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Gullyrider last won the day on September 17 2018

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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

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  1. Gullyrider

    Bloody Good News!

    The word is, the woman who bought it bit off more than she can chew. The building itself might be a tear-down, and she's running into all kinds of municipal government related issues that didn't affect the previous owners because they were grandfathered. We hope that she has deep pockets because we really miss that place (I've been heading over there since I was a teenager and the hotel was actually across the street where the parking lot is now. As for the trails, we had the full of our collective arses trying to recover from that 40+ cm storm. Our Pisten Bully had to run around drag-less to accomplish anything, and, though the John Deere/Gilbert set-up managed to make it's run from our Clubhouse at Lac La Blanche to the TQ 43 in Papineau-Labelle, Wednesday evening, it took him 10 hrs instead of 6. The driver who next headed out with the tractor Saturday night reported back Sunday morning that it was a nightmare to drag, especially on the corners. The nice hard base that we had is now buried, and the new snow is not setting up. Of course, our drivers are encountering the same brain-dead, inconsiderate morons who are continually, needlessly and stupidly hammering their throttles and tearing up the ribbon that we have worked so hard to put down. Forget about eco-freaks and tree-huggers .... once again we are our own worst enemies, and I see no improvement on the horizon (morning rant ...i feel better now!).
  2. Gullyrider

    Motel Ours Bleu

    Our party of seven stayed there for the first time one night several weeks ago. The welcome was warm and inviting, and the rooms were clean, and very comfortable. Little amenities like Keurig coffee makers in the room (with actual ceramic mugs and utensils) and complimentary water and soft drinks in the room bar fridge make all the difference. The nearby gas station/dépanneur doubles as a liquor outlet, and the restaurant, with a very good meal selection, is about a ten minute walk down the road. Our cost was just under $100 each, including supper and breakfast at the restaurant, but not including room or meal service tips. You can't go wrong with this establishment, and it we'll definitely be back.
  3. Gullyrider

    Trail 53 in Buckingham area.

    You are most welcome. I hope your lad has a fine time.
  4. Gullyrider

    Trail 53 in Buckingham area.

    The Association des Motoneigistes de l'Outaouais maintain the southern section of the TQ 53 and they have parking available at Notre-Dame-de-La-Salette about 30 minutes north of Buckingham along the Highway 309: Our snowmobile club, the Hill & Gully Riders, also has parking available at our Clubhouse at 149 Chemin Inlet in the Municipality of Mulgrave et Derry. From there you would take the Regional Trail 323 north to the Trans-Québec 53. To get there by truck or trailer, you take Provincial Highway 315 north, and loop around Lac La Blanche. Chemin Inlet is the first turn off after the second white church, directly north of the big lake. The clubhouse is about 30 minutes north of Buckingham, and a kilometre north of the intersection of Chemin Inlet and the Route 315. It's open weekends if you want to suit up inside, and is available to the public at large. There's a large parking lot, and a ramp for off-loading from pickups.
  5. Québec clubs currently enjoy a fair degree of autonomy, but rely on the FCMQ, comprising their elected volunteer representatives, as well as a staff of paid specialists, for technical support and to coordinate their activities provincially. If a club fails, or ceases to exist (and that does happen from time to time for various reasons), the remaining neighbouring clubs may work with the FCMQ to reestablish lost trail links. I know of one instance where the Federation actually stepped in to temporarily manage a club which had fallen into disarray and needed to re-group. In the case of Les Panaches of Lac du Cerf, a depressed local economy and aging population simply led that club to fold. It's probably the availability of local volunteer resources that will dictate whether or not that area gets up and running again. I suspect that it will once the dust has settled. The FCMQ is currently studying various models whereby the individual clubs surrender a measure of their autonomy so that resources can be more evenly distributed throughout the province, and the trail network, the product offered to snowmobilers, becomes more consistent province-wide. This process, known as Vision 20/20, is currently being formulated through discussions at the regional level. We've been a party to some of the early discussions and, trust me, there's still a long way to go. Still, a lot has been accomplished over the past 45 years, and Quebecers have plenty to be proud of. And it shows in the way folks plunk down $325 to $400 each year for a trail pass with nary a complaint.
  6. The club that took care of that section, Les Panaches of Lac-du-Cerf, no longer exists. It's membership slowly diminished, it's Board members became elderly, and, with no replacements, they were forced to close. Club Amico of Notre-Dame-du-Laus was approached to take over that stretch of trail but, with its resources already stretched to the limit, their Board was forced to decline for the time being. Too bad, because the new owners of the Auberge Presqu'ile are doing their best to make a go of it, and that was a really good alternate route into Mont-Laurier.
  7. People have an unclear idea of what the FCMQ is. It is not some sort of large and powerful agency with unlimited resources with the 250 odd Québec clubs at it's beck and call. It is merely a coordinating body whose employees, including it's Director-General, are under the direction of the Administrative Council. This council is comprised of the elected representatives of each of the 13 administrative regions, as well as the Federation President. Those representatives are elected by the member clubs in each region, and are subject to term limits. FCMQ presidents are elected from the ranks of those regional representatives, and are chosen by the administrative council through an electoral process. Only the permanent staff are salaried employees. The Administrative Council, including the President, are all volunteers. To sum up, the FCMQ does not tell the clubs what to do. It coordinates, advises and liaises with the Provincial governments. It is the clubs that tell the FCMQ what to do based on regional and provincial discussions, and not the other way around. Most times, when folks say the FCMQ should do this and that, they are unclear on what it's proper function is, and how it operates. As for off-trail trespassers, the clubs themselves are acutely aware of the issues, and do their best to hinder these entitled, disrespectful jerks. However, as is the case with most volunteer endeavours, resources are scarce, and it's a sad commentary when those resources must be directed into installing thousands of metres of snow fence rather than towards more productive activities such as signing, brushing, bridge building, etc. Right of ways are negotiated by individual clubs, and club directors are the first to know when there is a problem. We were fortunate, in our club, to have had this problem diminish somewhat. I even had a landowner, with a mix of arable land and wooded areas, congratulate me on the good behaviour of our riders during the previous season. This, after years of problems with "free riders" on his property. I do not know to what we can attribute this change but, hey, we'll take what we can get! Most other area clubs have not been so lucky.
  8. Gullyrider

    iMotoneige app question

    iMotoneige is now offered as a free app. Someday, when I upgrade to one of the new Android Blackberry's, I might actually get to use it!
  9. Gullyrider

    In Parent we are

    Club Fontbrune's facebook site recorded a large group of Europeans departing yesterday (Monday) morning for a multi-day 1000km excursion. I remarked that they were waaaay more hardy souls than I, and I was born here! You guys are pretty hardy too, I might add!
  10. Gullyrider

    L'Escale Hotel - Val D'or Question

    Apparently the Continental has been renovated. I haven't stayed there in years, but I remember it being on the economical side (which wasn't a bad thing!). Sled accessibility was ok at the time, and according to the FCMQ map, you still access it by the alleyway running out back.
  11. Gullyrider

    Accommodations north of Tremblant Park?

    Mékoos to St-Michel-des-Saints via Manawan is a piece of cake ... even for lollygaggers like ourselves!
  12. Gullyrider

    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.
  13. Gullyrider

    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.
  14. Gullyrider

    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 ...
  15. Gullyrider

    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 ...