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post #1 of 31 Old 01-14-2011, 08:15 PM Thread Starter
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route questions: maine/NH



^that part.

6 days, the marker's are just for routing sake.

was hoping for a decent route from the bottom of the peninsula back through ME and NH.

we have 4, maybe 5 days after leaving quebec, i'd like to spend 2 days on the peninsula, so 2 days to get back. i've been up and down the coast a few times, and traveled to bar harbor once inland via back roads... and loved it.

so what should i miss and what should i hit? and where should we stay?

thanks for any advice.

we'll be riding the week that is the last of may and first of june if anyone's interested in tagging along... and if anyone knows what to expect weather better than me... i'm expecting 50's?

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Weather could be raw, and socked in. Be prepared for it. Do a gaspe search here and there might be routes and tracks. Maybe Black Lab will chime in. He's got most of those roads memorized by now.

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Do you want to hit Montreal? There's some nice riding North of Sherbrooke if you can live without going via Montreal.
As for weather- I was riding NS and NB in late may two years ago, and the coast was chilly with snow still in the elevations, but NB was warmer. Id say May can be hit or miss.
I'm planning same trip but a little later in the season...

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got a busy year ahead of me, this is the only week that really worked for us. we'll see how it goes... montreal is just going to be a view from the highway, we're gonna buzz up to quebec the first day and try to spend some time in the city...
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Once you are on Québec side of the river, don't cross back to the south side. Continue riding up to the town of St. Simeon, then cross the river via the ferry service to Riviére du Loup. It will cost you about $41 to make this crossing. Doing this is FAR, FAR more interesting then slabbing it on the south side up to RdL.

I have more tips for you, but I am busy writing other stuff right now. There is still time to drop them here before you leave.

I will say, that you DO need to prepare for cold weather riding. You may not get it, but Frostypuck is correct about his thoughts on this.

(My experience has been, you WILL get it!!!)

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so what should i miss and what should i hit? and where should we stay?
been so long since I've made that trip, and never on a bike yet

several lighthouses along the route, I camped at ForillionNP, went cod fishing, whale & seal watching

there's an awesome vertical shaft windmill in Cap Chat,



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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.
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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.

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i greatly appreciate it.

in reality we have 8 days, sat-sun. i'd like to plan for 6 days, giving us 2 days if things go sour weatherwise or if we find something we really need to spend another day on. otherwise i'll have 2 days to recover and catch up on "honey do list".
so, we have access to 8 days, but i have intentions of planning on 6.

this guy did gaspe+cabot trail in 8 days
started in syracuse NY and covered 3200 miles in 8 days. im planning for a little over half the distance he covered. i based alot of initial planning (where, how long) on similar ride reports. given im less experienced with distance riding than them and you, but i am experienced in endurance sports. they're less dangerous when you're tired than bikes though so i plan to keep it safe in my entry into distance riding.

i'm not very familiar with much outside US border in the NE, so i greatly appreciate the advice. i'm becoming a married man this fall and buying a piece of property now on top of the home we already own, so time will become more and more scarce in the near future...

thanks again look forward to future comments (and great pics!)
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cold and wet

We rode thru Vermont, Maine, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia in mid June 2009 and had cool temps and more than enough rain. Go prepared for wet and cold.

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