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On SledMagazine.com's Trail Conditions they list trail conditions by region and each region reports from each club. As of now, Bas St-Laurent has 8 greens (fully open/excellent) and 2 yellows (open/use caution). No other area comes close. Last year Bas St-Laurent was the first to report all green for the entire region. Looks like it is time to fire up the sleds. If things keep progressing at this rate, hope to see you all around the 7th or 8th of January.

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On ‎12‎/‎21‎/‎2017 at 3:24 PM, RoadRunner said:

Mike we are planning to be at RDL the night of Jan 2 and Jan 6.  , going to just miss you by a day!

mike, dave, and  myself will be there also ... roadrunner , would like to meet  man behind that name .  will look you up  ,when we roll in .      ed

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9 hours ago, eddieskidoo said:

mike, dave, and  myself will be there also ... roadrunner , would like to meet  man behind that name .  will look you up  ,when we roll in .      ed

Eddie, looks like we will be there on Wed, Jan 3 now and maybe back in on the 6 th if we loop back that way.  Either way , it would be great to connect if it works out.  Happy trails!

RR

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We left Victoriaville heading for RDL via trail 35 and than up to 5 at Saint Gervais. We continued to experience what, I call, marginal snow conditions. Bare spots in some fields, clicking frozen ground and rocks on some trails. Still very rideable, but not what you would call classic Quebec trail conditions. It still is only January 4 th, so we are not complaining 😉, just relaying the conditions. 

The 5 from St Gervais to Montmagny was by far the worst section, very rough and lots a gravel clicking along the hwy leading into Montmagny. 

Once we started out of Montmagny and got into some elevation the everything changed to the better. The conditions from Here to RDL, where much more , good, classic Quebec trail riding. 

The pics below depict how our afternoon went however, Backcountry 603 lost his 850 motor 30 Miles east of Montmagny , so unfortunately his trip was done, we continued on to RDL, and by this time the “Bomb Cyclone” was kicking in making the last 75 Miles very interesting traveling considering it was dark, heavy snow and high winds. We commented last night, over a few beers,  how you would be going along and all of a sudden the snow and blowing snow off the trees would completely white out your view for seconds at a time. We proceeded with the right tempo and caution. Arriving into the RDL club house around 6:30.  A full 275 mile day for sure.

Today we will see how the going is, and head for Moose Valley NB. The snow from last night and high winds will make this a fun ride for sure😉

Things should only continue to improve with each storm here

 

Happy Trails

RR

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Quite the adventure, RR. Thanks for posting conditions.  Great pictures.  You going over to Squatec and then south or just heading south down 85 straight to New Brunswick?

mike

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10 minutes ago, mikerider said:

Quite the adventure, RR. Thanks for posting conditions.  Great pictures.  You going over to Squatec and then south or just heading south down 85 straight to New Brunswick?

mike

Mike, We are heading to Squatec and in thru Biencourt, Lee at Moose Valley has posted they have got some good snow overnight so it may be a challenging day😉

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2 hours ago, RoadRunner said:

We left Victoriaville heading for RDL via trail 35 and than up to 5 at Saint Gervais. We continued to experience what, I call, marginal snow conditions. Bare spots in some fields, clicking frozen ground and rocks on some trails. Still very rideable, but not what you would call classic Quebec trail conditions. It still is only January 4 th, so we are not complaining 😉, just relaying the conditions. 

The 5 from St Gervais to Montmagny was by far the worst section, very rough and lots a gravel clicking along the hwy leading into Montmagny. 

Once we started out of Montmagny and got into some elevation the everything changed to the better. The conditions from Here to RDL, where much more , good, classic Quebec trail riding. 

The pics below depict how our afternoon went however, Backcountry 603 lost his 850 motor 30 Miles east of Montmagny , so unfortunately his trip was done, we continued on to RDL, and by this time the “Bomb Cyclone” was kicking in making the last 75 Miles very interesting traveling considering it was dark, heavy snow and high winds. We commented last night, over a few beers,  how you would be going along and all of a sudden the snow and blowing snow off the trees would completely white out your view for seconds at a time. We proceeded with the right tempo and caution. Arriving into the RDL club house around 6:30.  A full 275 mile day for sure.

Today we will see how the going is, and head for Moose Valley NB. The snow from last night and high winds will make this a fun ride for sure😉

Things should only continue to improve with each storm here

 

Happy Trails

RR

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Sorry to hear about 603's 850 was his break down in range of JPS free pick up service?

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9 hours ago, Scranton1 said:

Breakdowns suck.

Catastrophic failure on the 850? Mileage

 

10 hours ago, 182ray said:

Sorry to hear about 603's 850 was his break down in range of JPS free pick up service?

He arranged his own retrieval lol!

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 Today we found out what the Bomb Cyclone was all about, we were heading to Moose valley for the night but we did not make that by a long shot. We ended up with 80 Miles for the day of some of the best powder riding we had experienced since the Gaspe 10 years ago. It was a fun, exhausting day of laughs, exercise and memories. We found in some areas 42” of new snow in the trails. Light fluffy snow that if you could see and keep the snow from plugging the air intakes you could go on a 137” , but the 154 was an added bonus and the snow bungies got worked a lot.  We had an absolutely great time playing in this Bomb Cyclone Snow Blast!

Heading west tomorrow so we can enjoy the frigid temps that are coming tonight, home Sunday night.

 

The last two pics, the sled is not stuck, and sitting in the middle of the 544 trail, just west of St Hubert!

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That is some serious powder!  I am already out of breath and sweating just looking at the pictures.  My 1200 would not have even left the parking lot...lol.  I remember Bernard telling us that the best way to get going again was to lay down in front of the sled and start making snow angels.  Man that guy was funny.  Always ready for your arrival with a Heck of a beer.  I guess a skandic SWT might have come in handy today.  Keep posting pics RR. 

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9 minutes ago, RoadRunner said:

 Today we found out what the Bomb Cyclone was all about, we were heading to Moose valley for the night but we did not make that by a long shot. We ended up with 80 Miles for the day of some of the best powder riding we had experienced since the Gaspe 10 years ago. It was a fun, exhausting day of laughs, exercise and memories. We found in some areas 42” of new snow in the trails. Light fluffy snow that if you could see and keep the snow from plugging the air intakes you could go on a 137” , but the 154 was an added bonus and the snow bungies got worked a lot.  We had an absolutely great time playing in this Bomb Cyclone Snow Blast!

Heading west tomorrow so we can enjoy the frigid temps that are coming tonight, home Sunday night.

 

The last two pics, the sled is not stuck, and sitting in the middle of the 544 trail, just west of St Hubert!

Think more snow😉CB8C1F5D-5668-40AF-B38E-297E8784CDEC.thumb.jpeg.85913cbcfa56a7ced17a3daaad3736d6.jpeg42D72313-69C0-4380-9231-06348D93A2D9.thumb.jpeg.df2cd6d69ac8c91e4bae1f9f90ce6537.jpegA2D79CC2-3023-468A-863F-C494383C49AE.thumb.jpeg.db59aecfbfb80d04b6ee9b6700ce7583.jpeg4892CB5E-4ED9-469D-9C7D-2C2DAF635196.thumb.jpeg.1a20227cefa2d158dc230538359e7863.jpeg0A83EFB6-CF1B-4FE7-9C9D-23405551A2A8.thumb.jpeg.2cf93fe1412d79a33bca3695256fac34.jpeg68323C14-863B-4EDC-8EC8-0F119DCA7B0D.thumb.jpeg.aa4cacc8ea9a6a39306567a7f36b3184.jpeg

That is why we always say we are not going for a RIDE we are going for an ADVENTURE!!

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That is some really serious powder, Freeride powder but by far a free ride. Boys you’re are work’n overtime. 

Smiles and laughes are the highlight of the day, enjoy guys.

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12 hours ago, Je me souviens said:

That is some serious powder!  I am already out of breath and sweating just looking at the pictures.  My 1200 would not have even left the parking lot...lol.  I remember Bernard telling us that the best way to get going again was to lay down in front of the sled and start making snow angels.  Man that guy was funny.  Always ready for your arrival with a Heck of a beer.  I guess a skandic SWT might have come in handy today.  Keep posting pics RR. 

Much to my surprise my 137” 1200 did very well in 30”+ of light fluffy snow last season.65A3A7B6-3C37-440C-9E2F-BC6379F5B04C.thumb.png.9cdd1350649b9e4618fcbe1668d2bcb6.png

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Today we headed back west, ran 5 to Mt Carmel, down to 35 to Tourville for lunch. Than 35 to saint Damien de Buckland, than onto Levi’s for the night.  A cold but great ride, the 35 was nicely covered the entire length with good snow, and the 547 trail to 5 in St Gervais was good.

A cold ....but good 200 mile ride.

Tomorrow, back to Maine, for a nice, 1150 mile ride, with a very wide spectrum of riding conditions.

We met several, sleds out and about today, Tourville was busy

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11 hours ago, doonali said:

Much to my surprise my 137” 1200 did very well in 30”+ of light fluffy snow last season.65A3A7B6-3C37-440C-9E2F-BC6379F5B04C.thumb.png.9cdd1350649b9e4618fcbe1668d2bcb6.png

Je me souverne, and Doonali, our biggest issues were keeping air going to the engine and visibility, other than that we could have gone a lot further. The 154 track does give you a much wider range of capacity. But as Doonali says , that 1200, 137 will also get it done, just works harder to do it and is a bit less forgiving if you miscalculate and get into a bad hole😉.  Overall, we just loved getting to experience that much powder all at once, as I posted last night, this pic has the sled sitting in the middle of trail 544 and was not stuck, just needed to clear out shield for visibility. Standing up and leaning forward was the only way you could keep vision, but when you hit the drifts or extra deep spots , you lost all vision, a fun experience for sure!96975AD2-9D67-42EA-9593-736241471723.thumb.jpeg.a6f6059223a03928fe7fa86d330b1144.jpeg

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