groomer is out. no drag yet but they are filling the holes and packing the trails. i also heard that smoothrock groomer was out.
lots of snow after the last storm, sitting at about 2.5 feet conservatively - some places more some a little bit less. some lakes have as much as 6 inch's of ice on them. Trails will open soon enough. remember in early season riding know before you go![/b]
The GTPR/NTR deal came in the heady final days of Canada's railway boom and would soon prove to be the financial straw that broke the back of Canada's railway industry during the First World War. The GTPR/NTR system was surveyed and construction began in 1905 and the entire system was finished (except for the Quebec Bridge) in 1913. The task was monumental and no expense was spared in building a railway system of minimal grades and curvature. In crossing the Appalachian Mountains of eastern Quebec and northern New Brunswick, the NTR used massive bridges to span wide valleys. The Quebec Bridge over the St. Lawrence River - the largest cantilever span in the world - took $40 million of the $170 million total project cost alone. The territory across northern Quebec and Ontario to Winnipeg, through the heart of the Canadian Shield, posed an extremely difficult construction obstacle (the reason why the Canadian Pacific Railway avoided the region, yet in the end, the system was one of the best-constructed railways in the world.[/b]
Just got back from Cochrane. We did find and ran the L61 trail from the A105Q to Iroquois Falls. Go east of Cochrane & as soon as you go through the camp grounds on the trail,cross the road aprox. 1000 ft. to the right is the trail. No sign except a stop sign facing towards IF as soon as you turn there was a IF sign saying 44k.
Trail wasn't groomed at first,but was not bad. Had to run the road a ways. Then we found the trail again and it was groomed. Around 9 miles from IF there was a washout on the groomed trail. 6ft. wide 5ft deep with 2ft of water running. Sides are straight up and down. Very hard to see coming upon it. We almost went in, but lucky we were taking it easy.
Ran into the OPP in IF and they went to mark it. So if anyone runs this be careful. It's a nice ride because it connects the A105Q and the A trail for a 100 mi. loop.