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Old 02-13-12, 04:40 PM   #1
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Detroit to Toronto (or Quebec City to Montreal)?

Hi all,

I'm planning a long distance ride for June this year and was considering either Detroit to Toronto or Quebec City to Montreal.

I'm very open to other ideas but am ideally looking for a ride that's on road or good track (so that I can ride a road/racing bike), around 100-250 miles and that ends in a big city. (I'm flying in from New York so need to start somewhere with an airport and would ideally end in Toronto.)

Does anyone have thoughts on whether these are good routes? Or other ideas on good long distance rides in this area?

Thanks!
James
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Old 02-13-12, 05:57 PM   #2
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If you start in Detroit, You will need to figure out how to get across the Detroit River. Bikes are not allowed on the Ambassador Bridge.
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Old 02-13-12, 07:11 PM   #3
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Check out the Route Verte http://www.routeverte.com/rv/index2010_e.php
For all the routes in Quebec
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Old 02-13-12, 07:55 PM   #4
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Check out the Route Verte http://www.routeverte.com/rv/index2010_e.php
For all the routes in Quebec
+ 1 - Have never done it but have researched it extensively. This would be one of my top choices in North America for a bicycle friendly route. From Montreal, you could hop on a bus to Toronto, if needed.
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Old 02-13-12, 09:14 PM   #5
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You might consider taking the new Lake Eric Cycling route. I rode a portion of it last year and enjoyed it.
http://www.m-bike.org/blog/2011/09/1...cycling-route/

I don't see this new route on their web site, but I'd call them and ask about when the maps might be available.
http://www.waterfronttrail.org/

The Lake Eric routes connects with the Great Waterfront Trail, which connects with the Route Verte.
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Old 02-13-12, 09:36 PM   #6
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Montreal to Toronto is a good ride on great roads with shoulders. If you don't want to do the 360 mikes you could go as far as Kingston and then take the bike train to Toronto.

The Quebec to Mtl ride is on a narrow road with little or no shoulder.
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I rode from Mtl to Quebec last July along the Chemin du Roy (Rte 138, if I recall correctly) as part of a much longer tour. Shoulders were limited in some places, but I felt comfortable the entire way. Most of the traffic is on the adjacent autoroute. My only criticism of that route is that pavement conditions in Quebec can be AWFUL. 700c x 23 tires at high pressure would not be much fun, IMHO.

BTW, the prevailing wind direction in that area is from the SW, so it would be a headwind riding from Quebec to Mtl.
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I started one bike trip from Drummondville (about 45 minutes south of Montreal by train), south and east through the Eastern Townships, east to Lac Megantic, and north along the Chaudiere River to Levi, which is across the river from Quebec. It was not super-spectacular in terms of scenery, but very enjoyable nonetheless. Lac Megantic was special, and I would return. I had a wonderful time. Traffic was hardly an issue, the terrain was varied (flat as a pancake to extremely hilly), and I had no problems finding B+Bs, restaurants, and food stores.

For years I have wanted to bike from Toronto to Windsor (across the river from Detroit). The shoreline of Lake Erie is the route I would take. There are vestiges of Carolinian forests, peanut farms, wineries (near Windsor in the west and Niagara in the east), beach towns, nature reserves, etc.
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Don't let the Detroit River deter you, there's a ferry at Marine City on the north side of Lake St. Clair.
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Dear James:

I went from Montreal to Quebec City last summer and it was a great trip. Traffic was very light on the Chemin du Roi route and the people were very friendly. The wind was to my back the whole trip! When I finished I took a bus from Quebec City to Montreal and it only cost me 5 dollars Canadian to ship my bike with me.
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Windsor to Toronto, starts out fairly flat (if you take Rte 2), but starts getting real hilly around Paris, Ont.
Some scenery, lots of farms, lots of farm smells and prevailing winds will be be with you most of the time.
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By the way, thanks to everyone who replied to this message last year. We did the ride and it was an absolutely amazing trip!
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