Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Would you like some hills with your scenery? Think St-Jean-de-Matha, Ste-Emilie-de-l'Energie and Ste-Beatrix

Ahh summer.
This hilly ride in northern Lanaudiere is continuously fun and scenic.

leaving/arriving at town of St-Jean-de-Matha on top of that famous "little" hill on the edge of town.

sunshine, green, farms, forests, we love this ride

shift gears... and PEDAL! Then coast for miles and miles

This house in Lac Noire has its own miniature copy on the front lawn. This is just weird.

Bad bike rack (the "wheel bender" model) recycled into something actually useful

one of the closest fences yet to an actual pioneer-style wooden rail fence

translation: life is good and about to get even better

we rarely stop for scenery on the downhill, but we stopped here on chemin riviere blanche

riviere l'Assomption in full eau vive mode at parc des Chutes' Ste-Beatrix entrance

 Spot the St-Jean-de-Matha's church steeple.  View from near Ste-Beatrix across the l'Assomption valley

L'Assomption river at bridge to Rang Ste-Cecile

Chemin Belle Montagne sure is.  Going east we now turn left here and climb the little hill.

zoom, zoom, and zoom some more

bikes get a downhill warning: zoom zoom.

Summer weather: Ride, add water, and then ride some more.

Rang St-Guillaume is the usual hyper scenic end to this ride

Rang St-Guillaume also has this unchained and aggressive dog.On a slow steep uphill (yoinks).  The beast didn't cause any trouble, but likes to get really close, probably because cyclists smell really good and more than a little bit tasty!

Sunset on Rang St-Guillaume is obligatoire mes amis

the end of a beautiful hill ride on a beautiful day


At 9:20 PM, Blogger Pierre le Grand said...

Transport Quebec has announced that the bridge over the rivière noire on the Chemin de la Belle Montagne is closed. No opening date has been given. I have crossed it many time last year. This is an old bridge that can be easily bypassed if you know the region well.


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