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Routes / La Route Verte
« on: November 29, 2008, 12:59:45 pm »
Velo Quebec has an official guide to cycling in Quebec which includes the entire 4076 kms of the Route Verte.  Fifteen pages of the guide detail the Saguenay-Lac Saint-Jean route. The maps are excellent.  Also includes a list of bicycle friendly camping sitesa B&B's,inns and hotels that are along the route.
Enjoy your ride. I have done two rides there and thoroughly enjoyed both of them.  Too bad they are so far away from the West Coast      

Routes / petit train du nord
« on: June 25, 2008, 11:20:17 am »
Would you consider doing a portion of it? If so go to  They operate a shuttle which will drop you and your bike off at selected points along the route and then you can ride back to St Jerome.
I'll be able to tell you all about it after Aug 11.  I plan to ride the entire trail in 2 1/2 days.  
Enjoy the trail, it's highly recommended

Routes / Biking Nova Scotia
« on: September 15, 2007, 11:58:23 am »
Go to the Atlantic Canada Cycling web site for general information.  If you have a particular route in mind contact Gary Conrad at this web site . Fantastic guy and has authored the Nova Scotia Bicycle book which I use as my biking bible.
I have cycled the route from Yarmouth to Halifax.  I found secondary roads to be narrow.  No bike lane, however drivers are patient.  Bad timing on my part as it was a long holiday weekend. I finally moved to the main highway and I know I missed a lot of fantatasic coastal scenery however I was the end of a 3 month cycling coast to coast trip and at that point I was looking forward to finishing.
If you do follow that route, places that are a must are Lunenburg, Mahone Bay and Peggys Cove. There is nothing more peaceful that Mahone Bay in the early morning. It was just a reminder to me of why I cycle.
If you are cycling in the area of Annapolis Royal or the Bay of Fundy on the Evangeline Trailroute we may see each other.  I shipped my bike on Thursday and I'm on my way next week to do some fall cycling. And that's something for dyed in the wool West Coaster to go all the way across Canada for cycling however the area is majestic.  
Enjoy and take care

Routes / Blaine, WA to Tsawwassen ferries
« on: April 30, 2007, 12:42:46 pm »
When I ride from White Rock to the ferry terminal, I use KGH to Hwy 10(Ladner Trunk)and then onto Hwy 17.  Lots of truck traffic however I have never had a problem and there is a bike lane. Watch for construction areas at KGH and 152 St in South Surrey and junction of Hwy 10 and KGH. Be careful at the overpass just west of the Esso/Tim Hortons on Hwy 10. It's narrow and trucks can come close to you. I ususlly wait for a break in traffic and sprint across the overpass.  The other area to watch is on Hwy 17. There is an off road for the trucks to go to Roberts Bank cargo terminal. I wait there for a break in traffic because the truck move very fast along that section
Your option is to take hwy 10 and exit by turning left at 112 St and ride along the gravelled Boundary Bay dike and proceed along the ocean to the city(town) of Tsawwassen and back to Hwy 17 and the ferry terminal. I rode the dike last week on my recumbent and I had no problem with the gravel. There is usually only a few walkers with dogs ( some leashed,some not) on the trail, a few cyclists and the odd horse rider. I stop and let the horse and rider have the right of way. The horse may get spooked. It's a very peaceful ride. Lots of birds including eagles
Other riders will no doubt give you other options.
Colebrook Road is quiet but there is one mother of a hill at the end to get you up to Hwy 10

Routes / nova scotia
« on: January 29, 2007, 01:31:02 pm »
At the end of a coast to coast trip, I took the ferry from Bar Harbor Maine, to Yarmouth and then cycled to Halifax. The backroads are a delight however there are generally no shoulders. Drivers are very patient and the scenery is fantastic. Unfortunately my ride was on the Labour Day weekend and traffic was heavy. I moved back and forth from the coastal highway(3)to the major highway 103 to avoid some the traffic. Highway 103 has wide shoulders however it is not very scenic. If you plan to follow a major highway then you are not seeing Nova Scotia.  I did go back on the backroad for a side trip to Lunenberg and up to Mahone Bay. The ride was absolutely unbelievably pretty. There was not a ripple on Mahone Bay. And you must take side trip to Peggy's Cove.
Gary Conrad who wrote the "The Nova Scotia Bicycle Book" is very amenable to answering bike touring questions. He can be reached at Atlantic Canada Cycling. This group sponsors a group ride through NS every summer.
Enjoy your ride

Routes / Nova Scotia loop
« on: May 14, 2006, 12:22:16 pm »
I'm planning to ride from Montreal to Halifax this summer. Finding info for riding in New Brunswick has been a challenge however the best source I have found is the journals at www.crazyguyonabike. It takes a bit of research but I have my basic route.
Gary Conrad is a fantastic source of information. He has written a great book on cycling in Nova Scotia and yes Gary does provide free info. I used his knowledge to ride from Yarmouth to Halifax after completing the Northern Tier a couple years ago.  

Routes / Canada route help!
« on: March 25, 2006, 06:32:48 pm »
You're a virtual fount of information is very helpful
How do I miss the hills in Quebec City? I'm a prairie kid at heart and I do not like hills
Where can I locate more information on the Petit-Temis bike path path and cycling the interior of NB via the St John River Valley?
Also I plan to cycle PEI and cross into NS at Woods Island. Rather than highway 1 to Halifax , how about using Highway 7? It doesn't appear to be a major highway.
Should I purchase the book on cycling NS?

Routes / Touring Vancouver Island
« on: July 01, 2005, 04:37:02 am »
Go to, select the "touring" thread. find the search forum and type in "Vancouver Island"
Enjoy your tour.

Routes / Quebec Tour on La Route Verte
« on: December 04, 2004, 05:18:54 pm »
Like you I would like to ride the Route Verte in 2005. I contacted the publishers of the booklet that you refer to and was advised to check back in early 2005 and they might have the 4th edition available. I also read on a posting that the booklet was not that helpful for route planning.
I would recommend the touring thread of bike forum ( There have been several postings there on the Route Verte. One of the respondents, Michel Gagnon, of Montreal is vey knowledgeable.
Also go to You might luck out on one of the 10 postings about touring in Quebec.
Plus there was a write up on the route in Oct 2004 edition of Bicycling.
I hope this helps

Routes / Provence trip
« on: October 03, 2004, 02:35:00 pm »
There is an article on touring in Provence on Simply scroll down to "Other Artices" on the home page. I envy you. Enjoy

Routes / Route 97 CA-OR-WA-BC
« on: April 09, 2004, 03:20:58 pm »
I may be able to assist you with the B.C. information. What highway number do you wish to ride in B.C.? Number 3 runs along the Southern border with th U.S. and I have seen bike tours on it.

Routes / Vancouver, BC to Creston,BC
« on: January 14, 2004, 08:49:51 pm »
Sounds like an absolutely fantastic trip. There is book available in the Vancouver and surrounding Lower Mainland city libraries titled " Cycle Routes of South Central British Columbia" written by Paul Wood. I have not seen the book in bookstores recently. It is published by Paul Woods Publications of Sidney B.C. Distributed by Sandhill Book Marketing of Kelowna B.C. Telephone 250 763 1406. There are 13 pages devoted Highway 3 from Hope to Creston The book outlines the ride, gives vertical profiles and provides the names and location of provincial campgrounds along the route.
For your cycle from Vancouver to Hope there is also a section in the book however this ride takes you from the Tsawwassen Ferry terminal to Langley and then thru Abbotsford and to Hope. I have ridden both routes. I prefer Highway 7.
I have the Cycling Canada book published in 1995. I have searched at Chapters Book store for an updated book however it appears to be out of print. The book was published by Bicycle Books Inc of San Francisco.
As an alternative you might want to look up up some of the Cycle Canada sites. There have been journals written by some of the riders. This would give you Vancouver to Hope description. I believe they take Highway 1 after Hope through the Fraser Canyon.
I hope this helps  

Routes / Northern Tier
« on: January 07, 2004, 03:39:34 pm »
I did the Northern Tier with Adventure Cycling in 2003. We  started from Anacortes on May 29. The group went over the Going to the Sun on June 15th. It had only been open for a day or two then due to an snow slide. Opening date of course depends upon the amount of snowfall and the spring thaw
Park rules state that you must be at the top by 11 AM. the evening before we stayed at Avalanche creek campground. From Avalanche Creek it is about a 3-4 hour ride. Grade is 6%. Beautiful scenery.
As an option if you look at the Adventure Cycling map for that area there is an optional route.
Enjoy your ride. I certainly did.
If schedule permits I would recommend thatyou join the Adventure Cycling Northwern Tourfor 2004  

General Discussion / PTS? Post Tour Syndrome?
« on: November 08, 2008, 12:20:32 pm »
Five years after an ACA Northern Tier trek I still have flashbacks of so many great days on the roads of America. The moose who causually crosses in front of you, the bear and her cubs crossing the road very nonchalantly, the deer running across a highway with absolute terror in their eyes,the turtles,the wild turkeys and on and on  And the fabulous people. These are memories that will never fade    

General Discussion / Expedition touring
« on: February 26, 2007, 12:28:41 pm »
Hi Paul
I just finished your journal of your Northern Tier expedition. You brought back great memories of my Northern Tier tour with ACA in 2003. ACA are great people to tour with and so were my 10 companions on the ride. Like you I was past 60 and the oldest one in the group. Not finishing was not even in my thoughts when I started. Also like you the bicycle and I walked a few times but I talked myself into the thought that walking beside your steed was character building. There may have been the odd not so pleasant happening on the trip however it soon fell into background.
Thanks for rekindling the memories of a trip of a lifetime  

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