We’ll back up to the cottage for the week end to most likely do my season ender. Invited along a QR friend as well as an old time ski doo partner with me, GrumpySanta. Friday afternoons arrival we learn 2 other cottage owners I know from home are up for the week end, so we’ll be doing the rounds. 10 klms up the lake we go for visit #1, pound back a few, shoot the $hit and our visit #2 walks in the door, guess that eliminates the next run. So we catch up a little and off we go down the lake another 10 klms hit the trail for an early evening run to La Mulet and back.
Next day we have it planned to head up through the Parc on trail 53 up to Val Barrette, take the gas, lunch and on the trail up to the dam and dykes. All the trails thus far were flat and hard as concrete, great for gas mileage. Val Barrettes gas should take us up for the loop and down the 323 to La Minerve for more gas, estimated about 180k no problem I got gas on board, Grumpy left his at home 🤔. We arrive in La Minerve as scheduled but decide to not buy gas, figure we have enough to get back with a stop at another old friends house on Lac aux Castors, doing the rounds.
Pound back a few, catch up on old times and before you know the table is set and supper is served, god bless her. Evening gets late and we’re camping out there for the night.
In the morning our old friend serves up some frying pan surprise....don’t ask! But it was good. Later we’re out for a back country ride but not before dumping my gas and Grumpy getting a gallon or two from the shed. We ran across several lakes, portage routes that are for canoe campers, visited some empty cabins, ran some roads, some fuzzy some not but they all have plenty of snow!! 80 klms later we’re back for some lunch and another back country shortcut to the cottage but not before monsieur Grumpy runs the GT out of gas. That gas can back home in the garage sure is looking pretty good right about now. Ha ha ha off I go to get the gas with my can on the back, “don’t leave home with out” as they say.
It turned out to be one of the finest week end rides I had this season, no drama, no carnage and no gas! Ha ha. 530 klms for the last run and spent with old friends and good times, that’s what sledding is all about.