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  1. 17 points
    RoadRunner

    Somewhere East of the Gaspe

    Sm and Playhard, well we didn’t get cheated on our adventure ride for sure! Thursday and Friday did not disappoint us😁. Thursday started out so nice but high clouds up in the Long Range mountain highlands in the distance had other plans for us. As many of you saw earlier in the week, The highlands, a few days ago had a beautiful blue sky, and felt very inviting. 😉 As mentioned , We had heard several stories of trouble and tragedy in these highlands all week. Well we got taste of just how wild it can get. By mid morning our clear view morning ...had changed into a slow crawl, dirty visibility and several dig outs of drifts as we crawled our way up into the highlands. Wow we still got a long ways of to go! This is what its like when the weather goes bad😉 , This is going to be slow going! Just before noon we decided this is not going to work! We had just got to a rough shelter about half way in. This looks like our chalet for the night! 😊 As we settled into our very.........rustic accommodations, some gathered fire wood , others water, an inventory of overnight supplies started popping out on the rustic picnic table in the shelter. A wood stove provided heat, but that was about it. The wind howled all night, but by 3:30 am it seemed like we had a window of opportunity and visibility was better, but we had 10 sleds buried in snow and we needed to get rolling. With winds forecasted to pick back up to levels we experienced yesterday, we knew we had a a narrow window. Robert Gardner and Dixon Clements, both Cain’s Quest Champ’s and old pros at these types of riding conditions , gathered the troops and said well...it’s now ...or ....we most likely will be here another day. So at 4:40am, sleds are all running and we are heading down out of the range, at a crawl. 3 hours later, and 35 miles under our belt, we dropped down into the tree line. Lots of stories and laughs to share, but also a reality of just how quick things can change in the high country! It’s always an adventure. With 10 experienced riders it was awesome to see all the safety and overnight equipment pop out of everyone’s bags. Multiple Garmin in reaches, Spot tracker devices, food, food lines for hanging gear to dry, fire starting equipment, jet boils, tarps, ect. You guys get it because we all tend to carry those items whether adventure riding or groomed trail riding, and at times thinking, wow, do I really need this stuff? Well yes, on occasion you do! The other neat observation was to observe your riding partners under challenging conditions. This group all remained calm and focused. Good attributes for any type of ride, especially when conditions change. As mentioned a few days ago, we had planned to get into the Gross Morne Park, but do “unforeseen circumstances” we ran out of time!! We did get to see territory and ride a regions that even many locals have never done. We catch the evening ferry back to NS tonight. We will be back to the Rock again! This has been another great adventure ride. And many more things to see and experience here! Happy Trails! RR
  2. 17 points
    RoadRunner

    Somewhere East of the Gaspe

    The scenery rivals the White road, Labrador and what we have seen in Alaska. Definitely this is something to put on your to do list!
  3. 16 points
    RoadRunner

    Somewhere East of the Gaspe

    This years adventure takes us again, out of the QR territories. We are currently waiting for the ferry to Port au basque Newfoundland. Our scheduled 5 hour ferry ride last night was cancelled from North Sydney NS. But we are on for a 2 pm departure today. Arriving in NL tonight around 7pm .. hopefully! This will not be a high miler run but we are looking forward to lots of snow, great views and lots of good conversations. There are 10 of us and we will be covering the north eastern tip of NL, from Deer Lake, and north. Happy hour in the trailer last night waiting for the ferry was the high light last night after an 11 hour drive! A blue sky day today is in order for the sail! Happy trails RR
  4. 15 points
    RoadRunner

    Somewhere East of the Gaspe

    Our second day consisted of our self guided run up the Souflette river system into the Long Range Mountain highlands. The highlands are really something to experience and respect. You do not want to get caught out here in a storm system. A local lost his life here a few weeks ago while out in these highlands during bad weather ! . There is no shelter or land marks to go by. You must trust your gps or don’t go! We headed to the outfitter Boughwiffins on the Cloud river. Let me just say that both the outfitter at Harbor Deep and Cloud river are first class, if you want to come here , they will take care you. we have their contact if anyone is interested. Gray weather is forecasted for the next few days so, we will have not the scenery, still a great time. Happy trails RR
  5. 15 points
    RoadRunner

    Somewhere East of the Gaspe

    We have been out for three days now and yes this is Newfoundland. Our run into the Northern peninsular has given us spectacular scenery but been a bit light on the WiFi access LOL. This is was our first day back into digital access, which isn’t a totally bad thing! We have had a sensational ride, three days of blue sky weather, and all the locals are saying they have not seen the sun in two months. Wow we got lucky! Our first day was from Deer Lake thru Sops arm into Harbor Deep. You really should do a wiki search on Harbor deep to understand that this was the last community in NFLD to get resettled. An interesting story. Bob and Linda where excellent hosts, we guided ourselves In, but a guide would be recommended for this trip unless your are very comfortable with a gps. Danny Corcoran lodge does have a guide service available for those interested. A few pics of our first day are below!
  6. 14 points
    SnomoGary

    What an honour

    Just for everyone's information , Saguenay Bill has this afternoon been honoured by FCMQ , saguenay snowmobile club and area tourism in naming a trail after him . Congratulations Bill well deserved , we were let into the big secret before we left last Thursday. It is a well deserved honour for all the work you do to promote the area. Enjoy the day very best wishes Gary and Pat..
  7. 14 points
    RoadRunner

    Somewhere East of the Gaspe

    Many of you have commented on the Western side, and as you can see the eastern region we have run so far had a much more dense snow pack in many places. We will be working our way down the Western side later this week, We hope to have good weather for the scenery and strong backs for the powder! Here are a couple of drone shots , one in Harbor Deep and one in the highlands of the Long Range mountains. Also Norm from Boughwiffin lodge dropped us off some 2000 year plus iceberg ice last night. That made the Crown Royal taste very special!
  8. 13 points
    Here is my traditional photo report from Sunday, March 17, 2019 ride The last thaw was mainly Thursday and Friday of last week but the weather stayed mild on Saturday so that the snowmobiles clubs have only been able to groom in the Saturday to Sunday night , so we stayed at home Saturday to not wear the trail base and catch up on Sunday with this big nice loop of 300miles that we did in reverse side from last time we did earlier this season. My snowmobile club (Carcamp Berthierville) had groomed overnight . It gave beautiful hard and very fast trails , I lowered the scratchers for safety. Here some pics near home in St-Thomas de Joliette The thaw did not really reduce the snow cover which is very generous this year, just packed down a bit in the south of the area. To my knowledge a single river ice bridge in Berthierville on # 3trail (not on this ride path) have been damaged and it can be easily cross by the car bridge just few meter aside. Here in St-Félix de Valois And this pic on the old railway of St-Cléophas de Brandon. The club of St-Gabriel Brandon had not regroomed it since the thaw, probably just before because it was flat as a pool table...but not much loose snow. A blast to ride with the scratchers down! North from St-Gabriel had been done recently and it was top notch At the hut on the top of St-Damien's hill, agents I knew were doing some trail pass checking and we stopped talking a little Once in the mountains the snow texture changed and from there it was still full winter conditions. The trail section around the Réal Massé area maintained by the Saint-Charles snowmobile club had not been re-groomed and was pretty rough. Need to see a groomer there... Here near #23/#350 trails junction The Cabanon(Royaume snowmobile club) had not been able to groom the #23 south of the Cabanon, one of their dozer had broken down in the Mastigouche reserve area and could not complete its run. Despite some holes it still ride well, We stopped to refuel and eat early at Cabanon. Lot of snow there... We then left in north direction toward Mauricie trail #345 was nice and fast Only one ice accumulation which we already had a good part of the season We chose to go through the Mattawin River Bridge instead of the dam The bridge We joined the #360 that we took to the east. Again very beautiful and fast One of the only break we took at #440 halt area and continue The dirty car road in front ruin a bit the usual view on the river at this spot. One short muddy spot just before the bridge of the St-Maurice River We did a quick gaz stop near Marineau, and continue Instead of going by the St-Maurice river as we usually do, we continued the # 360 to get the # 23 to St-Tite. I was expecting the river to be slushy and I preferred to limit our mileage on it When joining the #23 trail there is a bit of road side to do. It was rather icy but doable. The ice bridge on la rivière des envies is still in shape. My Kristine just photographed the sign but the dozer pushed a good amount of snow over it and the water is still far from the trail We continued on the # 23 Up to the St-Maurice River near Grand-Mère. obviously very hard with some frozen slush spots We then joined the #3 trail in Iceman's playground for the return to the west. Here close to Mont Carmel We crossed again the St-Maurice river at La Gabelle. Very nice and no slush We took our 2nd afternoon break when refueling at St-Étienne des Grès and left at around 5:30 pm. The #3 and the #63 on the return were all particularly nice, very hard and fast: My yammy made some nice music on this back ride! We finally been home around 7:00 pm with 301miles on the venture dreameter. All the trails even those so south in the area where still in great shape. So still a nice snow cover in my area with good trails conditions overall. On the other hand, season's time is running out and we have already passed mid-March: we have to admit that we do not have much time left in front of us, the season is already well advanced so hurry to enjoy it before it ends !!! Snowmobilecountry web site is always a good place to have the status/details on the Lanaudière/Mauricie trails : https://www.snowmobilecountry.ca/en/conditions/ The end of season rides, often the best conditions of the year ... Alain
  9. 13 points
    MrGutz

    What an honour

    From 182Ray Today:
  10. 12 points
    Je me souviens

    Chibaugamou Boogie

    Last Thursday morning Coyote and I left Sweet Baby St. Ray headed north to L'Anse St. Jean. Stayed at chalets sur le fjord, great meal at Chez Montagner. 250 miles by way of 23 368 383. Bill's trail was in tip top shape. Friday we went east and crossed in Tadoussac had lunch at the white birch clubhouse in Les Escoumins. The Pelchat did not disappoint, stopped at the chapple for a mandatory caffeine and chocolate fuel up at the zoo, a splash of fuel at Onatchaway and in for the night at Mont Vilain. 260 miles by way of 383 3 Pelchat 252 251 93 267 476 484. Saturday morning we headed west to Milot, north to Lac Eden back south to Dolbeau and La Dore, ending at the Nordic in Chibaugamou. The rally was in town that night, lot of cool vintage sleds running around. We had a good meal at the Royal pub. 300 miles by way of 373 local 93 Sunday we headed west to Senneterre staying at Faillon. The first 3 days had been hard packed fresh groomed, things were about to change. Once we got to Quevillon the snow started. After lunch in Senneterre the trail had a few inches of fluff, by the time we arrived Faillon we had declared it a powder day. Another great meal that night. 300 miles by way of 93 and 83. Monday morning we woke up to a fluffy blanket of fresh powder covering our sleds. The Coyote had the wisdom to hook up with the a couple guys from the Lake George area. This turned out to be the greatest idea yet, turns out we are all headed to Kanawata for the night. The open areas west of Clova were fun to play in after the Fire Chief, Coup and Coyote had plowed a path for my heavier 4 stroke. 250 miles by way of 83 345. Tuesday morning we continued southeast back to the truck at the Roquemont. We met the groomer just north of the Repos, perfect. The only segment of the trip that concerned me with trail quality due to high traffic south of the Repos was fresh. We parted ways with The Fire Chief and Coup at the intersection of 345 and 360. It was a classic moment in the woods that I think will be remembered by all 4 of us for some time. I enjoyed meeting fellow QR members and spending 2 days swapping stories about our shared passion for snowmobiling in Quebec. 250 miles by way of 345 360 M19 23 73 1627 miles was my final tally.
  11. 12 points
    smclelan

    3 Day Tour

    Early, mid March, no better time to do a quick loop through the Gaspesie. Four of us left Nova Scotia Tuesday morning at 6am, drove the 4 hours to Pointe a la Croix getting there at 9am. (Gained an hour with the time zone change) We took off and headed East toward New Richmond. Trails were fair to good, they were ready for the groomer. Lots of deer on the trails, we had to slow down several times. From New Richmond we traveled the 595 to La Cache, also fair to good trail conditions. The trail from La Cache to Murdochville was better then what we rode so far but that was more because of soft snow. We didn't see much traffic all day till we pulled into The Copper, apparently everyone was there. 225 miles The next morning we pulled out to sunshine and freshly groomed trails...awesome!!! Up to the TQ5 and turned westward, first track from last nights grooming. Stopped at the hang glider lookout above Mont Saint Pierre, then on to Riviere Claude. Trail still perfect, hard, and fast. Stopped at La Martre for gas, there is a new gas stop there, an unattended gas pump. Just like buying something from a vending machine, a great idea! We travelled along smiling and landed at St Paulin just after lunch too early to go for Matane. We turned down the 595 to La Cache for a late lunch, spectacular scenery. A little food and beverage an back up the 595 to St Paulin and on to Matane in about 20 minutes after dark. 300 miles. Day three another beautiful sunny day, freshly groomed again...gotta love it!! Took the 591 south through Sayabec to the 587 then up to the Mummy trees before Redemption, could see forever! Trails from there led us to Albertville and Groomers clubhouse. We were eating and hydrating and low and behold in comes Linda, Groomer, and their group out on a sled tour. We chatted for a bit and headed out on the 587 south, Groomer and Linda were heading in the same direction soon after us. Part way through we took a local trail to a very cool look out at L' Ascension de Patapedia. We got back on the 587 again went a short ways and caught up Groomer and company again. We waved and sailed on only to have them catch up to us again we we were going off trail to get around a log truck parked in the middle of the trail. From there on to the truck and headed to Nova with about 725 miles for the trip
  12. 12 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    hi mario and steven !!! great weekend ...tons of laughs...rode the last 3 days.... back from amqui about an hr ago...snowing like crazy ...not nice at all ...2'' + in a very short period of time !!! yesterday , when we left camp ....went east ...toward orange camp...very surprising there !!!lots of snow !!! went to mommies today !! jean-guy
  13. 12 points
    DareDog

    '19 Trip

    2/27/19 -22F in LeCabanon that morning. Up 345 to 360 Matawin for gas. then 355 to Relais du Trappeur for lunch. North of lac bouchette is where it drastically changed. it got a lot more bumpier and once we got on to 83 in to roberval it was even worse. Passed the groomer in roberval. Stayed at Hôtel Château Roberval. 270 miles 2/28/19 just a little warmer at -20F. Freshly groomed out roberval up 373. Stopped at the club house club de motoneige for some soup. then got on 93 north to chibougamau. very smooth. Sawmill for gas. it was $2 a liter there. in to chibougamau and stayed at Motel Nordic. 205 miles. 3/1/19 -19F that morning. The big day. left on 93 south to roberval. Stopped at sawmill and different person was there. it was $1.39 liter, stopped back at the Club House for lunch. then took 373 south and took cut off trail to the 83. 83 west to Relais 22 for gas. Stayed at Pourvoirie Windigo. 320 miles. Very nice people Martine and Dan are. The food is great. 3/2/19 0F that morning. left windigo and 83 west was smooth. turned at 345 south to Casey. south of Casey was freshly groomed. Repos for lunch. then back to Lecabanon. 250 miles 1023 miles for 4 days not a bad trip.
  14. 12 points
    Grampsledder

    Gaspe 3/2-3/9

    Last day and it was a 10+. Amazing what grooming will do. Ran the 595 north on our way back to Matane. Two days ago it was bumped up from La Cache and the last 30 miles were bad. Today perfect. There are areas with drifting but it is due to the wind and soft snow. Cold and barren up top. Had a close encounter with a moose by the river. Waited for a while on the trail and when it turned back we moved to the woods to let it pass! And, to top off the day saw a car that drive down the trail for a mile or so by the Grand Nature du Chic Chocs. Not sure what they were thinking... Fantastic trip. 1119 miles in 6 days.
  15. 11 points
    towing

    Champlain/Lac Bouchette video overview

    It's a few weeks old at the end of february, Snowcruiser and us lately improvise a 2 days ride from Champlain(east from Trois-Rivières) to Lac-Bouchette round trip. I had taken few video shots but had miss time to do something with them, which I finally did this week. As usual, better viewed on large screen at 1080p with the sound cranked up a bit... beer and popcorn optionnal! Alain
  16. 11 points
    Past couple days have been great trails and great riding. Two days ago south to Packington and back up for lunch at the brick oven pizza restaurant in Cabano. Yesterday to Rimouski and Squatec. We ran into lots of traffic around Rimouski. This morning GKW headed home, I woke up with a head cold and Mark's Viper won't start. I was headed home the next day or two anyway, ended season with over 6,500 miles. Was blessed with so many friends, both those I rode with and those who stopped to visit. Thank you. And thanks to all who took time to read my posts. mike
  17. 11 points
    RoadRunner

    Somewhere East of the Gaspe

    Mike, we all ride with a group of snowmobile friends that we have met over the years. What’s amazing is these guys are from all over New England, Quebec, Labrador and now, Newfoundland. The areas we love to ride. The circle just keeps getting bigger! So when something happens on you ride in a region, they have friends who have friends to help out, share history ect. It really is the connections of people that makes it interesting. Not unlike the sharing of stories and adventures here on QR. Riding along yesterday, I said what is different here in a Newfoundland’s the other areas we ride? Some of the things that popped out. You get big woods roads, (some groomed!) high mountain plains, coastal barrens, snow bowls to play on, gorgeous views, very low traffic count . Plus at no given time are you more than 80 or 100 miles from an outfitter or Community that have great people living there. Its not that you don’t find many of these features riding the Gaspe or other regions in Quebec, it just seems all these features are so close , large and yet condensed in a relatively small region here, but as your riding, it seems like no mans land! We love adventure riding and this is a great model for it. Kind of like every type of riding that there is. We will be back here for another tour for sure! Happy trails RR Happy Trails
  18. 11 points
    RoadRunner

    Somewhere East of the Gaspe

    We have been so appreciative of everyone helping out, today’s breakdown in Main Brook was an example, everyone chips in to find the means to get you parts, a shop and back going. As mentioned before it’s a way of life in a tough land. Today we visited a memorial, this was of a snowmobiler who was not as fortunate in a bad storm. He was found huddled around this rock on the barrens outside of St Anthony. He was not able to get help in time!
  19. 11 points
    RoadRunner

    Somewhere East of the Gaspe

    The days just keep repeating in such a nice way! A tour of two former communities that its residents were resettled into St Anthony back in the 1950’s were on the docket today. One was Ireland Bite and the other was Lock Cove. You got a real good feeling of what life was like in all these communities before roads. St Anthony got a highway in the 1960’s! These communities had a history of being isolated. Than we headed to Hawkes Bay, but not without a mechanical issue again today. We had a clutch roller fail near Cold Brook, but got we fixed it in locals garage in Main Brook. Just a two hour delay, very lucky to find a used part in This small community! After that we rode many miles on the Muskrat Falls hydro line. Ironically it’s the same line in Newfoundland that we ran last year in Labrador, on this very day ladt year on our white road run. Crazy coincidences. A windy but blue sky today, Tomorrow we head for the Gros Morne National Park. Hoping for a blue sky day for this scenery! Happy trail RR
  20. 11 points
    RoadRunner

    Somewhere East of the Gaspe

    There is a trail system here in the Northern peninsular. It would not be fair to try to compare this system to the one in Quebec. So far we have been on a recognizable trail system about 20% of the time. Frequent winds and equipment breakdowns create large challenges for some communities here. Still a refreshing style of riding that we tend to enjoy. We have enjoyed the communities and people. Very warm and friendly which is the Newfoundland way for sure! Happy trails RR
  21. 11 points
    zrtkat

    Zrtkat &Crew made it to RDL

    We made it back to the truck today we rode from Matane to RDL,the trails where in pretty good shape ,lots of groomers k locking down snow drifts a couple days they should be in great shape. This trip was a learning experience for us even though I did not get to see the whole Gaspe next year I will have a better Idea where to go. We still managed to get 1400 miles on this trip , some great experience also. Back to Ohio in the morning Ride safe Zrtkat & Crew
  22. 10 points
    From St Anne De Monts, trails were flat and fast. Good snow cover and the groomers were out. The 900 Ace was happily maintaining 7900RPM so the miles clicked fast towards Matane. Not much traffic out today except near Matane, and luckily it all came at once. We happened to be stopped in a farmers field, and while we were there several groups of sleds passed, probably 25-30 overall, some looked like tour groups of 5-8. We could see them coming from a mile away so we just waited till they passed. The entrance to the 591 south that had running water a few days earlier, was now frozen solid so we too that to Amqui. Drifty and a little lumpy, but not bad. At a trail junction, I PM’d Groomer from the trail to say we would be heading to the clubhouse one more time. He replied and said he would join us, so ripped the 5 to Alberville, wow was that a fast stretch, awesome! Groomer joined us for coffee and conversation, was great to catch up in person and sharing stories. The place filled up, lots of locals riding in for a beer. JG said the mummies were naked, so we had to go check that out! Sure enough, the warm temperatures melted most of the snow off the mummies. We climbed the tower for pictures, what a view. Some year we need to get back to the golf ball near the ski area. Finished the day with a rip to Gaspesiana in St Flavie. While unloading sleds who pulls in but Lance and Doug from Oneita who we’ve been leap frogging with for days. Our 2 groups are the only sleds here tonight. A walk out on the dock for sunset pics was beautiful. Seagulls, icebergs, and rolling waves. Lots of bare black dirt patches in the farmers and road crossings field between here and 5, easily passable today but just days from being impassable with the warm weather coming. Supper was great, definitely a great place to stay and eat. Next Lance and Don are off to Montmagny, and we are off to RDL to drive out before the rain. Supposed to be 41F
  23. 10 points
    groomer

    chauffeur !!!

    they ordered a new front bumper for the apollo !!! jean-guy
  24. 10 points
    RoadRunner

    Somewhere East of the Gaspe

    Groomer, we have all lived life in the Gaspe thru your pics so being able to share a few from our trip was fun. On this trip we had a great photographer with us, Josh Bingle, from Lab City. He had done a few of the drone shots that I had posted earlier. He is going thru his camera files now, what a difference a nice camera makes! We have talked about how open and barren the Long Range Mountain highlands is. These pics.from Josh... on a blue sky day!😁.... depict how wide open it is. Also, we saw lots of Moose and many more fresh signs. Those of us from Maine found it interesting that the Moose In Labrador came from Maine. They were introduced in 1906 to Labrador. They have flourished since!
  25. 10 points
    MrGutz

    What an honour

    Pics from Ray182:
  26. 9 points
    Always love these late season rides. No crowds, warmer temperatures, and longer days. Sure u have to plan carefully, deal with bare parking lots and roads, but u will be rewarded. Have good carbides, good hyfax, and scratchers, and even better, wheels. I did have carbide problems, but there is no evidence, lol. Drove to Mattawin Friday for the start. Friday night, one other truck and four sleds. Mostly perfect trails 355 to 373 to St Felicien. Saw maybe 6 sleds for a Saturday. Love the new 355 north of lac edouard. Saturday night at du jardin very quiet, 10 others sleds. Sunday, 83 to relais 22. St hedgewedge is totally different, not sure what trails are real on the map, but the orange trail of the last 15 years is gone on both ends. Even with the dead groomer, 83 was good. The start now has trail on the road that the trail used criss cross, so that helped a lot. Once u cross the river, perfect to 22. Two other sleds for Sunday lunch. 22 to wemo was perfect, still seen only 2 sleds. Wemo to turn to Gouin, better than perfect, freshly groomed 24’ wide the whole way, no traffic. Local trail to Gouin was very good. Had the place to ourselves on a Sunday night. Monday, Gouin local trail, unchanged. For some reason the perfectly groomed double wide 83 which had a few sled tracks before us, was regroomed. Took the 369? Thru kanawata via road to repos. No sleds seen yet. Gas at repos at lunchtime was a zoo, probably 20 sleds. Continued on to Lac Tareau. Not sure why I came here again, way over priced and garbage dinner menu, should have stayed at the central. This morning was all perfect, quick 120 miles back to the truck, via 360. Warmed up nice, not a cloud in the sky.
  27. 9 points
    Waited while it passed. 5AB821C6-3655-422E-A3C3-779731C981F1.MOV
  28. 9 points
    quebec bob

    2020 demo ride

    I just got back from Old Forge New York, where we got 40 miles of seat time on the new 2020 sleds. All we rode were models from Ski-Doo. First thing, pictures do not do justice to the Free-Ride Blue, one of the best color schemes on snow...just my opinion that this sled is really beautiful to look at. Next, the new 850 extreme...WITH OUT A DOUBT THE VERY FINEST ALL AROUND SLED ..MAYBE EVER BUILT...PERIOD!! I am not a brand loyalist..just calling it after 2 10 miles rides, and I have been riding since 1966. This is not a cumbersome work sled, you keep looking back at stops and cannot believe 154 inches 20 wide is behind you. Hooks up like nothing short of a studded ice racer, the 850 moves it better than a 600r, although not quite as good as an 850 renegade, but not far behind. It really smooths out the bumps, and handles very flat, less intuitive than a back country, but you can really haul down the trail very aggressively without getting tired or feeling like you are tugging a work sled around. This thing wheelies at will and you actually have to back out of the throttle and learn how far you want to go, get used to it a little bit, fun factor is incredible. This sled will more than put a smile on a 20 year old, a 45 year old and a 65 year old tourer, kind of like a BWW station wagon!! Next was the 850 backcountry XRS, with a 146 track.I just sold a 2018 backcountry with 3100 miles on it, so I know the sled. The XRS model handles way better than the x or standard model, and it felt stronger than the 2018 engine and the 2 inch 154 rumbled a bit down the trail, more of a deep snow sled, ski-doo reps said hard concrete trails are probably not the place for this model, they said cooling and torn lugs are going to be the end result.Polaris looked very nice, quality, fit and finish have come a long way, they have upped their game. Arctic Cat had almost exclusively lime green versions of the new riot, the lines were getting very long and we made a 400 mile trek to be first in line at 8am, so we did not stay around to ride everything we wanted to. The new oxygen helmet was there, this seems to be a very well thought out product, I ordered one. If you get a chance to ride the expedition extreme, just do it, if anything you will at the very least come away with a big smile, Happy trails, Bob.
  29. 9 points
    Miles long

    Somewhere East of the Gaspe

    Beautiful place, reading your post is motivation to plan a return trip!
  30. 9 points
    Grampsledder

    Gaspe 3/2-3/9

    La Cache looks great.
  31. 9 points
    Jackstraw

    Eastbound from Shawinigan

    Well day 2 the plan was to keep heading East and see how far we can go. TQ3 in great shape to 378 into st Simeon for lunch at small b&b. Owner said 93 closed to sacre cour and 3 closed from tadousac East. Ok plan b. Backtracked to the 83 up the clermont express which was stellar! To Auberge des battures for the night. 200 miles. Still a ridiculous amount of drifts in open areas. Looks like the elusive Cote Nord will have to wait!
  32. 8 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    could be interesting to know !!!! back in the 60's and 70's ...they were floating logs on the river !!!right there at the bridge...there was often log jams !!! 10-12 miles up the bridge...there was '' dumps '' for truck to unload logs in the river...few miles from my camp !!! looking at one of the pic....road for the lake ( the one i groom ) not built yet ...can see road is turning hard left ...for lake casault ...remember being there with dad....they were still working with horses...early 70's !!! jean-guy
  33. 8 points
    Left Baie Bleue, 595 toward LaCache was a rip, beautiful trail. Had plenty of gas so we didn't stop at La Cache. Was overcast when entering the Chics, but sun peeked out for us on the east end. Glad we didn’t miss that trail. Into Murdochville for gas, soup and ailes. The plan was Caribou, but after talking with the guys from Oneida, it looks like the 8” of snow we were supposed to get friday is now ½” of rain. Their plan was to bolt back to Montmagny early and head home. We recalculated and came to the same conclusion, better to be in the truck driving than riding. So we ended up tonight in Mont St. Anne a day ahead of schedule. Chic Chocs were fluffy, tons of snow at the highest elevations. Mont St Pierre and north shore are really nice conditions, with only a few bare spots starting to show on some hills. Much better than the south shore. Maybe Amqui tomorrow, hopefully have time to ride 5 down and back on JG’s awesome ribbon of white
  34. 8 points
    Grampsledder

    Gaspe 3/2-3/9

    Tons of snow up here, more than we have ever seen in our 8 trips. The clubs have done a great job grooming and keeping the trails open after the snow and wind last week with two exceptions. Started at the Riotel in Matane Sunday. The weather was clear, a sunny blue sky day. The coastal views were great as always. Stayed at Grand Vallee. Great food and friendly people. Trails were a 10. Day two started with a flatbed to the dealer-fouled plugs caused the sled to run through 4x the normal gas and oil. The 5 of us took the TQ5 to meet him. Had our 3rd “never again” experience in that section. The first 30 miles were perfect then the grooming stopped. The next 30 were bad. A few sections were heavily wind blown. Ended the day with a great run on the orange cut through to the 597 to chandler. The trails were in great shape even with the new snow in top. The 597 is a favorite for sure.
  35. 8 points
    Byrd

    3 M tour

    Day Deux, left Lac Taureau around 10:30, up 33. Took local trail south of Repos on north side of 33 that lets you protage across many lakes, for anyone that has not done it, it is a great run and highly recommended. On to Relais du Repos gas and go, down 345 to M20 to the 360, Picnic lunch on trail at the intersection. 345 and M20 are in great shape. On to Trois-Rives gas and go east to M19 down the river, to trail 3 to 351, made great time on the 351, back on 323, one more gas and go, getting dark light snow. Into Roquemont, big dinner and off to bed. Kudos to the Mrs for her 455 km day
  36. 8 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    bonjour !!! great weekend riding ....lindaslegirl was here + friends !!! went to camp yesterday starting from clubhouse !!! going back riding in a few hrs !!! -28c this morning and sunny !!! jean-guy
  37. 8 points
    Monday 9:30 start Top the sleds off… didn’t put any gas the extra cans as the ride to L Etape isn’t that long and I can see we have a group that left earlier in front of us… Wow.. this is awesome.. deep snow in trail to play in. Shortly up the trail we catch up to the a couple of rider in front of us… One of the two 900 widtracks missed the corner and is off the trail and stuck. We dig it out and then join them to continue on. Up the trail aways we find a 1200 in deep that tried to turn around. He is with the two rides we just met. We dig him out and keep going.. Now we are a group of 5. As we make our way and are getting close to L Etape, we come across another two rides on 1200 shorties. These two are with the three guys we met earlier. One of the 1200’s is out of gas.. (This is one that was out front doing all the work with no one in front of him). I pull out my syphon hose, grab my reserve can and pull two gallons from the 900. Shortly after that we make l etape and it is about 2pm. Full of gas and food.. we are on our way! The group of 5 are behind us and we have a group of 3 riding Yamaha Venture in front of us… It is still snowing and now the wind has come up. We stay with this group until we Mt Apica and then part ways. They stayed to warm up and had plans to stay on 23 and we were taking 368. We leave Mt Apica.. The trail is flat and fast and firm…. At the intersection of 23 and 368 we find 368 covered no tracks and blown over.. no problem.. not deep we head on… Stopped to take pictures of the path through the white birch trees. Picture! We get to the intersection of 368 and 383.. still light out.. still snowing.. and wind has come up more… We get down to the section by the aluminum Plant the drifts are big and soft… no problems and this is fun.. We get to the gas station…. Top them off. The temperature has dropped a lot and now it is dark. We go back out… No far to go… look to get to 83 and into town.. And……. It gets ugly.. the wind is up… really up… blowing snow sideways and dark… still not far to go so we take it slow.. I came to the corner of the field for the local trail to the mt valin hotel… in a white out! I saw the trail but didn’t see the hotel sign.. I’m looking at that trail and thinking.. now is not the time to explore a local trail.. so we stay on 368 and follow the markers and tracks and get back into the woods.. not bad we can see… on the other side of woods is another field.. I can see across it to bridge… After that bridge… we come around a slight corner and now the wind is really bad and visibility.. almost nothing but we are going slow… drifted snow is getting deep.. but I have tracks to follow… As I got closer to that Barn couldn’t see anything… kept going.. found the yellow sign on the side of the barn and drove around it… wow.. we can see again… cool… still thinking not that far. I crossed the road.. could see ok… went down the trail to the next junction with the local trail… looked at the red stakes… thinking we take it slow! The next 3km… were nothing short of OMG. I can’t see... Between my light.. and the headlight behind me… and the wind blowing snow sideways… the light was being reflecting back making it impossible to see. At several points I’m looking down to my side looking for tracks on the sections of trail that didn’t have drifting snow and checking the ski tracks to make sure I’m still on course ( no BS on that statement) We got to the section that is long and straight.. I had to stop.. get off the sled and walk a drift.. I couldn’t tell how high or long it was or what was on the other side. Z16 comes up and says….I can see you right in front of me. Then you disappear and reappear and I’m thinking.. I have been looking at you head light this entire time… but honestly.. it is that bad! I know this is bad… I have concerns about riding into a drainage ditch…or getting stuck deep in a drift…or ??? I’m honestly thinking I need to make some really good decisions from this point to get us out of this. If I have walk every 50 feet at this point then ride it.. I will! So that is what we started to do.. We started walking the drifts.. making sure they were solid and we had firm place to stop on the other side that we would still be on the trail… Ohh and it is is blowing at least a steady 35 +.. no breaks with wind or blowing snow just a steady white out… very freaky Shortly after we start this.. 4 sleds appear out of now where going in the opposite direction… OK these guys are nuts but this good for us. No we have tracks to follow. Those tracks from the sleds didn’t last 2 minutes but that gave us enough to get time to get through and make it to the road. Back into the woods and out of wind… safe… From this point to 83.. not that bad… ok it was bad… but we made it to 83.. had tracks to work with and much much better visibility… if we can see…. We can go.. Went up the trail, turned off the power line.. though some deep drifts into the next field, cross the road, then acros the railroad tracks turned right and …. Nothing to see but a 3 to 4 ft drifst… the ditch and the railroad tracks… and howling blowing snow… visibility.. 10 feet.. maybe… So I walked it and Nope we are done.. it was all soft. We turned around.. went back to road… Road looks good…. The road it is! We head down the road… OMG it had drifted huge into the road… we found a car stuck in a drift.. we helped them dig out and pushed the car out and kept going. Got to a gas station.. pulled the map out… I’m at the gas station Petro-Canada at the corner of 170 and Chemin de L’Eglise.. I can ride down 170 or ??? we asked the gas station… he said go up Chemin de L’Eglise about 3.5 km and cut across to the hotel Mt valin…. I didn’t want to go back into the field.. any field at this point… So up the road we go on Chemin de L’Eglise ( it had been closed because massive drifts in the road) We found the trail, went around the barn wow we can see.. maybe 150 ft but enough to go.. Made it to the hotel.. safe 7:30 pm
  38. 8 points
    Jackstraw

    Eastbound from Shawinigan

    After a memorable stay at Mount Vilain we needed to be within 200 miles of the truck in Shawinigan. Destination Roberval. Took the 373 in the upper corner above LSJ, never been on it. What an awesome trail, freshly groomed, no traffic highly recommended! Lunch by giradville into Chateu Roberval with 198 miles.
  39. 7 points
    Je me souviens

    Chibaugamou Boogie

  40. 7 points
    Je me souviens

    Chibaugamou Boogie

  41. 7 points
    Pipeman

    Best place you have ever stayed?

    Hotel Tamarac when Carol and Alain were running it, outstanding food and 1st class people. I really miss the place. I prefer home like places not the big fancy ones, mingling with the owners and guests is always the most fun memories for me. Pourvoirie Windigo, Club Gatineau and Lac Faillon (when Peter owned it) are all nice.
  42. 7 points
    GT Rider

    GT 2019

    It’s cold and snowing here in Matane this morning. My ears are frozen from loading up the truck. We hope all the Quebec Riders are enjoying the trails. For us it’s 800 miles home.
  43. 7 points
    Grampsledder

    Gaspe 3/2-3/9

    Day 3 started out great. The 597 to Murdochville was perfect. There was about 4” of new snow on it but no bumps. Saw lots of traffic. Gas and lunch at the Copper. Took a look at the rooms and they have been updated-they are nice. The Chic Choc Trail was fantastic-new snow and freshly groomed. It looked like a plowed road the banks are so high. Passed the groomer about 20 miles from the 595 and the traffic and snow showed on the trails. The drift at the end was a monster. Decided to fuel at La Cache. The trail has been rerouted and it is about 10 miles to gas you run the road for a while. The place looks great. Heard they had renovated but didn’t realize how nice it was. A definite stop. The run down to New Richmond was not groomed. Even with very little traffic it was bumped, especially the last 30 miles. Tough finish to a beautiful day.
  44. 7 points
    RoadRunner

    Somewhere East of the Gaspe

    Mike, it is a very special experience! Again, this is not a big mileage trip, but very awesome in its own way! Today we took a ride out to the village of Inri in the Conche region. We viewed the Groais and Bell islands as well as a hearty....skipper running his out board along the ice sheets! Also a ww2 Bomber that crash landed in this region. We are learning lots of history in Newfoundland! F
  45. 7 points
    groomer

    Software Update

    hi ckf !!! i keep having the same message all the time !!! '' your grosse poutine extra fromage is on the way !!! your grosse poutine extra fromage is on the way !!! your grosse poutine extra fromage is on the way !!! 😜😛😛 jean-guy
  46. 7 points
  47. 7 points
    neksledr

    Westward Run with da Snowman!

  48. 7 points
    GT Rider

    GT 2019

    We met a couple of guys from Maine at the clubhouse. After a nice chat we head off to RDL. Gemma asked me to check her heat control. It died out. We head off. We make our way to the hotel drive around back and meet up with Mike and Jak. Mike offers to help us out and get us to the dealer for a new heat control. Many thanks Mike. Thanks to Jak for your generosity. I can’t have my better half cold out on the trail (we have communicators 😂). We finished up with 154 miles. I had a few chances to see how the turbo makes boost.
  49. 7 points
    MrGutz

    What an honour

    Toll Booth and Selfie Station will be on Route 83!! "The William M Saguenay Memorial Trailway?", "Someone go back and get a $h1t load of Dimes!!" (Blazing Saddles) LOL GutZ
  50. 7 points
    zrtkat

    We are snowed in at caraquet Nb

    We are snowed in at the hotel hoping to get out of here in the morning and get back to Quebec