by now I have done my usual list of favorite rides, so is it now time
to revisit a favorite, or try to explore and find another ride to the
list? Decisions, decisions.
(3x) I’d do more rides here except Mercier bridge and alternatives are
bad bridges. Although Mercier has its seasonal mega repairs completed
for 2015. Since 2008 it’s been being reconstructed
with half being federal and half being provincial, and for the
provincial half, the re-decking objective seems astoundingly low
priority. Because whenit is finished, nice new wide bike/pedestrian
sidewalk reconnecting that part of south shore to mtl for bikes.
(5x) I like riding here and maybe another visit in in the autumn for
apple season – greatly improving the snacking potential in Franklin
area. As you saw, nice top quality roads too.
As I ride in other regions, I notice the parts with bad roads.
(2x) This is usually the first real mega hill I do (covey hill I do the
easy way) and it enters the eastern townships hills via some real nice
riding terrain. There
is also a really short cute covered bridge that I can’t find this year.
And I know it’s on this ride! I did a copout a couple of times in
trying to extend the distance east so I have to go back and finish the
longest distance version of the ride. Maybe to
do this I have to start in Frelighsburg and not Bedford of Mystic.
this ride is on the north side of the St Laurence and has that combo of
flats and into and then out of the hills that I like. Nice hills too,
with optional insane hills. Then downhill
back to the car.
St-Jean-de-Matha – Home
of my fave compact area full of hills. Some recent pavement
deterioration on two downhill sections plus some megacheap chipseal
(small stones sprayed with tar, except
the stones are not small like they are supposed to be so nonstop
b-b-b-b-b-b-b-b-umpy) makes it less fun. With better road surface this
is a top favorite ride.
Victoriaville – this
ride starts on the plains but not for long as it heads into across and
out of the hills. Victoriaville is a nice town, the rural scenery is
nice. This is in the slightly
farther drive distance class of rides. Still, on bike two hours from
getting in the car. Also birthplace of poutine.
Plessisville – This is
the big leagues. A bit far but nice riding on historic and quiet roads.
Generally always up or down. One mega hill that I did in downhill
direction this year.
– last week’s longish but easy ride, but it seems to get less easy as
the day progresses. Nice to ride on islands then in farmland back on
shore. One final nice rest stop area
that is basically super quiet oddly located rural park before final
section back to car traffic civilization. This is second year I do this
ride and I like it. I am looking for some ride-lenthening variations.
Dirt: / dirt road / dirt trail / mtn bike
Cliff (tomifobia trail) – nice scenic double-track rail-trail along
tomifobia river to stanstead and away from roads and traffic. Sometimes
rides are not all about hills and distance.
Arundel (Corridor Aerobique)
scenic double-track rail-trail along rouge river and away from roads
and traffic. Sometimes rides are not all about hills and distance. It’s a
bit short of a ride though. This is the far
end of this trail and not the whole trail since much of it seem just a
/ Knowlton (dirt) – two rides in one day through different parts of
eastern townships dirt roads. Both nice, the mansonville one more
scenic. Good early season mtn bike on dirt
East Hereford (mtn bike) – visited 2x, need to go back here some more, maybe Saturday!
Rimouski – vacation
easy riding, it has bike path all along river all through town. One day
I’ll go with the wind and bike to here from home.
To Do list
Lac megantic – I did
this last year, nice to ride around lake, a second section to Mont
Megantic would be added once some dirt roads are paved and some paved
roads are improved, but presently
it’s dirt road and I skip that option. But one day, I’ll ride up Mont
Megantic, maybe when I get a triple on my next road bike.
– didn’t come here for a few years. Need to go back, but some issues
with a certain bridge. This is also the start point for a ride through
Parc National de la mauricie,
which I did once, and is now a major sportif mega ride (I avoid crowds
and sportif types) but I found parc de la mauricie to be a bit too much
“always in a forest” to be really enjoyable, very few views.
Jay Peak – long climbs, newly renewed asphalt. After I train all winter I’ll go back here. Because long climbs.
Nordet/St-Donat – a popular laurentiens mega-road through nowhere, the
destination town at the turnaround end of the ride needs paved shoulders
to make that part of ride safe and fun
and not a near-death experience. Maybe too popular/big of a road for my
quiet roads in nowhere’sville tastes.
/ Riviere Rouge Huberdeau – Another annual ride I do with Jim every
year. Still waiting for one section to get the asphalt repaved (last
repaved in 1800s it seems like), It has a
covered bridge and is otherwise a nice ride in really nice terrain.
– Did this in probably 1980/early 90ss with Pierre, 50 miles south, 50
miles back north. Smuggler’s notch to climb to get to and back from
Stowe. Sort of on my redo someday
Mtn crossborder century– This was better to do when we had a base in
Ormstown. It’s another 100 miler century ride. There’s some issues with
Franklin border crossing being open/closed.
Laurier – Montreal – P-tit train du nord bike path is 200 km from
St-Jerome to Mont Lauruer (tremblant in the middle) along with more 50
km-ish more riding mainly on bike path back home
to Mtl. This is a long term goal requiring overnight in Mont Laurier
and an early start.
Montreal-Quebec – waiting for a big tailwind and I’ll try this one in a day sometime. Maybe with wife-based car support.
Quebec-Gaspé with the wind. Another needs some wife-based car support to do this lightweight and speedy.