Wednesday, July 29, 2009

St-Jean-de-Matha lanaudiere - another amazing experience

As usual, we park at Musée Louis Cyr/Tourist office in St-Jean-de-Matha

Cows in their natural setting

Historic home in St-Jean-de-Matha

A good day is riding until sunset.

A St-Jean-de-Matha highlight is the edge-of-town downhill road to this excellent regional park

Scenery on road to regional park

Rang St-Guillaume, most scenic road in Lanaudiere?

More reason we think Rang St-Guillaume is number one

Rain stopped, the sun came out, happiness ensued

This pine forest/plantation proved to be surprisingly good shelter from the rain

Chemin Ste-Catherine and scenic lookout over Ste-Emilie-de-l'Energie valley

Lighthouse and lighthouse keeper's house in Lac Noir.

6 minutes out of St-Jean-de-Matha: fresh asphalt, life doesn't get any better than this!

Cow not impressed with our climbing skills at the first killer hill 4 minutes from start.

Pausing on first hill (doesn't look steep does it? hee-hee), St-Jean-de-Matha in background

There are few places we enjoy more than parking the car in St-Jean-de-Matha (at the Musée Louis Cyr) and riding the scenic and fun hills of the immediate region. We had been avoiding this area in 2009, concentrating on the flatter Maskinongé region a bit more east. But with

Our ride yesterday was interrupted by a bit of rain, but that didn't dampen our experience one bit. We shortened the ride because of the rain but managed to hit several of the nicest roads and views in the region. We also noticed some nice new asphalt on Ste-Louise Est out of the village, a great start to the ride.

Bike ride on Bikely (click here for map). This was an out and back ride to the three distinct ends of the route.


At 11:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

would you recommend a route from the airport into montreal's city center? we're beginning a cycle tour on monday! thanks

At 8:00 AM, Blogger Cycle Fun Montreal said...

get yourselves south of the Dorval circle to lakeshore boulevard (not more than a couple of Kms), then it is bike path (on road, then on bike path) east all the way to downtown (called "centre ville")from there.

At 8:01 AM, Blogger Cycle Fun Montreal said...

note: bike path to downtown is the Lachine Canal bike path, forgot to mention that detail!


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