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Our plan today was to drive to the Roquement and do a shake out ride and test the spare sled we brought as it had recently been in for repairs, we decided to run up to riv Pierre and see if the local trail was open bye chance and make a loop back st raymond club house for a refreshment and than to the Rocque for the night before heading west tomorrow .

 

The conditions are as reported, rideable and typical early conditions.  Nice hard base with a dusting of snow last night.  Lots of sleds on the 73  today with many locals out, it is very rideable, once of the railbed up to the local trail you will click a few loose rocks once in awhile but still not a show stopper. At the junction of the local trail back was a sign saying trail closed, but a few tracks were heading that way anyway , so we like those types of trails.  

There were guys running it and in the middle of this trail is a big logging operation that is probably why they have not opened it yet this year.  Shortly after the logging camp our back up sled decided to act up and fuel pump issues developed,huh similiar to what was going on during the repair.  It happened to be in the worst part of the this trail, but the tow rope comes out and a 12 mile tow back to the rock finished up our day.  A fun 55 miles and we look forward to heading north tomorrow with the Gouin reservoir as our destination.  The spare will sit in the trailer, tested but failed the test!

Leaving from St Raymond is a solid option for sure.

Happy trails

RR

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Is the sled being towed a new exhibition?  That sucks. Went for a shake down run and lost a turbo on my 2020 xrs renegade.  And the girlfriend caught here 2014 zr 7000 on fire 🤷‍♂️

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1 hour ago, Blueblood said:

Is the sled being towed a new exhibition?  That sucks. Went for a shake down run and lost a turbo on my 2020 xrs renegade.  And the girlfriend caught here 2014 zr 7000 on fire 🤷‍♂️

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Let me guess, trying to start sled outside in a cold morning with a ear piercing backfire which blows a hole in the muffler.

That was my insanity with my previous viper. Hate seeing people deal with that BS.

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1 hour ago, Blueblood said:

Is the sled being towed a new exhibition?  That sucks. Went for a shake down run and lost a turbo on my 2020 xrs renegade.  And the girlfriend caught here 2014 zr 7000 on fire 🤷‍♂️

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Hey Blueblood....whats that hanging down above the muffler??? Airbag went off too ???.....LOL....LOL

Damn that sucks. I would have let it burn to the ground personally. But if I didnt have full coverage on it because it was a 2014 then I would have panicked ...LOL

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1 hour ago, Blueblood said:

Is the sled being towed a new exhibition?  That sucks. Went for a shake down run and lost a turbo on my 2020 xrs renegade.  And the girlfriend caught here 2014 zr 7000 on fire 🤷‍♂️

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Blueblood, no the sled was last years backcountry 850, it had been worked  on for a fuel pump issue prior apparently the plug came loose that powers the fuel pump, this time, we got a rod into that area and was able to push it back on.... back at base camp,  it seems to run fine now, but it will be staying here as a back up. 
we should have tried to fix it in the Bush but we imagined a more complex issue lol.

 

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Probably passed you guys yest, just came back opposite direction you are heading, any questions ask away

st raymond, alma, chibougamou,lac fallon, relais 22, st raymond

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Nice to hear RR and crew are back in Qc riding again, love following along their trail adventures. Let’s hope this fuel pump event will be least of your worries. Ride safe have fun.

Always an adventure TB

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22 minutes ago, Blueblood said:

No it let go at 90 mph down a lake.  Lol.  She was like my foot was getting hot 🤷‍♂️

Burning up the snow in more ways than one!😁  Sorry to hear about the sled.

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29 minutes ago, Albieridin said:

was sciere 54 open for fuel on 

way to chimagabuo

 

Yes it was, however trail from there to chib had not even been touched till we came thru, 8 ft plus of virgin snow makes for long day and then taking road for many miles

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9 hours ago, Blueblood said:

Is the sled being towed a new exhibition?  That sucks. Went for a shake down run and lost a turbo on my 2020 xrs renegade.  And the girlfriend caught here 2014 zr 7000 on fire 🤷‍♂️

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Dude that sucks, can you keep us posted on the turbo issue? What were symptoms? I have same motor.

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Turbo went down at about 60 miles.  All I had was a check engine light on.   Lost about 1000 rpm.  Dealer replaced whole unit and sent it to bro apparently he had one last year at 90 miles go.  So seems to be there bad our fine you will find out first thing.  As a side note still ran ok.

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Bobler , we are doing the same thing only counterclockwise! that’s awesome. Trailblazer, sure does feel good to be back to Quebec for a run. 
 

Today we left St Raymond and rode to The Barrage Gouin.  A nice run as everyone has reported , the further north we came, , the better the riding got!

Saw plenty of Icemans stickers and Corrinna at the Barrage is also anticipating MarkUS and Dooright this weekend.

 

Always a great stop here, Walleye or Pork tonight!
 

Happy trail RR

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TB and Dooright, lots of activity on the Gouin express with logging operations on both ends so this is being used more than normal, Sawmill expressway is also being used commercially this year too☹️

 

still lots of good going!!

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We left the Gouin this morning under blue skys and heading west, where snowmaster has said all the snow is, oh man was he right. The  83 west Was awesome, the Parent to Clova was the best trail ride we have had all year. It’s was an 11 out of the scale of 1/10! Absolutely perfect. From Clova to Lac Fallon, was in good condition, as the groomers had just passed once so far this year, rideable but not perfect, From Fallon into Senneterre. Again very good.  A nice 300 mile ride, our first for this winter season. Happy trails! RR9EFA3BEE-FE8B-4D32-A6E2-CC3B092812A7.thumb.jpeg.dec04b122a1dd862b76e087b7feacefd.jpegF4374F44-D389-4684-A83D-E93B4FE232BC.thumb.jpeg.1000bf423e158b914674f45dbee12cf9.jpeg3C1E852E-E86B-40E2-A12D-9E5605E5ED1A.thumb.png.6373cabff2deca0600118f1c4fa0dd9c.png8CEDEDC3-CD2A-42C8-8EE7-0FDD6B85BA0F.thumb.jpeg.ee9b529bf3a6b4cf0dcd222b45a3f112.jpeg7168DC31-D1CC-41B0-A664-0B305DD0F941.thumb.jpeg.2492b78140f324589aa9c6d8c6f5a64f.jpegC502A91E-E20F-4BC6-9300-2A89E730ECAC.thumb.jpeg.c9cf6ddd80f3970cb0eb8901732a857c.jpegE1F7E825-08D1-4169-86FD-1A0EDD321739.thumb.jpeg.4c9efc1672519bf0044f8832a93d8e3c.jpeg06F91D80-719F-4C1D-BA41-27C033506340.thumb.jpeg.2b17cd070afea4a3846a489111a44b6d.jpeg3C1E852E-E86B-40E2-A12D-9E5605E5ED1A.thumb.png.6373cabff2deca0600118f1c4fa0dd9c.png

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MarkUs, yes very good going, a good meal at The Le Mateo restaurant last night and a good nights sleep at Motel la Bell Villa.  Off to Chibougamo today.  We had our own private trail ride yesterday, saw 5 sleds all day long.

ThinkSnow RR

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