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    towing reacted to mikerider in 2020 Riviere du Loup Trail Conditions   
    Brutally cold day but an epic day of 200 miles of perfect groomed trails hardened by the arctic blast. Even the sleds liked it, they were slot cars. Coffee at Club Hiboux (like Club Med only much older crowd).  Lunch at the club in St. Pamphile, and headed over the mountain. The mountain trail was the best its ever been, and Jak and I were grinning ear to ear at the end of those 40 miles. Add in a lot of sunshine and an average speed for the day of 41 mph.
    mike
     
     



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    towing reacted to mikerider in 2020 Riviere du Loup Trail Conditions   
    First day of riding for the new season. I was a little worried if the conditions would be good enough. Well, from what we saw today, it was  amazing, midwinter conditions in most areas we rode.  Yesterday's afternoon flurries left about 2 to 5 inches in most areas. Trees are caked with snow. The groomers had been over about 95 percent of the trails we rode. Jack and Sandi, Jak, and I had a great day.  Ate at Chevelliers Club House.
    We started out going west along the St. Lawrence. Not as much snow there, but enough that it was very good. From then on perfection. We next headed south to trail #5 and dropped down to 561 going south. We went down the lake, it used to be 35 and is now 561 this year. Lake was kinda slushy in spots. Got gas then lunch. Continued southeast on 35 to almost Cabanno and began working our way north  weaving in and out of some of the loops off the rail bed.
    Sandi did an amazing job leading followed by her posse of misfits.
    FYI   My ATM card would not work this year at the ATM inside the Universel. Desk clerk believe a new ATM card with a chip is now needed. Drove down to the bank and their's accepted my card.
     
     
     
     




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    towing got a reaction from quebec bob in 4 American Sledders Rescued   
    more details on their adventure here: 
    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/provincial-police-quebec-chic-chocs-mountains-1.5425798?fbclid=IwAR1wXZMCHWjqbr6fyK0KTq_F59nfmAbk_szJ-Pjm-8FqsyEx4l0sDfbcOAo
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    towing got a reaction from viper2 in St-Zenon/Mattawin via trail#345/#360 photo rid0e report 5January202   
    We were pretty sure it was broken because of the pain and the blue color the joint had took within just a couple hours but the x-ray show ok for the bones so it is the joint itself that took the hit,  we hope it will be a speedy recovery...
    We had to postpone the sled ride this weekend because of the weather, so she had a break as a photographer, instead she shovel! She's unable to stop...
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    towing reacted to snowmaster2112 in Riding for Neil   
    Arrived at Kanawata just before noon. Left Parent around 10
    waiting for my 3 souls brothers. I never stopped. 95 miles with a 50.2 moving average 

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    towing reacted to snowmaster2112 in Riding for Neil   
    Breakfast of champions 
    i sure hope it’s not my last meal

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    towing reacted to snowmaster2112 in Riding for Neil   
    Block temp said -14F when I hit the button this morning in Parent. We are having a nice breakfast in the Chalet and then we are going to smack down the white gold. Today is going to be a special day for me. Calculations show that very near the camp on M21 my (new this year) sled will turn 2112 miles. I am going to be pushing it today. While still having safety as the utmost priority I am going to be “hitting the wick” as hard as I physically can today. This run is for “Neil” and if I can “hit it” half as hard as he hit the drums....it will be EPIC !!!!!!
    its a “sea of purple” on the IMotoneige map my fellow trail shredders. GET OUT AND RIDE

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    towing reacted to viper2 in St-Zenon/Mattawin via trail#345/#360 photo rid0e report 5January202   
    Oh no not a good time of the year to have a broken finger!
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    towing reacted to PLAYHARD in St-Zenon/Mattawin via trail#345/#360 photo rid0e report 5January202   
    Ditto from all of us!
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    towing reacted to snowmaster2112 in Riding for Neil   
    Just now in Parent

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    towing reacted to snowmaster2112 in Riding for Neil   
    This morning.......

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    towing reacted to snowmaster2112 in Riding for Neil   
    Lunic last night 7pm

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    towing reacted to snowmaster2112 in Riding for Neil   
    Right across the street from Lunic last night around 7 pm

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    towing reacted to snowmaster2112 in Riding for Neil   
    Yesterday morning. Has since been groomed

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    towing reacted to snowmaster2112 in Riding for Neil   
    Have seen Rush 63 times and have met them several 
    Have a HUGE 30+ year memorabilia collection that was probably worth a new snowmobile Now I think it might be worth two new ones
    Still raining good here at LeCabanon at 11 a.m. 
    Have only seen two sleds pass here in the last 1.5 hrs
    About 30-40 people anxiously awaiting the rain to change over to snow

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    towing reacted to snowmaster2112 in Riding for Neil   
    Once more thing before we go
    Guy and his wife riding two up just came in from Kanawata where they stayed last night.
    They report no rain until st Michele and already 7-8 inches in Kanawata and ,,4-5 inches at Repos
    Personally I would wait 2-3 for storm and grooming to produce OPTIMAL trail conditions
    Hit it then and you will NOT be disappointed
    PEACE
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    towing reacted to snowmaster2112 in Riding for Neil   
    And thru my Bluetooth headset just changed over to snow
    Party time
    Everyone have a GREAT weekend and I'll update tomorrow night from 100 Lacs
    Zoom in pic for SNOW Flakes

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    towing reacted to grumpysanta in A little trip to LSJ..   
    Well we were up for 4 days of riding and to break in the new sled with 1100 km.  Only one off trail adventure and no one was injured in that unexpected  experience.. As for trail condition  23 was bumpy to l'tape  but good north to hebertville , all lower LSJ  is just passable  . L'tuque. north to is ok not great  and the trail from relais   22  to  hedgewick has the first 20 km torn up by bulldozer for some logging.  You have to go more north of LSJ. to get good snow,we stuck mostly to the west side and did the tour of the 49 th. passere // e  du ,  big push on this year to promote this side of Mt. valin area. and definitely worth it.. MT. vilain was good and met some nice people.. Not the same crowd that you get on the west side.. GOOD to get out for the first time this year  and meet CT rider to do the trip together .They are expecting  30 plus cm of new snow in next couple days ..We headed out before the freezing rain , just got a touch friday morning leaving hebertville .All is good can't wait to go again after this weather settles down..
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    towing got a reaction from PLAYHARD in St-Zenon/Mattawin via trail#345/#360 photo rid0e report 5January202   
    Thank you Mark! we are notch over what you got with the 10inches received on the 30-31 december and the few inches this week. We have a big storm ahead that look like to be rain for me at home near Joliette but a foot of snow for st-Zenon ... we hope for the best!!!
    Thank you Mike, the season just begin, the best for all of us is ahead 
    Thanks viper2! It looks like we will got wet at home but my playground norther will continue to shape up. I'm just not sure we will be have decent conditions to ride touring during the weekend... and I may have lost my photographer for few weeks, i"m pretty sure she have a broken finger on her right hand she have an appointment with the doctor tomorroy ( no.no, it's not my fault she came back from the job like that!!!)  I expect she will be able to ride with me but will need a break as for the pics
    Thank you Christ! I'm confident you will bring the snow with you and have blast up there in new snow.
    The carribean trip was unreal... it was on Christmas day in Martinique! 

     And i had no seasickness!!! 
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    towing got a reaction from zeusand in St-Zenon/Mattawin via trail#345/#360 photo rid0e report 5January202   
    Thank you Mark! we are notch over what you got with the 10inches received on the 30-31 december and the few inches this week. We have a big storm ahead that look like to be rain for me at home near Joliette but a foot of snow for st-Zenon ... we hope for the best!!!
    Thank you Mike, the season just begin, the best for all of us is ahead 
    Thanks viper2! It looks like we will got wet at home but my playground norther will continue to shape up. I'm just not sure we will be have decent conditions to ride touring during the weekend... and I may have lost my photographer for few weeks, i"m pretty sure she have a broken finger on her right hand she have an appointment with the doctor tomorroy ( no.no, it's not my fault she came back from the job like that!!!)  I expect she will be able to ride with me but will need a break as for the pics
    Thank you Christ! I'm confident you will bring the snow with you and have blast up there in new snow.
    The carribean trip was unreal... it was on Christmas day in Martinique! 

     And i had no seasickness!!! 
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    towing reacted to markusvt in St-Zenon/Mattawin via trail#345/#360 photo rid0e report 5January202   
    Alain,
     
    Nice run, we ran those trails on our way north and west a few weeks back ourselves.  The local clubs are doing a great job with the snow they have, we had a good time for sure.
     
    Mark.
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    towing reacted to mikerider in St-Zenon/Mattawin via trail#345/#360 photo rid0e report 5January202   
    Very nice that you are getting out to enjoy despite this late winter start. Great pictures and report as always, while most of us sit on the couch and can only dream.
    mike
     
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    towing reacted to viper2 in St-Zenon/Mattawin via trail#345/#360 photo rid0e report 5January202   
    Nice report Alain, hopefully the little warm up this weekend won't do too much harm
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    towing reacted to snowmaster2112 in St-Zenon/Mattawin via trail#345/#360 photo rid0e report 5January202   
    And he finally returns. Glad to see you back Alain !! Looks like a nice little ride. Heading up to camp friday with the boys and NOT looking forward to the more crazy weather in store.
    Hope you had a good time in the Carribean !
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    towing got a reaction from Florida Snowman in St-Zenon/Mattawin via trail#345/#360 photo rid0e report 5January202   
    Here is the ride we did on Sunday January 5, 2020



    This last weekend was our first opportunity since several weeks for us to ride again. Saturday would normally have been our first choice but the temperatures were far too mild since several days so we decided to wait on Sunday where colder temperatures were expected. We were not disappointed with a good frost overnight and a winter normal temperature of -10C during our day. From what had been groomed during the night and following TrailBlazer advice, we chose to start from St-Zenon and going to lunch at Marineau in Rivière Mattawin which give us an easy  hundred miles to do before lunch.
    We started from La Glacière around 9:20 am under a cloudy sky



    The snow cover, although limited, is good enough to give a more than acceptable trail on # 350 which was freshly groomed



    The # 23 towards the Cabanon was also freshly groomed giving us a nice ride


    A surprise for us, the route from #23 trail is deviated from the usual path for 4 miles because they will plow a section of road for wood transport(the interactive map is up to date on this change). This different trail path was great





    After connecting the usual route a little before the Cabanon, there is some sand mixed with snow on some spots as we often see in this sector but beautiful trail no bump.



    We continue on  345 towards the dam



    It was also freshly groomed, the first part of4 miles which leaves the forest road was a little less beautiful with some spots of dirty snow and some rocks but immediately returned on the forest path it was nice and fast, but with few visible ice spots



    The last 0.5miles before the dam still shown some potatoes but it's really short



    The Taureau reservoir is already lowered by half and there is still huge water amount still flowing out





    Then we had a 10 miles rought that had not been groomed on the #360 between the dam and the junction for the #345north( in Repos direction). Here is a pic from my gopro this time, Kristine was using her two hands to stay with me!



    Once past junction #345 north, The #360 had been groomed by the Mattawin club for the rest of the trip and was nice and fast






    We stopped to take a short break at #440 rest area to enjoy the view of the river





    And then took back the trail again, still beautiful and fast



    the other classic point of view



    The last stretch of 8 miles out of the Zec Chapeau de Paille was notch down given the limited snow cover but still nice and practically no bump. The cabin with the barrier in the middle of the road at the entrance of the bridge is no longer there...



    We arrived for lunch at Marineau around 12:30 with just 101 miles on the dreammeter. It's always as nice to stop there, just good things to say about them!


     
    After refueling, we chose to take the exact same path for the return. We usually choose to loop through the M20 /#345 but the #360 was far too nice to look any further. The traffic of the day did not wear it and we returned toward the dam at a very good pace. The small rought section before the dam wasn't any better, the #345 south of the dam showed some wear, not much  bumpy but have swept/icy curves but not enough to really slow us down, just a bit in the big curves. We cross 2 groomers thay were about to start their run when passing at the Cabanon. The#23 south from there had stay beautiful, giving us a dessert to finish the ride. We came back at La Glacière around 4:30 pm with 202 miles on the dreammeter, giving us a very nice ride for the day
    In sum, the snow cover is not very generous yet, but is sufficient with cold to give very acceptable trails like the ones we had on Sunday. It was nice to have the 10 inches of new snow  we had last week , but without cold trail condition was bad with alot moguls . With the cold coming back, the trails will hold and keep good. We hope for more snow to continue to shape up the already opened trails and to continue the enlarge the playground down south.
    You can also take a look at the updated trail condition site here: https://www.snowmobilecountry.ca/en/conditions/
    Alain