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Old 05-06-03, 08:09 AM   #1
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northern vermont

i'm thinking of doing a ride from montreal to burlington this summer. it's about 160 km, so well doable, but i have some questions.

the route i'm considering is quebec highway 233 down to the lacolle border crossing, crossing over at grouses point, ny, and following us-11 for about a mile to us-2, and then riding us-2 all the way down the islands in lake champlain to burlington.

my questions are:

1. is us-2 rideable? what is the road surface like? can i get over the bridges? i'll scout hwy 223 sometime in the next couple of weeks, but i'm waiting for my new passport to arrive before i cross the border.

2. i'm thinking of riding my road bike. it's a century length ride, which i can do without too much trouble, and i won't be taking much with me, since i'll be staying with a friend, so i figure my 11L rack pack and seat-tube rack will be sufficient. my question is whether i should worry about riding on 23c tires. like i said, i've done many centuries, so i know i can ride 160 km on 23c's...

opions? ideas? anyone wanna meet me along the way?
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Old 05-06-03, 12:21 PM   #2
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You will have no problems with US 11 nice an wide all the way over the bridge into VT.US 2 is ridable Once you get to the islands I have found some sections a little difficult With old train crossings an some broken up roads.You can do this ride with 23cm I have at least a couple dozen times.It is one beautiful ride along the shores of lake champlain.(Yes take your time at some of the bridges they are very old)
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US2 is totally rideable from the Hero Islands down to Burlington.

I don't know about the rest of the route.

If you're interested, Route 7 N from Burlington through St. Albans is a much hillier route home.

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this sounds good. some clubmates and i rode quebec route 223 down past st-jean-sur-richelieu, within about 30 km of the border. outside of longueil, it's an amazing road, and we kept up a 32 km/h average from then on. the road is in very good condition; it's quiet and passes through some interesting countryside, parallelling the richelieu river.

if us-2 is similar, i think i could keep up a 27-28 km/h average for the 175 km to burlington, making it a 6.5 hour ride. does anyone know what us-2 is like from rouses point through to south alburg?

does us-7 parallel i-89, or does it merge onto i-89?
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US-7 parallel I-89 until it intersects with US-2 by Junction 17 of I-89 at which point 2 and 7 are on the same road till Burlington.

Also Us-7 turns into 133 at the border which goes all the way up to Chambly (also through St-Jean like the 233)
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