I turn the sled around and tried to find a new spot.. I decide to ride near the shore line and see where the ice is right up to the shoreline... hmmm nothing.... I keep on looking then I found a spot in the shade where there was some brush and there is still snow mixed with tall grass and weeds and brush... the ice is only about a foot away and the angle is the best I've seen... I point my sled in the small spot and without thinking more than a few seconds I pin it... "Brappppp.".... my sled slices the open water and the ice breaks under the weight of my heavy sled, my sled bogs but I know I will hit hard ice once I'm a few feet from the shore... the sled finally hit hard ice and I'm relieved as my sled was slowing down due that I only had a short distance to get a run at the ice and I had to pull on the bars to get the skis up so they would not hook on the ice.
Now I'm on the hard ice, I made it but with all of this I had forgotten to take into account that the small Herman creek is raging with water from all the fast melting snow and ice from up stream and it has melted the ice.... with my new unplanned entry to the lake I had forgotten about the area of the creek coming onto the lake... once I got on the hard ice I look in front to open water in front of me...... oh shit..... what to do??? the lake is bare with no snow, I have no studs.....quickly turn left and try to avoid most of it and giver gas? or just go strait and keep the engine wide open. well in the few seconds I had to react I decided to crack the sled wide open and go strait as I knew once passed that open spot the ice would be solid as that's where the trail on the lake was and the ice is all ways thicker in those spots... the sled came alive and skipped over the open water. I was speeding over the gap, water was shooting from the back and sides of the sled, the 800 triple made it over without any problems, I got on top of the hard pack with my heart pumping.... I did not waste to much time on the lake as there was many black spots... the ice seem still very thick but I was not going to hang around to find out how think it was, I quickly picked up the markers one by one and strapped them on my sled.
On my way back I drove my sled around the open water section and looked for a way off the lake... after planing my way off I decided on taking the spot where the D108A comes off the lake... I lined up and gave the sled gas, not too much as I did not want to hit the bare dirt on the shore too fast to avoid a sudden stop and do a dismount on my face on the shoreline, I got close came to the edge of the ice at a good pace and once I hit the open water i let off the gas so I would get on the shore a the right speed, the water splashed and my pants got a little wet from the water spraying, other than that it all went well. I rode back to the truck loaded the sled back on the trailer and said to myself " that was stupid , what where you thinking?"
I know the lakes around here but still I was taking a big chance, do not go on lakes if you are not sure. Now it time for some Atv riding. Check back for more stories all summer long..... my blog is not shutting for the summer.
Here's a video I took... its short, I was too in a hurry to get off of the lake.