Going April 3rd to start off the season

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Going April 3rd to start off the season

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But I think I'll take a full size enclosed truck so I don't freeze :)

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Sounds like a good idea!

It's still a little cool around here.
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Looks like partly cloudy and in the 50s for the 3rd :)

I'll be driving the F350, not my open top Jeep, and let those young whippersnappers I'm hauling run their quads around in the cold air near the lake.

Hope to see more folks there :)

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Sounds like fun.. Still prepping ours for May and in July. Probably do some duning in Gladwin during July also.
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Sunny morning low wind, nice. Very busy with a full parking lot. After noon the cold front came in an temps dropped 15 degrees and then rain and later snow, brrrr.

Rough day for the paramedics though :( Too many inexperienced riders driving faster than their ability and the terrain allowed or not looking for other drivers. What a way to start the season, well for one rider and his family it ended everything.

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Sorry to see some one go up there its not good for anyone that likes dune riding. Smiley I see your from GR you a Truck or buggy guy?

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Sad to hear the season started out this way. After all the north winds from the winter, it usually puts sharp drop-offs on many of the dunes. People just don't realize this and come flying off of them.

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Sucks that the season had to start out that way... Any news articles about the incidents?
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Haven't seen any articles on it but on another board it sounded like they were hit by a vehicle.

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Jerrod, I have two trucks and a TJ. I've had about every type vehicle at one time or another up at Silver Lake in the 26 years I've been going there.


TV 8 in GR had a story on the one death. A 21 year old from Detroit. They stated pretty much what I found out at the dunes. Bike rider ran into the front of a 4x4 at the south flats. What was not told was that the biker was going the wrong direction at a high speed on the edge of the drag racing flats. The s10 Blazer he hit was drag racing and I'd seen him there much of the day.

The other injury was as Gottaride surmised. Quad rider lost it at a 15 foot dropoff at the rear of the last ridge. The dropoff was about 50 foot past the peak and if you were traveling fast you would not see it. Guy broke his back I was told.

One funny thing for the day -- there was an old 2 wheel drive Ford van painted like the cartoon Scooby Mystery Van. The kid driving was bouncing up everything with the ratty old van. It took a start from Ludington to make Test hill (which lost another 20-30 feet in height this winter) but after bouncing 3 foot over the first berm he would make it over the top. :)

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Thanks for the info Smiley, sure isn't the way we would like the season to start out.

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Good info Smiley.

I swear people will drive anything out there!! Test Hill is down another 20-30 feet? Wow.
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Well lets hope that the rest of the year goes better at the dunes.
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