There is a bigger smile on my face today. A decent storm last night took the first half day to clean up and the second half to ride. The first half was painful! Duties done Jack and I went went for a rip up Aspen Brook and the snow was pretty deep….considering what we had in this neck of the woods. Cornfield road was all powder and excellent riding. Jack, my 8 year old has nearly caught on to riding on edge now….if I can only get him to slow down! Anyone riding in this area should do so with caution as rocks lurk below this powder still. Fun day though and sledding again tomorrow! If we get the storm forecasted on Tuesday we will be all set!
I apologize for the late report but I was away for the better part of this month and was hearing some different reports as to the conditions. However, I was into Hodges yesterday for a ride and can offer you accurate conditions now for this area. The roads are pretty good but more snow is needed. Looking at the weather network for the next week or so its on the way in small daily amounts but we need a storm. The water bodies are excellent riding and the “not to rough” open country are passable to good. In a nut shell, come get onto your machines and burn take advantage of what we have but stick to the beaten paths as the riding is good there. At least we have enough for that. As many of you know the higher country on the West Coast has tons of snow and steady belt falling! The lower areas around Deer Lake look much the same as here at the chalets. I wish we had that here but we will get it soon enough! I am waiting for a report on conditions at the Gaff as I hear lots of sleds up there. If anyone has been there please feel free to comment or email me but I have a feeling there is tons of snow. I hope to get there this weekend…or sooner!
Hometown/Country: Baños de Agua Santa, Ecuador
Years Rafting Experience: 11 years
Favourite River: Pastaza River (tributary of the Amazon River)
Favourite Quote: "EL PERSEVERA ….ALCANZA” (Can anyone read Spanish?)
Favourite Music: Salsa and Merengue
Favourite Movie: "Instructions Not Included"
Top Item on Bucket List: To attend the Wimbledon Tennis Cup Final
Hobbies: To play soccer, go fishing, to dance (especially salsa), running, working out, watching tennis
Years Rafting Experience: 14 years whitewater kayaking and 6 years rafting
Favourite River: Zambezi River in Zambia.
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Favourite Movie: "The Notebook" and "A Separation"
Top Item on Bucket List: Travel all over the world
Hobbies: Tennis, playing harmonica and guitar
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On Monday this week we started with picture #50 showing a rare snowball fight on a rafting trip!
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Seasons on the Exploits River: 3
Hometown/Country: London, Ontario, Canada
Years Rafting Experience: 5
Favourite River: French River in Northern Ontario
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Favourite Movie: I have two young kids, so… the Lego Movie? (I forget what grown-up movies are like!)
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Hobbies: Rock climbing, biking, camping
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I must say we all had a great day yesterday but it might have been my last day on sled. Still lots of great riding to be had in certain areas and still some good hill climbing too. However getting there is getting a little difficult, although still possible for the few diehards that want to get in a last ride for the season. We had a big crew out too…..ten I believe. The bulk were from the East coast (Sledcore) and central. The bare road sections had some fairly long bare sections but once you get past Joe Glodes most of the bare spots can be bypassed by riding on the marsh. Once again we saw lots of caribou and geese. Although the snow took a good cut on Thursday the areas where the snow is deep is still excellent riding. If you stick it out and pick your way along as far as the arch bridge on Mary March you will ride right into winter. Don’t bother with the main top or anything on that side once you reach the summit. There is some excellent hill climbing on the slopes of the Mizzen and Hinds. Just make sure you check your carbides before you leave. If you lose a carbide and have to ride out you will also wear your ski to the point of replacement. I didn’t see any difference in my skegs or skis after the trip. One poor fella lost both carbides on the way in though so he will need new skis. All in all, an awesome day by all but I have been riding since November….time to put the sled away and focus on the summer season. Thanks to everyone who came out this winter to ride Hodges and the Gaff. Hopefully, I will see you on the river this summer! Thanks to Tom Caines and Keith Peyton, two excellent riders whom I will be riding with as long as I am riding I am sure! For many more pics of this past trip have a look at Tom Caines and Andrew Goldsworthy’s FB page. Its seems this blog has become a valuable resource for many people riding in Central this past few seasons. For this I am very proud. I will be continuing to post up to date and accurate riding conditions next year. Until then, enjoy your summer and hope for an early winter. Funny thing though…..as I write this blog there is a snow storm happening outside my window!
Very large on the Gaff today. Large comes to mind because of the expanse of the country up there. It stretches out in all directions farther than you can see, especially on a day like today. The day started off with about 60 caribou and 30 geese, plus a few stragglers here and there. The dirt patches along the road and tracks are getting longer but nothing to hurt your skis. Conditions on the open country are much the same as two weeks ago….really good riding. We went to Hinds, Lobster House, Gaff and the Main today. Lots of high marking, side hilling and climbing, especially at Hinds. We were on the snow nearly 11 hours and the day still wasn’t long enough! Back again on Sunday with Sledcore!
Just returned from the Gaff via Millertown Junction Road. It looked very dismal at first. All the way in there was almost no snow. But there WAS snow at the end of the plowed road about 5 km in. We unloaded and it wasn’t too far before we got a glimpse of the Gaff. It was obviously going to be a good day if we could get there. Well getting there was no problem and if you add all the dirt we crossed on the road and tracks it wouldn’t add up to a hundred feet! The woods along Mary March Brook has tons of snow and big drifts if it warmed up enough to soften them and you can spend a day along that river alone. However, once you pass the Quarry and reach the open country you can go anywhere you want. Just point the skis and go! We went to Hinds hill and back in short order. Now as with all spring riding, if it is cold it is going to be a ski-chattering day. If it is very warm its going to be very soft and choices are fewer. But the temps are right you cant get much better conditions up there right now! The tricky part is that the forecast means nothing. We had a relatively warm and calm day down here but at the Gaff it was very cold and windy. In fact we couldn’t remove our helmets once we reached the open country. Most days now you would be best to leave early and return early. For those of you who are familiar with the Gaff, who can tell me where that gigantic boulder is in the two pictures. Its about 20 feet high, 30 feet thick and stands alone. I always stop there when in the area because it is so interesting as it never has snow around its base and usually the machine would be 10 feet up rather than the 6 feet as shown. The first person to get it right on FB gets a rafting pass. The hint is in the above write-up.