Friday, April 15, 2011

Another short spring ride

Scenic ride through some great scenery, and many different forests.

keep your eyes open for elms, pitch pine, sugar maple, silver maple, and the dozens of giant eastern cottonwoods along the Chateauguay river west of Ormstown.

Country roads, no traffic, no problems.

Spring means a few shorter rides at the beginning of the year. The hard part of spring riding is to find stimulating and fun shorter rides with the all-important smooth asphalt.

Today's ride fits this bill. Scenic, good weather, with a nice circuit of roads and villages and farms and forests and a large region of apple trees (not to be missed during blossom time in May). There is an ecological reserve, this one for pins rigide (pitch pine) trees. These trees in Quebec exist only in the extreme southwest.

The map at bikely is here.

The weather was blue sky and spring sunshine, but with refrigerator temperatures. A little cold on the toes, but everything else was a-ok.

This specific circuit is a life-long favorite ride of ours.

The drive to the Chateauguay river valley couldn't be simpler.

Take Pont Mercier bridge and Rt 138 and park in any of the towns and villages along the river, Starting at Ste-Martine, to Howick, Georgetown, Allan's Corner's, Brysonville, Ormstown, Dewittville, or Huntingdon. (You could start in Chateauguay or Mercier, but these are NOT rural towns.)


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