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    Northbound reacted to towing in Taureau reservoir loop/ Mastigouche reserve photo ride report 13april2019   
    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
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    Northbound got a reaction from groomer in Happy Happy Birthday JG!   
    Happy Birthday JG, 1st pic (real time) from flatland Ohio. Next pics from west shore of Lake Huron then Georgian bay, last pic from Kincardine ont, on east shore of Huron. Pics for you groomer. Order may be messed up, remember it's the thought that counts.
     Have a good day!!!
         Jeff and Sandy 




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    Northbound reacted to lindasledgirl in Happy Birthday Jean-Guy Halle   
    https://youtu.be/OR8dtTMeDZ8
     
    Happy Birthday to my amazing Gaspesian Lumberjack, Groomer, Guide and best friend. 57!!! Wow you’re getting old lol 💋 
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    Northbound got a reaction from MrsGTRider in Happy Happy Birthday JG!   
    Happy Birthday JG, 1st pic (real time) from flatland Ohio. Next pics from west shore of Lake Huron then Georgian bay, last pic from Kincardine ont, on east shore of Huron. Pics for you groomer. Order may be messed up, remember it's the thought that counts.
     Have a good day!!!
         Jeff and Sandy 




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    Northbound got a reaction from PLAYHARD in Happy Happy Birthday JG!   
    Happy Birthday JG, 1st pic (real time) from flatland Ohio. Next pics from west shore of Lake Huron then Georgian bay, last pic from Kincardine ont, on east shore of Huron. Pics for you groomer. Order may be messed up, remember it's the thought that counts.
     Have a good day!!!
         Jeff and Sandy 




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    Northbound got a reaction from GT Rider in Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!   
    No..... thank you groomer!!   Hope you enjoy your summer...until next year
          Jeff & Sandy
     
     
     
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    Northbound reacted to groomer in Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!   
    bonsoir !!!
     
    my season kaputt tonight ....back from albertville....still few days of riding around town...better up the hills...
    in the name of the president..secretary ...lorraine ....fleurette...joyce ...karine ...stephanie and myself ...just want to say thank you to those who supported us , with trail passes....stopping at the clubhouse to say hello...etc !!!
     
    great season...windy a lot again !!!...forgot to check....but must be a bit over 400 hrs of grooming !!!
    thx all !!!
     
    jean-guy





















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    Northbound got a reaction from nyskidooerinnewhampshire in Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!   
    No..... thank you groomer!!   Hope you enjoy your summer...until next year
          Jeff & Sandy
     
     
     
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    Northbound reacted to groomer in Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!   
    hi 603backcountry and jak !!!
     
    thx....still great conditions for sure...only in town getting low...but still rideable !!!
    awesome weather for riding ...blue sky day ....-16 c yesterday morning ...warmer this morning ...when i rode with ontario friends few weeks ago...we met a guy from cross point at the st fidele cb ...and he said ,normally we can come here til late april ...
    if i have the chance , might ride a bit this week ...today , im going to pick up my stuff in the machine ...
    and yes....b / w pics can make a great effect ...time to time i like it !!!
     
    jean-guy











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    Northbound got a reaction from SnomoGary in Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!   
    If today is your last run for the season, it looks like you had a beautiful day for it. Glad you didn't have to shovel. As usual, thanks for all the pics.                                         Whats your prediction on when you can get to your cabin by quad?
         
     
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    Northbound got a reaction from PLAYHARD in Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!   
    If today is your last run for the season, it looks like you had a beautiful day for it. Glad you didn't have to shovel. As usual, thanks for all the pics.                                         Whats your prediction on when you can get to your cabin by quad?
         
     
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    Northbound got a reaction from nyskidooerinnewhampshire in Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!   
    If today is your last run for the season, it looks like you had a beautiful day for it. Glad you didn't have to shovel. As usual, thanks for all the pics.                                         Whats your prediction on when you can get to your cabin by quad?
         
     
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    Northbound reacted to groomer in Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!   
    bonsoir northbound !!!
     
    great day for sure...snow started to get sticky around 11 am maybe....where there was no wind ..bad.....
    glad ...no shoveling ...i was sinking between 2 drifts...at the end...i had about 3' to move...just used my head and think ....came very close !!!
    snow was slippery ...too warm...no traction !!!
    well , average for the camp by 4w....may 10 th ....in 2010 , i was there april 16 or 17 th...very early !!!
     
    jean-guy






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    Northbound reacted to groomer in Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!   
    bonsoir !!!
     
    back from tq 5 !!! 12 hrs run ...nice drifts ....almost get stuck...came very close.......i was in no mood to shovel !!!
    about 20 sleds...this should be my last run....if raining ...in town could be critical ...the rest still a-1 !!!
     
    jean-guy






















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    Northbound reacted to NHTOM in 20 000 miles 900 turbo!!!   
    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. 
     
     
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    Northbound reacted to 603backcountry in Spring Fling   
    Day 5 from Manicouagan reservoir back to km 31, pushing miles and miles of snow, snow was really sticky and we were chewing up fuel and oil faster than whimpy eats burgers.  Arrived last night into km 31 around 7 pm with 300 miles for the day a big day for sure.  The teamwork of this group led by Team Maine’s Early Rider is nothing short of amazing.  After 1,000 miles of extremely adverse conditions not being on any marked trail this is truly an adventure not for the faint of heart.  Take care signing off from km 31.
    603 Backcountry 
     


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    Northbound reacted to smclelan in 20 000 miles 900 turbo!!!   
    Wow! This guy is a monster sledder. It would be great to have someone with his experience on Quebec Rider. 
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    Northbound reacted to groomer in Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!   
    hi gutz !!!
     
    sure !!! even on the beaver on the other post !!!
    well , very windy today + temps up to 11 c ....went to check at the '' school bus ''....water everywhere on the road...raining lightly right now ....
    few moose and deer from the sur trac days !!!
    still 10c at the airport !!!...just lucky it has been cloudy all day !!!
     
    jean-guy







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    Northbound got a reaction from PLAYHARD in 6 Amigos on the move, the final run!   
    I never get tired of random trail pics. Thanks for posting.👍
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    Northbound reacted to mikerider in 2019 Riviere du Loup Area Trail Conditions   
    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. 
     


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    Northbound reacted to Cnc in 911 emergency plan   
    I imagine this plan will be adopted else where in Quebec but the MRC des Laurentides has made a plan of evacuation obligatory for all recreational trails in case of emergency in it’s territory. There will be 911 emergency signs at the beginning of trails and every 2 KM a sign with a location number beginning with the letter F, so the 911 operator will know exactly where you are when you tell them the F-number. This system is only going into service next season but already the signs are being installed..



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    Northbound reacted to towing in Joliette/Lac Blanc/St-Michel des Saints photo ride report 25march2019   
    With thaws on Thursday/Friday, it is not easy for snowmobile clubs to shape up the trails for us. It was the second consecutive week with essentially the same scenario: too hot and too wet Friday night to be able to groom. Although it was riding up north, we waited for Sunday to try it out. We left from home in St-Thomas around 8:00 Sunday morning under a temperature of -6C. Very spring conditions with hard as concrete trail. Scratchers were mandatory not an option. Another sign of spring: here on the picture near home, we can see that the trail that crosses a ditch has begun to drop a bit ... 


     
    I personnaly really like hard trails, my venture ride on it like a train on rails. You just touch the throttle to ride at very good speeds and the track hangs so nicely...
    Here in the fields towards St-Norbert. Joliette had not groomed after the thaw but with the 2 scratchers down, it was a race track!



    And here in the maple grove just north of St-Norbert



    Farther, the snowmobile club of St-Gabriel Brandon had groomed all its territory in the night giving us perfect trails. The best ones of all the ride in fact



    My intention was to go to Mandeville so we went to take a look at Lake Maskinongé shortcut. Pretty much water over the ice that has wear through snow so the club had closed it



    So we continued on #63 trail



    And then took #345 trail to Mandeville



    Mandeville had not groomed after the mild weather but it was riding well, the trails were in good condition. We took the trail # 349. There are some sections on forest road, just enought snow on the edge and it was fine. The snow banks are still impressive!



    We stop at 10:00 at the Lac Blanc outfitter to refuel before going in the Mastigouche reserve


     
    The lake infront had pretty much water on the ice...



    We then came back a bit and took the #350(trail a Gaston) toward the Reserve. Freshly groomed trail with some new snow over gave real nice winter conditions


     
    We continued to #23 trail in the Mastigouche Reserve that we took to the west to go to St-Zenon. Not groomed recently but a beautiful layer of new snow on a hard base, ride nicely even with a bit of ripples in the curves



    We rode it all the way to the junction with #345 trail (Cabanon/Taureau Dam) that we took south





    We then took the #63 to go to St-Michel des Saints.



    We arrived for lunch at the Vieux Moulin à Scie around 12:30 with 134miles on the venture dreameter



    After a very good meal and a fuelup for the venture we left on #33 trail toward the west



    Had a small tear on my cheek when passing infront the Rouge-Mattawin relay closed this winter



    Just across the new trail to Mont-Tremblant Park



    We continued on the #33. The 2.5 miles of road side was on limit to be good, they should  trace us a sidewalk on the edge because the dirt was very near on some spots





    We then took the 1st local trail (orange on the map) to go on the #63.





    We pass at La Glacière



    We then took the #350 trail in front


     
    And catch the #23 trail down south to St-Gabriel and took the same route as in the morning. Here at the Hut at the top of the hill at St-Damien.


    It was impressive the difference just 1mile further down the hill. The trail went from winter condition to advanced spring condition, very very soft. It rode well but have to hang on the bars tight!  We followed our morning path and came back home around 6:00 PM with 255 miles on the venture dreameter. Surely the last one starting directly from the home, the trailer will have to take back service to stretch the season a little more.
    Riding will still be possible in the weeks coming but not everywhere, some clubs south of Lanaudière have started to close mainly because of rivers but the north is still strong. The weather will play a big part for the next, in anyway the trail condition web site is always a good place to have details on the clubs: https://www.snowmobilecountry.ca/en/conditions/
    Good end of season everybody!
    Alain
     
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    Northbound reacted to groomer in chauffeur !!!   
    i did nt check much ...
    on the news...i don t know how to say that ....no more sailing for the apollo ......last week , ship was leaking ....+ the bumpy ride in the dock in matane !!!
     
    jean-guy
     
     
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    Northbound reacted to groomer in Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!   
    good morning !!!
    back from tq 5 !!!
    trail was still soft for the machine at many places...only -7c at 3 am ...snowing a little on my way back ....windy !!!
    on my way back ...climbing first hill west of st fidele cb ...right in the sharp corner with the tree stand on the left side....fell off the trail...almost looked like the driver of the apollo .....ahaha
    went slowly to have grip to come back on the trail !!!
     
    jean-guy




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    Northbound reacted to revct1 in 2019 Riviere du Loup Area Trail Conditions   
    Oh oh!  It just stopped running coming out of that last corner.  It felt like it was firing on one cylinder for hundred meters and then came to a rolling stop.  Did it run out of fuel?  No it was full of fuel 40 miles ago.  Blown belt.  No. 
    Boy there is a lot of steam coming out from under that right side panel.  Hey Mike & Joe, I don't remember seeing the pink snow when the sled stopped.  Hmm?  The anti-freeze bottle is empty.  We can only move the primary clutch about an inch in either direction and it makes a funny clunking sound. 
    13,000 miles on the 850.  I thought these were going to go further than the 800 E-tecs.  My last two E-tecs I had 15,000 and 13,500 no rebuilds on either.
    Sandi isn't with me on this trip.  First time she couldn't make it in years.  Her new 600R is in the trailer!  Should I?
    Jack & no Sandi