Atikokan Sno Ho’s and Thunder Bay Adventure Trail Members Ride for George Jeffrey Children’s Centre
by Scott A. Sumner
It was a great day of riding snowmobiles. The weather was beautiful and the company even better. It was my pleasure to snowmobile some 100 miles to the Kashabowie Store on the Thunder Bay Adventure Trails system to meet up with the Atikokan Sno Ho Club riders. They would continue back with us to Thunder Bay and Kakabeka where they would stay over night and then return the next day to Atikokan. The goal of the ride was to raise money for the new George Jeffrey’s Treatment Centre in Thunder Bay.
There were about 10 riders from Thunder Bay and 10 from Atikokan who met up for a beautiful chili and hot dog lunch at the Kash Stop in Kashabowie. Owner Sandra Fagen had this great lunch as well as available gas for the avid riders from two NW Ontario nowmobile clubs. The trails from our Kakabeka start point to Kasabowie were just excellent. Freshly groomed after some 25 cm of snow earlier in the week it was really a treat to make the trip. It had been several years since I had been on these trails and it reminded me of how beautiful the area really is, with rolling terrain and great vistas. This is a trail you must ride!
Kim Cross, President of Atikokan Sno Ho's, Bob Speer of George Jeffrey and Bob Slusar , board member of TBAT
We began our way back to Kakabeka, now as a group of 20 riders in warming conditions. The snow was still great and the comradery of stops and talks on the way back fun. We arrived at the Kakabeka Hotel around 6 pm and were ready for a beautiful dinner put on by Marlis and her staff. This buffet was exceptional and really enjoyed by the enthusiastic riders. It was fun to hear a presentation about George Jeffrey’s by Chairman and soon to be President, Bob Speer. His passion for helping the children was evident to all. The ride
raised $1020 for George Jeffrey’s and we can expect bigger and better things next year according to Kim Cross, President of the Atikokan Sno Ho Club. In 2010 ook for a three day ride to Atikokan and the White Otter Castle. It was a fun day and be sure to get involved next year if you can!