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  1. 12 points
    Doing lots of hikes with the pup. Luckily many areas nearby with conserved land and hiking trails. Today's hike into Spirit Pond. mike
  2. 10 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    bonsoir !!! up logging rd....toward the lake...turned around ...went to ste marguerite ...tq 5 and st fidele cb !!! jean-guy
  3. 9 points
    Thank you. Here's a couple from today. Damn snow, lol 1st two are of Island Pond and the last one is Spectacle Pond.
  4. 9 points
    iceman

    Covid 19 Discussion

    Ha!
  5. 8 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    bonsoir !!! tonight !!!.... sadly i had only my big lens... jean-guy
  6. 8 points
    PLAYHARD

    Covid 19 Discussion

    2019: You see a man in a store wearing a mask and think you are in danger. 2020: you see a man in a store not wearing a mask in a store and think you are in danger. Until further notice the days of the week are now called thisday, thatday, otherday, someday, yesterday, today and nextday! Just asked a 6-year-old if he understands why there is no school. He said it's because they are out of toilet paper. After years of wanting to thoroughly clean my home but lacking the time, this week I discovered that wasn’t the reason. 2020 is a unique Leap Year. It has 29 days in February, 300 days in March and 5 years in April Wearing a mask inside your home is now highly recommended. Not so much to prevent COVID-19 but to stop eating. This cleaning with alcohol is total BS. NOTHING gets done after that first bottle. Kinda’ starting to understand why pets try to run out of the house when the door opens. My Mom always told me I wouldn’t accomplish anything by laying in bed all day, but look at me now! I’m saving the world! Whoever owes you money, go to their house now. They should be home. Is your car getting 3 weeks per gallon now? It’s like being 16 again, gas is cheap and I’m grounded. Low gas prices during the lockdown is like a bald man winning a hairbrush. “All those grandparents who are missing their grandkids now — you can have them for a month once this is over. Powerball is up to an 200 pack of Charmin. Let’s not tell some people when quarantine is over.
  7. 8 points
    bonsoir !!! tonight !!! jean-guy
  8. 8 points
    nyskidooerinnewhampshire

    Covid 19 Discussion

    I didn't want to hi-jack Playhard & JG's posts in the Matapedia Valley forum, so I chose to drop these videos here of the Blue Angels. Ginny & I took the videos from on top of the Kensico Dam in Valhalla, NY, a short ride from Playhards NY compound. The hyperlink is a commercial link that contains video footage from within the cockpit. https://abc7ny.com/see-the-blue-angels-fly-over-philly-and-nyc-from-inside-the-cockpit/6137486/ Stay safe all. Enjoy. Video_1.MOV Video___2.MOV
  9. 7 points
    Signfan

    Favourite Trails

    It's not even summer yet and the withdrawal is setting in. Something to pass the time. Post your top 5 Quebec trails you've ridden and why they make the list. Pictures are encouraged if you have them. Here's mine. 1. TQ 83 south of Saguenay towards La Malbaie - open riding and exceptional mountain scenery 2. TQ 63 through the Rouge-Matawin Wildlife Reserve north of Mont Tremblant National Park - just an incredible road. Big wide and open 3. RT 355 Saint-Joseph-de-Mékinac through to La Tuque - pipeline and awesome access roads 4. TQ 23 north of L'Etape - great mountain scenery, tons of snow 5. RT 386 Swisha to Pourvoire Pavillon la Verendrye - 160 km of remote riding on great forest access roads. Really gives you the sense of isolation. Very little traffic 6. LT 267 Monts Valin East area. Big wide open road running at elevation with lots of snow I know I posted 6. Couldn't makeup my mind. So many great choices to pick from. I feel I have lots of exploring left to do in la belle province.
  10. 7 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    bonsoir quebec bob !!! absolutely right....this must hurt for sure....tracks of a friend of mine at the lake....he could have rode a lot more going north of the lake... and not to stir the pot ( hahhaha )...just back from riding my 4w....at the mile 17 miles on logging rd...fresh tracks...another friend mine...probably rode before noon but the end is coming .....snow is turning to whipped cream and slush .... i went up to the 18 miles today ...still 14 miles away from my camp ....too much snow... few pics between logging rd and '' school bus ''......a guy i know on my way back ...stuck in the snow with is s x s , first fields west side of logging rd...he made me say a few strange quebec words....(hahah ) he did nt have the twist to get unstuck !!! 18c this afternoon !!! jean-guy
  11. 7 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    bonjour playhard !!! great observation !!! after downloading my pics....my concentration was on the deer....realized my speed was low a bit on camera....i noticed some pics were blurred a bit ..i think i did nt even notice the shadows another sunshine day here...still '' cold '' morning ... jean-guy
  12. 7 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    bonsoir !!! late afternoon ride !!!....still winter !!! jean-guy
  13. 7 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    '' tour de ville '' on this rainy day !!! caught twice in a traffic jam !!! jean-guy
  14. 7 points
    PLAYHARD

    Covid 19 Discussion

    Sorry if these are old already, would that be recycling, or delirium?...
  15. 6 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    wooww !!! nice.....and look very peaceful here in town ...only at the st jean baptiste.....fete nationale des quebeois....thats when you see the most canoes and tubes... they start going down the river at the big bridge ( trail for the lake ) and land at the '' forks '' right in town...then very quiet .....salmon anglers don t like to see canoes on the river... camping in amqui .....lac malcom ......val brillant and lac humqui are the places for that at the lake where i go to party with friends....maybe 2 canoes and 3-4 kayaks ...thats it !!! pics at the bridge where they start riding the river jean-guy
  16. 6 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    bonsoir !!! went back to check toward my camp.... getting better and closer...turned around 5 miles from camp ....4 moose ....1 castor...few partridges !!! sunny ....but wind was fresh !!! jean-guy
  17. 6 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    bonsoir went up to 18 miles...too much snow...down to the 16 ....samething ...then i tried local trail for ste marguerite ....down to the big bridge for the lake and then up to the lake.. 1 bear ....1 deer...3 moose and many gaspesie chickens jean-guy
  18. 6 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    bonsoir zeusand !!! here s a bit of history about that .......20 years ago maybe....saw a documentary about that talking about people living a round st jean de cherbourg...st paulin ...st nil ...etc.... matane area... happened in many other villages...some people were so mad....instead of moving their houses into bigger town....just put the fire to their houses !!!.. In September 1970, 19 priests from the Bas-Saint-Laurent and the Gaspé regions launched the Manifeste des curés anger and three of them founded Operations Dignity. These operations become a real battle for the survival of rural Quebec. In 1970, Quebec and Ottawa decided to close 81 villages in eastern Quebec, according to the Relocation Plan of the Eastern Quebec Planning Bureau (BAEQ). The governments' objective is to lift the region out of its state of poverty. They also advocate better training of the workforce and the modernization of fisheries and forestry. The plan to close the villages and the relocation of tens of thousands of people raised the population's discontent. Ten villages will finally be razed. I also saw the burned houses, the shaved floors and people there dismayed to see disappear what they had built with their hands since the 1930s. Gilles Roy, founder of Operation Dignity 3 People leave everything behind. They received $ 8,000 for their property and moved to low-rental housing in Rimouski, Matane or Sainte-Anne-des-Monts. Among the first localities to close, there is Sainte-Paule, in the MRC de Matane. Resistance begins to organize. The parish priest, Charles Banville, is a rebel with a very hung tongue: “The fact that the little people had no voice, I was asked to take the lead in the movement. I woke up one morning, I was at the head of 21 parishes. I had no right to refuse. " On September 22, 1970, it was the birth of the first Operation Dignity, in the church of Sainte-Paule in front of 3,000 people. The second operation will be launched a year later, in Esprit-Saint, in the hinterland of Rimouski, in front of 6,000 people. Operation Dignity 3 was born in Les Méchins in 1972. A real popular movement was set in motion. Director Jean-Claude Labrecque launched the film Les Smattes in 1972, which tells the story of two men from Saint-Paulin facing the closure of the village. The Théâtre des Gens-d'En-Bas, for its part, presents collective creations such as We are gone to stay. And one day it happened / They said: "You are underdeveloped" / We fell again jean-guy
  19. 6 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    hi smclelan !!! thx ...yaaa...not bad at all !!! went to check at the bridge next to falls...ain t worth to go riding ...still too much snow and can t make the loop toward logging rd...need to wait a bit more... lost sunshine....grey sky now jean-guy
  20. 6 points
    Still going into the office a couple days and working from home but found time to get out and ride this past weekend. Even found some big snow banks in the woods.
  21. 6 points
    mikerider

    RDL 2021: Plan B

    Well RDL gang and others who are interested, I think we need to look ahead and get a jump on things should Quebec be a no go next season. Maine might be the logical plan B. Thinking areas with the best snowfalls, best grooming, best places to stay, most trails etc., would probably come down to Jackman, Millinockett and Aroostook County (Caribou or Shin Pond area). Areas mentioned are listed closest to furthest travel distance and most used areas to least used sledding areas. Hard to say if the trails will be extra busy or extra quiet due to the economy etc. All that is needed to do is find that perfect place to stay that meets our needs of cost and ability to socialize, and on site restaurant. I will do a little research on this. Let's hope for the best, but be prepared for second best if necessary. Its going to be a long summer. mike
  22. 6 points
    Fuse6

    Favourite Trails

    Mine going to be very similar to Smclelan’s 1. 587S from Albertville clubhouse south to where it’s connects back up to trail 5 north of PLC. Fast sweepers at the top end and then the beautiful ride through the valley and gorge in the mid to south part. 2. Chic Choc trail between LaCache and Murdochville. 3. Gaspe North Shore, Cap Chat to Mont St Pierre to Rivière Renaud 4. “Roller Coaster” between Baie Comeau and Godbout on the Cote Nord 5. Orange Trail north from St Ann du Lac up to 100 du Lac
  23. 6 points
    iceman

    Covid 19 Discussion

  24. 6 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    bonsoir !!! back from my first 4w ride....about 100 miles ....i landed at the windmills behind l alverne....st conrad....first time there..... went up to the 18 miles on logging rd....then took a side rd and landed at the windmills ... jean-guy
  25. 5 points
    Jackstraw

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    This is my spot on the Schroon river tons of tubers and kayakers come by
  26. 5 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    bonsoir !!! this afternoon ....still no rain ... very dry ...at the extreme !!! jean-guy
  27. 5 points
    Still isolating at my cabin on weekends. Last night company stopped in unexpectedly for a visit. He understood the rules and sat well over 6' away. LOL He was not invited inside.
  28. 5 points
    PLAYHARD

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    Sorry to hear this. Let's set up an online gallery/store and offer your photos to the world printed on calendars & posters & coffee mugs! We have increasing cases of small employer friends, who's crews are resisting returning to work, because unemployment benefits (handouts of taxpayer funds) are more than their labor wages. Maybe similar to what caused Les Opérations Dignité, government had good intentions, but the law of unintended consequences takes over. What do you think about your gallery/store?! Maybe two. One for the naturistes. One for motor-heads!
  29. 5 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    bonjour !!! this morning !!! jean-guy
  30. 5 points
    Not to be left out, I pass the time by riding...
  31. 5 points
    mrgrumpers

    Favourite Trails

    M-20 Trail, nothing much to say about it.
  32. 5 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    bonsoir gt rider !!! yaa...getting thin ...but i was checking time to time this morning ...even last week ....still a foot of snow + on large roads...depending where you are.... riding with my 4w will get better by the end of the week ... wanted to go up logging rd at the 14 miles and take pics of mt albert....but lost sunshine and light rain right now... a big 15c today ....75 in in nyc ....non merci / no thx.......still snow in my street .....left over ....snow banks... pics of the ducks.....in the last field before crossing rd 132 ( shortcut for clubhouse ) merci !!! jean-guy
  33. 5 points
    smclelan

    Favourite Trails

    There is so many it is hard to choose. Here are a few of mine. North shore of Gaspesie from Saint Anne des Months to Riviere Renaud 587 trail from Groomers club to the TQ 5 Baie Comeau to Sept Ilse TQ 93 from Lebel Quevillion to Sennetere TQ 23 from Saint Raymond north to the Saguenay Plus about 32,000 other kilometers I did not mention.
  34. 5 points
    mikerider

    Favourite Trails

    If you followed my Riviere du Loup posts this past winter, it is no secret my favorite trail is from Biencourt to Moose Valley. (Thanks to SkiDoo420 for showing me the way). Each time I ride this trail I arrive at Moose Valley with a big smile and I think everyone else that has gone along with me on this trip had the same reaction. mike
  35. 5 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    bonsoir quebec bob and gutz !!! just back from taking a few pics....just up the hills ... yaaa...seldom all 4 off the ground....but mom with one or 2 kids ....often i see that ...they were just off main road...stopped and click-click !!! it was after that long hill next to bridge !!! it was a '' she ''....hahah......i guess she was nt expecting to see me....always fun the first ride in the spring ....re-discover everything !!! jean-guy
  36. 5 points
  37. 5 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    went to look for deer... no luck !!! jean-guy
  38. 4 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    hi jackstraw !!! ahhaha....with a full face helmet and knee pads ....no problem most people here to that kind of stuff on lakes...few kayak amateurs here reminds me ....back in the 90's....friends of mine ....about 12 miles higher on that same river...took their canoe and go .....i guess they did nt know the river at all ... not too long after they started canoeing ....river become a lot wider.....not enough water ....so , they walked a lot in the river to arrive to destination pic of the '' mommies '' area taken a few days ago ....may 20 th jean-guy
  39. 4 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    bonsoir !!! absolutely right quebec bob !!! yes smclelan ....back in the 70-80 and maybe 90's....maybe a bit of 00's too ....st octave was used by canadian army to train cadets / soldiers... great sunshine today .....buuuut cold with strong winds....i still wear my tuque...ahahhaha sorry for the late reply....busy here in the gaspesie...😁 a little bit of bad news yesterday .....won t use quebec words....might not start working before first week of july ... jean-guy
  40. 4 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    bonjour !!! earlier this morning....still snowing !!! jean-guy
  41. 4 points
    With all of the cool motor toys plus bolt-ons that crank 'em up to dyno ludicrous power to weight ratios, ONE horse-power is still way awesome!
  42. 4 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    bonsoir jak !!! thx ...no problem ... right, some are already in great shape....but tougher for others... this one from april 28 th.....not smiling much and looks weak .... pics of the fields....late this afternoon ...snow was coming ...but did nt last for long !!! jean-guy
  43. 4 points
    Andyman

    RDL 2021: Plan B

    Mike we are down to 6 active cases here in NB and guys are still riding off-trail in the Christmas Mountains area. All indications are that we will be back to the new normal within a few weeks to months. As far as riding the northern half of NB has some great riding and a long season. There are resorts on the Miramichi River "Ponds & Wilsons" that cater to sledders and several hotels in Miramichi City. The Bathurst area is the snowmobile capital of the Maritimes with the Atlantic Host and Dannys being 2 of the top destinations. Campbellton has several hotels also catering to sledders and of course, there is Moose Valley a sledders heaven. As long as the border issue is solved everyone would be good to go! Pics are from FB this week northern NB.
  44. 4 points
    doo4adoo

    RDL 2021: Plan B

    Well on a positive note the Province of Quebec today announced some openings and other provinces are starting as well. Trails still closed in case you were hoping for a late run.
  45. 4 points
    Pipeman

    Border Crossing Pool

    Fastest cure to Solve the virus lock down would be to delay the USA election for four more years I’ll bet it would go away in a month
  46. 4 points
    mikerider

    Covid 19 Discussion

    If President Trump implemented the same plan, I would say he is doing the right thing to protect us. Not sure where you are coming from on this. I am not totally in favor for open border immigration. We are talking about a pandemic and crossing the border to vacation, not immigration.
  47. 3 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    good morning paddy o !!! the only reason im thinking ....there s a camp about 7 miles from there on the main road....only a guess ...maybe the guy , if its him ....he s waiting for the road to be out of snow to bring back his sled to his camp ...... another great weather day today .... merci !!! jean-guy
  48. 3 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    st fidele back in 64 !!! village closed in 74 !!! jean-guy
  49. 3 points
    Cnc

    Covid 19 Discussion

    Or should be safe when it’s 40 below zero.
  50. 3 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    bonsoir george !!! when i saw the sticker ...gt sno racer...i took a pic... yaaa...taking 600 pics in a day happen time to time.....3-400 often !!!...i don t keep them all ...i spent the afternoon deleting pics from the last few years....must be very close to 5000 deleted since 1 month ... yaaa...maybe i don t have the right word...potholes......nids de poules ou trous d ' eau ....ahahaha...we hear that often here...specially when roads are rough ... about the deer...moving north ...no .....but more outside town ...i guess they are looking for fresh food....since 4-5 years....they are more scattered.... riding on the z e c here ....you wont do 200 miles day....but 100 miles easily ...just too bad 4w and s x s are nt allowed anymore on the duniere reserve...nice there .. and yes ...challenge kanada.....great memories of that ....long hrs day trying to find trails...but fun ... and sure , ill be happy to tell you stories about that ... merci !!! jean-guy