Thanks so much for the response. I just found another thread on this site containing your comments about the north side of the Saint-Lawrence. We will definitely avoid that. I love a good climb, but those kind of grades and endless up and down are no fun when carrying lots of gear. I like your suggested route as well. We probably will keep all our options open until after we have spent a couple days in Quebec, buy more maps, measure some distances, evaluate our time, etc. I also read on that other thread about the wind blowing west to east, so that might be a factor in which way we start out.
I looked closer at my route verte guide and at first glance it seemed the road to Saguenay was incomplete and ended at Sainte Rose-du-Norde, but now I see they just mean the Route Verte is undeveloped after that. So just to be clear, you can confirm that 172 is paved and rideable between Tadoussac and Saqueney, right?
Do you have any other advice in any regard to the region itself, or what we should be sure to see or do? We have toured western Canada on three occasions and love the wilderness aspect of it and the breathtaking national parks. I’m expecting this to be quite different in both scenery and culture. I took French in high school, but we’re going into this with almost no knowledge about this region at all. I have just started reading about the early trade routes and settlements and I expect Quebec and the towns we go through to have a European flavor, which sounds great. Will we encounter much of a language barrier?
Oh, and we need to pick a motel to start and end our trip in Quebec that will be willing to allow us to ship our bikes there and store the crates while we are riding. I was going to just use the Internet and start making some phone calls, but if you have any advice, we’d love to hear it.