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Originally Posted by starlagurl
I have. Most of it is pretty straight and gravel. It's pretty but it can get monotonous.
There aren't many places to camp, but you could probably plan something with a few of the campgrounds.
Otherwise, it's just farmers fields, who would probably let you park overnight no problem.
There are no ATVs on the trail.
What's your big plan?
Thanks for the reply, starlagurl.
My idea is to ride either from here in Kanata or my cottage near Almonte, to Fitzroy Provincial Park for the night, then take the ferry over to Quyon, Que., which appears to be very close to the start of the Cycloparc. I have friends with a farm near Shawville, so there's a place I can camp near the trail. I'm a bit vague on the rest of it, although I'm thinking of continuing on to one of the whitewater resorts for a day of rafting or riverboarding and a couple more nights of camping. Then it would be back the same way, or finding another back-road route home through Ontario. I have a dread of heavy or fast automobile traffic, so I want no part of any main highways. Besides, they're borrrring. Not exactly a big plan yet, but the start of one. I've never gone beyond day touring before, so I have some learning to do and some trial runs to try.
Is the Cycloparc surfaced with stone dust? Coarser gravel? Does it drain well? Drinking water at the rest areas? How would you compare it to the Ottawa-Carleton Trailway -- if you've ridden there -- for smoothness and quality of maintenance?
It just looks like a really pleasant way to get to a nice, scenic area, and a pretty gentle introduction to touring.
Last edited by marmot; 02-06-11 at 09:48 AM.