New Year’s Day 2011 or 1/1/11, not planning on writing checks today but it would be easy if I was. The temperature is also wun, wun or to be more precise -11 and with the chill factor the “feels like” is a
crisp -23 which should be another good test for the Sorel caribou boots. Not that I’m thinking of
straying far from the door other than to chop wood and walk dogs.

So New year’s Eve came and went, we got plowed out, more soppy seasonal films on the Hallmark
net as everything else was a repeat, a quick good samaritan act as a dummy managed to get stuck
in the snow at the intersection just outside the house and then with the either, on or off, throttle
managed to spin the hard pack to polished ice. A little work with the shovel and repositioning of the
steering wheel to straight and we had them free. Nice to see many others stopping to help, I wonder
if they will do the same if I do it with the School Bus ?

One of the turnarounds for the 71 seater. Tight in the dry, might be tricky
in the deep snow

What does 2011 hold I ask ? of course we live in hope so must not be downhearted as the new year
begins but I have many reservations at the time of writing. The standard outing as Trialsmaster at
Buckeye is currently looking like a non starter but I won’t give in just yet and I’ll hold the final decision
until this weekend but at present things are not looking good!

Regrettably its a “$” thing and with the necessary repairs to the Safari for the seals, cost of 900
miles of diesel, another couple of 30 gallons of propane, rejoin Ahrma $65, a couple of entries
$80 ? and so on, plus rewinterizing the Safari on return its fast becoming one for the too difficult
box !

Wouldn’t that be nice

As I’m not holding a lottery ticket the decision was forced upon me today so I was forced to ring
Ed and tell him I can’t do the job this year. All being well I’ll be back better than ever next year. That’s
not to say I’m not keen, far from it,  I feel as though I’m letting a lot of people down, myself included,
but common sense finally kicked in and I’m forced to accept that what was once all too easy to do
now has other ramifications. So from a personal point of view this one gets the CNX for yours truly
however you spell it ?

A bit like a cup of tea……. WUN “L” or  “2”

So any thoughts of two wins, or a win and checker/trialsmaster’s points have now gone out of the
big 2011 window and my first event will most likely be Turkey Rock in May. So instead of 1, 1, or WUN,
WUN, 2011 starts off with a WON NONE !

…….think I’ll have a Chinese,  “I’ll have the WUN NUN with boiled rice”


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  • 1/14/2011 9:09 AM Larry E Hassard wrote:
    Tony- You’re gonna LOVE the Sorels. I had a pair for years when we lived in northern Maine. Gave them to a friend when we had enough and moved to southern Arizona. We’re in Mexico for the winter but I hope to try at least one vintage trials event this year on my bitsa Bulto
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  • 1/14/2011 2:52 PM Scott wrote:
    I feel your pain Tony.I work in a gravel pit here in IL and it,s been real slow with this year looking to be worse than last year.I have a few bike projects waiting to be finished,but only the trials bike will get the nod this year. Cheers! Scott.
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