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NHTOM last won the day on November 5 2018

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  1. Two of us arrived Tuesday noontime got our room then headed out for lunch and a quick spin. It was fairly cold about 10F, and the trails were terrific. Hard, flat , fast. Pretty much the way I like em. After a bite and brew at the Relay Station on 351, we headed east to the ice fishing village (city) at st anne de la parade. Then looped back on 351 where it parallels Hwy 40 heading west towards trois rivieres. Again all trails were hard hwy like surfaces. Back in to Drakkar after gas up at station just down the street from the motel. Wednesdays plan was to do a 1 nite saddle bag over to st raymond via Latuque, then down 73 into st ray. Before shoving off I said to Reggie, keep my truck keys here in case it snows, or you want to move it , whatever. As it turned out, it was a good decision. It was milder wednesday, snow cover was terrific, but softer. Did the 351,360 to St Joseph, then 355 pipeline into Latuque, all good. 3 ft of snow on the ground up there vs 2 ft in Shawinigan. We had lunch in Latuque, then down 73 we went. About 25 miles into it my buddy wasnt in my mirrors. Uh oh. Pulled over, waited,...he aint coming. 3 point turn , back I go. Hes back a mile or so, looks like hes changing a belt. Big problem, secondary spins in his hand, not good. So now its drag it around, hook up rope, off we go back to Latuque we hope. Fun, fun. We get to where the rail bed(flat trail) ends just west of a big lake. from here on its billy goat hills into Latuque. But, sitting right where the 1st hill starts sits an older gentleman. He speaks in french first, we reply in english, and then he switches to perfect english. He says hes been waiting for us to show up there and he tells us to follow him. He takes us on nearly flat dirt roads and unmarked local trails, stops traffic for us, right to the Hotel Marineau at the lights on the main drag near the airport. Once again the Quebecers drop everything to baby sit us when things go wrong. Amazing. So from the Marineau Hotel I call Reggie back at the Drakkar asking him if he knows of a driver that might be able to come get our sorry asses. He says sure Ill come get you right now. He drops everything and drives my truck with trailer 90 miles up to Latuque. we load up both sleds and back to Drakkar we go. All I can say is we sledders need to support the Reggies of the Motel/Inn world. These folks go way beyond the ordinary to help you any way they can. Can you imagine anyone from a Hotel chain helping you like this?? Wont happen. Need to support these kind of folks whenever possible.
  2. Lets hope the Govt forces his hand. This reminds me of New England and New York,.. rich city folk buy a property. 1st thing they do is post it and shut down any and all trails that have passed thru for years. Were seeing more and more of this in NH. Our trails near here are all right angle turns around these types of land owners.
  3. Hes a big boy. Know any WWF wrestlers?
  4. Well maybe today the number of casual US riders is so small that this wont make a big difference. But like manditory passports reduced US ridership, this will again reduce US sledder numbers riding in QC. No fault of anyone here, just the way it is.....
  5. Is this still true? A lot of Americans are in the habit of just getting day and week passes at the Hotels when they show up. I did this for years when I worked for a living, and had no free time.
  6. Yes, hes everywhere. Sadly everywhere but on this forum..........................😢
  7. In late February , on a friday, we rode from Saguenney back down 83. 83 was perfect. Got down to 3 west, and it was almost immediatly bumpy. Had lunch at the 1st relay. The name of which escapes me, buts its one cabin like big room with 6mil poly all over the rafters to stop leaks I guess, but fast service and great chow. There were lots of sleds there and from that point on 3 was a bounce fest for the next 50 miles, until we got close to St anne-de-beaupre, and a new club tookover. Gotta say, over the years, the section east of St Anne de beaupre, until about 10 miles south of the 83-3 split, is rarely good and often bad. And the Pig farm smells around Clermont just add to the ambiance
  8. I must not be keeping up with the latest technology. Carbides?.......they look like nuns for a Rev.
  9. Amen to that. Bill told me in February that he wasnt on because the Delta wasnt an advertiser, and he stays there,... something to that effect. Still makes no sense, Why would he care? I know his last post was about his on board fire extinguisher, a couple of folks replied and i dont think he liked the replys. That was Last year... Ice took exception to a reply someone gave him on his trip in early February and he replyed back. His reply was removed and I guess that was enough to cause him to go MIA. Its a real shame because we all go to this site for real time info from the serious riders who live there. Their knowledge, stories, advice is what made this site. I cant offer diddly from down here in Cow Hampshire about anything current up there. The reality is we are rewarded by Iceman, Bill and others being on here, They dont really get much back in return, so when they go, its Our loss.
  10. Looks like mid-winter up there still Groomer! Even the river is still tight.Great day to be a wind mill owner.
  11. Thanks for another another super report Alaine! I agree with you on liking the hard smooth trails. They're the best How many miles/kilometers do you typically ride in a season? Just curious.
  12. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMixnGRrMjE Kennebec river Maine 1976
  13. I talked to Bill at the Delta last week. He says his non-reporting has something to do with him being at the Delta and theyre not a QR sponsor..... I still dont get it. Its not like you can get jail time for giving trail reports. And it looks like Iceman has left QR as well (Im still hoping not...). So, the 2 places I frequent the most, Shawinigan and Saguenne have no one with boots on the ground local reporting knowledge.😟
  14. Bill is the ultimate American promoter of Quebec sledding, especially in Saguenney lac st. Jean. Too bad he isnt on here anymore😟
  15. I know this is Icemans reporting page but as of yesterday, heres what I saw. From Shawinigan over to St. Raymond there is close to 4 feet of snow on the ground. Only in 2008 have I seen deeper snow there. Reggie and Pascal have a crew in today to clear the roof on the low units at the Drakkar. Unless it gets very warm, or a big rain, this area should run deep into March.