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We left the Greater Toronto area at 10am and arrived at Village Windigo at 6:30pm. We stopped in Bancroft for lunch coffee and fuel; we found a great place across the street from the gas station called Vito’s Pizzaria. Couple of chicken parm sandwiches and fries to go and we hit the road. Great driving conditions the entire way. We had a fantastic dinner at Village Windigo and now we are enjoying some wine by the fire in our chalet. Tomorrow morning we start our 4 day saddle bag ‘luxury’ tour, destination Pourvoirie Windigo. 

Stay tuned,

Carm and Roger

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Village Windigo is a great place stayed there a few years back with my wife. 

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Late start because Village Windigo doesn’t serve breakfast until 8am, no big deal we were rolling by 9:30. Fresh 15cm of fluff with hard pack underneath made for very comfortable riding the entire day. We took 319 to 53 and then back tracked to local trail 233 north(not by choice, and that’s why you always carry extra gas), lots of logging activity this year all the way up to the 13, they groomed a trail on the shoulder following the logging road but it was very tough to find our rhythm on tight trails with trucks flying by every 5 minutes and rental groups from Meekos NOT STAYING TO THE RIGHT. Made it to Cheval by 11:30 with a group of 14 sleds waiting for gas in front of us, they were from California and New Zealand and were nice enough to let us jump ahead in line and gas up right away. They also helped Roger get his Sidewinder unstuck after he was pulled into the soft shoulder waiting in line(see photo below LOL). From this point the trails were perfect. Parent to Weymontachie makes my top 10 favourite runs, very easy to find your rhythm; quick gas up and on to Windigo. We rolled in at 5:30 and the place was empty, not for long Stephanie, Daniel and Martin told us a group of 13 Americans doing the ‘Big Boar Tour’ were on the way. We had a great dinner, as usual, a drink or 2 ; ) and had some laughs. Martin gave the tour leader a track map using the lake to save them 70km, I wished them good luck and happy trails at breakfast. I couldn’t imagine trying to ride with a group of 13, CRAZY!

Today’s distination Lac Taureau and I finally get to run the M20 trail, and looky looky the groomers were busy last night freshly groomed for us.

Stay tuned,

Carm and Roger

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Bluebird drama free 455km day. We left Windigo at 9 and arrived at Lac Taureau at 6. Gas at Relais 22, La Tuque, and Mattawin. Everything was freshly groomed and we didn’t see a lot of traffic. We finally got to ride the M20 trail and our timing couldn’t have been any better, 30 seconds from the M20/360 junction we met the groomer coming right at us. I can’t remember the last time I had a 50km magic carpet ride like that! We headed south and visited Barrage Matawin before reaching our final destination. We had a fantastic dinner paired with a beautiful Super Tuscan recommended by our waiter Paul and then hit the outdoor hot tub and sauna. If you have never stayed at Lac Taureau I highly recommend it, you will not be disappointed.

Later start tomorrow as we only have a 350km day planned to Meekos.

Carm and Roger

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Easy 350km day with blue skies and freshly groomed trails all day. We started off with a nice big breakfast at Lac Taureau; what an amazing buffet they have on the weekend! Rolling by 10, quick blast down the lake to the doo dealer in saint michel for some oil, it was only $10/Litre cheapest I’ve ever seen it. We continued on to Cabanon where we had a quick fuel stop and chat with Denis who informed us of the poker run going on in the area, he said we should be out of the heavy traffic once we were north of the 360. We made it to Repos by 1 and the place was packed, 20 sleds lined up for gas and the lodge was standing room only! We continued on to Manawan for gas and a chocolate bar, this was the only rough trail we have seen all week but it was short and as soon as we were out of town freshly groomed all the way to Meekos. We arrived at 5, amazing dinner at 6:30 and the night was capped off with some GT’s and a big come from behind win for my Leafs! No surprise we were the only ones cheering for Toronto in the bar LOL. 

Sleds are fueled and sitting safely outside are room, early start tomorrow to bang off the last 85km to Village Windigo/truck & trailer and beat this storm for our 8 hour drive back home to the GTA. 

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Sounds like a great time was had by all. I am sitting here near Tremblant looking out my window as the storm is developing, I don’t envy your drive back to the GTA, safe trip.

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It was a tough 8 hour drive back to the GTA, freezing rain to start, then extremely heavy snow and then crazy rain and wind(that's why we named ourselves the Redscreen Riders). Another great Quebec adventure in the books, now to prepare the sleds for the big 600km Endurance ride in Cochrane, Ontario this Saturday.

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@dooright It's my second season with the Titan (previous lid was a BRP Modular 2)...went through the first season foam issues and poor seal. I run two goggle sets one dark tinted and one clear for at night (having a back up is nice if needed). I don't run the electric googles so i don't have to worry about cables or fuses when your in the middle of nowhere.  I've ridden in -40C multiple days, freezing rain and warmer. On really cold days (< -18C I wear two balaclavas to ensure no skin is exposed learned that after some frost bite by only using a single balaclava. I find at higher speeds for hours on end the bill of the helmet does catch the wind and makes the neck muscles a little sore day after day but it's a super light helmet so it does offer some relief from the corner G speeds. If i'd switch it would likely be an oxygen next....I love the tech. But it works well once you set it up right. 

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3 hours ago, Roger said:

@dooright It's my second season with the Titan (previous lid was a BRP Modular 2)...went through the first season foam issues and poor seal. I run two goggle sets one dark tinted and one clear for at night (having a back up is nice if needed). I don't run the electric googles so i don't have to worry about cables or fuses when your in the middle of nowhere.  I've ridden in -40C multiple days, freezing rain and warmer. On really cold days (< -18C I wear two balaclavas to ensure no skin is exposed learned that after some frost bite by only using a single balaclava. I find at higher speeds for hours on end the bill of the helmet does catch the wind and makes the neck muscles a little sore day after day but it's a super light helmet so it does offer some relief from the corner G speeds. If i'd switch it would likely be an oxygen next....I love the tech. But it works well once you set it up right. 

Thanks for the tips  , I have one on the way to try out now .  I've been with a BVs2 for over 10 years and looking to try something with a less weight for them long trail days and hopefully be more off trail friendly as well .

I like you , am not a fan of being hooked to a wire / cable . 

Randy

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