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  1. 10 points
    revct1

    2019 Jack & Sandi's trips

    For all of you that are up here today, the groomer map looks great. The groomers were out in force last night. The weather forecast is looking good too. A little warm up with snow in the forecast. Maybe a foot of new snow over the next week. We are packing up this morning. It is time to head back to Connecticut. Make a few repairs and get ready for the next trip. RDL is in our sights for the week of Jan 13th. We hope to see some QuebecRider folks out there. Mayor Mike should be at his post by then. One last request. For the sledders that read but haven't joined QuebecRider, sign up. The more members there are, the more attractive it is to advertisers. Their funds are some of the monies that keep this sight going. No strings attached. No junk e-mails. You don't have to post. Just the fact of being a member shows that QuebecRider has a lot of followers. Thanks. Jack & Sandi
  2. 10 points
    skidoo420

    A late Xmas gift from wife

    She is always right
  3. 10 points
    revct1

    2019 Jack & Sandi's trips

    This morning the groomer map light up like a Christmas tree. We know there isn't a lot of snow in some spots but smooth dirt is a lot better than bumpy dirt. We are going to stay off of the mountain and we prefer not to trailer. Mt Apica is a possibility but weekend traffic coming up from down south might hinder trail 23. 83 was groomed down just past the Ravage cutoff. Hmm! OK we will try 83 to L'Anse Saint Jean. There is a good restaurant there and gas. That doesn't sound right but you know what I mean. We spoke with the GutZ boys and they are ready for a ride. Understand that the word "ready" means different things to the Gutz boys sometimes. They are at the Delta so they are going to meet us at the intersection on 83 with the spur to the Sag. Sandi and I tank up before we leave and sit at the intersection . Tick tock tick tock. OK they are running behind. Lets head towards the Delta. Sandi takes off and a couple of miles before the Delta here they come. They had issues getting one of the sleds started but everything is alright now. Sandi and I u-turn and the four off us are on our way. Yea it is a little rough. Some off the fields still have the rocks showing but we push on. We get to Bec Scie and the trail is looking better. The snow is still thin but the rocks and sticks are disappearing. By the time we get to La Baie and start going up in elevation, 83 is getting really good. The groomer had a little snow to work with and now it is starting to look like winter. Off we go. Not seeing much oncoming traffic. For a Sunday this is unusual but it is cold. The locals stay in when its cold and the tourists are up on Mont Valin. We make good time down to the 383 cutoff. We take 383 and this is super. The trail is familiar to Riviere Eternite but from there to L'Anse Saint Jean I think has been rerouted. It might just be me because we haven't been here a lot of times but the GutZ boys feel the same way. Either way it is a good ride. At L'Anse Saint Jean we have lunch and gas up the sleds. Lets take the 501 over the mountain to get back to 83. This was groomed last night and there hasn't been much traffic on it. A few sleds coming at us but not many. It doesn't take us long to get to the 83 junction. We hang a right and start heading north. The first few miles are a little rough and then we get to the turn around for the groomer and it is beautiful. Looks like mid season here. There is lots of snow and the trail is flat and smooth. Giddy up guys. We are off and running. It is a fantastic ride. The sun is starting to go down now. We are almost back at Bec Scie. Not to much further to Chicoutimi but the rough stuff is coming up. As we knock off the last ten miles, the trail doesn't look so bad at night. Maybe because you can't see the rocks. Back at the spur to Chicoutimi, we bid farewell to the GutZ boys and head back to the Sag. They have a few more miles to the Delta. Other than the first and last ten miles, it was a really nice ride. Better than I had expected. Tomorrow I think we will ride out of the hotel again. If we put up with a few bad miles but the rest of the day is good, I would rather do that than trailer. Jack & Sandi
  4. 10 points
    groomer

    Ferry Breakdown

    hi steve !!! positive......yes ...no problemo !!! jean-guy
  5. 10 points
    Phil 1

    Next stop St Ray stay tuned

    Ran up 23 once out of town things got very nice. New sled is lots of fun compared to the diesel, good to be on a light agile machine. No events that made for good photos.
  6. 9 points
    revct1

    2019 Jack & Sandi's trips

    Let me see if I can get the pics to post. There, I think it worked. Jack & Sandi
  7. 9 points
    How many times have you wondered if your heated shield was actually working? So many things can go wrong from the shield, to the 3 or more cables, to the connector on the sled, to the fuse. You can try swapping cables with your buddy but that can still take a long time to get up to temperature. This small, lightweight, inexpensive little device makes it easy to figure out where the problem is, and it also doubles as a small flashlight for looking at maps or inspecting the sled at night. This has been recommended by your fellow QR members in other posts, so if you have any questions, feedback, or experiences, please feel free to discuss them here...
  8. 9 points
    bonjour !!! different pots today ...stuff you don t see everyday !!! dad is 95 y / o today !!! rode sleds tons back in the 60's and 70's and a bit in the 80's !!! volunteered tons for our club in town back in the 70's !!! few pics !!! jean-guy
  9. 8 points
    revct1

    2019 Jack & Sandi's trips

    Where to go today? Lets head above the river and see where we end up. Sandi and I take off and head over to the Delta to pick up the GutZ brothers. They are waiting in the parking lot. Hey guys. All Set? Yes we are. The four of us take off. 83 west we go. The trail is better west of Jonquiere. We turn right on 383. Things are looking good. The St Charles crossing was groomed on both sides so it must be safe to cross. We turn right onto local trail 1. Hmm? This should groomed but it doesn't look it. There are sled tracks but not much more than that. We get to the road, route 170, and it is still bad. 383 was a lot better. Lets u-turn and cross at Alma instead. 383 to 83 and a quick crossing on Kenogami. We stop at Relais La Grenouillee for a Sandi break. We get back on the sleds and continue on 383 to 562 thru St Bruno. Its a little rough here. Usually Alma doesn't have enough snow for Christmas week but this year they have been blessed with some snow. We work our way over to 23 and this is nice now. We get on the auto bridge and cross over to the north side. Turn right on 93 and this is new. 93 has been rerouted around St Nazaire. Typical reroute. It has been cut thru the bush and it is a rough 5 miles or so. We turn left onto 554 and make our way up to Relais des Lacs. 554 is real good. Lunch time and one of our favorite stops. The smoked meat sandwiches are great. A few sledders and a few VTTs. We ask about tomorrow, New Year's Day, and they are closed. You have to check for tomorrow, the holiday, because most places are closed. After lunch we take 328 west to L'Ascension. The blueberry fields are super. The trails here are always some of the best. A lot of people stay on 93 and the major Trans-Quebec trails and miss some of these green and yellow trails that can be the hidden gems of the Quebec trails. We fill up the sleds in L'Ascension and continue on to 93 where we turn left heading back to Alma. 93 is showing the wear. There is snow but it is a little rough. Thru Alma, the reroute around St Nazaire and it finally gets better. 93 is good until the where the clubs change about 8 or 10 miles before St Ambroise. We turn right on 367 and it is still rough. Sandi is motoring on not letting the bumps slow here down. This area always seems to be neglected until after New Years. I'm not sure why but that is the way we have found it. We cross the two bridges and we are back on the south side. We bid farewell to the GutZ brothers for they are heading back to the Delta via 383 and we are staying on 367 to Chicoutimi. Overall, west of Jonquiere is pretty good. There are thin spots here and there but again, it is still December for a few more hours. Time to sit back, watch the TV and probably fall asleep well before the ball drops. Happy New Year to all. We hope everyone gets in some of their best rides this season. Jack & Sandi
  10. 8 points
    snowmaster2112

    Roll of the Dice

    Alright last trip pic. We are back at Lebel-sur-Quévillon and heading home early a.m. Ending the trip a day early because of what you see here in this picture. It was enough to have my buddies and I bungholes puckered up for 80 miles. Right around the junction to Waswanapi my buddy blows a belt on his 1200 enduro that has less than 1000 miles on it. When I circled back he had belt crap all over and was still digging it out. Problem was a bunch got wound up behind the clutch and spun around the driveshaft. The motor would not turn over when we tried to start it. It literally took us a half hour to get the multiple pieces off. I must have jinxed us and said “I hope the seal is o.k. We started it and guess what.....a half cup of oil poured down into the chassis. This is the point that I let out the loudest F bomb ever produced by man. I’m thinking man....this is not the place for this kind of shit to happen. Well we cleaned out the oil and let it run for a bit and it didn’t seem too bad. Leaking yes but not real bad. Pushed on to desmairville and got to the store for a much needed break warm up. Nancy and her husband are great folks. We had to make a decision at this point to try and push on the 60 miles back to Lebel-sur-Quévillon or I was going to have to ride by myself (dark and sub zero Fahrenheit) to get the truck and bring it back. We decided to buy oil and give it a wack. We stopped every 10 miles or so to check it. It was slowly getting worse but the level was only down to the add level and hanging in there. Made it back and hi fived each other in the parking lot. as us snowmobiler’s know ...”it’s always an adventure “...... the important part is no one got hurt and we had a blast on the trip. 3 days, 650+ miles, FANTASTIC trails, great conditions/accommodations/food. We only saw a dozen or less sleds the whole trip and that was all around Chibougamau yesterday. Now we will be home a day early and the wives will be happy. It truly was one of if not the best Christmas week rides I have ever had. HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL !!!!!!!
  11. 8 points
    snowmaster2112

    Roll of the Dice

    At the PFK last evening in Chibougamau we met a guy and his son outside that were leaving. They were headed back to Mistissinni (trail closed from there from Chibougamau and NOT doable). This guy “Tim” was Indian and owned an electrical company that does work for the mines up there. We had a great 15 min. Chat and when he went to leave he reached in his truck and said I got something for you guys. I thought out would come a hat from his company or something. He gave me and my buddy these two Indian crafts. The bird is made out of Tamarac wood. Over the years I have met Quebec aboriginals from all areas, especially the Cree. They are GREAT people. 5 years ago I had the chief (Marcellus) from Waswanapi drive me and a broken down snowmobile 100 miles to meet my buddies. If you don’t know about or are aware of the “residential school project” that happened in Quebec years ago you should do a quick read on it. It was a TRAVESTY.
  12. 8 points
    Phil 1

    Next stop St Ray stay tuned

    We beat feet home yesterday in an effort to beat any ice storm...Had a good run all new equipment worked very well now to get Christmas out of the way and plan next ride.
  13. 7 points
    dooright

    Roll of the Dice

    Team Vermont looking to check out the icy conditions north of the border for a few days .Riviere- Mattawin to Barrage Gouin seemed to be a decent choice and so far it's really pretty good ! First Americans at Kanawata and here at Gouin for the season were told 🙂
  14. 7 points
    revct1

    2019 Jack & Sandi's trips

    This morning we decide to bite the bullet and trailer to Mont Valin. The truck ride over and then suiting up in the parking lot is always a chore but we will do it in hopes of some good trails. We get the sleds in the trailer and put our gear in the truck. The other rigs here are doing the same thing. It is a 45 minute ride over. The roads are slushy but no problems. We pull into the lot at Valinuet and there are quite a few rigs here. It isn't packed but filling up. OK Sandi it is time to suit up before we get cold. Unload the sleds, get our gear on and head out. We are heading up 93. I figure 93 is only going to get worse as the day wears on and the grooming map shows that it was groomed two days ago. Well two days of sleds around Valinuet is like a month's worth of sleds anywhere else. Yep its rough. Maybe it will get better! About 5 miles out it does get better but it still isn't good. Sandi says she is getting beat up on the MXZ. She says it is tossing her around too much. Like a good Samaritan I offer to swap sleds with Sandi. What? I can. Really? Sandi gets on the Renegade and off she goes. She is riding faster. I'll just have to endure riding this brand new 600R. Report to follow. We get to local trail 267 that cuts back to Bras Louis. This looks better. Lets take this Sandi. No sense in beating ourselves up if we don't have to. Off we go. This is much better. Now I feel like we are in Quebec. This wasn't groomed last night but it doesn't get the traffic that 93 gets. Zipping along we meet a few sleds coming at us. Everyone is behaving today and staying on their side of the trail. Bras Louis is just fine. We get to the intersection with 477 that goes to Onatchiway and there are few sledders taking a break. Go ahead Sandi. I don't need a break yet. Ah! Another nice trial. A little overcast now and a few flurries in the air. What a good ride this is on this new sled. I better not tell Sandi that this rides much better on smooth trails. Not yet anyways! ☺️ We pull into Onatchiway and as expected, there are a lot of sleds here. They can serve up a lot of people in a short period of time here. We go inside and get a seat. We get waited on right away. Soup and a club sandwich to split sounds good. People leaving and more people coming in. After lunch we take a look at trail 476 that goes to St David. This hasn't been groomed in a long time. There are sled tracks on it but the trail is not in good shape. Lets go back the way we came. The trail always looks different from the opposite direction and its still snowmobiling. We get to Bras Louis and turn right. Very, very nice. Sandi is running along and I'm tasting the snow dust. Its a little cool up here on the mountain. No stopping now. Sandi makes quick work of the fifteen or so miles back down to trail 93. I thought she didn't like the 850 Renegade. Can't prove that today. A little too early to go back to the truck so we turn right on 93 and keep heading down the mountain. As we drop down, the trail does get worse. Some snirt on the hills and corners. The straight runs are good. We get to the intersection with 328. The trails show a fair amount of traffic in all directions. This is far enough for us today. We u-turn and head back up 93. We are back at the truck. OK time to load back up, get most of our gear off and head to the Sag. Not a big day but it was a nice ride overall. 93 was rough but that is true most of the time. There is more snow on the mountain than down in town. The lower elevations are passable but could use more snow. Not sure what to do for tomorrow. We will see what the other riders experienced today and then make our decision. Next post on the 600R. Jack & Sandi
  15. 7 points
    snowmaster2112

    Roll of the Dice

    South of Quevillon heading towards Senneterre
  16. 7 points
    Phil 1

    Next stop St Ray stay tuned

    Blue bird day. Let’s hope the weather stays at bay, the altitude will survive but low areas will be in trouble. Spent a lot of the day chasing skinny little trails in the woods.
  17. 6 points
    iceman

    Auberge Motel Drakkar

    Just back from coffee with Reggie at the Auberge. He has been hard at work updating lots of things as work never stops to improve your stay there. The breakfast area has been completely redone with new countertops and a new arrangement. You will be eating now on real plates with real utensils, gone are the plastic plates and utensils. The rooms have been repainted and redecorated again. Really looking great, The Auberge is booking up fast and he already has limited availability starting through the middle of January so if you want to stay there you better book soon. Go direct to the website of the Auberge as you receive a discount when booking online only through his website. Support and encourage this great place as he supports us here. A more welcoming place you will not find in the Shawinigan area. Safe, secure, and ready to make your stay the best it can be.
  18. 6 points
    Soyez prudent dans le sentier Senneterre vers le Balbuzar. Le ministère nous a fermé 3 ponts au mois de novembre donc celui de la rivière Senneterre. On pensait être bon pour le refaire avant noël mais on a eu nos permis du ministère seulement le 21 décembre en pm. Et comme la loi exige des ponts de 60 tonnes avec ingénierie on ne peut les faire nous mêmes donc plus de délai. AUJOURD'HUI ils sont en train d'enlever le pont de la rivière Senneterre et ils vont faire un pont de glace pour que ça passe en attendant l'installation de notre pont en janvier. On vous tiens au courant qu'and ça va passer pour aller vers le relais Tavernier, Faillon et plus. Be careful in the senneterre path to the balbuzar. THE MINISTRY CLOSED US 3 Bridges in November so that of the senneterre river. We thought we were good to do it again before Christmas but we got our ministry permits only on December 21th in pm. And as the law requires 60-ton bridges with engineering, we can't do it ourselves, so no more time. Today they are removing the bridge from the senneterre river and they are going to make an ice bridge to make it pass while waiting for the installation of our bridge in January. We'll let you know that it's going to pass to the tavernier relay, faillon and more.
  19. 6 points
    mikerider

    Mt Valin Early Ride

    Cheers to the one who can get me off the Universel/RDL/ bar stool /warm bar room/ to do that trip! mike
  20. 6 points
    MrGutz

    2019 Jack & Sandi's trips

    We just arrived at the Delta, slick as $h1t on the way up. Boston pizza looks good, trying it in 35 to 40 minutes. LOL
  21. 6 points
    revct1

    2019 Jack & Sandi's trips

    It is Friday morning. We have to get the truck checked today. With the holiday coming up, I don't know what the hours will be at the dealership so we better try to get it in today. We go down to breakfast and hey, there is Jay and Christina. We met them here last year. They tell us the trails around town are poor and they are going to trailer to Mont Valin. We have the truck to deal with first. There is a Chevy dealer just a mile from the hotel. Off we go. The dealer says if we can wait an hour, they will get it in at least check it. We have to get it fixed so we sit and try to relax. The service tech comes back and says it needs a transmission control module and they happen to have one on the shelf. It will take about a half hour to swap it. I tell him to go ahead. Got to get it done. Its not cheap but I won't have to stress over the truck now. I was hoping just to get it checked out and it is going to be repaired today. That is a plus. A short while later, here is the credit card and the truck is back on the road. Back at the Sag, it is too late to trailer to Valinuet so we suit up and head out on the sleds. Sandi is on her new 600R MXZ X. It looks good. Maybe one of these days I will get to try it. Yea, wishful thinking Jack. The local trail is a little rough getting to 83 but that is expected. 83 has had some traffic on it but it is thin. Where it is wind blown, it is rough. In the woods the trail isn't bad, thin but doable. We head over to the Delta. We have heard about Boston Pizza being there. 83 has been re-routed. There is about a 5 mile stretch that is changed. It is easy enough to follow, just a little different. We get to the Delta and notice there isn't an enclosure for the trucks. Usually the snow is plowed to form a bank but all the snow is pushed back to the property line. A few Ontario rigs in the parking lot. We park the sleds and go inside. Suzie is at the counter. We chat with her for a bit. We go over to the restaurant and it is a Boston Pizza. It has taken the place of the old restaurant and most of the bar area. The bar is still there but is really part of the restaurant now. All new seating and booths. It looks really nice. We take a look at the menu and there is a pretty good selection. I was worried that it would be a pizza only menu but its not. They have salads, pasta, chicken, fish, meat and of course the pizza. It is mid afternoon so its not time to eat but we look forward to trying this out. Back on the sleds and we continue on heading towards the aluminum bridge. Same thing, some parts good and some parts of the trail not so good. We don't cross the bridge but continue on the trail back towards Chicoutimi. Just a short ride today. Like we were told, the trails around town are passable but rough in spots. We will get a report from Jay and Christina tonight about Valin. It might be a trailer ride to Valinuet in the morning. The forecast is cold weather and a little more snow the beginning of the week. We are riding until January 2nd and trucking home on the 3rd. Sandi likes the 600R. She only has today's miles on it but she is smiling. Not really enough time to get a good feel for it yet but the smile says that the sled is good. Until tomorrow, sleep well and dream of snowmobiling. Jack & Sandi
  22. 6 points
    snowmaster2112

    Roll of the Dice

    We too rolled the dice on where to do our Christmas ride. Had plans for months to go to St Zenon but bailed on that after last weeks deluge. The only thing that looked good to me was Lebel-Sur-quevillon and north east towards Chibougamau. Hey when you plan on driving 7 1/2 hrs what’s another 4 tacked on to get optimal riding. Pulled into motel du Lac at 5:30 last evening to find we were the only ones at the hotel. Took a quick 40 mile rip to check out conditions. They were damn near perfect. Awoke this a.m. to find the trail going south to Senneterre freshly groomed. Well we were not planning on south but blistered down 20 miles or so and back tracked. Headed off on the 93 towards Chapais aroundn10 a.m. The area up here was on of the few that got no rain, only more snow. It was a beautiful mostly blue sky day. The 93 near Quevillon was groomed awhile back and had about 6 inches of fresh powder. Rode to Desmairsville first and hung out awhile. Next stop was Waswanapi where we hung for awhile too. Then to the Chapais clubhouse for nice comfort food. Staying in Chapais tonight and heading to Chibougamau/Mistissinni tomorrow. 240+ miles today and never saw another sled. Not on the trail, not at intersections, not at the depanneaurs, NOWHERE. 150+ miles of that was groomed 3-4 days ago (with no tracks) and had anywhere from 2-8” on top of that. GPS moving average was 40.2 MPH for the day. Pretty much it was just an epic day of riding. Here are some pics from today:
  23. 6 points
    groomer

    Merry Xmas Everyone!

    joyeux noel a tous !!! jean-guy
  24. 6 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    joyeux noel a tous !!! jean-guy
  25. 6 points
    Phil 1

    Next stop St Ray stay tuned

    Left this AM to a couple inches fresh snow, headed east on 383 pretty sweet. Hit some local and popped out on 83 ran to 3 and are in La Malbaie. Taking our time and enjoying life.