

When out on the street there arose such a clatter,

I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.

Away to the bathroom I flew like a flash,

Tore open the toliet and flushed down my stash.

The webcam on Porkie and the new-fallen snow,

Gave a hint of good riding to the trails below,

When what to my wondering eyes did appear,

But a line of ski-doos and an Iowaian on a John-deer,

With idiots racing so loud and so quick,

I knew in a moment they must be Bret & Nick.

More cuss words and threats out my mouth they just came,

And I whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:

“Now, Bret! now, Nick! now Dave and Ted!

On, Miller! on, Karl! on, Joel and Drunk ass Fred!

To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!

Now get away! get away! get away all!”

As smoke on the street and like a wild hurricane they flew,

When they meet with an snowbank, next to you know who;

So up to the highway the biliers they flew

With the sled full of ice chunks, and old Tom Miller too—

And then, in a roar, I heard on the street

The start of another drag race with two starting to meet.

As I drew in my head, and was turning around,

Down the street George from the Hoop came with a bound.

He was dressed for the cold, heavy boots and some gloves,

Everyone knows a good drag race he loves;

A bundle of tools he had flung on his back,

And he looked like a mechanic just opening his pack.

His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples, how merry!

His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!

His hands raised in the air like the starter of a race,

I knew it would be cool to see the sleds keeping pace;

The last race was about then over,

when the cops came in a Range Rover;

He was kind of nice and had a big round belly

That shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,

And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;

A wink of his eye and a twist of his head

Soon gave the ok, the biliers had nothing to dread;

The sleds took off quickly, smoke and sparks all the way,

The one on the left hit a bump and started to sway.

The biliers then vanished, probably going back to their house,

Becker just yelled at me and called me a louse;


“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”


Bergland Area Snow report




Weather: Cold, but not too Cold

Trail Conditions: Very Good

Well Mother Nature chose not to be too kind to us over the weekend.  But we are still in very good shape condition wise.  I’m not going to jinx us by saying there is snow in the forecast.  The last time I said there was not any snow in the forecast I think we got 5 inches or so.  Merry Christmas Eve-Eve everyone, I’ll see you in about 3 days.