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Had another wonderful day riding with my 14 year old buddy.


 

Trialed up to New liskeard , after Harveys and stop into Walmart for some snacks , and finally on the trail heading north at 1:51pm.
Late start with time change also it seems!

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little bumpy on river , open fields great up to Englehart.

A108 not the greatest into Kirkland. Slow and bumpy. 😪

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North of Kirkland A great.👍

stopped in for Chinese dinner at the small little resultant in matheson , back onto the trail 7pm.

made it to gas in Cochrane 9:06pm.


321 km to the hotel.

 

 

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spend a fair bit of time exploring down some of the hydro lines (as free trail turns off) and tons of wheelies in the powder . Son love playing in the softer stuff.

 

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the Best Western swan hotel sure is a step up from the Chimo and Thriftlodge last year when we were up!

 

didn’t see a SINGLE sled last 120km tonight . 
 

Off to Hearst and back tomorrow . Leaving gear in hotel for for the day so lighter to play around !

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Does he have some sort'a red light on his back?

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23 minutes ago, Ox said:

Does he have some sort'a red light on his back?

It’s the light from the helmet. The BV2S has a light on the back like many other helmets 

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34 minutes ago, T bird said:

It’s the light from the helmet. The BV2S has a light on the back like many other helmets 

I was using my light in the cold temperatures. Seemed to turn off    maybe batterys are low ?

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42 minutes ago, volunteer2 said:

I was using my light in the cold temperatures. Seemed to turn off    maybe batterys are low ?

Funny you say that. Mine did the same thing last week. Didn’t have any new batteries w me and wasn’t going to get any, so I swapped the ones from the remote at the cabin we had rented!

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570 km today

another big day wrapped up.

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trails were perfect - almost too perfect 

 

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rode Cochrane to Hearst and back with  a lot of hydroline and gas line riding.

L155 was really nice .

sooo hard to keep up to a fit 14 year old in the powder ! Only dumped her once !

 

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crazy how things have changed up here in a year with Covid . Diner in smoothrock closed , chucks road house in kap closed.

 

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smooth rock only had 2,000 l left of regular this aft , and were to get a shipment of reg and premium tomorrow am. I was / am a little worried - as all the locals seem to be filling up their trucks this aft , wonder if they know something we don’t ?? 

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Looks like a great trip!

 

 

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Another wonderful day of riding - 369 km

Cohrane - abitibi - timmins

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late start as we slept in from long day yesterday and wanted to call at 9:30 to make sure smoothrock had got gas this am.

left 10:00am Canadian tire gas bar after tipping up 3 old oil cans with fuel , and our 12l linq already with premium as plan was to drive through base camp.

Stopped and dumped fuel in at 85 km at shack


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fast ride up. Taking pictures at hydro dam 12:20pm.

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west side was long !!!!! 
tons of paying , tipping , digging out.

that’s what healthy active 14 year boys want to do! Have some vids but don’t know how to attach them.

 

finally made it down to smooth rock - had GREAT sandwiches at ELLIS bistro , would recommend it .

 

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headed south to timmins at 3:20ish- Fast C trail until outskirts of town.

 

I had called ahead at Polaris dealer in timmins to order a jug of oil (underestimated usage with two two-stroke sleds and mileage / consumption) and they left it out front for us to pick up 5:10pm.

 

got second last room at the travel lodge , went out to get gas then cleaned up and locked up sleds.

great dinner next door at east side Mario’s.

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off to elk lake for late lunch then NL then trailering home :(

 

 

 

 

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Jealous over here........

 

 

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great photos.  Jealous as well.   ride safe and looking forward to the next update 

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Well after 322 km today , fat lady has sung for us . Timmins - elk lake - NL

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left 8:40 am , back at truck 5:09pm

 

1589 km for the trip 

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took L143 down . Wasn’t the greatest / nor fast - but had fun on the hills , powder and ended up getting stuck the best / worse I ever had .


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Still lots of snow 

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There  was an 8km section of plowed road . We religiously pulled off and kicked snow into track every 1km. We were fine , but met a couple of artic cats overheated on side of trail . Their skids were clean - like brand new clean - don’t think they even tried to hit the side banks at all.

 

Great late late lunch at elk lake Eco

 

Rain finally came earlton to new liskeard . Roads taken a beating compared to 96 hrs earlier .

 

long drive home to kincardine tonight .


 

ps - I have a fantastic little son ( and a great wife for letting us go!) - helped dig  me out a couple times . Even road the 850 out from the last hole I dug myself into while I pulled on ski.

 

next year we are going to do half days riding and other half powder playing . He seems to really enjoy it .

 

Pss - saw an old 1988 488 fan Indy trail deluxe at elk lake . That , and a trail model , we’re my dads and I first real trail sleds . Crazy we put 200 mile days on those things decades ago !

 

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Thanks for taking the time to post your trip with mileage etc.

 

That’s a lot of riding for a teenager. Great job to pull off that kind of mileage.

 

Just returned last Tuesday from New Liskeard after 3 days running with my 15 yr old daughter. We base camped at the Waterfront Inn and did a number of day trips. First time in the north. She really enjoyed it.

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15 hours ago, zoso said:

Was through hwy 11 today. Still decent, but was some bare patches starting. Plus 7 and sunny in hearst.

heading to Cochrane today,  hoping it holds for the week

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2 hours ago, Candubrain said:

heading to Cochrane today,  hoping it holds for the week

Should be ok!

Please post up conditions if you get a chance, might head up Thursday for one more rip.

Happy trails!

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Saw a couple of posts that say getting through Kap is becoming a challenge but the majority of the trails out of town are still pretty good.   

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We are heading to Hearst this week for our last trip of the year with a few friends 

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16 minutes ago, Nunz said:

We are heading to Hearst this week for our last trip of the year with a few friends 

 

Have a great ride!!   

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Abitibi cannon run and the hills are still good.  Where the road sections are bare you can run between the hydro towers 

 

Did Iraquois falls to Timmins to Calhoon’s fire tower and back.    The only bad areas bare roads IQ and T

 

Tomorrow is Hearst way

better update when I’m back but still pretty good.  Colder next week

 

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2 hours ago, Candubrain said:

Abitibi cannon run and the hills are still good.  Where the road sections are bare you can run between the hydro towers 

 

Did Iraquois falls to Timmins to Calhoon’s fire tower and back.    The only bad areas bare roads IQ and T

 

Tomorrow is Hearst way

better update when I’m back but still pretty good.  Colder next week

 

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Thanks for that

Cool runnings guys!

 

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On 3/23/2022 at 10:14 AM, lastzrt said:

Looks like a little trail "grease" is going to fall. Can't resist, heading up tomorrow  for one more kick on  the cats.:icon_steer:

might see you up there, We are heading up today till Monday. If you see my sled wave me down. I got a bunch of Polaris Goodies to give away.

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