They were late arriving in Dwight, our armed forces... that's because the trails to the north were a tad, shall we say, rough.
With some 20 students along for the ride, the armed forces were on manouevres via snowmobile -- or LOSV (light over snow vehicles). It's a four day exercise: from Petawawa to Mattawa to Dwight, back to Mattawa, back to Pet... That's a lot of pounding along the trails. Particularly along trails that would benefit from a good fall of snow.
While the hoped for arrival in Dwight was to have been about 2 p.m., they didn't roll in until close to 7 p.m. And then they spent a lot of time repairing the skis on the snowmobiles, replacing the runner bars, refueling and other running repairs.
Because they were late, and had a lot of repairs to do, the Township opened up the Community Centre for the group, and they were truly grateful to be able to avoid setting up tents in the snow for the night.