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    Northeast New Brunswick

    My wife and I have booked a campsite in Val-Comeau, New Brunswick for next week, it is just below Tracadie Sheila. We've done the Maritimes before (other than NF) and have felt that we were bypassing a special place in New Brunswick, so we acted on a hunch and decided to do a week in the campground and then a 4-5 day trip through the Gaspe and back to the Adirondack region of New York, where we live. We're really just exploring with the thoughts that we will eventually make it to the north side of the St. Lawrence, Labrador and Newfoundland. Retirement is just a year or 2 away, so adventure awaits.

    My questions have to do with bicycling in that region. Its been hard to find info on line. Should I take my road bike or my steel ride with 32 mm. tires? I'm leaning towards the bike with fatter tires. Are there any special routes you'd recommend? I'm up for 20- 50 mile rides each morning. I'd be ok with driving a little and then riding if it meant doing some of Quebec, or even going south through the NB coast. Just looking for any suggestions before we pack up. I like to ride hard for exercise, but when on vacation, I'm real tempted to stop for a pastry or beautiful photo, or short hike. I'd just like to get out for 2-3 hours each morning be it for fun or exercise.

    Thanks so much for any suggestions.

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    Hi, I have no direct experience with New Brunswick, NE or otherwise, but in my experience, if I have a question as to which bike to bring (the skinny tire bike or the fatter touring/cyclocross bike) I usually just take the fatter tire bike. Case in point, the cabot trail on Cape Breton island. I know it's paved, I know the cabot trail itself is generally a nice road since it's federally funded but a lot of the secondary roads off of it are in fairly bad shape and there are some gravel/dirt roads that were interesting. I took my Salsa Vaya with 1.5" Schwalbe Marathon tires on 26" rims and felt it was a great decision. 2 others in the same group got broken spokes on some of the spotty roads that we had to fix or suffered pinch flats by running a low(er) PSI...


    What I did realize by driving from Yarmouth to Cape Breton Island is that there isn't a lot of shoulder in NS, in general, the pavement ends and dirt/gravel begins...

    Since this is a tour, I'd just bring the 32mm tire steel bike and enjoy the ride...

    Jay

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