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Seems like I'll be going to Ottawa in about a month or so. Want to do Ottawa Valley on my way there and stop at my daughter's place in Ottawa. When I stop there I would like to take one day trip either North or East of the Capitol and explore these areas (since I never been there). Perhaps 500-600 km. I'm thinking about this loop I'm confused tough. According to this it is 370 km loop but looking at GPS it seems like over 600km...? What you guys think about this route? Is there something better around?
 

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Yes this is an excellent route.
I did it not too long ago.

If you want to explore Quebec, here is another loop that includes most of the popular routes in that area:
https://goo.gl/maps/68WbBBd59Xu

Mont Treamblant is a nice village where you can stop for lunch.

I guess you can somehow combine these two loops.
 

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Rick, when are you there?

Sandy and I will be in the area on the weekend of June 18th 19 and prob heading home on the 20th. I have training near Montreal on the 16th and 17th and will likely visit a friend in Gatineau on the Sunday. My friend (Sylvain) introduce me to the strom back in 1993. I got my first strom in 06 and I think it was later in 06 or in 07 that I went to visit him and I think we did the exact route you posted (I'll have to look at it more closely on a computer.).

..Tom
 

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Yes this is an excellent route.

here is another loop that includes most of the popular routes in that area:
https://goo.gl/maps/68WbBBd59Xu

I guess you can somehow combine these two loops.
I like this route. The Northern part is fine, but I find highway 50 boring, though efficient. I'd add time to this trip and go along 148 instead of 50; say from Thurso to where you turn North, assuming you are going ccw. Route 148 is slower and the pavement is not as good, but we do ride Stroms. An alternative for this stretch (and my more usual route that-a-way) because I find 148 too slow and the 50 too bland is to go along Ontario Hwys 174 and 17 and cross into Quebec at Hawkesbury. There should be good fries and hot dogs (hopefully still offered steamed or grilled; steamé ou grillé) in Alfred.

Less busy there in Alfred now than when the 17 was the main highway between Ottawa and Montreal, before 1968 or so when the 417 was built. Yeah, I'm old. I lived in Wendover off the highway for several years back then, on the original 17 (which became a secondary road when the newer, now old, 17 was built in the early 50s), now renumbered 55 and silently crumbling away. You haven't time enough to take that stretch. Besides, its rural character has changed to now become yet another bedroom community for Ottawa. There is a nice little stretch which I quite like along hwy 26 (also part of the original 17, but with good pavement) between Jessops Falls and Plantagenet, to break whatever monotony you may find, and it won't slow you down much.

The other route in the original post is fine as well. I take a stretch of it often, and have ridden or driven the rest. Definitely nice roads for our bikes. Watch the speed on the 105. 100 Kph is fine (90 is the limit), and slow down through towns and villages. 120 gets you a hefty fine, and ticket. Don't ask me how I know.
 

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Rick, when are you there?

Sandy and I will be in the area on the weekend of June 18th 19 and prob heading home on the 20th. I have training near Montreal on the 16th and 17th and will likely visit a friend in Gatineau on the Sunday. My friend (Sylvain) introduce me to the strom back in 1993. I got my first strom in 06 and I think it was later in 06 or in 07 that I went to visit him and I think we did the exact route you posted (I'll have to look at it more closely on a computer.).

..Tom
It would be pleasure to ride with you guys but unfortunatelly I'll be going 1 week earlier then you. Perhaps June 10 to 13th.
 

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Thank you perArdua and Molten Boron. So is it over 300 or over 600 km loop?
I laid it out in Google Maps (here), but didn't check closely to see if it's identical (it's close anyway). Shows as 357 Kms and 4 1/2 hrs. Molton Boron's ride shows as 389 or so.
 

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It would be pleasure to ride with you guys but unfortunatelly I'll be going 1 week earlier then you. Perhaps June 10 to 13th.
Rick, there is a gathering in henryville quebec during that time frame if you are interested, it looks like quite the event! I'm about 90% certain i'm going
 

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Rick, there is a gathering in henryville quebec during that time frame if you are interested, it looks like quite the event! I'm about 90% certain i'm going
Thanks for the info but I can't do it this time. Already made some arrangements.
 

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your highway loop

Your loop goes around some really great country. My suggestions is to get off the main highways and ride inside your loop where possible. Find your way to Kazabazua and Mt St Marie, old stomping grounds of mine in another life.
The Ottawa area is out of my bailiwick so get some suggestions for beat up paved or chipped sealed roads inside your proposed loop.
Enjoy and post some pics when you finish.
 

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My suggestions is to get off the main highways and ride inside your loop where possible. Find your way to Kazabazua and Mt St Marie, old stomping grounds of mine in another life.
Good advice. My favourite stretch of twisted, rough, gravel in spots, poorly maintained road is just past Mont Sainte Marie, on the way to Baie Knight on Lac Pemichangan. The road is so bad and wonderful that my brother and brother in law won't take it on their bikes; or do so at little old lady speed. Wusses. At the end of this road I park the bike, get in a boat, and go to a island cottage and just enjoy. Sorry you don't have time to join me. Oh, even sorrier - I don't have time to either.
 

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Thank you. I agree. Seems like to go off the main road is the right suggestion. Do the pictures have to be with bike I Now own? :wink2:
 
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