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  1. 14 points
    Hello all As the IATG was once again displaying total kilometers of open trail this year, (perhaps to be taken with a grain of salt) I was able to track the season and graph it out. For those that may not have seen this before, I take the KM of open trail around noon each day and add it to a spreadsheet. If I miss a day here and there, I fill it in by averaging out the day before and after. This year we have 3 years of data to compare and can see some trends. Please note that there is no 2018 as the IATG didn't display the info I needed to graph. Since I have the soap box for a moment, I'll lament about my season. My wife had some surgery Jan 9th that kept me home, or close to it, for the winter. District 5 was the suck all winter and the only weekend I had a chance to ride from just up the road, I had a funeral. I did run the sled off the trailer once, in reverse, about 20 feet. Loading it a week later I ran it back on about 10 feet. All in all I did more riding backwards than I did forwards. Oh well. Anyhow, by the numbers, a great winter! Trails open 130 days. Best day, March 9th, 26219km open.
  2. 6 points
    Day before yesterday. April 25th between North Bay and Mattawa. 200 km truck ride from Gravenhurst. There is still rideable snow. Anybody want to go tomorrow?
  3. 3 points
    Just got home from Trail Cleanup - Ken Reid Conservation Park to Fenlon Falls. The Railbed was without snow - even though snow fell for a few hours all the way into Fenlon Fall. Lot of water run off and creek/drains were bulging with water. Lots of Beer Cans and Pop cans off the side of the trail..... couldn't believe it, along with garbage and cigarette boxes etc. One tree was blown over.... we cut that up and took it off trail. Left the garbage in Fenlon Falls and had lunch with the group --- 15 of us in total. I know that we shouldn't drink on the trails, but it wasn't that bad as statistics go...... a few will drink but most of us snowmobilers are good ppl and mean well for each other. Conclusion ..... trails were clean as can be. Cheers to all of us who respected the trails and to those of you who had a few it was a good season.
  4. 3 points
    could still be riding in Dubreuilvile, fresh this morning. Ski
  5. 2 points
    Nice job Blake. I need your number. Thought about going up there to poke around, I knew there was still some trail left. Usually its Quebec for some last miles at this time of year but I've rode those trails east of NB too the odd year. I wrapped it up on the 14th, trails were still perfect in certain places.
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    Sure it is. But that doesn't mean that buyers and potential buyers shouldn't speak up about something that concerns them with an approximate $20K purchase. One trip meter seems like a huge step backwards. My current sled has a total of four trip meters, although two of them are 'hardware specific'. By hardware specific, I am referring to the Oil Change odometer, which displays only after the oil change interval has been exceeded, and the Fuel odometer, which counts the distance traveled with the fuel light on. All four of these are very useful and I would certainly miss them.
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  10. 2 points
    Let's just say the place needs some work. I'm not being critical, I've been all over Ontario and appreciate all the work that goes into keeping sledders happy and the trails open.Without some major money put into that place the roof will cave in.Literally.I will say Sean is a great guy and puts his heart and soul into that place.
  11. 2 points
    Maybe it's just me but when I am out sledding I have no desire to have a beer while out riding, once back at the hotel, different story lol, To each their own I guess, It is frustrating to see empty cans all over on the trails though.
  12. 2 points
    X 2...great people, comfortable accommodations, great food.
  13. 2 points
    I agree but who says you are invited next year? bahahahahahahaha
  14. 1 point
    Just a shout-out to recognize the new owners. About a week ago we were forced to abandon the last 3 days of our northern tour. My best riding buddy slipped on ice and wrenched his back to the point he couldn't go on. Bummer. On very short notice the fine folks at Tatachikapika Lodge were very understanding in cancelling our stay. We would have understood if they needed to charge us, but they did not. Thank you for making a shitty situation a little less so. We will definitely be back, and recommend anyone travelling Gogama area give them a try.
  15. 1 point
    It again depends on the weather, but when I ran that stretch near Powassan it was snow covered road running and was nothing detrimental. It does run for a while, but I think its blown out of proportion. The majority of the time that road is snow covered. One of those sections that 80% of the time is fine. The other 20% its brutal. There is a few other big road running sections south of Kearney north of Dwight as well. Same scenario. RAP is not dead. It's still the great tour it has always been. I would recommend it. Especially in mid February.
  16. 1 point
    Looks like the 2nd week of Feb is statistically the safest time to plan a trip in Ontario.
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    Most of the time, the isn't anything available to use to clean it up. No broom, no firewood/kindling/matches available to light the stove. If its available, I use, bring an armload of firewood in etc... Be careful who you accuse of not doing their part. I'm vice Pres of our club, cook at every wing night, and stake 8 km of field trail every year.
  19. 1 point
    It's never needed any cleaning when I've been there. It is not owned or maintained by the club. The landowner cleans it daily and makes sure the fire is going if someone hasn't already started it.
  20. 1 point
    Ordered this about 20 years ago this spring:
  21. 1 point
    Great place and great hosts. I would go back as well.
  22. 1 point
    We should stay there next year.
  23. 1 point
    Great place, we ate lunch there this winter, really nice down to earth people.
  24. 1 point
    'The Fleet' probably the winter of '84: '71 Olympic 300 '73 or '74 Elan 250 SS '79 Citation 300 '81? Citation 4500 '81 Elan 250 '83 Citation 3500
  25. 1 point
    Yesterday, 45 minutes from downtown Ottawa.