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Old 04-21-09, 10:45 AM   #1
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Credit card touring along rivers in Quebec

Over the years I have done several memorable tours in Québec, and am considering returning this summer.

Most of my previous trips have involved rivers -- primarily the St. Lawrence, but also the Chaudière. Has anybody travelled by bicycle along, say, the St. Maurice River (north of Trois-Rivières) or the Saguenay (north from Tadoussac or Saint-Siméon)?

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1. Which routes are suitable for credit card touring? I don't carry camping equipment, and count on staying at motels or B&Bs that I find along the way.

2. Which routes have you found particularly beautiful?

3. Which roads should be avoided? I try to stay away from heavy traffic, especially trucks, and most especially logging trucks!
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Old 04-21-09, 07:41 PM   #2
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You'd probably love doing the VéloRoute des Bleuets
http://www.veloroute-bleuets.qc.ca/indexeng.html

The Montreal-Ottawa run along the Ottawa River is pretty interesting. To avoid the traffic on the Route Verte, you may want to check out the Ontario side itinerary.

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As well, the cycling along the Richelieu River is pretty interesting, including the run through Patriotes country (St-Ours, St-Denis, St-Marc, St-Antoine) and along the Chambly Canal. Plenty of interesting B&Bs along the way.

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Old 04-22-09, 08:42 AM   #4
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Highway 155 to and from La Tuque has a constant shoulder except for 2.3km southbound. Traffic is fairly heavy with some trucks but I think it's worth riding. I know I will go back. I've never been north of La Tuque and understand there's no shoulder, more logging trucks cutting corners. I have no desire to ride there.

A short text (click the the flag on top if it comes up in French): http://www.borealphoto.com/gallery/4440564_xcfbN
Some photos: http://www.borealphoto.com/gallery/3686833_yJrDp

La Mauricie park is a nice ride too. No roof there obviously but you can ride through in a day. You can cross the river on a shuttle boat in St-Jean-des-Piles.

Both highway 170-172 on the Saguenay are nice too. Shoulders come and go and traffic is moslty mild except for a stretch between a pulp mill west of Cap Jaseux and Chicoutimi where traffic was pretty high with no shoulder.

The 172 is isolated with few services. Ste-Rose-du-Nord is a beautiful village with all services. Cap Jaseux has cabins. No RVs there because of the 20% grade access road.

Villages are evenly spread out on highway 170. It's hilly but there's usually a shoulder going uphill.

Photos of highway 170 and 172: http://www.borealphoto.com/gallery/3779204_x8dFn
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