On February 1st the Polar Bears Snowmobile Club assembled
behind MacDonald's Restaurant for the second Club Ride of
the season. There were 13 of us on the ride. The destination
was Buckfield High School for a spaghetti dinner to benefit
the Pine Tree Camp for Handicapped Children & Adults.
This fundraiser, sponsored by the Buckfield Streaked
Mountaineers Snowmobile Club, is held annually and draws
hundreds of sledders.
Ron Russell, our leader by default (no one else was willing
to take the job), appears to be directing traffic as the
ride participants assemble.
Rob and Louanne Cameron and Buddy Bouchard
Gordon and Linda Phillips arrive looking ready to
We're all standing around ... guess we're ready to hit the
But wait ... where did Buddy put his keys?
It was smooth riding and our leader was doing a great job
while we were on the Polar Bears trail system. All that
changed, however, at our first intersection below Shag Pond.
We took a right, instead of a left, and 3 or 4 miles later
we stopped for a trail-side conference somewhere in
Woodstock? or was it Sumner? The age-old lament of
snowmobilers was heard frequently from the group: Where are
Chris Dickson's thoughts at this moment: "Boy, club rides
are lot more
relaxing when you're not the leader."
As we get closer to Buckfield, the trails become more
challenging (bumpy!), most probably due to the high volume
of traffic from sledders attending the event. Our Trail
Master, Gordon Phillips assesses the situation, and he's
probably thinking: "Look at all those moguls! Who's been
spinning their tracks?!?!
In spite of (or perhaps because of) the bumpy trails and
misdirection, Linda Phillips and Tim Mack, along with the
rest of us, manage to laugh and enjoy the
When we arrive at the high school in Buckfield around 12:30,
we're impressed with the number of snowmobiles already
Even though there are a large number of people, the
Buckfield Club has things well organized, and in no time
we're settling down with our meals. Rob and Bob must be very
hungry, because they appear to be really focused on their
food. Louanne, on the other hand, seems to be saying to
Louise, "I told you not to take my picture when I'm
The tables are turned as Louise gets caught on camera by
Louise's husband, Bob, manages to pry the camera away from
her long enough to get this shot.
Back on the trail again after a great spaghetti feed, a
minor break-down occurs. Ron's drive belt needs to be
changed. It's a one-man job, but lots of "helpful" kibitzing
is offered up by Ron's fellow travelers. In 5 minutes the
belt was changed and we're on our way home.
We took a different route to get home and we passed through
the Peru trail system. Their trails were in great shape! The
smiles on the faces of the Three Ls (Louise, Louanne, and
Linda) attest to the smooth riding .....which was greatly
Even though we didn't have sunshine for this club ride, the
group had a great time! We're all looking forward to the
Family Field Day on March 1st.