FEBRUARY 3, 2001

Photo and Text: Tim Gooderham

On Saturday I made a trip downtown (from the lake hub) via snowmobile. It took only 15 minutes on a totally gorgeous day. Just this side of O'Connor Island I met Temagami Trails' Big Groomer churning up the Northeast Arm on its first trip of the year. Until now there has not been enough ice under the snow to make for a safe passage.

The machine is a rather drastically modified Massey Ferguson diesel tractor. You can't quite see the pair of bogey wheels in the middle between the big and little wheels. The pair of wheels on top of the drag are forced down hydraulically to elevate it for road crossings and what-have-you.

All right - so how do they steer the thing? I thought you'd never ask. If you want to turn right, a hydraulic ram shoves the drag to the left, which shoves the tractor to the right. Or have I got that backwards?

During the summer, the groomer lives in the shed across from the ski chalet at the bottom of Caribou Mountain.

Winter Road 2001 - March 30 - February 24

Moving Day on the Ice: March 1, 2001

Tim Gooderham

Tim was first brought to Lake Temagami in 1936 (he was very young at the time his emphasis) and virtually grew up at Camp Chimo, a now defunct lodge then located near Narrows Island. After 13 years in the RCAF and 27 years as a teacher of secondary school history and political science in North Bay, he retired from teaching in 1994. Since then he has been a year-round resident of the lake. He is Executive Secretary of the Temagami Lakes Association (property owners).

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