Time  9 hours 7 minutes

Coordinates 2349

Uploaded September 14, 2015

Recorded August 2015

570 f
-18 f
65.2 mi

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near Montréal, Quebec (Canada)

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From the Plateau Mont Royal we start the stage, 7, taking streets and avenues in Southeastern direction until we reach the Saint Laurent river which is crossed by the immense Jacques Cartier Pont, with a bicycle lane separated from the automobile fury (access for the bikes most suitable would have been for the Île des Soeurs and the Estacade du Pont Champlain that connects with route verte 1, but now it is cut by works).
Once you have crossed the bridge, you have to follow the indications to Longueuil and go around the train station crossing the tracks through a bridge that is accessed by acrobatic spiral ramp triples very convenient. There you take the route verte 1 which is also the Sentier Transcanadien, cyclable track that then receives other names and is no longer abandoned until you reach the destination of Granby.
It is reached by the comfortable track, at times asphalted and others from the mainland to the city of Chambly at the foot of the lake and the route of the Chambly canal is followed by ships that have to pass bridges that move to allow the access. Some displacement is done by hand.
Follow the canal for 20 km and reach St. Jean sur Richelieu, town where the section of track called La Montérégiade II begins, until you reach Farnham after 23 km. Then follow La Montérégiade I for 25 km until you reach Granby. Both Montérégiade I and II as the Sentier Transcanadien as Route Verte 1 are the same cycle track with different names; Very interesting route of changing landscapes, from the Chambly channel to the bean crops or the immense fields of corn that bring us to Granby, end of the journey.
The data of the gps: 105 km; total climb 488; descent 317; 9.07 h.

This stage is part of a tour of the province of Quebec, Canada, during 20 days of pedaling (there are 21 stages because one is divided into two) and seven more without the bike. As the distances in this giant country are so huge we are dedicated only to know something of four regions: 1, Laurentides and Outaouais; 2, Cantons de l'Est; 3, Saguenay-Lac Saint Jean and 4, Chaudière-Appalaches. In each of them we saw a small part, just to get an idea of ​​what is and continue at another time. There are more cultivated areas and others more wild, thousands of uncountable lakes and fast flowing rivers, vast forests and endless plains, sharp bell towers in each town, old train routes and secondary roads with little traffic and cycle roads.
Whenever we could, we followed the routes that mark the routeverte.com network: a website where distances can be calculated and itineraries traced. Many times the routes indicated in the route verte are no more than the shoulder of a quiet road; another is an old railway layout equipped with information and supplies in the old halls and sometimes enough cyclists who do some stage. People are always very friendly and warmly welcome travelers. They are very happy that there are Spaniards pedaling in such distant places and they always ask with interest or know a phrase in our language.
Some small damage that we had was resolved immediately in cyclist repair shops. They serve you instantly and at very moderate prices.
In addition to the page quoted, there is a lot of information on pistescyclables.ca and in a network of accommodations called bienvenue cyclistes throughout Québec.
Almost all stages have very smooth profiles with little unevenness, but there are continuous ups and downs and some steep ramps with loaded saddlebags are noted.
We had mountain bikes, one of 26 and another of 29, with low-relief tires, wheels (35 and 38 mm), but despite having sections in which the track is dirt, are enough bikes with covers of 28 or 30 mm, which is what leads the vast majority of cyclists we saw. All those who came with saddlebags were carrying those road or hybrid aluminum bikes that they now call large-scale or cross-cycle bikes.
We had to use some buses to connect some regions with others and in all the transport companies they charge you for taking the bike and they force you to pack it in a cardboard box that they sell to you, sometimes dismantling pedals and handlebars; other companies do not force the box, you put the bike without dismantling anything in a simple plastic bag that you are supplied and charged. The buses are not cheap and with the bikes and their transport you can leave a trip from Quebec to Montreal, 300 km, for 50 Canadian dollars.
It is a great trip that gives rise to know in more detail some of the regions that we toured or that we passed nearby. It will be notified in successive years.



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