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On 2016-10-15 at 11:52 PM, Florida Snowman said:

Place looks awesome JG!

Gonna be even cozier in there this winter!

Let's get some miles in again together this winter!

Best,

Tom

Hi Tom

Place is much cozier now like you said, this past week a few nights went to -10° To -15°c, electric heaters are set at 15°c and the wood stove would keep the house around 26° to 28°c. I was monitoring the indoor temperature in the mornings, we would only lose 2° over night. 

More snow coming Tuesday..

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1 hour ago, Trailblazer said:

Hi Tom

Place is much cozier now like you said, this past week a few nights went to -10° To -15°c, electric heaters are set at 15°c and the wood stove would keep the house around 26° to 28°c. I was monitoring the indoor temperature in the mornings, we would only lose 2° over night. 

More snow coming Tuesday..

Hey JG,

Happy New Year!

Windows, doors & insulation make an amazing difference.  Less temperature amplitude in both cooling & heating seasons.  Also the noise insulation & sound deadening are a great added plus!

Ride safe & hope to see you soon on the trails!

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Thanks JG

Yes very lucky, for many years we would rough it with no running water but our stays would be very short. Since 2 years now I have modified the water system for the winter months, ohhhh how much do I appreciate running water now.

 

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Friday drove up with the trailer and 2 sleds, from Chenneville and on the snow banks on the side of the road was telling stories. They got a ton of snow here and according to the clubs website they have been grooming. 

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After unloading our gear I went to start up the water system and got a little surprise, heater in the well is kaputt, reservoir tank showing 0 lbs of pressure, try the pump and got a humming noise. Oh boy it's frozen so I check for cracks/split and didn't see or feel any, grab a spare heater get her going and after an hour pressure gauge is beginning to show pressure and not wet spots anywhere. Let her go for the night and start up the system in the morning with no troubles. Lucky!! Heater must've crapped out during the week when the temps were fairly mild, positive in the day and very minimal negatives in the evening. Friday night fell to -24°c pump would've split in two for sure. Saturday morning off to the hardware store for a replacement. 

On the trails by 12:30 to meet CNC in town, couldn't find CNC oh this week end is going great. So decide to go for a little run, check out the local stuff. 43 to the 323 then took the local back to the 43 back to town, 2 hours. Met a few guys and talked trail conditions and they said everything around there was groomed. All the trails I rode on was hard as nails and flat, Koodos to the groomers for saving the trails.

Jan. 15

My ride today up the trail by the lake showed just a small spot in the middle not frozen yet. Later in the afternoon we saw 2 sleds running up the lake starting from my end and I was in awe!!! Where they were riding was open water just 2 weeks ago and all of last week was positive temps in the day so I figure maybe 2 inch at the most, hope they made it. Crazy!!

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Didn't get much riding in and the some I did phone froze on me, so sorry no more pics. Had the stove stoked Saturday night.

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Hiding in plain view JG, grin. Yes trail conditions were very good considering the mild weather a few days before. Railway bed from Arundel to st Remi was hard and smooth with just enough loose snow to kick up a good dust at speed. Over the mountain on onto the Lac des Plages trail was hard well covered no rocks or icy spots. A few icy sections that had been water on the lac des Plages trail but marked with tape. Lake des Plages it's self was hard frozen slush if you kept to the trail. To that point little or no traffic. It picked up after Lac Dore and the trails were still good. The rock hard base should keep us in good shape through the coming mild spell.

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To begin with my ride yesterday was in 3 different regions and 2 different provinces so I have to pick one to post in and so it is the Outaouais region because it was our destination.

Went for a ride to the cottage and back from the back yard yesterday, we were 4 leaving at 8:30 and by 9:30 we were 3. 2 smoker down. Local out out've the yard to the 306 across the lake then hanged a right at the first local then a left on the 33 then a left on the first local then a right on the 301 back to the 33 then back to the 301 again and into Rigaud. Mach Z down in St.Marthe, out comes the tow rope, first sled behnd my Enduro virginity is over. Tow him into Rigaud make transport arrangements fuel up and we're off, sorry bud but we've all been there, time to go home now.

Ride out on the 317 to the Ontario border then hang a right on local just before the border down to the dam in Pointe-Fortune. On the other side we ride the lake up to Cushing then local up to the 3. By this time I wish I had've worn an extra layer, my pork chops were starting to freeze up, wicked flat and fast trails to this point and we were burning them up, everything was groomed the night before and in many areas we were the first. 3 to the end then 317 north to local into Montcalm, did a wave to CNC while passing through. Awesome trail linking the 317 to Montcalm, big thanks to CNC for his recommendation. Out've Montcalm we ride the local which used to be the old 43 railbed into St.Remi, then back into the mountains again to the existing 43 intersection. Decision time, where to, Lac des Plages way or Vendee way, Vendee way meaning 43 east, local then 323 back to 43. We choose Lac des Plages and happy we did, lake crossing was flat and smooth and on the other side trail was freshly groomed, wide and flat and fast for a mountain trail. Fuel up in Duhamel collect a few beverages and off to the cottage for a BBQ lunch.

Okay lunch is over and we're on the go again, railbed into town then 43 east out've town down to the 323 which is all railbed too. Now this is where it gets interesting. I have to say I was pretty close to the 43/323 inter as I have passed all the usual land marks when out of no where well actually they were there on the opposite side of the trail parked, 2 Scandics with luggage and 2 guys wearing olive green vests, one stands up and starts walking to the middle of the trail waving me over, I think OH Chibougamau SQs, not knowing what my speed was 'cause I'm looking at the trail not the dash thinking I must've been a little over😎. I didn't stop, buzz on through buddy behind me does the same then they jump on their sleds and give chase so my buddy says, he toyed with them a bit then squeezed it. I'm thinking they must have another team up front and they are going to radio them, well as it stand they did. As I reach the 43/323 inter they is another pair of them, did they make the call hmmm but 2 sleds are coming the opposite way and they were in a hurry to stop them, we wisk by hanging a left onto the 323 while they were busy with the other 2, buzz on down the trail with our tail between our legs crossing Lac Simon where we wait for our third party. 

15 minutes goes by along with a few sleds then he shows with a big grin on his face. Turns out when they started to give chase he was just behind them and at the intersection they stopped him for questioning, wanted to know who the other 2 guys were, even went through his cell phone looking for names and phone numbers to confirm what he had said to them, lucky I was not in his address book but the other was and he might be getting a phone call. Hmmm......

On the go again into Chenneville for more fuel, trail was surprisingly nice given it was a Saturday. This part of the 323 has a lot of traffic. 323 south to local into Montebello all in great shape, they sure do a great job of grooming over here in AMVN. Onto the Ottawa river run it to Fasset cross to Lefaivre Ontario, take a break and discuss that phone call to be. Buzz down to Alfred connect with Ontario's Top A trail that'll bring us through Vanleek Hill and back into Rigaud, trails in Ontario were flat and fast but lack signage, by this time it was dark and visibility is limited in the dark on those highways so we behave ourselves. Once in Rigaud we back track the way out, Rigaud mountain was pretty beat but the rest of the trails back showed some wear and were wind swept but still in great shape.

I have to say what a difference from one week to the next, last week i was in Joliette and St.Z trails were mash patatoes and mogul city, with the cold we had all week sure did firm things up, my area last week was a 2 star rating and this weekend was a 4 and 5 star rating, weather is the key to happy trails.

Sorry no pics today was holding onto the handle bars, 300 miles in mountains and woods will do that to ya.

485 Klms round trip.

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First let me say this guy trailblazer waved to me?, I don't know him, that is my story and I am sticking to it🙊 Nice report JG, actually while you were waving, maybe to my house in the distance, we were  headed down the other end of 317 to Pine hill. I wondering how can they prove the slower guy was even with you guys?, it is not un common for sleds to be behind each other and not know each other. Time to list all phone contacts as accomplice A, accomplice B etc. I'm doubting they can prove anything. 

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One of those 2 SQ was a really by the book the other was more reasonable. I told him i was just following by other 2 buddies and focused on the trail and not speedo a d that my buddy was OPP. Didnt help. They hit the brakes when they saw them i was in the snow dust and got nailed  waiting anxiously nowfor the mailto come and see what they send  apparently its just an 80 fine on the trail no points etc as different act they say

 

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Precisely why I didn't stop, they stood in the middle of the trail had no police flashing light on and was waiving me over like I'm going to stop and give myself a ticket, work for it boys! These cops are not SQ officers IMO they are Revenue Québec agents, I pay enough taxes to support a couple families in this province and those taxes are paying their salaries so guys it's  not just about sitting on your sled waiting for the kill, kind've like bait hunting, no sport in that.

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Most times we would have kept going if it was just 2 of us but 4 and 1 being ex Ont cop felt better. I know after us they weren't catching anyone soon. Every one we passed knew well of 2 groups of cops ahead. 

Be sure to spread the news on the trail folks of cops in the area. 

Thanks 

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53 minutes ago, doo4adoo said:

Most times we would have kept going if it was just 2 of us but 4 and 1 being ex Ont cop felt better. I know after us they weren't catching anyone soon. Every one we passed knew well of 2 groups of cops ahead. 

Be sure to spread the news on the trail folks of cops in the area. 

Thanks 

What time of day did you passing through the Fecteau inter?

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Nice story.  Glad to see people can still have fun on the trails.

Are these so called law enforcement individuals permitted to search someone's telephone?  Can understand if you choose to volunteer their inspection but anything else is illegal (atleast south of the border).

Now for the million dollar question. ... are radar detectors permitted on trails?  I have no issue remote mounting an old detector but want to be 100% before doing so. Wouldn't mind placing an old passport or escort detector back into service.  Figure a Hammond enclosure and a few wires, remote mount the buzzer and ride.

 

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I know years ago that radar detectors in the truck were illegal.Used to be on the sign crossing into Canada.I think it may even have said possession was illega.lUsed to unplug it and put it in the glovebox.Don't remember seeing it recently,but maybe I'm just not looking cause I'm not packing anymore since they came out with laser.

So anyway ,if it is illegal on a vehicle I would think it's also illegal on anything else.

 

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54 minutes ago, NSHM said:

I know years ago that radar detectors in the truck were illegal.Used to be on the sign crossing into Canada.I think it may even have said possession was illega.lUsed to unplug it and put it in the glovebox.Don't remember seeing it recently,but maybe I'm just not looking cause I'm not packing anymore since they came out with laser.

So anyway ,if it is illegal on a vehicle I would think it's also illegal on anything else.

 

  Provincial laws ban radar detectors in Ontario and Quebec as well as several other provinces. The OPP and SQ use Spectre RDD to catch detector users. You might beat them if you use a stealth  radar detector. Since most infractions they are handing out to sleds are adopted from the Quebec highway safety code, I would bet detectors on a sled are a no no too.

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