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Everything posted by vt_bluyamaha54

  1. Historically (over about the last 10+yrs) I have had very good luck with The Weather Network. They have Android + iPhone apps and reporting for most cities/towns in QC. I can't recall a time when they were very far off and the 14 day forecast gives a reasonable outlook when trip planning IMO.
  2. Don’t know the YamiCats well but this was a common issue on any of the Yamaha’s with fuel injection. If you turn the key ‘on’ and don’t hear the pump, don’t bother to turn the key further to crank it: you’ll just drain the battery The issue is a badly sealed electro-mechanical relay that gets moisture inside and freezes. It was replaced by a solid-state unit. The solid-state unit can be identified by its red color.
  3. Hard to make progress with so much wind, eh Groomer? Be careful out there friend!
  4. Dale + Louise - and before that, Dale and Patsy - were a great resource to anyone snowmobiling in the Gaspe. You could call the 800# and get anything from a suggested itinerary for a trip, to help with a downed sled or suggestions for places to stay or eat while on your trip. If they are shut down, it is a very sad event for Gaspe tourism. They functioned much like a Chamber of Commerce in the US.
  5. Wow. That's the end of an era of snowmobiling in the C/A region. I stayed there a couple of time but was never too keen on the place - kind of dated, crazy busy and too far west in the C/A region for me. Wonder what will happen to the collection of antique sleds they used to display?
  6. I'm sure you + JD are glad to be back in residence Bill. Temperatures and wind through the weekend don't sound good for extended riding so relax and enjoy the scenery.There's certainly no reason to fight the weather or conditions just to ride. Pick your days and enjoy Paradise!
  7. Us non-city dwellers forget how quickly you run out of places to put snow when dealing with city streets. I'm always impressed when I see one of those snow blowers in Quebec that is so big it travels with a flagman to keep people away from the huge impeller. Thanks for a behind-the-scenes-look Ice.
  8. Well, a power unit (dozer) on cleated tracks should have about 10"/26cm to be able to do more good than harm to a trail. Also remember that as soon as you get under the trees in the woods, there is always less snow. Like Ice says, the flat light makes it hard to judge from the picture but I don't think its there yet.
  9. A member who is a Quebec resident might be able to comment further on why this is but based on what we see for new bridges being built, the Government prefers to put engineered steel structures in place vs wooden structures on the trail system. Between design, materials, and labor to install the $250K price tag doesn't seem excessive - but still hard to justify for some of us thrifty Yankees.
  10. Looks great Don! Interesting idea to spray the tunnel with the pickup bed liner material. No more dull gray aluminum and - like you said - a distinctive look.
  11. Some members here have explored this in years past and decided the better option was a seasonal rental after researching ownership options. I think it depends on how much time you will actually be able to spend at the property because there will always be upkeep and maintenance. These are big issues when you are only there a limited number of times during the year since there is much to do and limited time to do it - unless you can afford (and find) a good caretaker. For me, I have to go along with Bill's list because once you pass the 55-60 y/o mark, most of us want creature comforts and amenities. Access to healthcare can literally be a life and death necessity and I am not clear how you get that in Canada if you remain a US citizen. Living in 'a cabin in the woods' is a romantic notion but hauling water and feeding a generator wouldn't work for me. I am also somewhat of a 'worrier' so owning a place would add all the worries of the things that can happen when no one is there: heat goes off / pipes freeze, break-ins, property damage from weather events, etc., etc. I own a seasonal property on a lake that is only a short distance from our primary home in Vermont and can tell you from personal experience that there are many things that come up that you might not even think of! Plus, things like insurance for a second home can be tricky these days because insurance companies are really limiting their exposure so place some crazy restrictions on second homes. I still find myself dreaming when I come across a property for sale in Quebec though !
  12. Amazing old pictures JG. Always like to see them to remember and appreciate the history of an area - I wonder now though with so many taking pictures that stay in devices, (digital) what people will be able to see in say, 50yrs?
  13. Very sad to hear this. I’m sure many of us have no idea the debt we truly owe to Rob for all he did through the years for snowmobiling. I know he wasn’t as active in the sport in recent years but he was always “behind the curtain”. Thank you for everything Rob. You will be missed. R.I.P.
  14. Hi Phil - There will be sticker shock when you look at a 2017 Pilot too since it will be ridiculously more than what you paid for the '03. All new SUVs + trucks are commanding crazy money IMO. Bottom line is buy something you like and won't hesitate putting some money into after 3-4 years if you tend to keep a vehicle awhile. As you said, its a declining asset so you need to get something that makes you happy while all that money flies away.
  15. Nice looking trucks Teet F8S + nyskidooerinnewhampshire! No doubt that the GMC/Chevy2500s w/DuraMax and Ford F250s w/PowerStroke diesels are very nice tow vehicles but I would add some caveats: Unless you are towing something bigger than a 2-place trailer (or a big boat/horse trailer/camper in the off-season) and driving more than ~25k miles/yr its very hard to justify the extra $$. Diesels are built for big miles and unless you use it for that, you definitely won't see a benefit. Diesels require different maintenance and care than gas engines and are best cared for by a mechanic with specialized diesel training. Modern diesels are fairly trouble free but when they aren't running right, most mechanics have no clue. Lastly, an unfortunate fact is that these trucks seem to be a particularly high ranking target for auto thieves in Quebec.
  16. January 10th - actually later than I think it will happen but hey, that's what's left.
  17. If we really had "journalists", we would know allot more about groups like 'Antifa'. For some reason, there is no investigative journalism anymore so unless you take initiative to look into some of this stuff on your own, you will never know what is REALLY going on. It is a very scary situation when so many are 'spoon fed' what "the media" want to put out there rather than present all the facts and let us form our own conclusions then let things fall where they may. (This wouldn't seem political - just stating facts really.)
  18. Another moral to the story is the leader shouldn't lose track of his/her companions. If you are either riding so fast, or get distracted and you lose track of the person behind you, something is wrong. Leader should match the pace of the slowest member of the group. Safety first.
  19. Many positives when a local business that caters to snowmobilers does well. Says allot about the owners when they also do well in the 'off season' too.
  20. Prayers for the families. CO is truly a silent killer -
  21. Glad for your family to be able to expand their business. We are losing many ATV/SXS, snowmobile, motorcycle, boat, etc. dealers in my area so that you usually only have one choice for a manufacturer.
  22. Don - You said one of the fires was a trash burn that got away but are most of the summer fires lightning caused or man caused?
  23. What is that a 26 or 28 Tom? Twin screw? Enjoy the summer!
  24. Almost unbelievable how much the water rose. Unless you knew the area or saw the first part of the video, you almost wouldn't know that the bottom of the bridge had been 2-2.5m above the water!
  25. Well, God Bless them! I hope they enjoy their next chapters. Running those places is an almost 7x24 job and for not much reward. Unfortunately, the stores can also be the heart of some of the small towns they are in. Hopefully, someone will want to take it on and re-open it.