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About Gullyrider

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    Hill and Gully Riders (Québec Version"

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    Mayo, Québec
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    2012 Ski-Doo MX-Z 800
  1. Bloody Good News!

    Stéphane Bisson, president of the Association Motoneigistes Vallée de la Nation just posted on their facebook site this bit of very good news: "Great news the Riopel at Montpellier will reopen. Just talk yesterday evening to new owner and the goal is to reopen for december all services bar motel and restaurant. She will change name of the business and major renovations will be done includings motel rooms. She will be the official new owner at the end of september. We welcome her and wish her all luck to be succesfull. Will keep you update on offical reopening!" It was a dark time without good old Riopel's last winter, one that we hope is not soon repeated. I hope anyone trailering to Montpelier, or sledding in the area, will drop in to the re-opened establishment and encourage them with the purchase of a meal and/or a few beverages.
  2. Eco trails

    We've been told by legislators that trails through parks is a dead issue and it will not be re-visited (check out the severed portion of the Regional Trail 323 between Thurso and Plaisance. We begged for a 14' X 46' corridor through the eastern end of the Plaisance Park alongside the Thurso ferry to allow our Ontario members direct access to our trail about a half a klick from there and were met by a blanket refusal) This has hurt our club tremendously. Anyone who thinks that Québec bureaucrats give a damn about the 14,000 Québec jobs created by snowmobilers is sadly mistaken. I know .... I've sat across the table from them often enough and, when they aren't pecking at their Blackberries, they just glare at you with barely disguised contempt and hostility.
  3. Eco trails

    Ecosentier is a programme that clubs can opt into should they so choose. It simply means using best practices when installing culverts and bridges and when brushing and so forth on selected sections of trails and then applying to have that section designated as "eco" friendly. It's all optics and PR of course, but it gives us a bit of ammunition whenever we're under attack by eco-freaks and the media at large. It's good for press releases and whatnot, but, though it earns clubs a bit of environmental credibility, it doesn't earn them any extra moolah ... at least none that I'm aware of. We haven't bothered to opt in, but some of the neighbouring clubs have. With respect to the ever temporary moratorium on lawsuits, it has to do with the Judge Langlois judgement on the Petit Train du Nord north of Ste-Agathe. A small group of landowners adjacent to a 12km section of the train tracks sued the Provincial and Regional governments, and the FCMQ, for establishing a snowmobile trail along that corridor. Bizarrely, the judge not only agreed to close the trail, but unexpectedly awarded damages to all residents within a given distance from the trail amounting to hundreds of thousands of dollars. It was the landowner, the regional government (regional governments are known as MRC's), that was on the hook for the payment, and the precedent exposed ALL landowners in the province to lawsuits from their neighbours when they allowed trails on their own property. The morning after the judgement, clubs everywhere were being notified of land-use agreements being cancelled by justifiably fearful landowners, be they private or municipal. The provincial government at the time had to impose a law blocking such lawsuits. However, since such bans are essentially "unconstitutional", they can't be permanent. We've been wrestling with this issue ever since, and initiatives such as the nighttime closure of trails and the ban of new trails closer than 30 metres from a residence are just some of the results. Since I'm not much of a legal expert, I have no idea how this will end up. I do know that there are a large number of greedy neighbours and just plain haters rubbing their hands together in anticipation of launching lucrative lawsuits against their neighbours ...
  4. Another gas stop loss

    My wife and I popped in for a look-see and a drink on a road trip last spring.The employees were very accommodating, and also very proud of their newly re-opened facility. They showed us around, and we were tremendously impressed. Still, we haven't managed a sled trip to the spot .... hopefully next winter ...
  5. New Trail through Papineau Labelle

    My God but that re-routed TQ 53 north from Le Mulet through Papineau-Labelle was sweet! Here's a video shot by a couple of Ontario visitors to our club showing their trip from our parking lot north to Mont-Laurier and back again via La Minerve. Club Amico did a stellar job of grooming it this winter, and I hope that they can keep it again for next year ....
  6. Last ride of the season April 5th - 9th

    The Federation doesn't fund grooming per se, but does provide a sort of equalization grant in the form of assistance based on number of kilometres groomed vs number of members in any given club (Volet I funding). This helps clubs with few members but many kilometres of trails keep their heads above water. In fact, after the 14th of March, the Federation actually starts to support clubs as they groom into what's considered an extended season (it's called the "fond d'aide"), and it's based on a per hour of grooming basis. There is no end date specified for this specific funding and it's much different from the Ontario model. Québec clubs have a great deal more autonomy, and that's the way we like it!
  7. Moose killed

    We don't need the help of the granola's to kill our sport. We can do it all by ourselves .... by the way, we noticed last weekend that the trail from Mékoos to Ste-Anne-du-Lac had changed considerably. I heard from one source that the club had to .... too many off-trail riders pissing off farmers who then rescinded the right-of-ways. Once again, we have met the enemy and he is us ....
  8. Western Quebec

    West Québec is located in the Outaouais Region. The seven clubs are the Ours Blancs (Maniwaki), Pinqouins (Fort Coulonge), PSDA (Quyon, Shawville, etc), AMO (Gatineau area), Maraudeurs (Duhamel, La Minerve), AMVN (Montpelier, Cheneville, Montebello etc) and ourselves, the Hill & Gully Riders, covering area north of Buckngham/Thurso and north into the Reserve Papineau-Labelle. Yesterday, the 323 from Lac La Blanche northwards towards the TQ 53 was incredibly smooth (we dragged it Thursday) but hard as a rock. I was poking along looking for spots where I could get a cell signal so as to post appropriate signage later this year, and had to allow my 800 Etec to cool down at one point. A bunch of buddies had left the clubhouse earlier in the day heading for the Duhamel area and, as they were heavily studded, the trail was sufficiently shredded that, on a little trial run, my sled didn't heat at all. We attempted to groom that section last night, but the groomer wasn't accomplishing much, and then had to return to base with a broke brace on the front blade. Once again, the trail was very smooth as it hadn't received any traffic since last week's grooming. We're heading north from the clubhouse today for Mékoos, so hopefully today's snow/ice pellet mix will improve things a bit more. Anyway, I'll see if I can manage to post from my Blackberry this evening and let people know how the day went. By the way, the replacement transponder for our John Deere groomer parked at the clubhouse parked at Lac La Blanche still hasn't arrived, so, online, it looks like that machine hasn't budged all winter. We're not real happy with this new supplier, dammit!
  9. North of Buckingham, our trails are as good as they're going to get (although we're still recovering from Sunday's heavy snowfall!). Our trail from Lac La Blanche to the TQ 53 at Lac D'Argile was dragged Saturday evening, but we may wait until tomorrow's snowstorm is over to drag it again. The Clubhouse north to TQ 43 was dragged Thursday, Saturday evening, and yesterday morning. It was in mint condition for our gang as we returned from our "Club Trip" to Pourvoirie 100 Lacs Sud. Today, we're going to be out with the Pisten Bully (and a member armed with at chainsaw with a 20" bar!) as we check the ice across Lac La Blanche. If we can get the lake groomed, it will avoid any slush problems later in the winter. Speaking of winter, it was a bit late in starting, but I think we're in for a great one!
  10. GPS Mapping

    The iMotoneige/FCMQ interactive map saga continues with respect to groomer sorties. As I've noted elsewhere, this is a result of the transition from one vehicle tracking company to another, and the resultant problems withe GPS transponders. I'll be sure and post once we have this problem solved to our satisfaction. On a positive note, real time changes to the map itself happen relatively quickly. The re-route of the TQ 53, and our club's link to the re-routed TQ 43 happened pretty quickly.
  11. Montagne du Diable

    They are just super, and the lodge and chalets are comfortable and inviting. We're slated to arrive there this coming Friday as part of our annual "Club Trip". They'll be hosting over 50 Hill & Gully Riders as a group for the first time. The re-route of the TQ 53 through Papineau-Labelle shortens the ride from the clubhouse to a bit over 300 klicks, which makes it very do-able for a large group (though a number of our gang are trucking to Mont-Laurier and starting from there ....). Can't wait ... I feel like a kid before Christmas!
  12. We're lucky where I live (Mayo, Qc). 45 minutes from world class cardiac care in Ottawa (yes, they do take Québec patients!) and all the amenities of the nation's capital, but rustic enough that property values and land taxes are relatively low (relative to Ontario that is). There's a bit of cottage property turn-over in the neighbouring municipality (Mulgrave et Derry), as well as in Mayo, but seasonal cottage rentals are also available. Anyway, like I tell my friends, I sled a mile past my property to arrive at the club trail and, when I do, I can turn left and go to Manitoba or turn right and go to Cape Breton (in theory, anyway!).
  13. Question about Balbuzard

    In late March of '93, two buddies and myself were heading from Senneterre towards Clova for the first time and came across this little hut that looked like a trapper's shack in the middle of nowhere, and it had a sign advertising that hot chocolate and coffee were available. We thought "what the hell" and stopped in to warm up. The fellow inside spoke with a weird French accent (turned out to be Belgian) and, after pouring the hot chocolate, proceeded to unroll a set of blueprints that he was very excited about. The plans looked like a sort of mini, but not that mini, Chateau Montebello. We're thinking "yeah, right ...." and, after thanking him for the hospitality, pulled a kind of "back away slowly .. avoid unnecessary eye contact" manoeuvre. Much eye-rolling once we got outside of the shack. Apparently, by that October, the whole thing was up and running! We stayed there once in 2006. The hosts at the time, an older Belgian woman and her male sidekick, were correct, not overly gracious, and the food was very good, and the accommodation very good. I don't remember any "no boots edict". When the 'doo dealer in Val-D'or heard we had stayed there, he asked what the attitude at Balbuzard had been. We said it was ok. He said, that's because we're English speaking. Apparently, being European, they had little time for French Quebecers whom they looked down upon. Keep in mind, though, that this was all many years ago and I've heard a lot of good things recently.
  14. Duhamel and surrounding area

    Great news! Not only for the 53 re-route, but for the fact that the updated version no longer shows our local trail northwest of Montpelier as ending in the middle of nowhere. I can't wait to try out our new trail north!
  15. Season Opener 2018

    Actually, Loiselle's in Embrun, Ontario offered to do that very thing. I dropped by on a Thursday looking for a plastic rear suspension bushing (worth a couple of bucks) which, it turned out, they didn't have in stock. The fellow offered to pull the suspension from a floor model so I wouldn't be stuck for the weekend. I politely declined, as I wasn't going sledding that weekend anyway, but I sure appreciated the offer. Of course, as a dealership, they're renowned for going the extra mile for their clients, and rightly so.