It’s 86 degrees in the Twin Cities as I write this – Indian Summer (or, should I say, Native American Summer Soltice?) has officially taken hold. Half of our office (or more) is looking for an excuse to leave early. Motorcycles are everywhere on the local streets, folks are making plans for an unexpected last weekend of boating – and all I can think about is sleds!
It’s crunch time in our office, as we work hard to get another issue of Snow Goer (in this case, our January cover date issue) to our printer. Andy’s off on one project, Tom’s off on another, so the only person here to give the pages a final read-through is little old me, and it’s killing me. In this case, “It” is not the workload; what’s killing me is reading all of these stories about riding.
Managing Editor Andy Swanson has got a really good story about a club ride he took in northern Minnesota last year in this issue; longtime contributor Tim Erickson has an outstanding review of the 2011 Sno Pro 500 based on our ride at West Yellowstone, Montana, last spring; I’ve got a writeup on our Power Cruiser Shootout, featuring all of the big four strokes. Each story has a certain “put-you-there” charm that has me yearning for winter. I want to be on that trail that Andy talks about; I want to fling a Sno Pro 500 down a rugged ditchline, which Tim writes about….
Instead, it’s 86 degrees and sunny. Oh well.
Whatever you have planned for this weekend, make it a good one. And remember, in as soon as eight weeks if snow permits, the snowmobile trails will start opening in some parts of the country!