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 Left Oliphant Ontario in a snow storm. Arrived in Mt Laurier just after 7 p.m., stayed at the Confort Inn. Woke up to lots of sledders and -31, still going to send it. Unloaded the trailer, Father and Son both with new suits mother got jealous and "my zipper is broken, I better get a new suit" After the visit to the wallet lighting dealership, did the tourists thing... Went to Mount Diablo, then for a swim at Windigo Chutes. On to St Anne du Lac for lunch. Them to Pourboirie Fer a Cheval for a great meal and great hospitality. Woke up to -29

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Woke to -29, last ones to leave as usual. Four KM north of Fer a Cheval, "shore cut to Clova". Great trail other than 10 KM sketchy trail. Into Clova for gas and rum for somebody, "FAST JAZZ" and t-shirts. Off to Parent to hotel central for lunch. On to Pourvoirie Barrage Gouin for a great Walleye dinner and lots of laughs with Corrine.

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The sketchy section I believe he is referring to, if you are coming south out of Clova, about 10 miles in, the trail turns left and crosses a bridge.  For about 5 miles it is a newly cut, somewhat narrow trail with cut saplings sticking up.  Once you get through that area, it is beautiful trail to Fer a Cheval. No worries, go for it.

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8 hours ago, GSX800 said:

The sketchy section I believe he is referring to, if you are coming south out of Clova, about 10 miles in, the trail turns left and crosses a bridge.  For about 5 miles it is a newly cut, somewhat narrow trail with cut saplings sticking up.  Once you get through that area, it is beautiful trail to Fer a Cheval. No worries, go for it.

You ain’t kidding. After the crappy section the trail down to LeFer Cheval is one sweet ass trail.

is the beaver still dropping trees on the trail ?

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Day 3 started with warmer weather, a dusting of snow and sunny. After a great breakfast and a quick stop at the damn we hit the trails. After cruising through some great trails "FAST JAZZ'S" blizzard start developing a bit of a grumble. After cruising on to Wemotaci for fuel, chains adjustment and lube we crossed our fingers and cruised on. Trail lunch, everything running smoothly, off to Pourvoirie Windago, to say hi to Martine and a quick beverage then back on 83. 20 km in, Byrd's sled grinds to a stop! Tried a bush fix but it only moved three feet so v Tupperware lid off and under the track for tow mode. Headed 30 km to Relais 22, out with wrenches and ratchets with lots of help for owner Martin. Upper chain case barring TOAST!  Relais 22 was full (no rooms available; however, Mrs Byrd & Fast Jazz got an offer from a couple of older gentlemen that reminded them of the hecklers on the Muppets) Quick dinner, new plans sets, on the trail by 9:30, Mr and Mrs Byrd riding double on a single seat. Cruising along under  the full moon, 10 km out from Poirvoire Lac  Dumoulin Mrs Byrd’s sled goes down. Same problem? To be announced. Shuffling saddle bags one more time. Two Moores two McKenzie doubled up looking for the finished line. Arrived just after midnight and greatest by Karine with bucket of ice and a warm cabin. 

 

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3 hours ago, snowmaster2112 said:

You ain’t kidding. After the crappy section the trail down to LeFer Cheval is one sweet ass trail.

is the beaver still dropping trees on the trail ?

 Beavers are still cutting trees, we were going to stop and take a pic as we know you like beavers so much. 

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Woke up And talked to Martin from Relais 22, He was good enough to haul the sled down  to Nautico, the BRP dealer in La Tuque. Martin was such a great help, he brought Relais 22 four years ago, has made great improvements and is continuously upgrading it. We will definitely stay there our next time through. 

At the dealership there were no parts plus they wouldn't be able to work on it till next week. 

Got a ride into town with Pourvoirie Lac Dumoulin’s owner, Danny, to CarStar truck rentals and 2 McKenzies are on there way to Mt Laurier to pick up truck and trailer. 

The remaining McKENZIE and 2 Moore’s towed in wounded sled from the night before with help from staff from https://www.lacdumoulin.com/ 

Small day trip to La Tuque  for rum and fuel and around Lac Wayagamac. Back late afternoon for a drink and dinner when we received an update from the 2 McKenzies, who where pulling off at St Jerome for the night. 

The following morning, Mr & Mrs Byrd continue on to La Tuque. Snowmobile Trip is over, load up sleds after a great, extended stay at Lac Dumoulin with our intended end of day destination being Cornwall. 

Crossing the bridge in Beloeil, another gremlin popped up...axle trouble. Pulled into the gas station just off the highway. End of the road for this trailer!  Not sure what to to so we found a place to spend the night. 

Up in the morning and made a plan. We went trailer shopping, after making lots of phone calls and lots of driving around we finally found one. "You know that money you were saving for a rainy day, it's raining!" And that pocket of cash you are always suppose to carry is getting lower. 

Shuffled sleds into new trailer, coordinated a tow of the crippled trailer to Andre at RemorquesMontreal.com in St-Michel.

If anyone is ever looking for a trailer or trailer services check out Attaches Chateauguey in Ste-Catherine off the 30. 

After dealing with both new and old trailer, on our way to Cornwall in a snowstorm. 

This sport isn't for the faint of heart. We'd like to thank everyone along the way that helped us out, we are incredibly greatful for everyone. 

Back home to fix the sleds, and off on our next adventure in early March. Stay tuned 

 

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Axle trouble for you too.  Our trailer is getting repaired at Lac St Jean as I type.  We were lucky enough to have the axle break in the parking lot of the Delta.  I can't imagine how much fun it would be at 70 mph / 110 kmh.

Keep that credit card handy!

Jack & Sandi

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4 hours ago, Blueblood said:

Wow glad everyone safe that's a bad situation going down the road at speed

 

 That's all that really matters is we are home safe and sound no one was hurt  sleds and trailers can be replaced .

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