i can comfortably ride in anything above freezing... i ride with a heated vest and enough gear that i don't need it. the guy i'm riding with spent a day riding in below freezing weather with me, without any heated gear and a short windscreen. wasn't the most pleasant, but he was comfortable enough to be safe.
we're planning the trip pretty loosely... if when the time comes it proves to be too... uninviting... we can find someplace south to ride to. we just prefer that direction.
i dont think we'll have a problem finding places to sleep? i just now realized we're leaving memorial day weekend. that's when our tourist season starts in upstate NY, but most hotels/campgrounds open a few weeks ahead.
blacklab, i look forward to anymore advice you care to share. the stretch between quebec city and st simeon: is it worth swooping inland a bit and making a day of it, or should i stick to the river bank and try to cross midday making some time into gaspe? i had planned on spending a full day in quebec city, but would give it up if the riding justified it.
You don't have time for a "swoop" inland. There really isn't "swoop route" anyway. Between Québec City and St. Simeon, nearly all roads lead to the Lac St-Jean and Saguenay Fjord, (Rt 381 is my favorite all time road to ride.). If your goal is the Gaspé, you have some "humping" to do to get there and to get home.
RandyO is dead on with what he mentioned in his post.
When you enter into Cap Chat, you will see a large field of Wind turbines.
Cap Chat is home to Éole. The largest vertical wind turbine.
I got kicked out after taking this photo......
BTW, Does anyone know these "two-up" riders? They are from Québec and we met at Éole.
This is what they look like on the road.
RandyO is also right about Parc Forillion. Where you want to camp there is, Cap-Bon-Ami right near the tip of the Gaspé.
This is the view when you walk down to the beach from the campsites.
But, be careful of some of the wildlife that you pass to get to the beach!!!
More in the near future.