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Left LeCabanon Monday morning took lake Toro to Canadaventure then 33 to Repos gassed up and on to Kanawata for an early lunch. Headed up 345 to 83 then West to Parent for the night. Stayed at L’ Ombré Vent. All trails in great shape low traffic.

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Day 2- Freezing rain snow mix Monday night left us with a freezing mist this AM. Cleaned the sleds off and leave about 8:45 heading towards Clova. Trail not groomed last night but still pretty good, the freezing mist is giving all 5 of us problems having to scrape the shields every 30 seconds or so including the 3 Oxygen helmets. Closer to Clova the mist stops we stop there for an early lunch then head to Lake Fallion. Trail is being groomed ahead of us and 1/2 way to Balbuzard we come up behind him. Even after we pass trail not bad just some loose snow on top. Balbuzard is for sure closed there is a cable across the end of the driveway with Ferme signs on. We get to Lake Fallion and gas up. The gas pump broke before our last guy could fill up. They gave him a 3 gallon can and we left for Senneterre. They have plenty of gas at Fallion just a broken pump hopefully it’s fixed by now. Get to Senneterre at 6:00 stay at Senabi for the night.

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8 hours ago, Carman said:

Looks like you guys are following ICEMAN and crew who are doing a similar loop.

Yes Carman, actually bumped into him today in Amos

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Day 3 actually Day 4 since we did ride Sunday in the Lanaudiere and Maurice area that I posted in the regional section. Today we left Senneterre and took 93 West.  Very cold this morning-16F no restaurant at the Senabi so we head to Barraute for breakfast and a much needed warm up. We continue on 93 to Amos where we top the gas and bump into Iceman at the pumps. After a nice chat we move on and find a warming hut with smoke in the chimney just after the Berry local trail. We warm up and make the final run into LaSarre to the Villa Mon Repos for the night. 93 did not disappoint today was smooth and fast and low traffic. Was cold cold today and with snow starting early afternoon we welcomed an early quit into the hotel at 3:00 and time to relax

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Beauty pics, Senneterre to La Sarre via 93 is a great run! Warmer day tomorrow hopefully you guys don’t get any freezing rain.

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56 minutes ago, Carman said:

Beauty pics, Senneterre to La Sarre via 93 is a great run! Warmer day tomorrow hopefully you guys don’t get any freezing rain.

Coming up next Thur.-that whole area is hard to beat!

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Day 5- Leave LaSarre still pretty cold -7F and 4” of fresh snow. Head down 93 and cut over to the Western loop. Heading to Duparquette to warm up and get breakfast, no deal both restaurants closed. Continue on to Rouyon Noranda gas up and get some breakfast, trails not too bad so far just some loose snow on top. Take the local cutoff to 83 heading east all groomed up until about 1/2 way to Preissac then gets a little rough and in need of grooming. From there take the local to the Manior des Rapides gas up and take a break, good food nice spot. Continue on the local to 307 for just a short section then back on the local to LaMotte and through to 309. This section of local trail was pretty rough back on the 309 all good again. Took the 309 into Val-D’Or for the night at the Forestel. Been here before great place to stay but the dinner takes way too long call St. Hubert lol

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The award winning St Hubert in Val d’Or is the best place to eat according to locals. Forestel is hard to beat, fantastic food, newly renovated accomedations, and great lit up video servalace parking lot for the sleds. 

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9 hours ago, Bunker said:

You're right about Forestel great rooms. but on average dinner between 1.5 to 3 hours.

Eat in bar much faster. Never had an issue. 

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Great pics and writeup, Thank You. We are in planning stages of similar route. Have couple questions hopefully someone can chime in. Is the section of trail 13 I circled in gray closed tight or is there a workaround? Also, has anyone traveled the section of 322 that I put a red line next to? 322 would eliminate our need to use the closed section of 13. 

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10 hours ago, Snobeeler said:

Great pics and writeup, Thank You. We are in planning stages of similar route. Have couple questions hopefully someone can chime in. Is the section of trail 13 I circled in gray closed tight or is there a workaround? Also, has anyone traveled the section of 322 that I put a red line next to? 322 would eliminate our need to use the closed section of 13. 

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10 hours ago, Snobeeler said:

Great pics and writeup, Thank You. We are in planning stages of similar route. Have couple questions hopefully someone can chime in. Is the section of trail 13 I circled in gray closed tight or is there a workaround? Also, has anyone traveled the section of 322 that I put a red line next to? 322 would eliminate our need to use the closed section of 13. 

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I believe club Les Our Blancs reported on FB that they were opening 13 towards Mount Laurier within the last day or so.

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14 hours ago, iceman said:

Eat in bar much faster. Never had an issue. 

Unfortunately that was in the bar area. This last time they did give us each a complimentary drink for the wait, which was really appreciated!

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4 hours ago, doonali said:

 

I believe club Les Our Blancs reported on FB that they were opening 13 towards Mount Laurier within the last day or so.

Thank You, Looked on FB to confirm.

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1 hour ago, Snobeeler said:

Thank You, Looked on FB to confirm.

Snobeeler, went through the reopened section of 13 this morning. It’s not great but open

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Day 6- Leave Val-D’Or to Louvencourt for breakfast don’t have that kind of time to do the Forestel. Have reservations at Le Classic couldn’t get anything for Saturday anywhere near Rebaska or the outfitters in that area everyone booked solid Saturday gonna be crazy keep right gang! Head down 386 trail to the Reservation trail still exciting with the hills and the way the trail leans to the ditch. Gas at the Reserve and head South trail in pretty good shape the lower half we are running along the road because it’s plowed. In to the Verendrye lodge grab a late lunch and make tracks for Domaine. Trail needs grooming not rough but narrowing up and there is a water hole 25 miles before Domaine on 63. Gas at Domaine and on to Lytton to the Classic. Groomed from the Domaine to LeClassic thankfully 

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Day 7- all good things must come to an end, Left The Classic this morning 8 am time to get out of Dodge, it’s the weekend saw on this site this morning the 13 opened back up, good not looking forward to running the baskatong after the freezing rain. The 13 open but not ready yet give it a week but passable. Truck into Mont Laurier not too bad yet maybe everyone partied too much last night gas at the PetroCanada maybe McDonalds? Nah let’s hit the Petit Train du Nord. Take an early lunch at the resto bar Lac Saguay good choice out of there before 12:30 keep trucking. Gas at the Petro T in Riviere Rouge right on the 63 then over to Macaza man the nuts are out now! They think they are on a one way trail! The communicators help this, Me then the two girls then the big guy, hey big guy last guy in line thinks he owns the trail ok no problem will set him straight lol. Get close to St. Michel getting crazy let’s take it slow and get back to the truck. Overall trails not bad little beat between SMDS and Le Cabanon and some icy corners but hey it’s Saturday. Make it back to the truck safe with 1475 miles on no breakdowns no tragedies great trip.

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I have one of those DENNIS pictures myself!!!

I took this pic when I was up Between Xmas/ New Years.

Hey Viper2, never been on that local river trail between 23/360,how well is that marked or do I have to set a track on my Gps before traveling?.

Btw... excellent post of your ride!!! Will be doing something similar next season myself.

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