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Shawinigan Day Trips 2/15-2/19

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We wound up doing 915 almost completely fine miles out of Shawinigan last week.

Monday: Shakedown loop around Shawinigan on the orange (M-1, 3, 5) trails: 35mi

Tuesday: 318e, 351n, gas in St Joseph, part way up 355n, M7s, 318e, 353s, kick-ass Hawaiian pizza @ Motel Resto in St Ubalde (it kills your time & miles, but it's totally worth it), 302w, 351s: 172mi

Wednesday: 318w, gas @ Cabanon in St Zenon, 345n to Barrage Taureau, 360e, gas & Red Bulls (no pizza this day) @ Matawin, 347s down the river/Grand Mere: 228mi

Thursday: 3e, gas @ Portneuf, toured Ice Hotel in St Catherine, 73n, lunch & gas @ St Raymond/Roquemont (rail bed was slushy & bumpy), 73n, 353s, 318e, 3w: 230mi

Friday: Up 347n/the river, 360e, 351s 5mi to top off gas (which enabled us to bypass going into LaTuque), 355n, 73s (WOW, with a few miles of bumps toward the 3rd 3rd), lunch @ Clem's/Marmite relay, gas @ Riviere-a-Pierre, 353s, 318e, 3w: 250mi

Total miles 915.

Total ungroomed 15.

There were a few icy and/or snirty corners, a few random rocks, and a mile or two of bare roadside per day (thanks to that rain), but the trails were amazing considering the clubs have had so little to work with.

Traffic was light on the big trails. Close to the hubs (St Zenon, St Raymond) the trails were noticeably and understandably more banged up, but the groomers are keeping on it.

The 4 in our group all agreed that the trail pass money was well spent (especially the 18 yr old nephew who'd never seen a sled before and turned out to be a natural).

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We wound up doing 915 almost completely fine miles out of Shawinigan last week.

Monday: Shakedown loop around Shawinigan on the orange (M-1, 3, 5) trails: 35mi

Tuesday: 318e, 351n, gas in St Joseph, part way up 355n, M7s, 318e, 353s, kick-ass Hawaiian pizza @ Motel Resto in St Ubalde (it kills your time & miles, but it's totally worth it), 302w, 351s: 172mi

Wednesday: 318w, gas @ Cabanon in St Zenon, 345n to Barrage Taureau, 360e, gas & Red Bulls (no pizza this day) @ Matawin, 347s down the river/Grand Mere: 228mi

Thursday: 3e, gas @ Portneuf, toured Ice Hotel in St Catherine, 73n, lunch & gas @ St Raymond/Roquemont (rail bed was slushy & bumpy), 73n, 353s, 318e, 3w: 230mi

Friday: Up 347n/the river, 360e, 351s 5mi to top off gas (which enabled us to bypass going into LaTuque), 355n, 73s (WOW, with a few miles of bumps toward the 3rd 3rd), lunch @ Clem's/Marmite relay, gas @ Riviere-a-Pierre, 353s, 318e, 3w: 250mi

Total miles 915.

Total ungroomed 15.

There were a few icy and/or snirty corners, a few random rocks, and a mile or two of bare roadside per day (thanks to that rain), but the trails were amazing considering the clubs have had so little to work with.

Traffic was light on the big trails. Close to the hubs (St Zenon, St Raymond) the trails were noticeably and understandably more banged up, but the groomers are keeping on it.

The 4 in our group all agreed that the trail pass money was well spent (especially the 18 yr old nephew who'd never seen a sled before and turned out to be a natural).

Thanks for the report, Plan to be in Shawinigan March 6 and ride those loops out and back. Been riding that area for 8 years and still can't believe the light snow year, but clubs are still doing well.

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Thanks for the report, Plan to be in Shawinigan March 6 and ride those loops out and back. Been riding that area for 8 years and still can't believe the light snow year, but clubs are still doing well.

The forecast is calling for snow on a daily basis over the next week. Let's hope this is the case!

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