Cruiser News

Board Meetings

All Board Meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, September through April.

General Membership Meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of the month, September through April.  Social hour 5:00 pm, Dinner at 6:00 pm, meeting to follow.

RSVPs are required for General Meetings.  Payment is due upon arrival by cash or check. Cancellations not made 48 hours prior, and No-Shows are required to pay for their dinner.

General Membership meetings are held at various club sponsors throughout the season

Update of Fall Trail Maintenance!

Update of trails from Trail Manager, Don Schneider.
The fall brushing is going well. All trails north of club house have been brushed and mowed with the exception of Trail 11 which will be done this week of October 4th. Trail 47 to Lake Tomahawk is complete. After Trail 11 is brushed and mowed we will hook up our new multi brushing saw to the John Deer and cut the highest branches. Hopefully we can get the worst spots done in just a few days.
We are still meeting every Tuesday and Wednesday through October and welcome all volunteers. I’m hoping to get on the Bearskin on October 20th and 21st. For those of you that can’t make it during the week, we have a Saturday work day coming up and hope you can join us. Please keep Saturday October 24th open for work on the Bearskin Trail. Start time for all work days is    8:30 AM at the Cross Country Cruiser Club House, 1503 Helminski Rd, Arbor Vitae, WI
I would also like to thank our volunteers, Jeanne Parrish (mowing), Rich Nichols (mowing), Bill Lemke (mowing), Kevin and Sue Hesprich, Jeff and Kelly Bobbie (new members), Tom Mix, Dick Jenks, Jim Ebert, and Doug Wendlandt for their hard work and dedication.
I will continue to give updates on our progress of the trails on Facebook and on our Website.
Thank you!
Don Schneider
Trail Manager

Fall Brushing and Trail Maintenance Schedule

Dear Cross Country Cruiser Members:

Trail Maintenance is a big part of our club. Please consider volunteering for the Trail Brushing Season.

Work days are always Tuesday and Wednesdays

Start Time: 8:30 AM

Location: Cross Country Cruiser Club House, 1503 Helminski Rd, Arbor Vitae, WI

September 15th, 16th , 22nd,  and 23rd we will be working on trails Trails 5, 6, 51, 10, 3 and 11.

September 29th and 30th we will complete what is still needed on trails north of our Club House.

October 6th and 7th if we are finished with September list of trails we will put posts up for in town fencing.

October 13th and 14th we can start brushing on the Bearskin Trail.

October 20th and 21st, we will finish up on Bearskin Trail if still needed.

October 27the and 28th will be discussed if there are issues that need to be addressed on trails and signing.

We need volunteers for all of these days, especially the Bearskin Trail since it is a very long stretch of trail.

After that we will inspect the trails until the gun deer season begins and again after it ends. Hopefully we can be inspected by Dale Mayo as soon as possible.

Mowing is on a trail by trail basis. Panning and rolling of trails will get underway when there’s at least 6 inches of snow on the ground.

This schedule is subject to change based on weather and the number of Volunteers. If you cannot volunteer during the week there will also be opportunity on some Saturday’s. I will announce that when the time comes.

We always have fun and enjoy the fall colors. So please come enjoy the comradery and outdoors with us by volunteering.

***Here is an update of what has already been done on the trails: September 8th and 9th we completed Trail 51 which is south of the Cruiser club house as well as completing Trail 47. We will be running the new brush cutter through when it is ready.

Please let me know if you would like to volunteer for any of the upcoming dates. You can contact me, Don Schneider on my cell at 262-930-6914 or email moc.liamgnull@15redienhcsnod with your name, phone and date you are available to lend a hand or just show up on one of the dates. We don’t turn down volunteers.


Don Schneider

Trail Manager

Volunteers Needed for Northwoods Harley-Davidson MDA Fall Ride!!!

NORTHWOODS HARLEY-DAVIDSON MDA FALL RIDE – September 18th and 19th, 2020 per notification from Bill Lemke, “We received a call from the Northwoods Harley-Davidson dealership in Arbor Vitae asking if we would serve beer and soda the weekend of Sept 19th,2020. Actual work dates would be Friday Sept 18th, 2020 and Saturday Sept 19th, 2020. Our set up would be on a very small scale – maybe 2 bar sections, a rolling cooler or 2, and maybe a tent. Primarily selling 3 kinds of beer, soda, and possibly some chips or ?? Times would be from 9:00 to 5:00 both days plus a little clean up and tear down. We would need 4 or 5 people each day.” Bill reiterated that this was their second request for assistance as we had initially turned down our participation in the event due to lack of commitment from club members. Harley has been good to us over the years and could really use our help on this one. With the cancellation of all other fund raising events this summer, this could be our only chance to bolster the Club operating funds as we enter a new season. Please consider volunteering some time for this event. Please notify Bill Lemke at 715-432-0998 or moc.reitnorfnull@ekmelb or Jon Cooksey 715-614-9003 or moc.liamgnull@pvresiurc as soon as possible so that they can compile a schedule and finalize arrangements. WE NEED YOUR HELP!!

If you have not been able to be active in past years, please consider it this year. We could use your help and would love to see new faces.

Good-Bye Big Blue

Big Blue was sold to a commercial company in Alaska. This company is near Bethal, Alaska which is about 400 miles west of Anchorage. This company provides alternate energy sources to small Eskimo villages that are totally dependent on diesel fuel & generators. They are putting up 100 kw wind generators on 150’ towers. That’s half the capacity and size we have in Wisconsin. The Soucy track system will allow them to walk on the tundra when not completely frozen extending their construction season. The following pictures are big blue being loaded yesterday for shipment to Alaska, Trucked to Seattle ($5500), then by barge to Bethel ($12k-15k)! All freight paid by the purchasing company. Pictures will show the cab glass wrapped for protection during shipping. Replacement glass extremely difficult to come by in Alaska.
A Big Thank You to Bill Farmer & Bob Brown for coordinating all of this!

Groomer Operators Needed for the Upcoming Season!

Hi Everybody ! Bill Lemke here on the heals of Don Schneider and Bill Farmer trying to keep you all updated on what is going on in our GREAT Club ! As you have probably heard, Don and I split the Trail Boss job – Don is Trail Manager for pre-snow brushing and signage, and I am Trail Manager for those activities once the snow flies, mainly grooming and the paperwork that follows. Because Don is pre-snow, his needs are more immediate than mine, as you see in his post. At this point, I am in the process of gathering names of those who want to be involved, so if you have an interest, please let me know. I am starting to work on the schedule for after the snow flies. Bill Farmer and crew want our equipment in top notch shape, and Don and I want the trails ready and inspected prior to the first snow fall. We’re in need of your help to regain our reputation of “the best trails in the Northwoods “!! You can contact me directly T: 715-358-6005 or C: 715-432-0998.
Thank you,
Bill Lemke,
Trails Manager

Volunteers Needed for Fall Brushing and Signing of Trails

Hey guys and gals! Trails manager, Don Schneider, looking for volunteers to help with the fall brushing and signing of our trails. Work days will be Tuesdays and Wednesdays starting September 1st. Meeting at the Cruisers clubhouse at 8:30 A.M. Everyone is welcome to join in on the fun! Feel free to call Don at 262-930-6914 for more information or you can text me as well. We are looking forward to making our trails the best in Wisconsin.
Thank you,
Don Schneider
Trail Manager