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  1. No problem coming back to USA if that's where you're from. We can't get into Canada and Canadians can't get into US.
  2. Any issues either way with the corona virus? Wanting to go to LSJ next weekend and would hate to be turned away at the border. Appreciate any help Fred
  3. Looks like TQ 33 is open and groomed last night
  4. Merci beucoup Alain!! Fred
  5. Headed there on Sunday, hopefully I'll be open and it's just temporary.
  6. That's TQ 33 not TQ 3
  7. Today the FCMQ map show TQ 3 North of Coin Lavinge as being closed. Does anyone have any information on this? Thanks, Fred
  8. My wife and I stayed here Saturday 2/8 to Wednesday 2/12. My second time here, last time with 5 guys and we stayed in the cottage adjacent to the hotel. This time had awesome room in the hotel. They got like 2 feet on snow Thursday and Friday. Guys we talked too said Saturday was tough with huge drifts in the open fields. Great Sunday brunch then a ride to L'Ours Noir for lunch in Warwick. Trails great, except TQ 25 near the Manoir, it sucked the entire 3 days, maybe the local groomer is down? Second day to the Club at Bueceville all good except TQ 25 near the hotel. Third day to RESTO-BAR RELAIS DES MONTAGNARDS, really cool sled Relais and off the charts smoked meat sandwich. Great riding especially the straits on TQ 35 took the local orange trail fro TQ 25 to TQ 35. It was like frosting on cake both ways. Hardly anybody seems to use it and was perfect. The Manolir is a great place to go with your wife/GF. Friendly staff, clean rooms, great gourmet food, valet" sled parking in a heated/locked garage, and an outdoor spa is one of the nicest I've seen. All in all a nice few days with the Mrs. Back to Domaine Bazenet in 2 weeks with the guys. Chaudiere Applaches shouldn't be overlooked bu those coming from the US. Less time on the "black trail" and more time riding. Fred
  9. Last year we went (by accident) to the Drakkar by way of the Gouveneur. The trail from the Goveneur to the Drakkar was some of THE WORST snowmobiling I have ever seen. And last year there was tons of snow in Shawinagan. Piled from the street over peoples lawns to the roof of their houses. This trail was rocks, paved and plowed parking lots. Sleds actually overheating AND you HAVE to cross the river near the dam. Last year that was fine but not so sure this year. You will not be sorry about choosing the Drakkar for sled and truck safety as well as easy (50 feet) access to the groomed trail with gas like 250 yards away visa perfect groomed trail. Downtempo Shawinigan is great to go out and eat but I would never want to sled out of there ever again, relive me it was pitiful and I line in PA where are trails (if we ever get snow) are usually junk.
  10. ?Broken or a scale model of a wind turbine?
  11. By La Manoir do you mean Manoir du Lac William?
  12. Double Tree by Hilton (old Sheraton 4 points) id a good place to start to LSJ from. left rig there may times with no issues. Not much riding in and out with the closure of TQ3 to Baie St Paul, but, if your planning on going to the Delta it's a pretty straightforward ride. Make sure to gas up at L'Etape on your way up. Fred
  13. Actually, I put my phone on airplane mode. This saves batteries since your phone isn't always "looking" for a cell signal. The GPS and app work fine in airplane mode. I carry a charging cord and every time we stop I plug the phone in. Last 3-4 hours even when super cold. i use RAM emoluments to attach it to the sled. Just have to glance at phone at intersections and you know right away which way to go. Fred
  14. If you have a smart phone, in my opinion the FCMQ map is the best option. it shows you where you are, let's you map routes, stops, etc. It's cheap and super easy to use, way easier than getting out a paper map 20 times a day. Just my opinion. I think from the FCMQ site you may be able to download and print maps. Also, just about every gas stop, snowmobile club, and hotel will also have either a posted paper map or one available to take for free. Have a great ride!
  15. How can a sled trail be going through an active helicopter LZ? Seems like sonoe's got some 'xplainin' to do Lucy. Poor guy, I mean WTF, your riding and all of a sudden there's a Black Hawk on the trail??? Of all the things I've heard and seen sledding this might be the top one....
  16. Shortest way is 413 KM, but, that means taking TQ 23 E which is twisty. If you're willing to add 35 KM, I'd backtrack a few miles on TQ 23 W, then 350 S to Pouvoirie du Lac Blanc where you can catch 380 E, that's a bit twisty, but once you hit 63 E it's WOT for miles until TQ 3 E which is also WOT. Then you take 381 E 2 good lunch stops on 381, the Microbrewery Presbeteie is a cool little place. If you want to keep going I'd stop at Restaurant Morel Le Chivangy, gas right next to hotel. Good food especially smoked meat sandwiches. You'd then get onto TQ 3 basically all the way to The Fairmont. My suggested route is a bit longer, but, likely faster. Check out the FCMQ interactive map and look at both ways. We rode all those trails in February. I'd really try and avoid going through Quebec City on a weekend, TQ 3 can get really beat. This is a very early start day and arrive fairly late, but, it can be done. Good luck and keep us posted. Fred
  17. Yes Ravage would fit your itinerary pluperfect.
  18. We ate lunch here will on a day trip from Shawinigan. Looks pretty nice. If anyone has stayed here please let me konow what you think. Especially for security of sleds, truck, trailer. Lunch was great, if anyone stayed on the package how was breakfast and dinner? Thanks for any help Fred
  19. 4 of us were here from Saturday 2/16 to Friday 2/22. Reggie and Pascal were great hosts. The room have really been upgraded from when I stayed here when it was Teh Safari. Nice breakfast in the morning. SAFE sled and trailer storage. Sleds in heated garage each night was nice. Trails right to the hotel were groomed almost daily. Only day that wasn't 1/10 was on Sunday when we went o La Tuque and back, it looked like TQ 23 hadn't been groom in a long time. But 360 and 351 were awesome. The entire week was blue sky days except for Thursday when we woke up to 10 cms of new snow. W ent to Hotel Chignvy (? spelling) to the east on the St Lawrence flat fats trails with new powder. Just a great day and the whole week was perfect. Also a REAL GEM IS THE MICRBRWEREY PRESBYTERIAN just look for signs at the river crossing. An awesome lace!!
  20. I keep my phone mounted on a RAM mount, the cold doesn't seem to effect the battery life much, I did try and attach a car charger, but, got a message that "phone is too cold to charge". It times out and the screen goes dark in 10 minutes. Not a problem just tap if at an intersection and it finds exactly where you art. My Android has a rapid charge function and in a half you It'll go from 20% to a full charge while having lunch. We always have at least one other guy with the app that they have turned off and in a pocket as a backup in case my battery dies..