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I had an incredible ride today. I had no one to ride with so I stuck to the trails. The trails were crowded and tore up bad. I had to get off into the fields and woods to give my calves a break! It was starting to get dark and I thought about riding north toward Cadillac. I didn't get far when I thought about the gas situation. I wasn't sure how much I had so I turned around and headed back toward Reed city. As I said, the trails were crowded and I get a little nervous around crowds. I ended up heading toward home without getting fuel. I got to my usual play area (the gravel pits) and remembered the gas. I stopped to check the guages The oil gauge quickly rose to about 3/4 so I thought "cool". I couldn't see the gas level at all, I started to dig out my light and the sled started dropping rpm. When I couldn't see the level even with the flashlight I opened the gas cap and looked in to see the bottom of the tank as the sled stalled.
Bummer!!!
I was only about a mile from home so I thought "no problem".
We have about 10" of sugar snow with a 1/8" thick crust and about 3" of powder on top. It really sucks to walk in. By time I got to the house I was soaked in sweat! I grabbed A gallon of gas from the garage and started walking back. The return trip seamed much easier. I fired up the sled and went to the gas station. They were sold out!! I said "screw it! and went home. I got some people to ride with tomorrow so things will be better.
The moral of the story is: Check your gas when you are near a Gas station!!
 

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Yea man that does stink. I read last year an article from an experienced trail guide and his #1 rule is always fill up whenever possible. This is even if your sled is better than somebodies elses on gas. I had a problem with my old sled as it wasn't the greatest on gas. After running out a few times I just traded it in and got a new one.
 

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I just keep topping up, even when I have lots of gas. It is a pain because most of the time there is a line up. What do you do. You don't know if the next gas station has gas. I cannot stay home when the trails are good & I can hear the sleds all day :crazy:
 

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Especially keep her topped up now with the fuel shortage. Last weekend our planned first gas stop had no fuel. Luckily we planned on topping at every half so we had lots of range left. If the next stop would of been out though it would of been a different story.
 

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We NEVER pass on gas,,something you learn riding in places where every ride is to the next gas station :) Sorry but I laughed my head off at your post :D
 

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We NEVER pass on gas,,something you learn riding in places where every ride is to the next gas station :) Sorry but I laughed my head off at your post :D[/b]
That's cool. I was hoping at least someone would gain some entertainment at my expense. There are a lot of gas stations in my area. So we are not used to being in that situation.
The worst part is, I drove past at least two gas stations that had gas.
I only got about 60 miles to a tank of gas. I think it was actually a little less but, I didn't write down what the miles were when I filled it.
 

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Especially keep her topped up now with the fuel shortage. Last weekend our planned first gas stop had no fuel. Luckily we planned on topping at every half so we had lots of range left. If the next stop would of been out though it would of been a different story.[/b]
Fuel shortage??? What fuel shortage???
 

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The Canadian Riders right now are having a huge problem with fuel up there as a lot of the stations are dry, or have little gas. I think there was a major fire at one of the fueling factories?
 

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The Canadian Riders right now are having a huge problem with fuel up there as a lot of the stations are dry, or have little gas. I think there was a major fire at one of the fueling factories?[/b]
Only Canadians in Ontario. We have no problem with availability out west, but the price has jumped six cents per litre in the last week, or two.
 

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Ah... that could be why our gas went up 10C per litre... I'm just used to it always costing an arm, a leg, and perhaps an area too sensitive to mention here.
 
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