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Towing's 2020 week tour video/photo report ***7days completed***

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We did last week, starting sunday march 1st and ending saturday 7th our annual trip. We started our tour directly from home with goal to loop around  lac St-Jean and coming back by sled, a week trip without trailer. Here what's finally look like our St-Jean Lake loop

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I will use a different format as for my report with video and pics and will post by segment of a day ay a time. You can come back here and see regularly for more content...

Here is a short video summarizing our day #1: Joliette / Kanawata 217miles

Spending the night at Auberge Kanawata

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Kristine enjoying the fireplace in the evening...

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More to come soon, stay tuned!

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The ROCK STARS!!!!!!! at it again.So glad you guys had a great trip. Look forward to seeing the rest of your trip.Kristine forget the best pick at Kanawata, I’ll add it HAHA!!

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Alain, I rode that exact loop from St. Michelle up around Lac St John, and Mt Valin, down thru Tadosac and back to 83 with the exception of 23 during a 1950 mile ride a few weeks ago, trails were great, nice ride!!

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Alain,         Your video is excellent,  you are becoming quite the expert at making them,  perfect music.

Who is more relaxed in the still picture, Kristine or the cat?

mike

 

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12 hours ago, quebec bob said:

Alain, I rode that exact loop from St. Michelle up around Lac St John, and Mt Valin, down thru Tadosac and back to 83 with the exception of 23 during a 1950 mile ride a few weeks ago, trails were great, nice ride!!

It's a very nice loop, many nice sections. Not many we had not did before but many we had not did since a long time... like the Pelchat trail down the escoumins that I had only did once  in 2004 before it was a federated trail... 

11 hours ago, mikerider said:

Alain,         Your video is excellent,  you are becoming quite the expert at making them,  perfect music.

Who is more relaxed in the still picture, Kristine or the cat?

mike

 

Thanks Mike! As for the picture, I would say they were both enjoying the moment alot! 😄

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19 hours ago, Cobra said:

The ROCK STARS!!!!!!! at it again.So glad you guys had a great trip. Look forward to seeing the rest of your trip.Kristine forget the best pick at Kanawata, I’ll add it HAHA!!

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Thanks Cobra! Ya you are right! we forgot the mascot of the Kanawata! those 2 guys work hard to keep our sleds running...

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*****Day#2******

We left the Kanawata and rode north east to go sleep on the shore of Lac St-Jean in Roberval. It was a very gray/cloudy day so not the best rendering for the video / photos but still interesting!

Here is a short video summarizing day # 2: Kanawata/ Roberval 217 miles

Spending the night at Chateau Roberval

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Kristine enjoying the hot tub in the evening...

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Hi Alain,

Just wondering how the GoPro 7 is working.

I had mine plugged into a USB on my sled.  It worked great the first 4 days (warm). Then it got a little cooler and I couldn't keep it on. I switched to a GP5 and no problem.

Thanks

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On 3/11/2020 at 4:52 PM, GT Rider said:

Hi Alain,

Just wondering how the GoPro 7 is working.

I had mine plugged into a USB on my sled.  It worked great the first 4 days (warm). Then it got a little cooler and I couldn't keep it on. I switched to a GP5 and no problem.

Thanks

I will pm you soon Jim to share some hints...

23 hours ago, zeusand said:

Awesome Alain, awesome video. Thanks for taking the time to do all the editing for us to enjoy.

Thank you zeusand! I had underestimate the time it would take do to that with the workload I had actually and adding some computer issues complicated the puzzle some more but you should see the following in the next days...

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On 3/15/2020 at 10:54 AM, iceman said:

Super ride Alain, you guys surely covered some great areas on this week long ride. 

Great report. 

Merci.

it just pass too fast, on the trip and when we comeback! I finally got the time to edit all the videos this weekend but had busted my vimeo weekly limit. It just reset this morning so I am able to continue my report. Better late than never!

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*****Day#3******

We started our day ride from Roberval and stopped at the Mont-Vilain outdoor center in Lamarche for the night via the 49e Parallèle trail. Being in the area of a good friend, I had wrote to him a couple day before that we would be in his part of the country and not having seen him since near 10 years, I was hoping that we could meet somewhere during my trip. Well, he came to have breakfast with us at Château Roberval on Tuesday morning ... on his  20" Bearcat, a near 100miles run to come to join us, he left home at 4:10 in the morning !!! this is a real one! He then accompanied us by sled all the day and we had supper with him and his wife who came to join us at Mont-Vilain after her work . Thank you very much Michel and Louise for having came with us, we had a real great time all together!

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The day was mostly cloudy but we also had some  sunshine.

Here is my video summarizing day #3: Roberval/Mont-Vilain, Lamarche 201 miles

 


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And for the night after Chateau Roberval, the Mont-Vilain teepee! I had booked the evening before and my wife was sure it was a canvas teepee with the closets outside ... she was angry at me!!! In the end it is very small but double bed, toilets and showers inside, warm and nice. We had a great night in there

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4th day coming soon ...

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***** day4*****
 

Another gray day for us with mild weather and snow (fortunately the last gray day of the trip) but plan A which was to spend the day visiting the peaks of the Valins Mountains has become much less interesting by not having visibility. So go with plan B, we leave and go down to Les Escoumins to sleep via the Pelchat trail. The last time we did it was in 2003 or 2004 even before it was a federated trail so we were due for a refresh!

Because of the sticky snow, impossible to film while riding in the morning but the snow was less sticky on the Valins mountains so I brought out the camera after lunch and cleaning the lens from time to time I could capture some good images. Here on #93 to Monts Valin

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 #31 Auberge

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Here a short video summerizing day#4: Mont-Vilain(Lamarche)/Escoumins 180 miles


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Day 5 coming soon...under the sun!

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**** Day#5****

When we pass near we always try to encourage the Pelchat, they do a lot for the snowmobile in the area. They have beautiful facilities, not super luxurious but well above average and  all focused on service/functionality.

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The lounge where we had our included breakfast

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With view on the pool that we did not tried this time wink.png

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You can even buy snacks on the spot next to their breakfast bar which is very good

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Plan A was to cross at Tadoussac to follow #3 trail and then go up  on #83 trail to spend the night at Ville de la Baie in Saguenay which was around 180miles but we suspected that in after storm trail conditions and with our tiredness of the previous day we should probably adjust our plan, which we had to do despite the fact that we had a lot more fresh groomed trails than we hoped for. What was groomed was extremely soft and the portion of #3 trail  from Baie Ste-Catherine to the Charlevoix area is very narrow and winding and therefore  we switched to plan B: sleep at la Malbaie

Here a first video summerizing the first of day#5: Escoumins/la Malbaie 141 miles

 


And the 2nd video for the 2nd half to La Malbaie

 

The pavillons du petit manoir du Casino are obviously a little more luxurious and therefore more expensive. Only disappointment, unlike previous times, there was no shuttle available for supper at the Petit manoir du Casino, we had to take the snowmobiles. However, a shuttle was available on the next morning for the breakfast, but it was a bit unpleasant to have to travel to eat each time. Next time I will try to stay directly at the Petit Manoir which would be more convenient with all the services on site.

Our room


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And spa relaxing in the evening 


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even outside!

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Anecdote: we had a fireplace in our room corner and when we went to bed and turning off the lights we found the switch to turn it on and the lighting made an incredible atmosphere in the room so we left it on but we didn't think it was heating for real ... we woke up sweating in the middle of the night it must have been above 80F in the room !!!

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day # 6 to follow soon ...

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****Day#6****

View from pavilion #1 on the St-Laurence river when going for breakfast in the morning ...

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We finally decided to bypass Quebec City for the return, so we reserved for the night at the Auberge du Presbytère in Hébertville! It is therefore northbound for the day on trail # 83 which is a beautiful trail pleasant to ride

Here is a short video summarizing our day #6: la Malbaie/Héberville 160 miles
 

 


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overview of our room

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relaxing in front of the fireplace ...

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Last day to come soon ...

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Having already reached our 7th and last day of travel on Saturday March 7, 2020,  we therefore had to try to return home near Joliette ... from Hébertville, It's a good run!

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For our friend snowcruiser it was around 225 miles to get home in Champlain sector and he had kindly offered us to sleep there if necessary so we had a plan B in bank but with the exceptionally nice conditions we had, leaving early Hébertville we were able to cover the 325miles during the day and arrive at our home a little past 7:00pm without forcing and we enjoyed this day to the maximum.

Unfortunately, I ran out of space on my camera memory card for the very last bit, but I still have a good big video for the day


Here the last video summerizing day #7:  Héberville/Joliette 325 miles

 



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Which concludes my ride report from our  2020 sled vacation. It was a first for me to make a detailed report on our annual vacation, it's a lot of work in video editing but it will make us outstanding memories of our trip for Kristine and me as well as our faithful riding partner Snowcruiser. Sorry for the long delay to complete.
 

hoping you enjoyed the ride!

Alain

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Hey Alain, I just took a ride down memory lane while watching your videos since I was in some of those same areas back in 2017. THANK YOU!!!!!!

So glad you and Kristine had a great trip and as always, the videos and pictures are FANTASTIC!!!!!!!

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Really good write up and videos, you have definitely mastered the GoPro. Love the teepee video, It looked pretty nice considering the size, wish they had those in Parent, LOL. Also liked the ferry part, I could almost here your carbides scraping across the steel grate! I think if you stick the microphone next to your exhaust I can sell my snowmobile and just watch your videos! Thanks Alain!!!

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Alain, thank you for the ride. Now I have to cancel my reservations for the five day saddlebag trip that was planned for this week due to the Coronavirus. Guess I will order the new sled this week instead of next week.

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22 hours ago, Cobra said:

Hey Alain, I just took a ride down memory lane while watching your videos since I was in some of those same areas back in 2017. THANK YOU!!!!!!

So glad you and Kristine had a great trip and as always, the videos and pictures are FANTASTIC!!!!!!!

You are welcome Cobra! The liberty we have when doing those trip is unbelievable,  it's a real therapy. We had an incredibile great time 😍

20 hours ago, zeusand said:

Really good write up and videos, you have definitely mastered the GoPro. Love the teepee video, It looked pretty nice considering the size, wish they had those in Parent, LOL. Also liked the ferry part, I could almost here your carbides scraping across the steel grate! I think if you stick the microphone next to your exhaust I can sell my snowmobile and just watch your videos! Thanks Alain!!!

Thank you Zeusand! the harder part for the video is the cut at editing... I had a full 60gig memory card from what I extract around 4,5gig and there is still more than 50gig of good stuff in there! The teepee was a nice different experience. The interior of my partner one had 2 simple beds on each side and the washroom at the rear with a kid bed on the 2nd stage. They only have 2 of them at Mont-Vilain but they have some large chalet also. 

I'm pretty proud at how good the vids can render the riding experience, too bad for the sound that at more than 25mph the wind just takeover the rest of the sounds. I should try one of these a kind mic muffler that would enable me to record the music of my Yamaha at speed... would probably sound pretty nice! thanks again for the good words

14 hours ago, mccaffrey said:

Alain, thank you for the ride. Now I have to cancel my reservations for the five day saddlebag trip that was planned for this week due to the Coronavirus. Guess I will order the new sled this week instead of next week.

You are welcome mccaffrey! I had never expect that we would be so impacted from this pandemia in our daily life, even before it was here! From what happen in other countries, no doubt we have to take this seriously.. hoping for the best!

13 hours ago, 800steve said:

Thanks Alain, we also had a trip planned, now I can stay safe at home and watch your video😄😃😄

Ya it's better than nothing! after remote work on computer we have remote sledding! 😉

13 hours ago, Pipeman said:

Excellent trip report as always! Thanks for taking the time to share it.

Thank you Pipeman, glad you enjoyed!

9 hours ago, mikerider said:

Your videos are so nice to watch. You do a great job with them, and the music just adds to the pleasure.

mike

 

Thank you mike! it's with practice that we get better and i'm pretty happy with the results I get now. It make incredibile vacation memories for us. I will watch them and revive my trip many many time and the best in that, I just pay for the first shot and all others are free!!!

4 hours ago, GT Rider said:

Super nice. Its always fun to ride along with you two!

Jim& Gemma

Thank you Jim & Gemma. I'm so glad this covid-19 have not showup a month before so it would have impact us both on our vacations... we have been lucky

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