Route Advice--Montreal to Quebec
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    Route Advice--Montreal to Quebec

    Can anyone suggest a solid route to get me from Montreal to Quebec (hopefully in no more than two or three days of 70-90 mile riding with camping)? I am hoping to tag this onto the front of a trip through the Northeast and then down through the Appalachias, but know nothing of the area. Thanks in advance for the help.

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    Then you want to go quite straight then...
    you are talking about 270km total (170 miles?) depending on start/finish.

    My suggestion is to take the south shore route (route 132) because I know it better, but north shore (route 138 or the old "Chemin du Roy") will take you there just as good.

    If you where to go south shore: From Montreal: Take Jacques-Cartier Bridge across the St-Laurent river. It's a very nice, secure and wide bike path, worthy in iself of a little visit... On the other side, follow the path around the base of the bridge back toward the river and follow the street to your right Riverside or St-Laurent blvd into Longueuil city. It is possible to stay on the bike path alongside the river bank, along the 132 route intill after suburbs such as Longueuil, Boucherville.(look at the bike path indications, it's pretty "natural" to find your way. From then on, as you exit Longueuil toward Boucherville and out in the country; the 132 route becomes a much smaller route. Once you get to Quebec, you could stay on the south shore for the rest of your trip, or find the ferry to the city.

    On the North shore, you want to exit the city early morning from Notre-Dame street, going, of course, east to the bridge to Repentigny, where the street will eventually become the 138. It is a nice road to bike on, but the north shore ride takes you through a larger city (Trois-Rivières) mid-way, as the south shore takes through smaller villages... I prefer villages to large cities.


    Camping??? mid-way: http://www.quebecweb.com/vallero/introang.html

    Fact: Our roads are not as nice as people would usually expect. But with some vigilance, you should enjoy them.

    Fact: the 138 road is (backwards) the racecourse of one of the oldest bike race in America (la classique Québec Montréal) http://www.louisgarneau.com/fra/classique.asp

    Fact: Montréal is super nice to visit by bike. Try the Gilles-Villeneuve circuit (from Jacques-Cartier Bridge, or old port bike path... do a loop from/to either access) and take a loop around the Mont-Royal world-cup circuit. See how you do on that little hill... 14 times!

    Fact: Quebec is to be visited. Lots of history and stuff. But also you should try to get just a bit outside to the east: Ile d'Orléan... wow!

    Fact: what you plan is pretty straight forward and flat. Excellent warm-up before the Appalachians. Route 173 from Quebec to the Beauce region will test you... long, long hills.

    reference:

    http://www.mtq.gouv.qc.ca/en/informa...ces/index1.asp

    http://www.routeverte.com/fr/voyager...ode=monteregie

    http://www.velo.qc.ca/english/home.lasso

    Sorry. this is all the time I have now.

    Quote Originally Posted by bloodmeridian
    Can anyone suggest a solid route to get me from Montreal to Quebec (hopefully in no more than two or three days of 70-90 mile riding with camping)? I am hoping to tag this onto the front of a trip through the Northeast and then down through the Appalachias, but know nothing of the area. Thanks in advance for the help.
    There are many things worth living for, a few things worth dying for, and nothing worth killing for. Tom Robbins

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    Thanks

    Wow,

    I can't thank you enough. That's quite a bit of wonderful information, yet the route seems quite simple. I look forward to giving it a try. Thanks again!

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