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Joliette/St-Donat Black Mountain photo-ride report 26january2019

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My sweetheart being back from her trip, she accompanied me riding yesterday to see the Black Mountain of St-Donat. We made a nice big loop of 235 miles following the route below


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The bad weather last Thursday (January 24th) left some ice in the trees in the south of my area. Here on trail # 43 near home in St-Thomas

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We took the #3 trail westbound. Beautiful hard and fast trail,  a bit hard (-17C this morning) so I lowered a scratchcher for security but not really necessary.


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Here a river in  St-Roch l'Achigan area. A little scary but it's just some water that had risen on the ice and frozen there, very solid. We crossed several rivers and they were all in good condition, this one being the worst

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In St-Lin direction, still some ice  in the trees and perfect trail

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We passed through St-Calixte ...

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and ride to the #33 trail that we took in west direction(northwest)

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Here on the lake at Ste-Marguerite Lake Masson

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We had not seen any trace of ice for a while but here a little north of Esterel there is a still icy area. So beautiful with the sun!


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And going north towards St-Donat it quickly becomes a white painted scenery

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the beauties of nature ...

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We turned before St-Donat to get the local trail to the Mountain

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Here the view of the summit taken from the top of the belvedere ...

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It was our first time on a clear day. The view is simply amazing


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The gray jays were there again always as hungry

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We spent quite a bit of time at the summit as we improvised a dinner/snacks there. Cold for the fingers but it allowed us to enjoy the place a little longer. No it's not one of her finger that the bird is eating but a piece of saucage!!!

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We then continued on the other side of the mountain(north)


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the north side trail is also really nice to ride/see and the snow is really good

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We crossed the Archambault Lake to return to St-Donat and refuel

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And then returned to the east by the #33 trail,  first part was somewhat bumpy but we met the dozer there


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We passed the Coin Lavigne, joined the #63 trail and ride back down to Ste-Émilie de l'Energie

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Where we crossed another dozer

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We stopped to have a good meal break around 5:00 PM in St-Jean de Matha before continuing and come back home around 7:30 PM with a total of 235 miles on the dreammeter.

In the end, the bad weather of last week has not damaged the trails and on the contrary had increase the snow to the ground. In fact the snow is impressive especially on the north side, we are really spoiled this season with a really better than average snow cover.

The best of the season is now,  don't wait because it is too cold: it's winter !!! go out and enjoy, it's now that it is happening !!!

You can still take a look here to see trails details in the trail condition section or use the rest of the site as a planning helper for your next trip: https://www.snowmobilecountry.ca/en/conditions/

Alain

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Nice report Alain thinks look to be in great shape

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You do such a nice job.  Thank you for wonderful reports and photos.  My friends and I are heading to Quebec for a week long saddlebag trip.  St. Zenon to LaTuque to Lac St Jean.  Looking forward to the great riding Quebec has to offer.

 

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On 1/27/2019 at 6:35 PM, smclelan said:

Great report. Your photographer has done an amazing job!!

Thank you smclelan! she's back on my back...seat!! love to ride with my sweethheart 💕

On 1/27/2019 at 6:46 PM, snowmaster2112 said:

Beautiful and I just missed you In St Jean de Matha by a day. We left there (right near Gero) on Friday afternoon.

Thanks Chris ! the conditions are outstanding and with the cold pretty low traffics so let's enjoy!!!

22 hours ago, P Hardy said:

Great pictures, thanks for posting!

 

You are welcome P Hardy!

12 hours ago, lachdave said:

You do such a nice job.  Thank you for wonderful reports and photos.  My friends and I are heading to Quebec for a week long saddlebag trip.  St. Zenon to LaTuque to Lac St Jean.  Looking forward to the great riding Quebec has to offer.

 

Thanks for such great comment! I wish you alot of miles and smiles, fun and a safe ride.

2 hours ago, spanky123 said:

I love to see your reports and great pics!  

My pleasure spanky123!!!

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