Out for the ultimate rip by Chris Lowrey

Otter Lake resident Yves Leblanc will be setting out on a more than 7,000-km journey that will take him to Michigan, through Canada and up to Alaska. The epic journey is part of the MichCanSka Adventures Snowmobile Club’s ongoing efforts to raise money for diabetes research.

Most people in the Pontiac are used to hopping on their snowmobiles in the winter months and either taking a quick tour to the local depanneur, or a longer ride through the extensive trail system in the region.
But on Feb. 11, Yves Leblanc will walk out his front door in Otter Lake, hop on his snowmobile and set out on a bit of a longer journey than usual – one that will eventually see him reach one of the northernmost points of the continent in Alaska.
Not your typical “rip” when it comes to hopping on a sled.
The trip is part of a fundraising effort organized by MichCanSka Adventures Snowmobile Club.
The name combines the regions of the club’s members – Michigan, Canada and Alaska.
The club staged a similar cross-country trip in 2010 and this one aims to follow a familiar route. Each time the club stages one of these extreme rides, the goal is ultimately to raise money for charity.
This year’s trip will serve as an opportunity to raise funds for diabetes research. To donate money, just go to the website www.michcanska.com and click on the “donate now” tab on the right side.

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