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  1. Mrs.Ice

    Team Iceman Matane

    So tonight we’ll shake things up a bit, you’ll read about our today’s adventure through Mrs.Ice’s eyes. Hope you like it. 😁 After hearing Mr.Iceman’s melodies all night long, we opted for a late departure since we’re only riding to the mummies and the surroundings to be back at Quality Inn for a second night. 10:30 it was. Started on 5 to 591. At the beginning, near the hotel, I have to admit that we’re missing some snow. However, only 10 minutes up the mountain and it’s much better. Snow is somewhat loose, so a little shaky but for sure rideable, I just need to adjust my driving. I don’t know about when you’re riding, but I love to look around at the nature, see the fresh snow in the pine trees and sitting on all the branches. Oh, how I was spoiled in today’s sightseeing so early in the season. I kept stopping to take pictures for me, for you, so you see it for yourself, but a picture never truly represents what your eyes can see on the spot. Anyway. I guess I was stopping too much... someone’s patience was challenged, hahaha. 😅 Trails were really great all the way to La Redemption. Only saw a few sleds, you know when you can count them, but lose the count because they’re too far apart... gotta love to have the trails to yourself. 👌 I realize that I dislike to be tilted on one side due to an incline on the terrain, we were in the fields at that point, good to ride on, but lack of snow to ride straight on flat. Lover said it was good practice for me. I guess. But I also need to tell you that I do not enjoy big downhills, but I did encounter a few on Cote Nord last week and I’ m sure will see more this trip. I’m getting used to them slowly, gaining confidence each time. I get good advice. I know i’m In great hands. 591 to 587 now. Got to see the beginning of the mummies’ formation, how nice it was to be in winter’s wonderland. My Hands froze up there because I took too many pictures, Oups. It was worth it though, so beautiful. I can only imagine the look in February. Wow. Then, we saw a sign marked canyon about one km off the main trail, 587. Up we went, It was impressive as well. Sketchy trails for us to get there, but we managed. Lover said there are tracks, we can go. Afterward, we came to a point where I was asked if I wanted to go back the same way as this morning or this other trail, little longer he said. Apparently was 30 minutes, 40 some km more. I said you pick. Junction of 591 and a local orange trail. It goes towards St Paul. So off we go on that new trail. Some narrow and twisty parts, which I don’t mind because it warms me up. Then here it it, some sort a wide trail on a dirt road. Perfect to go a little faster, just a little. 😉 It brought is all the way back to trail 5, we completed our loop from the east. We made It to home base near 4:30. It was a good 240 km. Overall, it was a lovely day, not as nice as it was in Escoumins last week, but for January 2nd, it has advanced pretty well, can’t complaint. Forgot a thing or two that I will add here. We do have radios to talk to each other, lover warns me for things to look out for and sleds coming. However, if we’re too far apart I’m on my own. So I’m working hard for my turns to be sharp and tight on that right. I try to be more on my right than him. 😜 not easy. Last, we came back in the dark, it has been a long time since I rode in the dark. I was flashed by another sled once no clue why, until lover told me I had big lights on. 😬 Mrs. Ice
    23 points
  2. Hi guys! The rain and personal engagement had delay my first ride but finally here it is! Here the path of this first ride in the Mastigouche reserve It was one of the rare ride I did without my best half so no pics but nice video shots. I met my partner Snowcruiser at 10:00 am at Cabanon parking lot and we explored a bit toward south before going to lunch at 11:00. Lacks of snow toward the St-Zenon village especially in hills, many toctocs in the skis. We hit the trail again at noon and went in the Mastigouche reserve, toward Koubec at first. It was very nice, flat hardpacked/ icy base with a 3' of powder on the top and no rocks. We need sharp carbides to be safe and those who are not studded should take care and add some distance for braking. The trail base is nicer in the reserve but it really snowed more(take a look at the picnic table in the first video) and the overall conditions were nicer than many time in full winter. I put together 3 short videos, as usual put the sound on and crank up the quality to 1080 if you have a big screen here the first one and this one starting from Koubec and the third one really better conditions than I was expecting, Even if the souther trails are not as good, the trail network begin to enlarge, it is groomed from today St-Michel/Repos and from Pourvoirie du Lac blanc to connect in th Mastigouche reserve. More details on the trail conditions/opening here https://www.snowmobilecountry.ca/en/conditions/ So the snow condition is shaping up but the covid's situation in Quebec for this last week is worrying. No change at the border actually(Canada jurisdiction) but the Quebec government close yesterday all the schools, bar, movie theaters and cut by half the restaurant dining rooms capacity and limit party size for the next weeks so it is something to watch actually. We pass from few hundred daily cases in late November to 4 to 6 thousands daily in the last week... there is some panic in the boat at government level right now!
    23 points
  3. markusvt

    Tomorrow we ride

    Arrived at Windigo with 226 on the clock. We are the first Amaricans in 2 years. February 2020 we were here last before the border closed. Beautiful day, started cold at two above zero got colder down to about -6 and we end of the day at +6 overall very very nice. We left Saint Michel early this morning and headed off across the reservoir up to the 33, the reservoir was very nice. 33 was groomed all the way to where it crosses the water, no complaints there. They groomed at both directions. Arrived into Repos at roughly 930 with 60 miles on, I harbor no ill will against the place and admire that they’re still hanging in there. Like a lot of these places I know that they for sale. We did have plenty of gas so we could’ve bypassed it but we bought gas there and bypass Kanawata, it made more sense for us. If you had a gas situation or a time situation, you could easily have took the road all the way to Kanawata. Most riders are still using the road for 10 miles outside of Repos, including us. The trail doesn’t really have quite enough snow yet. Needs another groom and it will be fine. Everything has a fresh 4 to 6inches they just need to mix it in. The next part of the trail on the way to the Kanawata intersection is very nice, very well groomed wide and in great shape, you get there in a hurry. We skipped Kanawata and buzzed up to Casey, as most of you know this section of trail is wide open, super smooth, and amazing. We stopped in to the new place in Casey, Casey de base. We met Norman and he made us some chicken soup and hamburgers and a few refreshments before we headed out. He says next year he will have fuel but not this year. We then headed up to the intersection at 83. We took a right to Weymetaci, going into Weymetaci is a hit or miss. It’s plowed all the way to the intersection, though they have a new trail put in for most of it so you go on and off the road. Getting into a Weymetaci for gas is no trouble at all, very friendly though they did stop us at the gate to ask what we wanted. We then buzzed the remaining 60 miles into Windigo. Tomorrow we have an off trail excursion planned to get to barrage Gouin. We have given the appropriate people access to our GPS and satellite coordinates so if we stop moving they can send in the rescue team. There is a lot of snow up here, I am a bit worried with that but I think we will be OK. We will check in tomorrow if we were successful in getting to barrage going, if I don’t check it and you will know we were in the woods somewhere. We toasted the first drinks tonight to all of the Americans that haven’t made it back yet. I don’t want to rub it in at all in what you were missing, but the hassle crossing the border is way, way, way, way, way worth it. Love the trails up here, and love the people more. We were lucky enough to get a trip up early December to Mont Valin with the Team Maine and Rack up at 700 miles in three days, a month delay was too long to be back up here.
    20 points
  4. We leave our bed early this morning for a 155 miles ride around the Taureau reservoir -25C at 9:00 when we started from Lac Blanc auberge trailer parking lot. It is a bit limit on snow near the auberge but when in the mastigouche reserve it was freshly groomed: perfect We did the north side of the loop first so toward Taureau dam. The #23 section that have been plowed earlier in December was now perfect This water look very hot!!! Fresly groomed on the north side of the reservoir We cut on reservoir by the local trail from l'auberge du Lac taureau to the St-Michel village that was nice and fast. The reservoir level is still high and the ice cover had almost no drops yet. A foursome was playing golf on the court near the village of St-Michel We fueled up at St-Michel and then stop at an old view point on the top of the mountain for lunch. There are some potatoes in the big hills but the rest of the trail nice. The sun was nice but it was for the strong one to eat outside today! The #63 toward Cabanon was nice and the #23 in Mastigouche Reserve even more The last strech toward l'auberge du lac Blanc was a bit bumpy. It miss some snow but will be ok with grooming. They install a wood stove with tables and bench around to heat up and eat at the Auberge and take out orders are available like last year. So an easy 155 miles for her first run to Kristine and 2nd for me. I have tried some video but my camera setup have hard time trying to withstand those temperature. I will check at what I recorded and probably be able to put something together for later. So the season is really started there. let's enjoy! Alain
    20 points
  5. Snobeeler

    St Zenon

    Arrived at Cabanon yesterday evening. Place pretty full. Border was easy Peasy like others reported. One in our group of 6 got tagged to do a secondary covid test. Cabanon has spotty Wi-Fi so he did his test via video while in Montreal and was given a place to drop it off. As of now have not heard back on result. Did a easy route today to Mattawin. Trails freshly groomed and slot car shape as it was -10f when we headed out this morning. 150 mile sunshine day. So glad to be back in Quebec. Last year was first time since 1985 I missed coming here.
    19 points
  6. Wake up Sandi. It's later than we usually sleep. We are on vacation Jack. Remember, vacation. A time to relax. Oh yea. A little breakfast. Get the machines out of the garage. How do I get dressed? Which layer goes on next? Oh, two years is such a long time. Maybe I should put numbers on my clothes so I know which one goes on next. OK. We are good to go. We are dressed and the gear is on the snowmobiles. We head out of the parking lot. The spur from the Sag is not groomed yet. Other sleds have gone in and out from here. Following the sled tracks but some are dead ends at a gulley. We make our way thru the parking lots and the edge of the woods to the Ultramar station. Both sleds are empty. We fill up both sleds and the caddy. $124 Canadian. A Frenchman walks up to me and speaks in French, of course. I don't know what he is saying but with a little sign language and some guessing, he is going to be our caboose. From the Ultramar out to trail 83 is fine. Ahh, the groomer has made a pass on 83. We turn right and we are on our way. To where? I don't know. We are just going to poke along today. Some grass in the corners and some rocks here and there. Early riding is better than no riding. A few changes in trail 83. Its easy enough to follow. We get to the "T" where 83 goes left to Jonquiere and right is 367 to the two dams. The front desk said trail 367 may not be open but it looks like the groomer has made a pass. A couple that we see at the Sag every Christmas trip is stopped at the intersection. I point towards 367. They turn right and now there are five us in our group. This is pretty good. A little ways before we get to the aluminum bridge, there is a "T". Left is marked to Jonquiere and right is marked to Shipshaw. This is before the old junction that was at the top of the hill where the trail crosses the road to the aluminum bridge. Lets go right and about 2 km later we drop down into the little parking lot at the aluminum bridge. This is on the opposite side of the road that we used to come down. This is a nice change. It eliminates that bumpy rock climbing section. Off we go. Good trail. The groomer has made a pass between the bridges. We turn right on 134. A little beat up here. At the water tower. the trail still turns right away from pickle park. There is more snow on this side of the river. Good riding. The fast stretches before St Honore are just as fine as ever. We stop at the gas station in St Honore and the ladies take a break. Back on the sleds and off to the airport. All really good riding for December. We get to the big junction of 83 and 328 at the base of the mountain. We are not going to make this a big day so we turn left on 328. The trail is still pretty good. Thru St David and up to the junction with 134. Turn left here. I really like this section of trail. Nice and flat, pretty straight and not much traffic. It is a good place to let the horses run. The cold air, the snow dust in the air and the smell of gasoline. What could be better! The five of us just cruisin' along. At the junction with 93 and 134 in the field with the big power lines above, a check point is set up. They have ten sleds already pulled over and it looks like they are checking everything. We slow down but the security is busy with what they already have. Security doesn't even look at us. We slow down and look around. Nobody is asking us to stop so we carefully go around and continue on our way. All of us have our trail passes. Back to the two bridges and the trail gets a little rougher. A few more miles and we are at the Ultramar in Chicoutimi tanking up. Not a huge day but it sure did feel good to be back on the sleds. I haven't looked at the groomer site yet or even watched the weather. I have to get back into all this other stuff. Time for supper and some rest. Boy is it good to be back in Quebec! 🤗 Jack & Sandi
    19 points
  7. markusvt

    Tomorrow we ride

    We waited until the temperature got up to -22F before we left, which was around 9:15. We headed 13 north which was perfect, same as it was when we came in the night before. The cold temperatures are definitely keeping people off the trails. We did the 25 miles or so up to one of their orange secondary trails that connects over to the 53, it was groomed perfect also and in the past gets minimal traffic. We then jumped on 53 South and went 5 miles filled up with gas at Lunics, (this would make it so we did not have to go into Manawa to get gas). We continued another 8 miles or so until the 33 Junction towards Manawan. All of it was groomed absolutely awesome till we got within 5 miles of Repos, then it was fairly bumpy as to be expected. We did take the side trail which bypasses going into Manawan, as we didn’t need gas or food. The 5 miles south of Repos had taken a whooping also since we had been on it a few days ago. When the trail jumped on the first lake we took a left instead of a right and took the lakes all the way down until it intersects with 33 again. We then rode the trail for maybe 10 or 12 miles which was all unbelievably perfect , (so we assumed it was probably perfect all the way in to Saint Michel). We then jumped off 33 onto the Reservoir at the earliest possible possible opportunity and road to Reservoir all the way back to the hotel. Lots of folks out today on the Reservoir walking, snowshoeing, skiing, ATV, snowmobiling awesome day to be out. Time to call it a trip for this go around and begin to plan the next!
    16 points
  8. markusvt

    Tomorrow we ride

    We got up and left Windigo by 830 heading for relay 22. The 83 is different now to relay 22, instead of 20 miles you have about 30. They added 10 miles and it comes into 73 North 10 miles before Relay 22. They had to do a reroute due to a bridge being out that they can’t get the groomer across. There had been some logging in this area preseason, but it’s all very rideable now even though it doesn’t show it on the app. Very cold at relay 22, and a ton of snow. Gas and oil available and no worries to come in and warm up. We started the day at -11 F and it was -15 F by the time we got to read a 22, and stayed there most of the day. It is -20F now and will Lilly be colder in the morning. We headed out to 83 a bit before we navigated our off trail experience to end up at barrage Gouin at 4:30. Super fun day out in the woods, we are solo, no sleds out here, no people out here. Only bears, moose, wolves, and Beaver’s. Johnny says the Gouin ice is very safe, but we stayed off it as we had crossed a number of streams and Beaver ponds on our way here already, and it was no time to press our luck at the end of the day. Johnny has added a new entrance in the front so that everybody goes in and out one door and then he directs you to the rooms or the restaurant or the living room that he has. He has special arrangements to serve you food, dinner basically he brings to you in the living room area or into your cabin. Breakfast he gives you the night before that you put in your refrigerator and take care of in the morning yourself. All this goes away once Covid is over, but for now it is totally acceptable. He of course has plenty of gas and it is very warm and comfortable inside as always. Lots of snow up here, Johnny has been maintaining his private trail down to the 83 so no worries there. Tomorrow a easy run over to the wood runner trails and explore a bit before ending up at Notawussi. I confirmed with them that they have gas and like everyone else they have special arrangements for the food, but I am not worried. Everyone has been very very accommodating.
    16 points
  9. Left Marineau’s Saturday morning, headed to Clova via Kanawata. Laid fresh tracks down the river run on 360. Kanawata up to Casey was perfect as per usual. From Casey to Parent was loose snow., both sides of the driveway to Gouin looked freshly groomed as we drove by, stopped for gas in Parent then continued to Clova for the night. 300 miles. Sunday we headed back to Parent from Clova, it had been groomed overnight. Heavy logging since my last pass through area in 2020. We stopped at Fer a Cheval for a coffee break. Then continued down 13 to SADL for gas and a snack, in for the night at Mekoos. 200 miles. This morning we headed back to Mattawin via Manawan. Fresh groomed and temperature dropping. 200 miles for the day. Noteworthy encounters included a Lynx on Saturday and a snow shoe hare being chased by a Fisher on Sunday, the woods were quiet today. Here are some pics.
    15 points
  10. The day started at 715 on our way watched the sun rise went the usual way 85 to 40 to 544 to 571 to 35 local trail to NB 135 saw 1 sled in PQ 6 sleds in NB arrived moose valley at 11 fresh groomed door to door had lunch inside back to RDL more traffic on return trip a little thin on 5 but overall a 10 for the day back at 430 265 on the odometer 😀
    15 points
  11. Snobeeler

    St Zenon

    Today we went to Lac Blanc. Took 23, 345, 349. Most was very good, clubs doing great with what they have to work with. Lunch was very good, Chris the club sandwich was best I ever had. After lunch took 349 thru Lac a Leau ClAire to the 23 all the way back. Was great day on the trails.
    15 points
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  13. Hi Everyone, We didn't snowmobile at all last year. We are driving up to the Quebec border this morning via Rt 91 thru VT. I hope it all goes well. I think I have everything we need. I brought the snowmobiles up Dec 8th. The first attempt was Dec 1st and I was turned away because I didn't complete the ArrivCan form. The 2nd attempt on Dec 8th went much smoother. I went up by myself. Sandi couldn't go. Work gets in the way sometimes. With that said, I went back on ArrivCan for this trip. I added Sandi as a "Traveler". When I finished the form, only Sandi printed out on the confirmation. I had to delete that form and do it again. I forgot to put a check mark next to my name so it only printed out Sandi. Everyone has to be listed on the confirmation form. I hope the next post from us is while we are sitting in our hotel room at the Sag! 😊 Be safe. Jack & Sandi
    15 points
  14. Easy peasy border crossing on 87 north Have had way worse pre-chinese flu Super stoked
    15 points
  15. With the deep cold we had think it would be a good idea to go feeding the Black Mountain's grayJays This short ride path was perfect for a very cold day riding. We left the trailer at the Petro-T in Notre-Dame de la Merci village and went north toward St-Donat It was still at -25C when we left at 10:30 AM. The trail pass directly on Ouareau lake and was mint We then took #33 trail west that was perfect and then the #317 as good. Directions are marked at junction for Black Mountain so it is easy to find. A bit farther the local trail to the right bring us toward the summit. The rising began... Just before the summit we took the short dead end summit trail to the right And got at the summit around 11:15 am. A strong wind insure us to not have any mosquitos or black flies around! Even with the deep cold, we ate up there and pass near 2 relax hours at talking with other sledders and playing with the gray jays. Those last ones were a bit shy at first but got quickly more friendly. We also had the visit of a Blue Jay (first time there) but it was way more timid and stayed farther. We failed the catch a quality pic but this blue bird was outstanding to watch flying between those pure white trees. I put together a short video of footage took at the summit. Those who watch till the end will see that the birds were not shy at all after getting used to us. We then got down the mountain... And took the #33 trail around Archambault lake. There is woodcutting operation in this area, this is also why the Mont Cenelle summit trail is actually closed. It is riding well but we follow and cross a forest road many times. Although 3 young peoples in a SUV that had decided to explore this forest road learned the hard way how important it is to keep on the road and not the trail... the small truck was solid stuck with the side pressed on trees. When we arrived they were just been told no towing company would get there because it was not a public road... We helped them in giving them the information for contacting St-Donat snowmobile club and secure the trail with red flag before the curve to mark the danger zone. They were not dress to walk miles in that weather but some of their friends were about to arrive with an other car to retrieved them when we left. We then continue on the #33 that was nice The #33 section between Coin Lavigne and St-Donat village was a bit worn but very acceptable. There was some toc tocs in the skis from time to time so the new snow on the way for tomorrow will be perfect to improve the conditions. The #310 toward NDM was also nice We had been back at the trailer around 15:30 PM with a small 70 funny miles on the dream meter, perfect ride for the weather we had Everybody here is waiting the tomorrow snow storm that should spread a good snow layer in a big part of the Quebec. We expect it will open up the whole trail network for our area and many other around in the very next days... let's get burry under snow!
    14 points
  16. Here the path of the ride we did round trip yesterday Saturday January8, 2022 We started from St-Damien area on #23 trail going north. The St-Gabriel de Brandon club trail section was mint but the Mandeville was rought. We passed their failed dozer that was still on the trail The #23 trail change path this season at #350 junction (the red circle on the map) To follow the #23 we now need to keep right at that junction, toward Koubec for few miles and then turn left at next junction on the very old trail path of the #23 that is the right one this season. This lead us toward Cabanon. Many sledders in place turn left to take last years path... that is not groomed There are closed signs but with the rest of the signage still there some sledders are confuse and take closed trail. Pay attention if you pass there... The sections groomed by Royaume club were very nice We rode toward Taureau dam And then kept on #360 trail along Mattawin river toward Marineau auberge Even with the deep cold there was many sledders on the trails. The first #360 section up to #345 junction(Repos) was already slightly wear but was riding good and few miles farther in the Mattawin club section It was very nice. I put together I short video of beautiful sections along the mattawin river up to Marineau Marineau covid's measure setup is nice: the toilets are accessibles and they have a section inside for us to warm up a bit. Marie-Josée always as kind and efficient sold us a warm meal that we ate outside on our BRP camping table During our meal we had a nice surprise guest that came just aside us. Trailblazer was at breaking in his new engine on his sled in my playground. We had the chance to talk with him a bit before retracing our steps on the same path for the return We stopped at our usual spot for a pic break It give an idea of the snow cover up there... The day traffic had wear the trails and many curves were swept/icy so we had to adjust the pace. The last #360 section before the dam was rought but between the dam and Cabanon was still pretty good other than icy curves. The only very bad bumpy section was the one already bad in the morning in Mandeville section. They were at recovering the failed dozer when we pass there. Finally a good ride of 210miles for us. The snow is pretty good on this ride path and if you have the chance to do it on the week days the conditions will be even better especially at the end of the day. I still have some other good footage and I hope to have the time to put together some other video in the next days think snow! Alain
    14 points
  17. skidoo420

    RDL 2022 Season

    Today started off slow with a dead battery and a quick stop at the local Polaris dealer new battery and we were off too late for moose valley we took 5 west to 553 to 35 west to 55 into Saint Perpetue for fuel ⛽️ (a mike rider stop) took 557 to 35 to 526 back to RDL for the night. It lightly snowed all day great trails and not many sleds out there moose valley tomorrow ☀️
    14 points
  18. skidoo420

    RDL 2022 Season

    Finally made it back to the great trails of RDL went out to scout the trails 85 to local 44 to 544 to local 40 to 526 very nice 😊 maybe moose valley tomorrow loop doing day trips for now no Mike Rider in sight or any one else we might be the only sleds here
    14 points
  19. Snobeeler

    St Zenon

    Today rode to Repo via 23, 345. Magic carpet whole way. Warmed up inside and had soup outside. Took 33 back down, was pretty good, the usual snirt and potatoes around St Michele. No complaints from this group. 165 miles.
    14 points
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  21. This is good that I'm posting this late. It means we made it thru the border. 😅 We were asked for our passports. The agent scans them and I'm sure all of our history comes up on his screen. It probably includes what we ate at the Brown Cow restaurant in Derby, VT a half hour before. Then we were asked for the ArivCan confirmation sheet. He asked us if we were feeling well, no covid symptoms. He asked where we were going and the purpose of our trip. Remember to answer this according to what you put on the ArrivCan website / app. The agent is looking at it. We first go to Valcourt to pick up the trailer and snowmobiles but I didn't go into to that. I just answered that we were going to Chicoutmi. The rest of the questions were typical from previous years such as, weapons, knives, pepper spray, cannabis. Are we leaving anything in Quebec? It didn't take any longer than before. I'm still a little gun shy from being turned away on my first attempt on Dec 1st. I'm slowly getting over that. A little background on the trip up. No snow on the ground until we got 50 miles or so into VT. Pretty good snow banks above St Johnsbury going over Sheffield Mountain. In Quebec, the Eastern Townships had snow cover but not enough to ride on. After Drummondville the snow got better all the way to Quebec City. Motel Bernieres had snow but only one trailer in the lot. L'Etape had many snowmobiles, cars and trailers. Looked like a typical day at L'Etape. Snow on the ground all the way up to Lac St Jean. It was freezing rain a little overnight in CT. From VT on up we were in and out of the snow. Nothing terrible heavy. Just nice winter snow. Thank you Mother Nature. Gas around Quebec was $1.47. Here in Chicoutimi its around $1.35. There are sleds here at the Sag. Not packed but a dozen or so trailers. I spoke with someone that just came in on their sled and asked them about the spur going out to trail 83. He said it isn't broke but you can get to 83. It goes thru the parking lot behind the stores instead of way back at the edge of the woods. The groomer hasn't come thru yet. I spoke with the lady at the front desk. She said what she has heard from other snowmobilers is trail 368 south is OK. There are a couple of thin spots but it is passable. You can't get thru La Baie on 83. It sounded like there isn't enough snow there yet. There is snow in the forecast though. She said it is better to trailer to St Honore and then ride to Mt Valin if we want to ride on the north side. You have to wear a mask everywhere and also show your vaccination card for entry like at a restaurant. If you are planning on Quebec this year, I would recommend doing a dry run on everything you can. Get a Covid test. I like the NAAT test by Walgreen's Our results came back in two hours this time. I think the test is free everywhere in the U.S. See how far ahead booking an appointment takes. See how long it takes to get the test results back. Get on the ArrivCan website or app. Step 1, create an account for yourself. Step 2, take a look at the itinerary part of ArrivCan. It says not to complete it if you travel isn't within 72 hours. I think you can still go thru it and then delete it at the end. Do as much as you can to get familiar with all the steps. I only had to create an account for myself. Then I could put Sandi on as a traveler in my "group". Ask me any questions you have. I may not have the answers but someone else may or I will try to get an answer for you. So that is what we know so far. Be safe. Jack & Sandi
    14 points
  22. markusvt

    Tomorrow we ride

    I can’t say enough good things about Notawissi being open again, now being owned by Sylvain, same owner as Meekoos, he is running a top-notch operation. The food is absolutely ridiculous, five course meal that you would get in the city or anywhere could not compete.
    13 points
  23. markusvt

    Tomorrow we ride

    So we waited for the temperature to warm up this morning a bit from the -28, we left it -24 F Way nicer. Johnny’s Trail from barrage Gouin is the same as in the years past, on the trail for 5 miles, on the road for 5 miles, then the last 20 miles down to the 83. He is grooming the east and west routes. The next 30 miles into parent on the 83 was more than a bit choppy but survivable. The only gas station and store in parent has been revamped and has everything you would possibly need. They are absolutely by the rules, helmet not good enough, Balaklava not good enough. They want you wearing a mask. 8 miles outside of parent to the 13 intersection is also choppy and rough. Next we jumped on 13 down to Fer a Chevelle, that was groomed both directions and completely awesome. Far a Cheval has rules. You can order food though a limited menu and you can eat it inside sitting in a chair, but your inside visit is limited to 15 minutes. They do have an outside fire going that you can hang out next to a picnic table as long as you want, it’s all completely workable. We did a little bit of playing around which is always nice now that the temperature is up to -8° F. The good news of course with the cold you don’t see many sleds even though it is a Saturday. The 13 the rest of the way down and to Notawissi was completely awesome. Again another set of custom rules where they don’t you want you inside for more than 15 minutes. They prepare your dinner and put it in a cooler which you can bring to your room, they have it ready when you want. They do the same with breakfast here they prepare in the kitchen, then they put it in the cooler you pick it up at the time you agreed on and bring it to your cabin. Again rules that are completely no problem at all. Super nice to be on the wood runner trails, as always they do a great job with the signing and the grooming just an enjoyable area to ride in. A whole bunch of Ontario people are over here they unloaded in Mount Laurier and they said the riding all around has been fabulous for them. A bunch of new 2022 Mach Z‘s everywhere . Tomorrow will be the final day for us, it will be the warmest which won’t be a bad thing and then it will be home until the next trip up here. Again the small hassles are way worth it load up and come on over.
    13 points
  24. Mrs.Ice

    Team Iceman Matane

    Day 3: Murdochville to St-Anne-Des-Monts, 180 km Hey everyone, Mr. Ice 👋 So late departure, 9:15 it was. I didn’t care because we had 100 less km to do than the day before, little relieved I was. I knew it was twisty which is good to stay warm because it’s more work for me to stay on the right at a decent speed. Don also told me about some hills... I worried a little, if you remember I’m not a fan of the downhills. However, it was fantastic! I did great, getting better at it and more comfortable. Proud of myself. 🙌 Now let’s talk serious business, what interests you the most, trail conditions. I’m not sure I have the right adjective to describe them, but I even told Don at some point, it’s like white asphalt. The groomer had left Murdochville just before us, so we reached him at some point. Don had looked at the trails and most of it was groomed overnight and the other part the night before, perfect just like I like them. It was truly unbelievable the trail quality we got for a second of January. Some part pass Mont St-Pierre, near La Martre, it needs more snow in the valley. You could see the groomer’s struggles to get up and down the hill, digging up rocks. But I think today’s pictures will speak for themselves. We’re at Hotel &Cie for the night. Nice place, gas and SAQ just in front. Takeout to our room for supper, after the little improvised sandwich dinner from last night, a nice filet mignon is in order for tonight. 😋 Tomorrow back to the truck, then black asphalt to Shawinigan. Chow for now
    13 points
  25. What should we do this morning? The restaurant is take out only. Lets have some of the instant oatmeal in a pouch. A little hot water and some of that 35% heavy cream Sandi found. None of that light duty 10% stuff. If the snowmobiles command 91 octane, I can certainly command 35% fat in my heavy cream. Yum yum! ☺️ Not much was groomed last night but that was expected for the holiday. We can't expect the groomers to work 24 / 7. On the sleds and out of the hotel. At 83 we turn right. Lets go north of the river Sandi. We cross the two bridges and turn right onto 134. About half way to the junction with 93, Hydro Quebec is installing another set of power line towers. These things are massive when they are lying on the ground. They are big standing up but lying on the ground you see how huge they actually are. We get to 93 and turn left. This has been closed for a few years. Lets see where it goes. It follows the same route it did many years ago. A few miles in and the trail crosses a river with a lot of fast running water and water falls. You would recognize it. The trail conditions are good. Before it gets to the potato field in St Ambroise, the trail turns right. We follow this along and at the next junction is where we were yesterday coming back from Relais des Lacs / Begin. It runs along with the VTT trail. Don't stay on 93 Sandi. We will end up in that bad stuff at St Charles. Sandi turns right towards the north end of the potato field. All nice riding. Oh, did I mention it is mild today with light snow. It looks so pretty. The snow is sticking to the helmet shield. I have to wipe the snow off with my glove every mile or so. Keep going Sandi we are doing good. We turn left onto 328 heading towards Begin. 328 is fine up to Begin. The trail that goes north from Begin to Lamarche and ScoobyRaid is closed. There are tracks on the old trail but two big stakes in the shape of an "X". We carry on and 328 gets pretty rough. We were on it yesterday and it is only worse today. Slow down and tough it up for the next 7 or 8 miles. Finally we are at the junction with 554 just a stones throw from Relais des Lacs. Time to take a break. We look at each other. That wasn't much fun. We turn right staying on 328. A little improvement now. We get around the lac and the trail gets better. We are approaching the blueberry fields and they are almost always good. Today is no exception. This is more like Quebec. Too bad we had 10 miles of bumps to get here. Just cruising along. The snow is still falling. It has covered up some of the ugly stuff that has been on the trails. Looking and feeling more like winter. We make our way over to L'Ascension. The Sonerco gas station is open. I figured it would be. It is on a main road. Choices. Continue on towards Alma and pick up 93. That means going thru that horrible section at St Charles. I wonder how the ice crossing would be. It has been cold but why bother chancing it and then have to put up with St Charles' bumps. We turn around and head back the way we came in. No surprises this way. It is still snowing. A few centimeters have accumulated. Not a lot but every little bit helps. Thru the blueberry fields with smiles on our faces. We get to Relais des Lacs and stop. OK Sandi. Time to beat ourselves up for a few miles. Bump after bump. We go by the farm that is about half way to Begin. Not too much further. Keep going. At Begin we stop and agree, that is behind us now. It may not be pristine ahead of us but it certainly won't be any worse. The trail continues to get better as we approach the big fields before St Ambroise. Instead of going back the way we came in this morning, we stay on 93 to St Ambroise, Le Geant Trailer. Distance wise there isn't much difference whether we go thru St Ambroise or head towards St Honore and take 134 thru Pickle Park. At the end of the scrubby pines, the trail turns right and runs the edge of the road for a 1/4 mile or so. As we approach where the trail goes to the left back into the woods, a sled is stopped on the side of the road. We slow down and take a look. Oh oh. There is a big two up sled in the ditch. He was heading north towards St Ambroise and slid into the drainage ditch along the edge of the road. I get off my sled and myself and the two French men are tugging and pulling trying to get this beast to move. We hook up two tow straps to my snowmobile and the other snowmobile and try to pull the one out of the ditch together. No luck. The two upper is half on its side. One guy takes a shovel and starts digging out around the sled. He gets enough snow removed for us to muscle the sled back on its track. We point it parallel with the road and one of the guys gets on the sled and manages to get it moving. He runs along the ditch for 100' and then pops back up on the road. Yea! Success! I don't know why Sandi decided to go that way but we did our good dead for the day. A couple of high fives and all of us are on our way. A few more miles and we are back home at the Sag. Its still snowing and the wind is picking up. The temp is forecast to drop tonight. That is fine. We will be tucked into our nice warm bed. One more day of riding and then back in the truck. Jack & Sandi
    13 points
  26. bonne année !!! pics from this morning , i was supposed to around at the bridge next to falls....but landed in some clear cuts west side of casault !!! -1c in town and -4c up the hills....even light drizzle... jean-guy
    13 points
  27. Well here we sit in Escoumins, not exactly the place I had planned to be during this Christmas break. Plan A was much different. Originally we should have been much further south visiting with my Mom and familyin NY who I have no seen in person in over 2 years. Omicron had other plans. As my wife is a teacher it was highly recomended that no travel outside Quebec should be taken if not absolutely essential, not forbidden but just better to be safe than sorry, from New York I had booked flights to the one happy island of Aruba where we were to ring in the new year with Playhard and the Mrs. this was also not to be. So with things advancing nicely here trailwise, for sure near Shawinigan we are one good storm away from seeing trails open. We went with plan B a quick shakedown ride nothing crazy just 2 days as we need to get back to business by thursday morning maybe even wed afternoon. Big Bossman Alain and Josee decided to come along so we are 4. Got a new HY-Gear coil over to dial in on my sled in the rear and just want to take a nice easy run for Mrs Ice to dust off the cobwebs and get back in the grove. No crazy big ride here. First time in probably 10 years I will be riding before January. Tomorrow we will head for Forestville and see where the trails take us, sometimes no plan is the best plan, 25-30 sleds here. 6-7 truck and trailers, Reception was closed today but when we reserved last week they told us room would be unlocked and waiting for us. Sure enough all good both rooms ready and unlocked when we arrived. will post more tomorrow. on a side note kind of sad to be here without my partner Snohorse. We ended 2020 here March 13 with an awesomw ride.. left here thinking we would hit it again in a week my how we were oh so wrong.
    13 points
  28. bonjour !!! a bit of action this morning ....i was on my way to sit at the computer and saw those 2 deer climbing for main street ... they went across the main street ,but on the other side , its a wall ....first one was almost on top of the wall ,waited for his friend ...but no luck for the second one...he started to slide down for the sidewalk. about 1 inch of snow last night ....started snowing a few mins ago ....mollo to medium -8c jean-guy
    12 points
  29. iceman

    Team Iceman Matane

    Well another ride in the books. This one gonna go down as probably the best early ride ever. Simply put unbelievable what we found for the first few days of January. Just as reported definitely low snow near towns on north shore and in the valleys but passable. Wicked good trails, with zero traffic. Sweet few days. We were the first sledders to stay at Hotel Copper this season. Light fluff of snow this morning on sleds in St Anne des Monts. Smooth ride back 140km banged it out in 2 hrs 40 minutes. Not hard to do on those trails. Her picture taking was limited today we were on a mission from god. Back to Matane and loaded up changed in hotel and hammer down black trail to Trois Riveres. 5 hrs 20 minutes. The wife is a rider, I think I will keep her. Anyway we are well past the 90 day no questions asked return policy. Seriously she is gaining more experience each time out and asks all the right questions and soaks it all in. She toughed it out two pretty cold days. Very proud of her and I am building her up slowly. You need to walk before you can run. In time. She is comfortable on the trail and sticks it right. I am watching her. She is not hooked on the I Motoneige yet but starting to piece together some trails. She recognized the 595 as we passed by today at Relais St Paulin. Nice 👍 Hotel & Cie got their act together. Order food they call when ready you go pick it up. Breakfast Box delivered to room(included with room) time you pick. 6:30 to 10:00 am has a English muffin egg sandwich (bacon and cheese today) big hash brown pattie and a fresh muffin. With apple or orange juice and coffee. Well organized. Quality Inn Matane as well. Got it together with food. No worries. Murdochville kitchen was not open. It opened the morning we left. We went to supermarket right down the street by sled and improvised some sandwiches for dinner on super fresh french bread, was great. Breakfast was 2 poptarts and a blue gatorade for me. Super start to the season. Only problem now is I know riding from home is going to be hard to enjoy after these first two rides. Real world problems i guess. Gotta swap out my GPS cradle as I got a new toy for myself. Miss Caro will be getting a pair of snowtrackers before her next ride. Dial her in a bit more. Until next time.
    12 points
  30. We are having breakfast in our room again. I guess we have to get used to the new norm. Bring your Danish and donuts. A little chilly today, -18̊ C. Dress warm Sandi. Our last day. We won't make it too long. We have to pack up tonight. Lets stay on the south side of the Saguenay River. Out to 83 and turn right. We are heading to the Delta. The few centimeters of snow covered up some of the snirt but not all. 83 was groomed last night. We stop at the Delta and we make reservations for the week of Feb 6th and the week of Feb 20th. I know February will be busy so I want to get our room now. That is done and we continue on 83 west. Some good some bad. Some clean white snow and some snirt. All in all the trail isn't too bad for early in the season. It will only get better as more snow falls. We get to Relais Grenouille at the top of Kenogami and the groomer has just made a pass. There aren't any tracks on the trail yet. Go Sandi. Follow the groomer towards St Bruno. At first the trail is fine but as we get into the fields, we realize how thin the snow is here. Well smooth snirt is better that rough snirt I suppose. Lets keep going. 10 miles and we are at the south end of St Bruno. The groomer kept on going but we have to decide. If we continue up thru Alma and get on 93, we will have to take that bad section thru St Charles or we can turn around. Lets turn around. We know what it is and its OK. A u-turn and back to the Relais Grenouille where we pick up 83. Across the top of Lac Kenogami. A few sleds here and there. Not a lot of traffic. Still on the cool side but a nice day for riding. We pass the Delta and head back to the Sag. We turn left onto the spur and as we cross the railroad tracks and round that first turn looking at the back of the Ultramar, we see a lot of emergency vehicles at the intersection of 175. Slow down Sandi. What is that? A vehicle on it's side, in the parking lot to the right of the Ultramar. The color of the vehicle is safety green. That's an ambulance Sandi! Wow! The ambulance appears to have been heading into Chicuotimi with the Ultramar to its right. There must have been a vehicle or two in the intersection or pulling into the intersection and with nowhere for the ambulance to go. Avoiding the intersection, the ambulance went to the right and then rolled over on its side into the parking lot. Hopefully there isn't a fatality. Traffic is backed up and the power is out to the businesses. Wow! Back at the Sag, we park the sleds for the night. It was good to be riding again since covid closed everything down last season. We hit some good trails and some not so good trails. Changes have been made to the trails but that happens every year. I hope the restaurant take out only mandate is lifted before the end of the season. Like MikeRider said, the social life is a big part of snowmobiling. Until then, we will have to bring our food and drink and have small gatherings in our rooms. Maybe we will see you in RDL Jan 11th. Take care of each other. Jack & Sandi
    12 points
  31. Leaving LeCabanon at 3 a.m. tonight as we want to get back home early tomorrow. What an INSANE 4.5 day trip it has been. Cobra and I had an unbelievable adventure together and got in some of the best early season riding in years, we both agree. When we rolled in last night we had 1013 miles from 3.5 days of riding. Today Cobra went out and did an 83 mile loop and got the snot kicked out of him on 3/4 of it. I however had a relaxing do nothing day around the hotel. The groomers all just left awhile ago so I might go out for one last evening whoha and catch the magic carpet. The key this week (and usually most of the time) is get out of here early. Like first ones on the trail early. Not hard to do at LeCabanon as 7:45 and your almost guaranteed to be first. Head north, north, north and you will be rewarded like we were. Kanawata and north you couldn't distinguish between Christmas week or Valentine's week as far as snow depth and trail conditions. The 83 HAS been groomed but they turn the GPS off as they don't want to encourage travel up there until after the holidays when they are more prepared. Casey has a new place to eat and stay. It's called Camp De Base. They are opening up this weekend. No "forfait" yet but possible in the future. They are "Yurts" and have two twin beds each. We were the very first persons to eat there last night for dinner. Host Norman & Diane are great people. Also spoke to "Noar" the owner via phone.
    12 points
  32. mikerider

    New Rules Tomorrow

    I agree with Bob. The social aspect of the sport is very important. I really enjoy the stops at the relais's for coffee and food and rest, as well as going out to dine at night and hitting the hotel bar at night. l
    12 points
  33. Another spectacular outing today. Made a run to the grocery store last night so we were all stocked up with some breakfast. Out the door 8am. Again no giant itinerary today. From Hotel Pel Chat TQ3 west First 15km a bit ordinary still need more snow here to groom in. Part of trail after the Hydo Quebec station when you enter the ZEC is plowed with the trail along the side for maybe 5km. After that its white asphalt all the way to the relais and beyond. Relais not open yet but they let the ladies in to use the bathroom. Very nice of them. After that it was pure awesomeness. Full on perfect trail. The next 50km give or take. We headed up in the direction for the Sentier Pel Chat. Absolutely great. Not sure if this trail is new this year or was here last year(cause I never made it up here last season) but there is a connection now you arrive at a T Intersection and Mont Valin Chapelle is to the right. To the left is marked Sacre Couere 50 km. This trail connects with 93 at the very bottom. All I can say is thank you sir may I have another. This is a full on ripping good ride. If you aint into this then you need change your hobby kind of trail here. Up there on my list of all time. And that is saying alot. I felt guilty almost and sad a bit cause this will be the trail to beat now all season. 93 lacking the snow into Hotel Coronet but still very passable. Arrived at Coronet some gas and coffee and hot choclate. Nice break. Plan was to continue down and take TQ3 back up to Escoumins but no way was I not going back tge exact same way we just came down. Way to excellent to not ride it back. Pure joy. Arriving back near the Relais the Escoumins bypass is open the river is frozen. So I take the left and we cross the river. This is actually super nice and is virtually the same distance to get back to hotel. At the intersection of Local/bypass trail and TQ3 Alain and Josee head for hotel. I stay with Caro and we are off to bonus ride up the TQ3 and about 10-15km there is a left turn up a local orange trail. I have been up this trail with Snohorse in the past and it follows a little river up to a bunch of chalets and camps nice ride for sure. We do the up and back rejoin TQ3 and it’s snowing pretty damn good now. Another good experience for the Mrs. We burn it on down and into hotel at 3pm. Another great day together riding Quebec. Back to reality tomorrow, my office awaits. Until next time. Calling for plus 4 with rain in Shawinigan Saturday lets hope they are wrong.
    12 points
  34. Great first day on the sleds this season. Trails super here. One problem but no worries. The restaurant Bouleau is closed. Apparently the chef has covid. So no breakfast this am. Hotel has no continental breakfast either due to covid restrictions they told us. We hit the trail at 8am. This is a no stress trip. Got all day to go not far and come back. Not what I am used to but it is a nice change. Loving seeing the wife enjoy riding her sled and learning more each time we ride. I wish it was much simpler to just give her a few years of my experience but it does not work that way. That said she is a rider and though she probably will never see a 500km day does she really need to? No. Got to build her up slowly so she can get to the 300 plus KM per day. So we can cover some ground. Great conditions for December. Not cold but cold enough. Beautiful trail flat and fast. The usual early conditions with lots of sticks poking through on the right and the occasional place needing to be filled in as they will groom in more snow. 2 hrs 45 minutes to Forrestville today. Gas Lunch and 2 hrs and 20 minutes to return. The horses always run faster when heading to the barn. Club grooming an already perfect trail near Longue-Rive and crossed 5 sleds headed west just before Forestville and about 8 headed east on the ride back after lunch. Sleds running great and new rear shock did not work hard today on these trails. Very flat. Tout va bien.
    12 points
  35. Fellow QR member “Cobra” and I hooked up in Albany at 4 a.m. this morning . So you got NY Chris and PA Chris Got to Lecabanon around 11ish after a few stops. The place is packed and we are THE ONLY Americans here. Very strange to see it here like that. Got out around 1:30 and headed to the dam. Surprisingly very good with ample ground cover and the 2-3 inches last night helped too. Yes a few icy corners and a rock here or there but hey it’s early season riding. As usual out past the dam was even better with the 360 in good shape. Then when we turned left into the woods towards 345/M20 junction it was the “magic carpet” ride it usually is. Felt like mid season riding. Hung out for awhile and then banged out the M20 that was n excellent shape. Only groomed once so far so it hasn’t set up yet but excellent coverage. When we got to the M21 junction we could see the groomer had gone in so we follow. Turns out he was only 3 miles in so we back tracked to Lecabanon via M20/360 and then 345. Got in around 6:30 with 142 sweet miles. we both had some issues at home that took our time this evening so didn’t have a chance to post. Will try and post some pics in the a.m.
    12 points
  36. Mrs.Ice

    2022 Local Ride #1

    Hello! Mrs. Ice here. Did you miss me? So we went out for a ride today. We wanted to go yesterday, (Saturday) but it was -34 C. So we waited for today, it was much better -31 C when I woke up! 🤣🤣Hahaha !!! I was excited to try on my new pants which finally arrived this past week. I tested them good, wore only my hypnose pants underneath. I guess I was ambitious, will need to add another layer when it’s below -25 C. Lover was proudly wearing his new FXR jacket as well and he wasn’t cold at all! Great purchase. We didn’t go very far, we took trail 3 west and a local orange trail to St-Louis de France. Then We reached 351 along the highway. This is one of my favorite place to rip it!!! 😆Just past Champlain. However, I had to be careful due to a lack of snow, some bumps and bushes sticking out. That shouldn’t be a problem after tomorrow’s snowstorm. (Supposed to get 30 cm) We made a left and took a local orange trail to St-Luc de Vincent. Back to St -Narcisse to rejoin trail 3. We saw more sleds today than during all the days in Gaspésie. But it’s ok, I ‘m glad people enjoy the outdoors even though it’s cold and restaurants are closed. That’s why we chose to do a short one, 2 hours it lasted. Trail took us back to Turtle lake, through Shawinigan to home. After Gaspésie we brought the sleds to Moto Thibeault, our mechanic. Lover had me installed some snow trackers because my stock Yamaha tuners were close to worn out. Now, I can steer even better. I told lover that I would gain speed because it’s easier to steer and it stays where I want it to be. Awesome! What a change! Also, Mr. Iceman let me ride in the front for a very long time today! Yeah! That way I have to stay on the right even more because I’m the first one meeting other sleds, so no warning coming my way! It’s fine! I can handle it! But it was fun to be the first one. I like it when it’s just him and I but with more people I feel a certain pressure to go fast enough so they don’t get bored behind me… so I’m comfortable doing my own thing in the back! 😉 It’s was a great short ride in this cold Canadian weather. 100km
    11 points
  37. We have rented a place in West Yellowstone for the season. I was able to get out last week for a ride. Air travel is a necessary evil at this point but we survived a travel day nearly as long as it would take to drive out 22 hours vs 32 hours driving. If you haven't learned the truth about Covid I hope you do soon. IMG_1493 IMG_1490 IMG_1508 IMG_1507 IMG_1520 IMG_1527 IMG_1532 IMG_831BC5E29CB7-1 IMG_1530
    11 points
  38. bonsoir preston !!! yaaa...for sure...saw the first sled tracks at the 82.......then on my way back at the 46 , 2 pick up trucks...3 sleds....i guess they were coming back from the faribault area .....all mountain sleds... colder tonight....-23c thx jean-guy
    11 points
  39. Mrs.Ice

    Team Iceman Matane

    Day 2: still written by Mrs. Ice. 😉 Matane to Murdochville, 275 km. Before I begin today’s story telling, let’s recap on a few details from last night. At the Quality Inn the restaurant was closed on the 1 of January when we arrived but we got a delivery from a local restaurant that was opened. It’s was good. As for yesterday, at our return, the hotel’s restaurant was opened, so we ordered and they called us to pick it up when it was ready. For $102 CaD a night with breakfast included, you can’t go wrong. Now, today. I thought I had some great sightseeing yesterday, I was even more spoiled today. I took some pictures but not as many as yesterday, guess why, it was colder!!! But still got a few nice ones. Left Matane at around 8:45 I’m not going to name all the trails since there are only a few towards where we were heading. But I can tell you something useful, for the second of January the trail all the way to La Cache was amazing! And beyond! We saw our friend Keeve that we met last year. We were welcomed to warm up a bit, which we did because Mrs. Ice is still waiting for her new pants, her old ones being a little tight, I get really cold on my thighs and buns. Stayed an hour. Iceman got the grand tour, pictures to follow. Then off we went towards Chic Choc and Murdochville. We were told by Jacques from Hotel Cooper, that the first 40 km from La Cache might be so so, but we were going to check it out anyway, cause I wanted the views! As they say happy wife happy life! It wasn’t groomed, however it was broken by the machine, no drag Mr. says. Anyway, I had seen worse last year near Quebec City. It was drifted in at some places, but not bad at all according to Mr.Iceman. I thought so too. It went well, couldn’t rip it, but that was fine it’s was so beautiful that you have time to admire it. Mother Nature treated me today. I was more impressed by the frozen landscape up there than the mummies yesterday. Of course, the sunlight had to add to this. I wanted to stop and take so many pictures but couldn’t, too cold and I was on the clock to get back, fighting against the darkness, because darkness means colder. For me anyway. I still can’t get over it, I have never seen winter like that before. Jacques was right on, 40 km then we passed the groomer’s trail where he turned around. Now the trails were absolutely stellar all the way to Murdochville, white carpet like Lover said. I have to agree with him. As good as the trails are, there are some early season hazards as expected, we saw 2 places with open water. And a few dips here and there that need to Be filled in with more snow. Before La Cache , I blew up one of my fuses because my magnetic wires disconnected from my helmet and touched metal so it blew it. We stopped to change it, Got to learn about that today. My lover fixed it up for me while I was busy making yellow snow. That’s right, I’m not afraid to pee in the snow when you gotta go, you gotta go. You men have it so easy. You haven’t live until you have it all hanging out there with a windchill minus 25. That will get your attention. If I don’t do it, i’ll Get colder, so got to suffer a little to feel better. Got to see 2 moose today, a mother and her baby, probably from last year because it was pretty big. Our radio were shot at that time, so lover stopped TO warn me and I went in front to see them, after few seconds they headed in the woods. Magnificent beasts! Nothing wrong with our radios, simply should change for a new battery, probably died in the cold. They work fine. The funny thing is that Iceman was still talking to me even though I couldn’t hear... hahahah. Then, later in the day, he let me ride in front for a while, was about time with all the snow dust I endured behind him the whole day. Here at Murdochville we are the only two snowmobilers. Last night there were 2 men from PEI at our hotel, that was it. Like I said, trails to ourselves. It was a lovely second day. All worth it.
    11 points
  40. Really enjoyed the reports Jack and Sandi. Thank you for sharing. We need to have a go fund me and get you a camera. lol
    11 points
  41. This morning we go down to the restaurant for breakfast. Is it open? Yes! Tomorrow I think it is take out only. Sandi and I have a nice breakfast. Maybe the last one in the restaurant. We finish up and get back to the room. My shoulder is feeling better. What a difference a day and a little Tylenol makes. On the sleds and off we go. A little later than usual but heck, we are on vacation. Out to 83 and we turn right. We cross the two bridges and stay to the left on 367 to St Amboise. This showed groomed and it is. Many times this isn't groomed until after the New Year. Today it is fine. The scrubby pines before Le Giant Trailers are getting big now. Oh this is so good. In St Ambroise we turn left to get on 93. This was shown as groomed yesterday. That should be good. About a mile or so in, the trail bears to the left where I can see the old trail going straight. There is a washout there so maybe it just goes around the bad spot. No it is going further away from the trail. The trees have been pushed out of the way. This isn't much of a trail. The groomer did make a pass but I think that was just to knock the trees out of the way. Bump da bump da bump! Should we turn around? No it can't be too much further and we will get back on the old trail. Bump da bump. Well, a few miles in and we start running the side of a road. Must be at least a mile. This is better and I can see the tracks from a groomer. Salvation maybe just ahead. Into a field and it is groomed. Finally. This is more like Quebec. I see a junction coming up with signs. To the right St Nazaire and behind us is St Ambroise. That's correct. What does that other sign say to the left? Riviere Saguenay and St Charles 0.5 KM? We are almost to the old river crossing at St Charles. The old 93 trail is long gone. That section has been bypassed. We turn right which is trail 556. Nicely groomed. This is great but we went thru some horrible stuff to get here. A few miles along and we come up to the little warming hut where we pick up 93 again. We stop for a stretch and head off to St Nazaire and north on 554 to Relais du Lacs. We haven't seen much traffic at all. A few trailers in the parking lot at the relais. It is noon and there are four people in here. This must be so tough on the businesses trying to make ends meet. The sign on the door with hours says the relais is open Tuesday thru Saturday. It is closed Sunday and Monday for the season. I hope I read that French right. We sit and relax. We do not want to go back the way we came in. I wouldn't recommend that trail until 1-2 feet of snow falls. It needs a lot of snow. How about if we go back thru Begin? That showed groomed last night. We finish up and head out. 328 it is. The first few miles are a little choppy but nothing like what we were just on. I'll take it. Keep going Sandi. We get to Begin and the trail gets better. The big fields are nice. This is more like mid January without the traffic. We get to trail 93 and turn right just above St Ambroise. Running along the edge of the road here. Just before the big potato field the trail is closed and the new trail turns left. OK. This is fine so I don't care where it takes us. A few miles in and we come to a junction. Left is marked towards Mt Valin and right is St Ambroise. Sandi goes right. This is the trail from a few years ago. We end up at the bottom of the potato field and continue on to St Ambroise. All very nice. Good snow cover and good grooming. We cross the two bridges and and at the new junction we decide to bear right to Jonquiere instead of left to Chicoutimi the way we came out this morning. We only go a few hundred yards up the hill and we are at the old junction at the dump. The rest of the trail is the same to the Delta. A few trailers here. Oh look Sandi, the enclosed room for the pool where we used to park the snowmobiles. No pen for the trucks and trailers. I don't know where the sleds are going to be parked. There is an area across the driveway from the main entrance. Maybe there? We continue on 83. The rest of 83 is mostly the same as it was two years ago and we are back at the Sag. A terrible ride for a few miles but the rest of it was very nice. Happy New Year's Eve everyone. We hope that all are safe. Jack & Sandi
    11 points
  42. Good morning, I have to get back into snowmobile mentality. I forgot to check the grooming map yesterday and even the weather. I have that bookmarked now on the new laptop. Yesterday by chance we did hit many trails that were groomed within the past 36 hours. There isn't a huge amount of snow to work with but there is enough especially as you get toward Mt Valin. We saw one groomer over by Carcajou / St David with just the blade on the front. He was riding the edge of the trail pulling in the snow from the side of the trail. Thank you Mr. Groomer. We are going to ride out of the Sag again today. The trails around Jonquiere had their nightly grooming. 93 has been groomed from St Honore to La Chappelle. Some f this may have been the groomer with just the blade. Not for us but the Pelchat trail was groomed from the Les Escoumins side half way up. For anyone on the south side, Riviere du Loup is grooming. 5, 35 and 55 saw a groomer last night all the way west to Beauceville. It does show some open water though in places. Keep the skis up and the throttle down. The Sag is no longer giving out drink coupons at the front desk. They said the restaurant stopped the practice last year. That was a nice little bonus. What am I going to do with all the coupons I squirreled away? That's it for now. Jack & Sandi
    11 points
  43. ahahah...first attempt , your legs were dead 20 mins from top ... and always great to do that ....with a few beverages great memories !!! btw, snowing lightly since 3 30 pm jean-guy
    11 points
  44. Merry Christmas to all. And a special wish of gratitude to the late Rob Lyons for starting QuebecRider. He gave us the great gift of meeting new friends via these forums.
    11 points
  45. went to take a few pics... rock' roll up the hills....strong winds !!! jean-guy
    11 points
  46. iceman

    At home Covid testing

    This works...forget the other nonsense.
    10 points
  47. RoadRunner

    RDL 2022 Season

    Some our gang headed north yesterday, unloaded in Lac Etchemin area in the Chaudierre region, just North of Jackman Me, and rode to the Universal-in RDL for the night. They logged in 180 miles of good solid, flat going. One of the members got the random rest again and it will be picked up at the universal today as they are saddlebagging. Another member pcr tested on Dec 23, got a positive result back on the 25th...Merry Christmas😜,..... and will not make this run but is feeling good health wise. Also he is happy with the fact that with a positive test, after 10 days, soon the change to 7, he will be ok to pass the border without testing for the next 6 months! The boys also like the beer vending machine at the Universal! To summarize, these guys are saddlebag riding for,the week just as many others are posting on QR now! it just a bit different, lets hope restrictions stay the same or get easier thru this season. RR
    10 points
  48. -17c and still windy !!! jean-guy
    10 points


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