August 21st, 2005 - 1st of 16 days - in Quebec
We're ready! Are you ready?
We're off...at last...after months of getting ready. It's unbelievable how much time
was put into building the trailer, installing accessories and gathering all the stuff we
||This was the last time we saw our machines clean!
We start off from Sainte-Thècle, Québec and head for Barrage Gouin (Gouin Dam) and
from there ??? We here to test our equipment (and ourselves) so we can make necessary
modifications (on the equipment...not on ourselves!) to be ready for the Big One in 2007.
Personnaly, I (France) get to try my new quad. After just a few miles of easy trail, we
hit the pipeline (gaz) trail, known in the area as one of the toughest trails around. The
real test begins...I'm more than pleasantly surprised by the general handling of the
machiine and by how easy it is for me to manoeuvre it despite it's size.
Check out the size of this dam. Can you imagine what happens
if it breaks...
||Thank God for vacations
''Pchtt...'' first beer of this vacation....ahh....
||Our first lunch out...in the rain
Tonight, we sleep near Wyagamac Lake. First night in the wild, out in the middle of
nowhere. Sleep does'nt come easy...
Coincidence: this is the exact same spot we were in 2002 when we were asking ourselves
if we'de like to live outdoors for 10 months.
|TRICKS AND INFOS
order to keep food and drinks cold (warm beer tastes awful...) we have a 12V cooler. Marc installed a 12V outlet under the rear rack of the
IMPORTANT: the outlet is connected directly onto the battery and the cooler draws a
fair amount of current, so if we turn the engine off, we must absolutly unplug it.
Since the cooler can't be plugged in all the time, we only carry non-perishable food or
food to be eaten shortly or things that may be kept at a moderatly warm temperature.
Most of the trail was easy.
A small portion on the pipeline trail. A lot more technical.
We go up, we go down, we go up again, the views are incredible.
- A short day: 60 miles
- Meals eaten in the rain:2
- Nombre of obstacles over come by France: all
- Nombre of times when France said that her new quad is sooo much smoother than her old
one: 10 (at least)
potato salad, tomatoes, bacon, hard boiled eggs, black olives, onions.
Dinner: Chicken stew (canned) + instant mashed potatoes
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