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  1. the "ice wall" on the barn was around a foot thick on the top and two feets on the bottom! I had not really realize before you write about it that the lignthouse bend so much when on the side of the image...funny effect! I am used to this because I always film in superview, I may take a look when doing my next editing I think it is possible to remove the fish eye...
  2. Thanks 800steve! yep, last season opener was on the 1st december! Thanks Jak! You certainly recognize most of the scenes of the video and relive the trip! Those blue Jay day are not only a blast to ride but also give outstanding good result on the camera. It is like this for the pics but even more on the video. We had been lucky and had many good video shots last season. Pretty sure you were the only one! You are welcome for the sharing 👍 We had a real blast on our summer roadtrip in the west usa! we had it on the bucket list since a while but always postpone because time missing or too expensive but this time we pull the trigger even not having the ideal conditions and we don't regret a single minute of this trip, even doing 7000 miles(11000+kms) in 15 days was a challenge... we were not at our first challenge!!! 😉
  3. I hope everybody have a great summer, Kristine and I have a nice one! 1rst september today, the daylight started to shorten and the evenings are a little cooler ... good feeling!!! I had begin to edit some untouched video files I took last season and leave you this morning this one: The Isle Verte/Notre Dame des Sept Douleurs video overview It's Mr and Mrs GT Rider that talked me about this place when we met them in RDL last season. They also did put some nice pics/details in their photo report. They receiveid the hint themselves from mikerider, so I want to thank all of you for having lead us to discover this nice hidden spot! It is a small island in the St- Lawrence river approximately 20 mile east of Rivière du Loup which is connected to the south shore via a ferry in the summer, but only accessible in winter by sled via an ice bridge . They have their own groomer that surface the island road and little part of the ice bridge up to the main section of the river. Since there is no car traffic on the island, the trucks and cars are all buried in the snow and they use snowmobile as a daily transportation. Their trails are probably not federated because they are not on any trail map, it is not a well known spot for sure!. It's a small place(around 8 miles long) that comes out of the ordinary with beautiful coastal lanscape/colored houses, also their lighthouse worth the view... by the way it is the 3rd oldest in Canada and the older on the St-Laurence river, built in 1809! As usual, it's best viewed in 1080p on large screen with the sound "on"....enjoy! Alain
  4. Yep it's right, the collected money goes to the sepac (park administration). It's not a big deal to pay $8,60 to cross the Mont-tremblant Park but I exactely know where it can lead us in a couple years. The Atv summer users had live with this problem for years before. By example doing an atv ride Shawinigan/LaTuque round trip on 2 days was $54 just in Zec acces fees. Their federation FQCQ had work hard and negotiated an agreement with the Zec to autorise Fqcq members to pass on federate trails on the Zecs without having to pay zec fees. This agreement is new from 2 years ago and have been renew again this season but no garanties it will next years... Anyway for the park we will need to wait at fall to know what will happen for the next season... If St-Faustin/Mt-Tremblant(city) new trail is done, not sure the park will be reopened.
  5. Yes there was a green collection box at both park entrance each ends and you should put you payment in an envelop, keep the receipt that was attached to this envelop before dropping it in the green box. If you got ckecked in the park, you need to show your receipt and the agent take the number on it with your personal information and later they verify with the receipt number if your envelop contain the payment... if not, a fine is sent to you by mail. It is a similar process already used for ZEC acces( Z.E.C.= (controlled harvesting zones) ) in the summer for all users(car/atv/motorcycles...) that acces them outside cashier opening hours or by some gates without cashier. Those same ZEC that we travel for free in winter and there are many in Lanaudière that the trail network pass on: Zec des Nymphes, Zec Lavigne, Zec Chapeau de Paille just to name few and they are all independent one from the other... this is also why it's worrysome to see some park organisation starting to bill us for passing in winter, not good at all.
  6. You are welcome actionjack! with the forecast ahead for the easter weekend, I really think it'was the last one this season. I just watch the video I took on this ride and I have some insanely good footage in there!!! I will certainely have something to post before the next one ride! It was a perfect spring ride on a blue jay day, can't ask for better! It's two season in a row that I do some late april riding, was on the 21 last year! I tried to change Kristine's camera this season with deceiving results, we finally came back to the small sony 4,1MP from 2005 that do 3 to 6000 pics/seasons since we bought it and haven't completely failed yet. I will need to do better shopping for her for the next season... The Venture end up at 20577 miles which let me just a correct gap for riding it an other season. I usually keep my sleds 25000 miles/40000kms which we were doing in 5 seasons on past sleds but will be in 6 on this one... we are getting old!
  7. I wish I would have more loose time ahead. I have next Friday/Saturday/Sunday but have a family activity on Saturday evening that cut a bit the options... As for snow depth we got spoiled pretty much in all the province, this year will stay in our memory for that. Haha! you are welcome Playhard! I also have some great video file from this ride, more fun to come! Thanks Snowmaster2112, I'm still on sledding beat. We just begin to see some grass spot here and there at home since yesterday, but I think it will change fast in the 2 next week. We had one of the best/longer season we could have but I can't believe we are already at the end... I'm not ready to put the summer tires on the venture yet! I agree that a white sprayed scenery in crispy cold temps is hard to beat! But a blue jay day is always winner for me, all year long! Thanks grumpysanta! You have the best bunch of pics poster on a forum here, you won't find better on an other forum!
  8. With the new snow fallen during this last week, we went for another last ride with our friend Luc yesterday, April 13, 2019 in Lanaudière On this exceptionally snowy season the trails of northern Lanaudière were still surprisingly good, here on #23 trail south of Cabanon The temperature was very mild since a few days, no freezing during the night so we got very soft trail. Here passing at Cabanon in the morning We left in dam direction. The whole reservoir loop had been groomed during the week! The conditions were nice for an April 13th but very good from the dam trail junction(on the # 345) and for all the reservoir loop up to St-Michel des Saints It's not visible on the pictures but it was so windy there that I had hard time to stay still the time of the pic, I almost went with the wind! The #360 around the reservoir was candy to ride, just superb. We did very good tempo on this stretch... The reservoir is always impressive to see once emptied ... I read from a buddy that the emptied reservoir shortcut was still ok on Friday, so with the good visibility we had, we tested our luck despite the wet conditions It was not for the fearful ones, alot of surface water on the ice. It looks worse than it realy was because even if there was water, we ride on ice already leaning on the bottom of the reservoir on more than 90% of the way but the rivers(yes there are rivers in there) where worrisome. I would suggest every body to go around by the trail, I personally would not do it again this season! Luc learned the risks associated by following us too closely ... he arrived on the shore a little wet! We arrived for lunch at the Central in St-Michel around 12:15 After a good lunch and a great talk with Luc we headed south on #63. The strong sunshine combined with good winds at 10C made the trails tender and juicy ! Without surprises, we found some dirt spots near St-Michel village on the larges south-facing hills But a little further it was still very snowy Back in the Cabanon courtyard, we could see how much it had melted compared to the morning pic We switched into the Mastigouche Reserve on trail #345 to loop back. As I expected beautiful conditions, very snowy ,almost no traffic and not a single bump Among the best conditions of the day. We also saw some fresh moose tracks on the trail. A nice spring ride for us at its best! We stopped a few minutes at Koubec (which was closed) And we came back on #350 trail which was also in very good condition In sum a beautiful spring ride of 170miles for the three of us. With the reservoir loop groomed during the week, it was definitely a record in the area to ride recently groomed trails on a April 13th. A big thank you to the clubs involved! It could close our season with 4830 miles on the venture dreameter...unless Kristine twist my arm for another last one somewhere !!! Alain
  9. Happy belated birthday Jean-Guy! Enjoy your off-grooming season and thank you so much for all the outstanding pics you share all year long 🏆🏆🏆 Alain
  10. For information, St-Michel des Saints snowmobile club change their mind and went back in the trail, they groom tonight for the week-end! they just announced it on their facebook page and removed the closed message. Winter continue!!! updated here as well
  11. For sure impressive mileage will lead to very impressive expenses, it's a fact. You know many people outside snowmobile world would tell the exact samething when looking at your own sledding bill that you tell when looking at his!!! But each own situation is very different and personnaly, I admire those that fully follow their passions and push the boundaries of what we would think possible... even if my own situation is different and it would not be my goal. I Like in the expression "they don't know it was impossible... so they did it!!!" like smclelan wrote, imagine the sledding knowledge this guy have!
  12. And even more interesting:
  13. Just found out great information on him. For CnC, he have a wife...that ride with him!! and a kind of job...take a look here:
  14. A dealer of Dolbeau post this yesterday... Congratulations to our loyal customer for more than 20 years in New York State, Mr. Jamison who has reached 20,000 miles (32187km) in one season with his Enduro 900 Turbo We were the 1st april, no odometer pics... looks like a joke at first. 20 000 miles already done since the beginning of the season! it's some serious milage!!! But with a bit of search the odometer pop up and this name really seems to link with an high miler guy... seems credible. Can't believe nobody know him on here??? from the post on FaceBook the dealer post this in answer to a disbeleiver poster: Chris Kline: I am sitting with him with right now in my office. I sell him a new sled every year. To answer your question he rode 96 days with an average of 211 miles a day. He used 4,367 liters of fuel. So doubt away. I have seen his sleds with 17,000 miles plus in prior years.
  15. You got just the perfect timing!!! They got pretty much freezing rain in St-Michel des Saints area. Somes peoples were in power outage for more than 24hrs... many trees/branches down. St-Michel snowmobile club announce today that they won't groom anymore this give them a bad slap. Too bad, a bit norther they received it all in snow for more than a foot of new stuff Repos/Manawan/cents lacs and it is not an april fool 😄