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4 hours ago, quebec bob said:

Being self employed I always shake my head in disgust when I drive by 4 guys watching and 1 guy working, especially when my taxes are paying for it, guess that show is universal anywhere tax dollars are paying wages!!

Only one shovel?

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Day 2

The plan was to continue West either Val Dor or Belletere. Quick call and the forestel is all booked up. Ok, destination Paquin in Belletere. 322 to Tq63. Although there is quite a bit of snow here they obviously need more. Ridiculous amount of brush sticking through the snow, especially after Le domaine. Although just groomed the day before it was a mess till it opens up on the forest road. Into la Verande for fuel and lunch. Super nice owner. Said she will definitely be open next year for lodging. She said they lost there Dachsund to a Wolf last fall. From there 63 fast and smooth. It’s been about 4 years since I’ve been out this way, forgot about that 30 mile super tight twisty stretch from lake Truit to Belletere. Not what the doctor ordered to end the day. At the Pacquin now actually a real nice place. Headed over to the local Pub, great time with the locals. I do believe the plan is Matagami next. 265 miles for the day

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Jim, does the 63 go straight to la Veradrie,  is the short cut straight on the old 63 still there?  Midrange had posted a different map of that section. 

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Day 3

awesome day today after a late start waiting for the freezing rain to let up. 63 and 83 freshly groomed! Finally out of the twisties of the last 2 days, time to open er up! Plan was Matagami but wasn’t going to happen with the weather and late start. Rain changed to snow an hour north. Low traffic which was great otherwise trails wouldn’t hold up with these crazy warm temps. Into the Amosphere in Amos for the night. 225 miles Looks to be the direction of Chapais tomorrow. 0 pics with the weather

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Day 4

Plan was Amos to Chapis for the night.

tq 93 was fantastic! Anywhere from 4-6” of light fluff. Stellar day. Lunch in Lsq where Phil had to bury the sled riding 200 yards to get a qt of oil in the center of town. We where going to stay at the opineska but didn’t have the right rooms for 5. So after a stop at the clubhouse off to chibougamau to Motel Chibougamau for the night 288 miles. 93 south in the morning around the top of the LSJ. Plenty of 60 packs in demarisville! Beaver free as of now!

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1 hour ago, William Gaf Gaffney said:

Nice to put a face to a post today.Gaf

Same here

always enjoy meeting other qr riders. Hope you get the sled issues fixed

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Day5

Todays plan was to completely wing it. After a stop at the ski doo dealer in the morning to replace the wire for momo’s oxygen helmet that got sucked into his track it was TQ 93 south. Freshly groomed last night, passed the groomer headed back from his 2nd pass. Perfectly set up! Sweet! Quick stop at the sawmill for fuel. No food there anymore. South of the mill not recently groomed but still in great shape. Continued up to Lac au Jim. Thought you could stay there but a no go. Quick map check and Giradville has 2 places about 25 miles out. Into town there for fuel and ask. Motel 1km away, Perfect! Small place with 6 rms. You check in at the supermarket next door which also has a SAQ which was even better! Restaurant across the st. Tomorrow up around the lake on the 373 which is an awesome new trail. 225 miles for the day.

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6 hours ago, snowmaster2112 said:

GREAT write up and pics Jack !!!!

glad to see your having a great trip. That getting stuck in town sounds like something I would do

Haha Phil is an expert at it! No helmet on either

hoping a cop didn’t drive by

he would of made it if there wasn’t a fire hydrant on the other side lol!

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32 minutes ago, Jackstraw said:

Haha Phil is an expert at it! No helmet on either

hoping a cop didn’t drive by

he would of made it if there wasn’t a fire hydrant on the other side lol!

Looks like an infraction to me, it is illegal to park too close to a fire hydrant! 😁😁😁

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Day6

Finally blue skies and colder temps, plan is Lac Edourd for the night. Grooming shows a lot of purple! Bingo! 373 first tracks, set up like concrete. Down through Alma everything groomed up nice. Lunch in Hebertville and onto the 83 which is also mint! Onto the 355 which was a bit whooped to Lac Bruchette, fuel and onto the 355 which showed groomed last night. Yep, smooth sailing into Domaine Lac Eduard. Tried to stay at the Presbyterian but booked, also the other B&b booked. Tomorrow back to the truck in st come. 250 miles for the day

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Day 7

Time to head for the trucks in st come. After a short delay in the morning with a frozen relay, down the 355 all freshly groomed. The big hill section needs more snow to fill in the holes pretty rough section. After that beautiful into mats win for lunch. The 360 along the river was absolutely stellar along the river. Once down around st Michelle and Le Cabanon beat up as usual. Don’t know how people can ride that area constantly.  Tough finding the way back to st come. Too many trails, confusing! Not slot of signage. Made it back with 1720 miles for the week. No breakdowns, everyone safe, a lotta laughs and time spent with great riding buddies. 225 miles for the day. Will be back in 4 weeks

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Nice run thanks for posting! How does the 900 turbo doo compare to the 850 performance and fuel wise?

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11 hours ago, Pipeman said:

Nice run thanks for posting! How does the 900 turbo doo compare to the 850 performance and fuel wise?

Fuel mileage better on the 900’s not to mention the ridiculous amount of oil they used. They went through about 18qt’s in my opinion the 900t is the best Canadian trail sled. Not as good in tight twisties as the 850’s but excel in everything else. I went 137 miles on a tank with 6 liters left.

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