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  1. 11 points
    Temps were amazing, Sunny and around plus 12 - 14, no jackets and trails were surprisingly flat with lots of snow for cooling and slides. We headed up to the lookout. It was time for lunch so we headed to KM 31. If you stepped off the trail you sank up to your chest. Snow depth in certain areas was crazy. Getting up the hill to KM 31 for gas and lunch was bare. Lol After lunch we decided it was time to check out the Hydro lines. Just was not enough snow everywhere to make it worth it. I did do one chute, but you hit patches of no snow at the top. Crazy how deep the ruts are where there is no snow. It was getting towards the end of the day and our season was done. Mont Valin never disappoints! We had a great time!! With roughly 300 km for the day our season comes to an end. Hopefully we run into some of you guys next year.
  2. 5 points
    iceman

    Winter Preparations

    While most are thinking about swimming pools, boats, motorcycles and warm sunny weather, up here it’s never too early to get ready for next winter. Spent my birthday and all day today (30 hours in two days for me) unloading a ship at the port in Becancour(south side of river from Trois Riveres). This is where they stockpile the road salt for most of Mauricie and beyond. This ship they tell me was the “petite one” only 42k ton of salt onboard. The larger ship will make one or two visits to unload before September is finished. It holds 78k tons. Thats gonna be alot of trucking. This one we started on Sunday morning at 8am. 4 tri axle semi-trailers and 2 big off road Dump Trucks. 3 loaders beside the ship loading the trucks. Another loader at the pile where we dump and an excavator on the pile to stack it up. Takes about 12-13 minutes round trip. Give or take. I made 67 trips Sunday and only 62 today. 24 hour operation until the ship is empty. They expect to finish this one off by midnight Tuesday. I’m back to my regular show tmmrw so I won’t be there to finish it off, I just went for Sunday and the Holiday Today here, Victoria Day. Thought you might enjoy to check it out.
  3. 5 points
    groomer

    flight !!!

    friend of mine flew over mt albert tonight !!! hog's back a bit over the middle of the pic !!! jean-guy
  4. 5 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    better ask again before i put myself in trouble !!! ahaha jean-guy
  5. 5 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    hi pinkm1 !!! if pile of wood don t fall down....it ll be close....noticed this afternoon .....there was snow under the pile.. mother nature will tell us in a few days !!! from there by sled...my camp is about 2.5 miles......with 4w..must use another road....roughly 5 miles...max 6 !!! jean-guy
  6. 4 points
    Four of us from Ottawa are leaving for the Mont to go riding. Never sledded in May before... if there is a year to do it, this is the year. Will post pics next Tuesday.
  7. 4 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    bonsoir !!! et voila !!!......... made it to camp ...but by lake frenette !!! cold and windy !!! jean-guy
  8. 4 points
    Phil 1

    look what I've found.

    What will the trails be like in two weeks?
  9. 4 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    bonsoir !!! back from a pirouette on the z e c !!! up logging road...then local trail for stre marguerite...but instead went for the bridge for the trail for the lake....stopped at the lake....then up the 18 miles..... went to check the road for my camp...turned around 7 miles from camp....snow was like whipped cream...few more days and i ll be ok !!! jean-guy
  10. 3 points
    PLAYHARD

    Team Travels

    Interesting times, regardless of Gaza fake news.
  11. 3 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    bonsoir !!! aujourdhui dans la gaspesie !!! just like that ...decided to go to st fidele cb ...but landed in l alverne for the first time in 40 years !!! still not much traffic jam there !!! sunny ...but still cold and windy !!! jean-guy
  12. 3 points
    SnomoGary

    look what I've found.

    LWe drove up to Scotland last week for a few days , mainly to do a whiskey tour. But as we drove over the cairngorm's we found these....
  13. 3 points
    I was one of the four, I will make sure fozzy posts all the pics. Did close to 300kms ssome bare spots that were easy to get around, 267 and east of lachapelle on 93 were amazing..Things were bare at vinnies had to trailer up a bit but left from the new bar in valinouet. Stayed at passion. Fuel stop at auberge 31 was dirty getting up to the pumps.Hydro line was toast, not enuff snow to cover stumps and rocks and no support for sleds. But 85 % of it was to the bar riding, 14 celcius, shorts and tee shirts, oh and 300 kms on the Brand new leftover REAL Yamaha...priceless!!!!!!
  14. 3 points
    Jackstraw

    look what I've found.

    The dog looks like it's saying I'm gonna piss on this Yamaha
  15. 3 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    bonsoir terry !!! yaa...very slow to melt ....not much rain lately ....not much help !!!...even the river in town ...not high compared to yesteryear . if memory still good....april 10 th 87 .....i was at the lake where i go grooming with my truck ....returned on the 11 th with a snowblower to clear some drifts....last week ...there was a little jeep half a mile to the lake..closest he could go !!! woooWWW...ahha..... i won t use my lawn mower at my camp before second week of june !!! thx ...bienvenue !!! jean-guy
  16. 3 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    bonjour !!! getting closer to camp ....half a mile of more snow and i ll be ok ...turned around about 5.5 miles from camp !!! sunny but cold and windy !!! saw a black bear on my way back !!! jean-guy
  17. 3 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    bonsoir !!! back from another ride ...warm and very windy !!! well, looks like i was wrong ...pile of wood still standing !!!..... jean-guy
  18. 3 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    bonjour !!! did my b / a today......bonne action....good action ...picked up the signs...walked about 2 miles this morning and did the rest with my 4 w this afternoon... half an hr ago...met a '' regular '' at the clubhouse on the saturday afternoon at the grocery ...told me that my machine was fixed !!! jean-guy
  19. 3 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    bonsoir quebec bob !!! i guess so for the beauty !!!.....but can cause problems too !!! roughly 15 years ago , here in town...deer started to show up on tq 5 ....then people started to feed them and this brought problems for some residents...some lost their back yard if i can say that. ......not sure if i have the right word.....cedar hedges...kaputt for those living next to tq 5....deer everywhere in some streets ...even main street...saw one ,coming back from grooming at night on main street ...right in front of the auberge.. brought a few coyotes in town... so, since a few years ..its prohibited to feed them now ....but always nice to see them and take pics !!! jean-guy
  20. 3 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    bonjour !!! saw a video a few mins ago....government will do a draw and allow 500 extra permits to lower the deer population in the baie des chaleurs area !!! 6 to 700 accidents caused by deer every years !!! jean-guy
  21. 3 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    bonjour timbo !!! merci !!! .....back from a 50 miles ride....left in the sunshine...back in the clouds...my second time in that area....no moose...saw a few partridges still need rain and warm temps....up to 20 c around 1 pm... should be second pic....front wheels turned toward the right...you can see them a bit ...windmills from l alverne area....about 3 miles behind 4w in straight line pic with strange clouds and clearcuts far away ....tq 5 on the other side....hill with antler ...somewhere there !!! jean-guy
  22. 3 points
    hi quebec bob !!! almost !!! spending all my weekends there during summer til mid october ... should be there by third week of may !!! best time , still late sept and first 2 weeks of october...looking for moose !!! no traffic jams there and you don t hear the neighbors screaming ( ahha )...closest are 5 miles away at the lake !!! jean-guy
  23. 2 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    bonsoir !!! landed late at my camp this morning .....short ride on the north branch !!! seldom i see that.... stuck in a '' gaspesian traffic jam '' on a saturday morning !!! sunny ...but still fresh cold a bit !!! jean-guy
  24. 2 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    bonsoir !!! i was on my way to spend a few days at my camp....realized on my way up that i forgot a few things....then few more things once at the camp !!! took a 10 miles ride.... then ...vroom back home....saw a moose 1/ 4 mile lower from where you cross logging road using local trail for ste marguerite...+ a partridge !!! snowed yesterday ...paspebiac...bonaventure area....then on duniere reserve east of here !!!...toward trail 595 !!! jean-guy
  25. 2 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    hi artsled !!! thx...it has been a great ride !!! if weather permit this week i might go to my camp !!! jean-guy
  26. 2 points
    PLAYHARD

    Team Travels

    Guide suggested not stickering the UN post @ Golan, still kinda hot with the Iranian action thru Syria:
  27. 2 points
    PLAYHARD

    Team Travels

  28. 2 points
    MrGutz

    look what I've found.

    They are going to take it to the Wedding tomorrow and drink it with the Royals.... Not us Paupers..... HAHAHAHAH GutZ
  29. 2 points
    182ray

    look what I've found.

    I trust this means you will be bringing an extra suitcase next February filled with the finest Scotland has to offer....
  30. 2 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    hi neksledr !!! thx for the info....maybe i heard the '' call '' before...but never paid much attention ...i ll be more careful next time !!! just back ...went toward my camp...no luck...made an extra 250' compared with saturday ...i was very surprised...it was 23 c when i left ...colder on my way back ...rain.. went on the north branch...still christmas there !!! jean-guy
  31. 2 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    hi shore1066 !!! thx for extra info...pileated and i think they don t fly very well...short distances... jean-guy
  32. 2 points
    GSX800

    Mourning no more

    My buddies actually think something is wrong with me if there isn’t some sort of plan shaping up by mid-May.
  33. 2 points
    smclelan

    Mourning no more

    Haha. Talking about planning next winters sled trips in May.....that is passion for the sport!! I am not poking fun at you, I was talking to a buddy about a trip next winter a couple days ago.
  34. 2 points
    Shore1066

    Mourning no more

    Don't get me wrong. I have the best riding pardner anyone can have. But he lives in North Carolina and 800 miles driving one way makes a weekend trip hard. Also he is my youngest son. I ride with a younger group and they are all great to me but all have families and my wife is more understanding I guess. I think I have a lot more years left to ride but as some know this sport is special. The places to stay are like nothing else and the people you meet all have smiles on their faces. The sleds are easy to ride. 200 mile days are easy. But the shorter days are still so relaxing. Planning a trip is so much fun enough though it never happens the way you plan. That's why we call every ride a adventure. So for me I am going to get my wife on a sled, even if it may be 100 mile days and the rest I'm going to just go and hook up with someone who is going north. There, I've made my plans now to keep them. Have a great summer guys. Be safe.
  35. 1 point
    NHTOM

    Winter Preparations

    Ice, Thanks for the great link.
  36. 1 point
    dooright

    Winter Preparations

    Learn something new everyday !
  37. 1 point
    Phil 1

    Joyeux Anniversaire Monsieur Iceman!

    Happy Birthday Ice hope it was good.
  38. 1 point
    quebec bob

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    JG I have the same ATV..Honda 500 foreman, only use it on my property to haul log splitter and a cart for firewood and yard work, it is now 9 years old with 75 miles on it, still like new, how many miles do you have on yours?? By the way I hope you know you are living a dream everyday you are out there, most of us on here live all year waiting and wanting to do what you do all the time...you are a lucky man!! Bob.
  39. 1 point
    Looks to be still snowing at Km31 , this is s post from them today
  40. 1 point
    Florida Snowman

    look what I've found.

    Don’t call it the kennel Gary - call it the “Spa”. They like it much better!
  41. 1 point
    MrGutz

    look what I've found.

    You may have more miles riding than everyone there combined!! Hillclimb Time!! Enjoy GutZ
  42. 1 point
    Cnc

    look what I've found.

    Any trail report?
  43. 1 point
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    hi jackstraw !!! thats a woodpecker (spelling maybe )....at my camp....can hear them ...toc-toc-toc on the trees...right in the yard !!! they can '' drill '' many holes in the same tree !!! blue sky day today and lot warmer than yesterday.. pic with 4w and the belvedere....back in 82 ...your president ,jimmy carter came to fish salmon on the matapedia river and visit at the falls !!! jean-guy
  44. 1 point
    Cnc

    Mourning no more

    Well I see no problem in planning ahead in the off season, heck I plan trips and rallies all winter with my bike buddies, in between sledding of course!😀
  45. 1 point
    Cnc

    Mourning no more

    According to my quirky mind, mourning period for the season past is over and the “waiting for the next snowmobile season” season begins. Only about 230 days to go give or take a bit.
  46. 1 point
    MrGutz

    Season Finally Mont Valin May 12th 13th

    You Suck!!! LOL GutZ
  47. 1 point
    jak

    Mourning no more

    I was in the same boat as you Bob, would spend a lot of time (and money) setting up trips and at the last minute many would back out, I had enough of that now I jump in my truck and head north alone. As you say its not that difficult to find someone to ride with and I have rode with many members on this site and have been invited back so I guess I'm doing OK.
  48. 1 point
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    good morning artsled !!! thx...pics of fox , on tq 5 in ste marguerite last may and beaver on logging road at the 10 miles !!! sadly , my new camera is partially kaputt ...there s modes i can t use ....my pics are '' yellow '''...enough to use some quebec words... cloudy and rainy this morning ...still a bit of snow in my street !!! jean-guy
  49. 1 point
    Yep , Krikri twist my arm for an other last ride!!! We let ourself tempted by an annual event called "short sleeves ride" organized by a very nice girl(sledder) called JoAnn on the web that maybe some of you may knowed. This event was as always in the Laurentide wildlife reserve at the Castor shack (named" playa del castor" for this day) located on the #369 trail 25 miles south from l'Étape. This event that started with a small bunch of friends meeting in 2004 turned bigger and bigger over the years and this one, the latest in april since the begginning attracted around 300 sledders Most peoples got there from the north of Quebec city directly on the #369 but like few we started our ride from St-Raymond de Porneuf at the St-Raymond relay (also knowed as Lesage relay before) on the #23 trail. It was the souther point possible to start from (the trail just infront the relay on south side was just on grass!!!) but going north from there, apart from the road approachs we encounter no dirt at all and amazing conditions for this time of the year. It was real winter condition for going and turned to spring on the return (was +10C at l'Etape and warmer down south!). It ended with 223 miles of happiness for us for making this route round trip. I won't make a photo report for this one but put together a short video from our route when going there that you may enjoy to watch (best view in 1080p) It was our last one for sure this time, I just installed today the summer tires on the venture! Have a great off season Alain
  50. 1 point
    I know this will create some controversy, but I cant resist........ I have no data to support it , but Ive ridden thru this area(high country above Q city) and up to Mt valin (hi country, plateau, North east of Saguenney) for 20 years. The most snow Ive ever seen was 23 between Letape and St Ray in March 2008. And, year after year this area, and to a lesser extent 369, always had more snow than Mt valin. Of course Valin has many trails in all directions, and Im basically talking 2 trails only 23 (South of Letape), 369....., its a small area, and even Mt Apica gets less snow.But if I had to place a bet, Id def say this area gets more snow than Valin. OK , let the games begin