Trailblazer

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    Trailblazer reacted to iceman in In my next life....   
    I am joining the Israeli Army. They got talent. Hey Now!
     
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    Trailblazer got a reaction from PLAYHARD in New England Bob   
    New England Bob....now there's a name I haven't heard in a long time, I used to work for him as a guide in the early 2000's and I can personally tell you all here's a guy I can tip my hat off to. While most of the groups going back home with a thousand or so miles under their belt and boosting of how terrific the trail network is in Quebec to all their buddies back home, they didn't talk about their belly acheing of aches and pains that came along with the trips after riding a sled for days. Bob on the other hand would have to do it all over again the next morning week after week all winter long living out of hotel/motels, now there's something to say about a guy when it come to snowmobiling.
    You see Bob would schedule his trips out of the Gouverneur in Shawinagan, he would arrange the returning group coming back to the hotel early enough to have supper with the next group leaving the following morning to exchange stories and adventures. This was a terrific idea as the new group would have an idea of what's ahead of them for the next few days but on the other hand this would leave Bob with no rest for the next ride other than the nights sleep and this would go on all winter long group after group week after week, he was a real die hard for the sport.
    Before meeting bob I used to treat the trail network as a formula one track and I can speak for most my fellow Quebecers most of us ride this way too, Bob showed me that the challengeing part of riding on a formula one track is staying on the right hand side all the time, this is something I took away from riding with him and am very grateful for it.
    As for paying the guides I personally never had a problem and never heard of the other guides having one either.
    One year his wife(a Quebecer) gave him a digital video camera, state of the art at the time, looked like a VHS recorder but digital technology and he would use this camera on trips to record rides and give the CDs to the groups later. His last trip took place in the Gaspe, I was not with him but from what he told me on the phone of what happened, he was riding with the camera strapped to his helmet(early GoPro technology Lol) and as he was arriving to a bridge crossing(such a ditch) the camera shifted so as he was trying to adjust it, taking his attention off the trail for just a moment the bridge came up and only one of his skis was on it, the inevadable happened, the sled was beyond repair and Bob was in bad shape. Another lesson to be learned here, with all the technology available for sledding GoPro cameras, GPS's,Spots etc, etc....our attention to the trail is being taking away more so every year. Keeping right requires our attention as well.
    It,s too bad we don't see Bob on the trails anymore, he will be missed.
    JG
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    Trailblazer reacted to dooright in la Tabatiere   
    👍🏼   Full on QuebecRider support  ! 

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    Trailblazer got a reaction from PLAYHARD in la Tabatiere   
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    Trailblazer got a reaction from iceman in la Tabatiere   
    Made it into Goose Bay via pick up truck, next day we spent it overhauling my contacts partners sled, rear suspension slides bearings new track carbides the works basically, worked in the garage till 9 pm while 30 cms of snow was falling and blowing. Next day we tried to get out but snow was too deep and more snow was forecasted for the coast which wasn’t in my favour for a solo ride down the coastline to my truck. U turn rent a truck and drive myself and sled back to Baie Comeau, ride back to Forestville.
    Sled ran great with no break down other than a blown belt 100k from the truck coming back, I’ll take that given the sled and original belt has close to 6 k on it and the last 1300 k was off trail.
    Will have to return another year to complete the loop.
     

     
     
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    Trailblazer got a reaction from MrGutz in la Tabatiere   
    Made it into Goose Bay via pick up truck, next day we spent it overhauling my contacts partners sled, rear suspension slides bearings new track carbides the works basically, worked in the garage till 9 pm while 30 cms of snow was falling and blowing. Next day we tried to get out but snow was too deep and more snow was forecasted for the coast which wasn’t in my favour for a solo ride down the coastline to my truck. U turn rent a truck and drive myself and sled back to Baie Comeau, ride back to Forestville.
    Sled ran great with no break down other than a blown belt 100k from the truck coming back, I’ll take that given the sled and original belt has close to 6 k on it and the last 1300 k was off trail.
    Will have to return another year to complete the loop.
     

     
     
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    Trailblazer got a reaction from iceman in la Tabatiere   
    Going great, driving over to Goose Bay today to start the next leg down to the White Road.
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    Trailblazer got a reaction from momojohnny in Westbound from St Come   
    Nice run boys, thanks for sharing pics and taking the time to post trail conditions.
    Are you thinking about Havre this year Jim?
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    Trailblazer reacted to dooright in Chenail du Nord   
    We made a pass by  Chenail du nord  today on our tour from Valin to Forestville .. Knowing that they are not open this winter just wanted to check it out ! Hopefully next winter they'll be open 😁



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    Trailblazer got a reaction from PLAYHARD in Saddle bag experts !   
    First aid kit, zip ties and a sewing kit are a good addition to your inventory.
     
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    Trailblazer got a reaction from MrGutz in Saddle bag experts !   
    First aid kit, zip ties and a sewing kit are a good addition to your inventory.
     
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    Trailblazer got a reaction from Jackstraw in Westbound from St Come   
    Nice run boys, thanks for sharing pics and taking the time to post trail conditions.
    Are you thinking about Havre this year Jim?
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    Trailblazer got a reaction from dooright in Lepine Road   
    I’m heading up there this week end to check out that new highway.
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    Trailblazer reacted to Jackstraw in Westbound from St Come   
    Day6
    Finally blue skies and colder temps, plan is Lac Edourd for the night. Grooming shows a lot of purple! Bingo! 373 first tracks, set up like concrete. Down through Alma everything groomed up nice. Lunch in Hebertville and onto the 83 which is also mint! Onto the 355 which was a bit whooped to Lac Bruchette, fuel and onto the 355 which showed groomed last night. Yep, smooth sailing into Domaine Lac Eduard. Tried to stay at the Presbyterian but booked, also the other B&b booked. Tomorrow back to the truck in st come. 250 miles for the day





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    Trailblazer reacted to Jackstraw in Westbound from St Come   
    Day5
    Todays plan was to completely wing it. After a stop at the ski doo dealer in the morning to replace the wire for momo’s oxygen helmet that got sucked into his track it was TQ 93 south. Freshly groomed last night, passed the groomer headed back from his 2nd pass. Perfectly set up! Sweet! Quick stop at the sawmill for fuel. No food there anymore. South of the mill not recently groomed but still in great shape. Continued up to Lac au Jim. Thought you could stay there but a no go. Quick map check and Giradville has 2 places about 25 miles out. Into town there for fuel and ask. Motel 1km away, Perfect! Small place with 6 rms. You check in at the supermarket next door which also has a SAQ which was even better! Restaurant across the st. Tomorrow up around the lake on the 373 which is an awesome new trail. 225 miles for the day.






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    Trailblazer got a reaction from dooright in F.A. Gauthier back in business   
    Back in service on Sunday
     
    https://www.tvanouvelles.ca/2020/01/24/le-f-a-gauthier-reprend-du-service-dimanche
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    Trailblazer reacted to Andyman in F.A. Gauthier back in business   
    The F.-A.-Gauthier is back
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    After experiencing all kinds of problems over the past year, the ferry F.-A.-Gauthier, which provides the link between Matane and Baie-Comeau, resumed service on Sunday.
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    QMI AGENCY
    Sunday, January 26, 2020 19:59
    UPDATE Sunday, January 26, 2020 9:36 PM
    After having encountered all kinds of problems during the past year, the ferry F.-A.-Gauthier, which provides the link between Matane and Baie-Comeau, resumed service on Sunday.  
    The boat made the two usual crossings scheduled, that of Matane to Baie-Comeau at 2 p.m. and that of Baie-Comeau to Matane at 5 p.m.  
    After work on the ship's thrusters, which lasted a year and cost nearly $ 22 million, the Société des traversiers du Québec (STQ) had to repair the boat's engines.  
    "We noticed, in terms of certain control systems, that the two electric motors that power our entire propulsion system were not working well," says Stéphane Lafaut, of the STQ.  
    At the end of December, specialists from the manufacturer General Electric even had to be called in to help find the problem on the ferry and repair it.  
    “We brought in the specialists directly from Europe. They spent, in fact, most of the holiday break working with our teams, ”continues Mr. Lafaut.  
    The boat was out of service since December 17, 2018.  
    In the past few days, the ferry has passed sea trials.  
    The STQ ensures that its staff are ready too.  
    Despite its return, air links are still maintained until January 31.