For those following my blogs I posted on May 27th the tentative trip plan, and well they are always tentative for a reason J This morning Julie proposed the opportunity to extend the trip in order to visit some family “a little out of the way” hehe! Well I am not one to back down from a challenge, or more kilometres, so it is time for the revised “tentative” plan, adding 2 more days to the trip, and tweaking the hours of planning that went into the first itinerary.
This time dear readers you even get maps to follow 🙂
Day 1 – Thursday May 31st
- As I work until 4ish… leave Montreal around 4pm. Travel the canal to Beri, north to Sherbrooke Street, then to Lafontaine park. Here we can travel north on the Route Verte 1 all the way to cross into laval.
- Continue crossing all of Laval on Route Verte 1 and cross at Pont David to the Laurentians area.
- From Bois des Fillion follow the bike trail to St-Jerome where the Petit Train trail begins.
- Stealth camp night 1 outside of St-Jerome.
- We should arrive in the late evening with time to set up camp before dark.
- Approx 55 km day
Day 2 – Friday June 1st
- Leave St-Jerome and follow the Petit Train path to the Mont Tremblant area
- This will be a big day for elevation gain, going from 100ft to almost 500 ft over a 100 km span. The day will start with a climb and will be a mostly uphill day. To end the day there will be a descent leaving us in the Mont Tremblant area (Village de Labelle)
- Stealth camp along the trail
- Approx 100km day
Day 3 – Saturday June 2nd
- Leave the Mont Tremblant area an follow the Petit Train trail to Mont Laurier.
- More elevation gain today but less than Day 2
- Campground tonight in Mont Laurier means first shower of the trip!
- Approx 100km day
Day 4 – Monday June 4th
- Mont Laurier to Maniwaki about 45km
- Maniwaki to Gracefield / Wright area about 45km more.
- Continue to Low
- Hope to stealth camp for the night, but campgrounds available in the area
- This will be the biggest day so far with an anticipated 130km. We may cut a bit short but not by much!
Day 5 – Tuesday June 5th
- Low to Wakefield is about 30 km
- From Wakefield we will get in to the Gatineau Park area 42km later. We will then change course due West following the Ottawa River area toward Shawville are for the evening
- Not sure about camping in the area, we will likely stealth camp for the night
- About 112km for the day provided we are able to find our path easily 🙂
Day 6 – Wednesday June 6th
- We will leave the Shawville area and continuing on the trail toward L’Isle-aux-Allumettes, where Julie has family. We will stay for the night there!
- What is exciting for me is this is a stretch of trail that we will use again when we are crossing Canada, though we will only travel the West to East direction.
- A shorter day today with about 74kms
Day 7 – Thursday June 7th
- Likely at this point we will be feeling the days on the road and taking a day off.
- My calculation at this point is we will be between 570-600 km in 6 days!
Day 8 – Friday June 8th
- This day we will start the return trip on fresh legs!
- We will leave the L’Isle-aux-Allumettes area toward Shawville area and continuing on the trail toward Gatineau park.
- We will likely stealth camp on the return path, will need to scout locations when we are headed the opposite direction
- Looking at about 115km this day. Rides will be getting closer in kilometres to our cross Canada pace!
Day 9 – Saturday June 9th
- We will continue our trip past the outskirts of Gatineau park and head into the Ottawa region
- We will be staying with my brother and his wife and daughter. This may be an indoor sleeping night Also a shower and maybe some laundry. I expect to smell bad by now hahaha!
- Approx 66km for the day, we may add on a bit with some side touring depending on the time and weather, as well as what our legs think of this 🙂
Day 10 – Sunday June 10th
- Today we will start the return trip from Ottawa back toward Montreal. Google maps provided a cycle route that I was unaware of and looks like a nice alternate route home. Having done this trip about 8 years ago we followed a very busy and scary route, which name eludes me now.
- We will follow an old regional route through some smaller towns along the Prescott-Russel Recreation trail.
- Hope to find a stealth camping spot near Hudson which is about 100km from our starting point for the day
Day 11 – Monday June 11th
- Leaving from the Hudson area we will return home through Vaudreuil, Pincourt to St-Anne de Bellevue and back home
- We have traveled this route several times and know it well
- Approx 75 km this day and back to home base.
In all my calculations have this trip looking like 950 km so a bit more than the original plan of about 700-750. If we make good time we will likely tour a bit in Ottawa but with the extension on the trip we have less time for Gatineau Park and for Ottawa. This is not a major problem as we are able to return to this area more readily.
Here is one final pic of that the entire tour is going to look like:
Julie and I hope to take many photo and submit some blogs with great stories from the road, awesome images, and get the feel for our goal of writing a book about the cross Canada experience.
With this trip it will leave our summer tally well over 2000! That is 2/5 of the goal for the summer!
Thanks for reading! I hope to get in 1 more post before leaving with pics of our gear and a rundown of what we carry on a trip like this, and of course will be carrying across Canada as well!