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  1. Amazing the difference in conditions from one side of a hill to another, or from one area to a different area. I do miss the snow clinging to the trees so often missing in the spring riding. For me, the snow in the trees is just beautiful. mike
  2. Happy birthday Groomer. Hope you have a great day. mike
  3. Thanks, Scorpionbowl You can probably come up with a better plan, but here is my thought. This would be a pinned topic in the general forums so that it is well viewed. No responses /replies are allowed, only the person paying the $25 can post. (this keeps it on topic of the businesses and the topic doesn't sidetrack). People are welcome to hit the 'like' button. So an example: I am giving a shout out to snowmobile dealer 'X' in the town of St. Y. For the past ten years I have spent several weeks a year snowmobiling out of the town of St. Y. During this time I have come across several people from afar who developed a problem with their snowmobile while near the town of St. Y. On each occasion dealer X was able to take in the disabled snowmobile and provide fast service, thus saving the vacation and saddlebag trip of many a rider. So many of these sledding people have told me of the great service received at dealer X, but also added how impressed they were with the showroom. They described it as spotless clean and neat, with an unusually large selection of clothing, accessories, and product to look at while their sled is being repaired. I have stopped into dealer X myself doing some rainy day window shopping and have found this dealer just as people described and then some. Dealer X has impressed me to give them a QuebecRider Shout Out for going the extra mile. mike
  4. Just amazing pics and what an off the map adventure. I always so much reading about these (very) remote rides some of you take. Thank you for sharing. (Makes me wish I was younger). mike
  5. Re Upping the cash flow for QR. I am not a business person, so not sure if this is a good idea or not. What I would propose is having a second tier of advertisers, more like a shout out by members and paid for by members. In the forums we all mention the great places we stay and the restaurants that fed us so well, the dealers that got our sled fixed the same day it went down. I would be willing to pay $25 to give a shout out to a different business every year. Maybe we don't want the business to get a full banner like the paid advertisers, but maybe just a pinned forum where the host of the business (a QR member who paid for the shout out) gets to post about the business and tell about in more detail than usual. It could be a business that a member just likes or a business that helped you out one or more times. Of course we can still mention businesses for free in our regular posts. Just a thought. Any thoughts? mike
  6. 121 days of riding. I would need a Go Fund Me page for just the bar bill.
  7. Too funny! And don't forget to tie him to your front bumper of the sled each morning. See if he likes triple digits and catching air.
  8. Keep riding Playhard, addicted to your pics and stories. mike
  9. Wow, you really hit a good week with great trails. Thanks for posting. mike
  10. Thanks Triggerhappy. Josie is a rescue from Tennessee and we were told maybe part lab. We got her at 4 months old back in September and don't see any lab in her looks or traits. Someone suggested she looks like she has a lot of Feist breed in her. We had never heard of that breed, but after looking it up, she does appear to have a lot of Feist in her. She is fairly calm, but there is no tiring her out. She needs constant exercise. And she is one extremely smart dog. We are running out of new things to teach her. The wife hopes to maybe get her into agility training someday.
  11. Just a quick update of George. He has settled into what may be his forever home after I found him hitchhiking on trail #5 this winter. He keeps asking for EddieSkiDoo and SkiDoo420; wants another weekend in Amqui with them. He is getting along with everyone in the household just fine. Still likes to monkey around and get himself in trouble occasionally. Says he likes the tropical weather of Maine better than the arctic cold of Quebec. He does miss happy hour at the Universel Hotel bar. He is currently appealing his illegal immigrant status.
  12. Those trails look sooo sweet!
  13. You capture the ride so beautifully with your words and pictures. Thanks for taking the time to share your day. mike
  14. As long as the monkey is happy, all is good!
  15. Happy birthday, hope its a great day of riding. mike
  16. Big mile run and nice pics. I take it, Bill, that is not your brother on the Cat.
  17. You always have fun and adventure where ever you and Lisa go! But, you and I need to learn French by next season. mike
  18. Another great report and wonderful pictures Alain. I may have to grab my fly rod and go up to your rivers and catch some trout. mike
  19. #35 is mostly RR bed. I always like 55. Somewhere below Montmagny is a groomed trail that goes up a good size mountain and has a viewing platform. Great ride if you can find it. There are some great north/south trails below Montmagny that are quite scenic, just do not remember the (green) trail numbers.
  20. EastMark, The handiest guide after a warm up or rain event is the club reports listed on Sledmagazine.com under 'trail conditions'. These are updated every 3 or 4 days. Chaudiere region just had all their clubs update their conditions today, the 18th of March. All are reporting very good conditions. I expect Bas St. Laurent will update tomorrow. This is a really handy guide, as when you click on the region, you get a color coded condition from every club in that area. Check it out. mike
  21. Eastmark, NH Moose reported in his '5 day ride in Gaspe' under the Gaspe section that trails are hard in the RDL section and a couple spots the snow pack is thin near town. FYI, Last week a friend reported another 850 went down while they were doing the Gaspe loop. Sorry, I don't have any details.
  22. Steve, Always good to see you get off the Island and out for a ride. Have fun! mike
  23. You are one smooth driver, Alain!
  24. I thought it rode a little plusher. His got better bite in the softer snow, (steering), he has the adjustable skis. Overall, I thought mine handled better on harder trails.
  25. I have rode quite a few days this winter with a friend who has a 900T Renegade X. His mileage meter usually says 18-19 on most days. A couple times he even beat my mileage on my 900na ACE (when the going is a little tougher, such as soft chewed up trails).. He is a fairly fast rider. Has about 3,000 miles and no problems. I have driven it a couple times and it goes nice but I felt the ITC throttle was way too touchy to use in sport mode. Standard mode felt fine. He came from a 1200 Rene X and likes this sled a lot more. mike