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Arrived at the Le Victorian in Victoriaville Friday afternoon. Same crew as a few weeks ago minus Momo. Figured we would try South of the Fluve for a change. Haven’t started this far west before and with the new snow we’d give it a whirl. Nice hotel, had the place to ourselves.  Plan today was RDL. Fresh groomed tq 35 to Tourville for lunch. Ridiculous amount of sleds on the trails. Passed more sleds by lunch then the entire 1700 mile loop we did a few weeks ago.  Relais in Tourville packed even at 1:30 took an hour and half to get outa there. From there to RDL  combination of blues, greens and orange trails all showing wear from the heavy traffic. At the universal in RDL for the night and this place is packed! I do believe I’m parked next to mike riders sled out back. 254 miles for the day. Eastbound in the morning.

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Day2

Woke up this morning to a fresh 5” of light fluff and still snowing. Early start today with the huge crowd here, want to beat the mass exodus of sleds. I’ve only been to the universal end of March. Good god this place was packed. Still a half hour wait for dinner at 8:30. Ordered a pizza and ate it in the room, no patience for that mess! Destination today was cap chat. Took the  greens to tq35 which was absolutely stellar with the fresh powder on top. Lunch at relais st damas. On into motel nanook for the night. Other then losing Eric for an hour after fueling up and heading to the motel.  Went back twice to the last place we where together to look for him. No sign. He went down a different feeder trail and got stuck. Good thing he was able to dig himself out as we never would have found him there as the sun was setting.  Alls good now! Where to tomorrow? We shall see. 262 miles for the day

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Nice pics Jack, sounds like everyone is hitting Gaspe at the same time. Did you ever bump into the Mayor? He might have had some pull for you with dinner! Who wasn't looking in their rearview for Eric??

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So nice to see Jim and Phil this morning.  Keep posting the pictures, we all enjoy them.

Terry,  I did bag a window seat tonight when we went to LEstiminet for supper.  But last night I couldn't get a seat at the hotel,  went to Levesque to eat.

mike

 

 

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10 hours ago, neksledr said:

Nice pics Jack, sounds like everyone is hitting Gaspe at the same time. Did you ever bump into the Mayor? He might have had some pull for you with dinner! Who wasn't looking in their rearview for Eric??

Kinda Eric’s fault, me and Phil left for the room to catch the sunset. Eric was still at the station with the other 2 but decided to catch up with us but was 2 late. The other 2 went a different way thinking Eric was with us. No real signage to the hotel either

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7 hours ago, doubler said:

Don't mean to be a jerk, but I see this far too often when I am riding so wanted to bring it up in hopes of making an impact.  It seems like your crew is blocking the entire intersection in 3 of those pictures.

Pics can be deceiving. The one obvious one we where stopped for 2 min deciding  left or right no one around. Other was a feeder trail. We don’t park and hang out in intersections. Not our first rodeo!

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1 hour ago, mikerider said:

 See why you raced back for the sunset picture. Really nice.

Has Phil forgiven me?  lol

Hi Mike:

I’m very upset seriously think of not talking to you any more.

 

 

 

😁
 

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Day3

Today was one of the days you remember. Blue skies with the most scenic part of the gaspe ahead! Tq5 freshly groomed! Perfect all the way to Mt St Pierre. Hit all the overlooks, traffic low, never gets old! After Mt St Pierre tq 5 is pretty spanked all the way to the 597 to murdochville which is also in need of some tlc. Lunch at the copper. Thought was new Richmond but rooms all booked. Deceide on easy day into la cache on the orange trail which could also use some tlc for the night. 188 miles

 

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1 hour ago, Phil 1 said:

Hi Mike:

I’m very upset seriously think of not talking to you any more.

 

 

 

😁
 

I know you will come around if I buy you a drink.    Nice ride you guys are having.  

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1 hour ago, Jackstraw said:

Day3

Today was one of the days you remember. Blue skies with the most scenic part of the gaspe ahead! Tq5 freshly groomed! Perfect all the way to Mt St Pierre. Hit all the overlooks, traffic low, never gets old! After Mt St Pierre tq 5 is pretty spanked all the way to the 597 to murdochville which is also in need of some tlc. Lunch at the copper. Thought was new Richmond but rooms all booked. Deceide on easy day into la cache on the orange trail which could also use some tlc for the night. 188 miles

 

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Really nice pictures Jack, a clear sunny day makes all the difference. 👍

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12 hours ago, mikerider said:

I know you will come around if I buy you a drink.    Nice ride you guys are having.  

A drink just might by my friendship back, was good to see Mike thanks.

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Day4

Today’s thought is Amqui . Dusting of fresh snow Last night and onto the 595 towards new Richmond. Freshly groomed last night and in stellar shape.  About 20 miles out blown belt on one of the 850’s quick swap and a stop at the dealer in new Richmond for a spare. Tq5 also in top shape. Lunch in Carlton at the clubhouse. Temps ridiculously warm, trails holding up with lite traffic. Into the select hotel in amqui. 225 miles. Storm coming tomorrow, we will see what transpires in the morning. Only 2 pics today after yesterday’s photo Rama. Gotta keep the picture police happy! Lol!

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Really enjoying the pictures Jack.

What did they serve for supper at LaCache. We stayed there one night a few weeks ago. Two pieces of homemade pizza is what we had. Was very good but that was it, nothing else was offered. The shower was not working in the motel building when we were there.

Justin was the young lad running the place when we were there. He was very helpful making some phone calls for us to Mont Joli to make arrangements to have my truck come rescue one of our group who sled chain case grenaded.

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2 hours ago, Fuse6 said:

Really enjoying the pictures Jack.

What did they serve for supper at LaCache. We stayed there one night a few weeks ago. Two pieces of homemade pizza is what we had. Was very good but that was it, nothing else was offered. The shower was not working in the motel building when we were there.

Justin was the young lad running the place when we were there. He was very helpful making some phone calls for us to Mont Joli to make arrangements to have my truck come rescue one of our group who sled chain case grenaded.

Josh was the one running the place when we where there. We had Chinese food that he made. Chicken fried rice, chicken balls and egg rolls. Certainly out of ordinary, but no complaints! We stayed upstairs, apparently the shower still doesn’t work in the motel section as the look on the beautiful young lady that came up to use the shower was surprised to see 5 guys sitting there in the common area next to the bathroom. Don’t think I’ve ever seen a woman take a shower and dress that quick! Lol!

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9 hours ago, skidoo420 said:

Nice pics from top of MSP almost like I’m there tell Phil I looked for the gps but no luck have a fun and safe ride 

Thanks for the effort Dave. Sorry you had clutch problems will have to hook up sometime.

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Day5

woke up this morning not sure what the weather had in store for us. About 2” and snowing, this is good, no rain. Plan is moose valley for lunch. Take the local orange that takes you across lake humque instead of going up to st Irene. Snowing good and as you climb in elevation a good 6”. Absolutely beautiful! Lunch at moose valley and on towards Biencourt. No tracks heading that way see first sign biencourt to the right.  Off we go, somethings not right, yep it’s a quad trail rut ro. No packed base. Not easy to turn 5 sleds around in deep snow. After an hour of digging out we get back to the trail and continue farther and find the right trail to biencourt.  Continue on to Cabano for the night at motel Royal. 225 miles. Super wet snow all day , wiping the shield every 10 seconds. Last day tomorrow.

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Day 6

Last day here, time to head back to the trucks in Victoriaville. Up early for a 7:15 departure. 2” of new snow overnight. Off we go, within 10 miles of cabano snow gets deeper now close to a foot breaking trail on the rail bed. Awesome an unexpected  powder day! Into the Tourville clubhouse for a late breakfast. Fresh snow levels drop as we head west from there. Little traffic and blue skies. Closer we get to to victoriaville obvious they got only rain. Trails still good and groomed last night. Into the hotel Le Victorian at 3:15 with 265 miles for the day. This area will be done shortly if no new snow. Awesome 1425 mile ride with a great bunch of guys! Looks to be my last ride this year but you never know! Great seeing groomer and Linda sled girl and Joel in Amqui. Mr and mrs gt rider, Mike rider and farmerold in RDL. Only issues where a blown belt and starter solenoid. Wrapping a rope around the clutch gets old! Hope you All  enjoyed following along!

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