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Day 1: Four of us (MACDAV, Lawrence05, myself, and a non message board user {Kim})left early Thursday morning from Pointe a la Croix. We traveled east and made our first stop at the New Richmond clubhouse, unfortunately it was closed. We gassed and continued on along the TQ 5. This was the first time I can ever remember going through Pasbebaic and there being good snow cover, it always seems blown clear by the wind there. We stopped at the clubhouse in Chandler for a visit and beer with Patsy and Dale. Kim had forgot to bring oil with him, so we called Dale from New Richmond, he went to the Ski Doo dealer and had the oil waiting for us when we arrived. Great folks. We stayed the night at the Explorateur Motel right across from the gas station in Chandler. The room I stayed in the heater would not work so we had to be moved to another, the food was fair at best, and we asked for a 6am wake up call and got it at 5am. Next time I will try another place. (202 miles)

Lawrence05 as we were getting ready to leave Pointe a la Croix
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Day 2: Headed out of Chandler toward Perce, landed there at the gas station and filled up. We walked next door to Rolands for breakfast only to find out he was closed till Monday, they told us at the gas station none of the resturants opened till Jan 7th. We left from the gas station and drove up to the Look Out above the town and got some nice pics. On the way to the Look Out there is a frozen waterfall that is also a must see. From there we went back toward the 597. We stopped at the Les Sentiers du Rocher Perceinc. club for breakfast was it ever tasty. We then started up the 597 which had been plowed for logging the first 20km, not a big deal there was lots of loose snow along the sides of the road for lubrication and there was no explosed gravel (I don't think it would be as good after the thaw). We landed in Murdochville around 2:30 and decided to stay there the night and hit the North shore early in the morning. We stayed at the Hotel Copper. They are doing some renovations but will be ready for business this week. (140 miles)

The Rock from the Look Out
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MACDAV at Perce
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The Waterfalls behind the Look Out
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Kim behind the Waterfalls
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Day 3: Pulled out of Murdochville around 7am and headed up the 597. There is a little bit of logging toward the top but nothing serious. From ther we traveled east on the TQ5 to Riviere Madelelne for breakfast at Chez Mamie great meal and hospitality. We contiued on the 5 till we got to the turn off for Grand Sault, if you are an inexperience driver do not go in here if there is no tracks! We went in and got some pictures of the water falls. This is a very pretty spot. We then headed west to Mont Saint Pierre took the tourist type pics and continued along the North Shore and stayed the night in St Anne Des Monts at the Motel Brunate. (208 miles)

Main Street Murdochville at 7am
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The bridge at Rivere Madelelne
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Grand Sault
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Stuck at Grand Sault
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Me on the TQ 5
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Kim at Site De L'ours
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Day 4: Pulled out of the Brunate early and headed to the St Paulin clubhouse for breakfast, it was delicious. From there is was down the 595 to New Richmond and back to the trucks. This was a fairly unaventful day except for the moose and deer we saw along the way. The New Richmond Clubhouse was closed again when we went through, this time however there were a couple of club members in the yard. They told us the lady that has run the club the last several years is sick and they have not found anyone to take the kitchen over. She was a very nice lady, we hope her the best and wish the club luck in finding someone to replace her this season. (250 miles)

Lawrence05 at Cap Chat cable bridge

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Trip Summary: The trails on average were 8 out of 10 or better the whole way. The bottom of the 597 was the only exception we hit in 800 miles. There was virtually no traffic, but this is typical the first weekend in January. Signage was good and they were still putting some up. Everyone was very friendly as usual and asked us to come back soon.
 

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Great pictures Steve!
How does that new GSX go? Especially interested if the ride is plush.
Mike
 

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Awesome report. Looks like you guys had a good time.
It's kind of shame that everything was not open yet but guess this is not a normal year.

I'm also interested in a quick report on that new GSX!
 

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By the look of things you guys had a very nice trip. Thanks for sharing the info with us and also the pic's. We appreciate it!!!!!
 

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Great pictures Steve!
How does that new GSX go? Especially interested if the ride is plush.
Mike

Mike,
I'll let you ride my GSX next week in Paradise.
Bring your checkbook!
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Ray, I may have to ride your GSX each day just to save my back!

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Nice write up and nice pics!
 

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How does that new GSX go? Especially interested if the ride is plush.
Mike[/b]

I'm also interested in a quick report on that new GSX![/b]

I haven't ridden a Ski Doo in close to 20 years, been on the green. So this comes hard but, this sled is incredible! The sled steers like it is on rails, you turn the skis even a little and it is going in that direction. The Pilot skis eliminate virtually all darting. The rear skid soaks up even the big bumps that when you see them coming you are sure they will hit hard. The whole platforms runs down the trail and around corners very flat and smooth. I think one of the nicest things about this sled it the seating position. Over the years I have tried many of my friends Rev platforms and found they didn't suit my riding position, I didn't like my knees bent that much. With the new XP chassis you sit with your legs out straight and then your knees bend straight down like you were sitting in a chair or you can even put them forward in the touring position I like. With this sled there is no having your knees bent back. The other two Rev riders that went on the trip both commented on how nice the seating position and leg room was compared to their 05 & 06. On one tank that I check the sled gave 23.75 miles/ imp gal and to say the least it just sips oil.
 

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I haven't ridden a Ski Doo in close to 20 years, been on the green. So this comes hard but, this sled is incredible! The sled steers like it is on rails, you turn the skis even a little and it is going in that direction. The Pilot skis eliminate virtually all darting. The rear skid soaks up even the big bumps that when you see them coming you are sure they will hit hard. The whole platforms runs down the trail and around corners very flat and smooth. I think one of the nicest things about this sled it the seating position. Over the years I have tried many of my friends Rev platforms and found they didn't suit my riding position, I didn't like my knees bent that much. With the new XP chassis you sit with your legs out straight and then your knees bend straight down like you were sitting in a chair or you can even put them forward in the touring position I like. With this sled there is no having your knees bent back. The other two Rev riders that went on the trip both commented on how nice the seating position and leg room was compared to their 05 & 06. On one tank that I check the sled gave 23.75 miles/ imp gal and to say the least it just sips oil.[/b]
Thanks! I was wondering about the green coat :thumbsup:
That's what i was betting you'd say, especially with the 600 SDI in there. This might be my next sled but i'd really like the 800 with SDI or a nice 140HP 4 stroke. Maybe they'll do something this year.
 

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Nice write up and nice pics![/b]
you remarked about the knee position. ok what is your heigth,
also, concerned about wind protection,
is that the standard windshield, medium heigth, tall ?
shield looks to have shrunk with the new design,
be honest, what was your impression,
thanks
 

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you remarked about the knee position. ok what is your heigth,
also, concerned about wind protection,
is that the standard windshield, medium heigth, tall ?
shield looks to have shrunk with the new design,
be honest, what was your impression,
thanks[/b]
I am 5' 11". The two of the other sleds with me were 05 and 06 Rev's and they both commented on there being a lot leg room on the XP chassis.

The first day we left from Pionte a la Croix it was cold -24c. There was a little more wind on me than on my Cat, but is was not in anyway what I would call cold. If you are the type that gets cold easy then maybe go up on size windshield.
 

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When the first picture came up on this post I thought....wow! smclelan (being a cat man and all) traded up and got a new Crossfire :rolleyes: -wrong! Seems that all the SANS exec. are jumping ship and going to SKI-Doo. Sure is a good looking sled though.
 
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