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2018 Riviere du Loup Trail Conditions/Gossip/Tidbits

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250 miles today going west to Tourville, over to Sp Pamphile, From there started over the mountain on 571 but met someone saying its a no go. Went back to RR bed #35 and made our way east and then south to Chavellier Club on #35 and stayed on 35 to 85 to RDL. Lots of fresh groomed trails that again weren't on this morning's grooming  report. When we left the hotel this morning we took 526 east up along the St. Lawrence, the section I call the shortcut to 5 or the 'bypass'. I would avoid this for awhile. One field is now a frozen lake but may be some time before the groomer dares to trust the ice. 

A very good site for checking conditions early in the season or after a meltdown is Sledmagazine.com, hit trail conditions, then scroll down to regions like Bas St Laurent. This gives a condition listed by every club in the province, listed as red, yellow or green. Right now Chaudierre is showing almost all red.

As for RDL riding, there is good riding, lots of excellent riding (I haven't been to Rimouski so not sure about that area which is on of our favorite loops). If Lac St Jean area is better, I would go there instead due to some important trail closures in this area.

Mike

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10 minutes ago, mikerider said:

250 miles today going west to Tourville, over to Sp Pamphile, From there started over the mountain on 571 but met someone saying its a no go. Went back to RR bed #35 and made our way east and then south to Chavellier Club on #35 and stayed on 35 to 85 to RDL. Lots of fresh groomed trails that again weren't on this morning's grooming  report. When we left the hotel this morning we took 526 east up along the St. Lawrence, the section I call the shortcut to 5 or the 'bypass'. I would avoid this for awhile. One field is now a frozen lake but may be some time before the groomer dares to trust the ice. 

A very good site for checking conditions early in the season or after a meltdown is Sledmagazine.com, hit trail conditions, then scroll down to regions like Bas St Laurent. This gives a condition listed by every club in the province, listed as red, yellow or green. Right now Chaudierre is showing almost all red.

As for RDL riding, there is good riding, lots of excellent riding (I haven't been to Rimouski so not sure about that area which is on of our favorite loops). If Lac St Jean area is better, I would go there instead due to some important trail closures in this area.

Mike

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23 hours ago, NSHM said:

Wonder if it has anything to do with throwing a stud last year.Might be a loose clamp somewhere when the front exchanger was repaired or a rub thru on a hose under the motor.

Should still be under warranty.

I can't see it being a major issue.  The oil is clean and no steam coming out the exhaust.  Hopefully it is a quick fix.  The tough part of it is finding the leak.

Jack & Sandi

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Looking good Mike  and Terry.  Wish we were still there but we have to tend to business every now and then.

We made it back to CT without any mishaps.  There was a light snow thru VT and MA.  CT was still clear.   The snow came in overnight and only a couple of inches.

Jack & Sandi

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The cooler was replaced in March 2017.  We didn't run the sled after that last season.  This season it has the leak so I'm figuring it has something to do with the work done in the March.  Thanks for the insight.

Jack

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Today Terry and I did my favorite loop, 5E to Rimouski, 35 S  &  W to Squatec, and 171SW to RR bed 85. Beautiful along the river before Squatec, and same along lake on 85. 250 mile day, in by 4:30.   Almost every mile on the whole trip freshly groomed. Met maybe dozen on-coming sleds all day.  5E on the power lines was smooth fast and oh so much fun, as were the rolling hills thru the fields of Rimouoski.

mike

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8 minutes ago, mikerider said:

Today Terry and I did my favorite loop, 5E to Rimouski, 35 S  &  W to Squatec, and 171SW to RR bed 85. Beautiful along the river before Squatec, and same along lake on 85. 250 mile day, in by 4:30.   Almost every mile on the whole trip freshly groomed. Met maybe dozen on-coming sleds all day.  5E on the power lines was smooth fast and oh so much fun, as were the rolling hills thru the fields of Rimouoski.

mike

Great day!

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Oh so nice.  That is one of the best rides out there and so few people riding.  Giddy-up guys!

Someone from the club should ask that Dodge what he's doing there?  You got a good picture of the plate.

Jack & Sandi

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3 hours ago, mikerider said:

Today Terry and I did my favorite loop, 5E to Rimouski, 35 S  &  W to Squatec, and 171SW to RR bed 85. Beautiful along the river before Squatec, and same along lake on 85. 250 mile day, in by 4:30.   Almost every mile on the whole trip freshly groomed. Met maybe dozen on-coming sleds all day.  5E on the power lines was smooth fast and oh so much fun, as were the rolling hills thru the fields of Rimouoski.

mike

Looks like the trails are shaping up nicely. Friday can't come soon enough for me !!

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As I understand it, when you check in to the Universel Hotel, you can chose the package  deal. With that they include breakfast and dinner. pay for one beer  and second is half price, and a ten dollar gift certificate for anything at the hotel.  This is all per night, every night you are there. So beer and ten dollars are coupons that are given for every night. I don't do the package, I like to hit La Cage Au Sports for supper, a short drive, and Levesque Hotel for very fine dining. Another tidbit,  usually the hotel is only booked on weekends if there is a hockey tournament. Thus I try to arrive on Sundays with no reservations, and get on a waiting list for the coming weekend. Also, if the hotel is booked, you can still get a room thru hotel discount sites, more rooms become available closer to the date you arrive.

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