Hello and Bonjour!
I am starting to plan now for an expedition next summer from Québec City to Gaspé. I will NOT be hauling a tent or camping equipment. I am interested in hearing about similar trips that you have made. Specifically:
- Is the St. Lawrence south shore, from Lévis to Matane, a good route? (Please do not suggest the north shore through Charlevoix; I have already been there, and I prefer to avoid unpaved shoulders + fleets of logging trucks + 18% grades!)
- Which routes across the Gaspésie Peninsula are bicycle friendly? (132 from Mont Joli through Amqui and points south? 195 south from Matane? 299 south from Sainte-Anne-des-Monts?) Are there quiet roads that parallel these highways? Will I find stores, motels, B+Bs along these routes?
- Travelling clockwise on the eastern tip of the peninsula, say from Gaspé to Percé and points further south west (all the way to New Richmond), are there good paved shoulders? I assume that traffic along the coastal sections of Hwy 132 will be insane in the summertime.
- In what towns and cities can that I grab a train to Montréal? In other words, from which stations can you pack up a bicycle? (I know that the stations in Gaspé and Percé accept bicycles.)
Looking forward to hearing your ideas.