Hello all! I have plans this summer to explore the big river of my childhood with a close friend. I'm in the planning stages, (my favorite part of touring) and I'm just looking for a little input. We'll be leaving from my home in Chaumont, NY (where the river meets the lake) heading west. I'll only have limited time off from my work as a fish-cutter at my family's business. (peak perch eating season!) So either we'll go all the way to Quebec City and take the Via back, or do Chaumont-MTL-Kingston. I'm really excited about this as I'll be learning more about my favorite river, and hopefully getting in touch with the long forgotten Quebecois ancestry of my family.
I've done some searching, but most of what I've gotten back is from a few years ago. I've toured before and know that things can change over the years. We plan on taking the NYS Seaway Trail which runs through my town, to Massena/Cornwall. There we will cross the two bridges and link up to the Waterfront Trail, which runs into the Route Verte to Montreal. Either we'll take the Waterfront Trail back to Kingston or continue on the Route Verte to Quebec City.
My main questions are, is the Via bike-friendly and is crossing those bridges impossible or frightening? I was reading a journal on crazyguy from '01 or so and a guy crossed it with no prob. I also read about some guy from Akwesasne saying it was rather frightening. Opinions?
Where's the best poutine at?
Any recommendations on hostels in MTL/Quebec City? Any must do touristy stuff? I guess an Expo's game isn't an option.
...oh yeah. We're doing it fixed gear.