Suggestions for a 1 week road trip from Ottawa?

Discussion in 'Canada' started by Twinner, Jul 21, 2014.

  1. Twinner

    Twinner Been here awhile

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    Hi folks,
    I may escape on my own for a one week motorcycle trip. Any great suggestions that would involve as little highway as possible and as many twisties as possible?
    I would likely ride a DL1000.
    Looking for tranquility so remote areas and riding surrounded by nature and great views would be fantastic!
    Cheers!
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  2. Bumbobee

    Bumbobee Been here awhile

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    Tail of the dragon. Me and a buddy went 2 weeks ago, it was amazing. Did 3500 km in 6 days, 80 % all country roads. Almost all roads we took were a blast, going down there taking the whole blue ridge parkway, and then coming up taking the 219, it was great.
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  3. Twinner

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    Hi Bumbobee,
    Thanks for the great suggestion! :-)
    Did you guys have to reserve hotel rooms ahead of time or is it fairly easy to play it by ear as you go?
    Have you opted for hotels or camping?
    Thanks again!
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  4. soberjoe

    soberjoe Been here awhile

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    If you feel like staying north of the border, some friends and I went on an amazing ride from Ottawa to Manitoulin Island, then headed north to New Liskeard (Timiskaming Shores) and rode the Timiskaming Loop. Beautiful mountainous terrain with a great mixture of twisties, long sweepers, and lake side views that will drop your jaw.
    Since you have a week, there is some amazing riding west of Espanola that is not to be missed, including Ontario's version of 'The Dragon', Ontario highway 129 that runs from Thessalon to Chapleau. While nowhere near as renowned as the true Tail of the Dragon, there is a 10 or 15 kilometer stretch of this highway that will leave you planning your next ride out to dance her curves again.
    From Chapleau you can head west to Wawa, then down along the eastern shore of Lake Superior. Tons of camping all along these routes, and more off-the -beaten-path trails than you can shake a stick at.
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  5. JimmieA

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    You could head into Quebec, north shore of St. Lawrence go up to Manic 5 go across the river on a ferry do the Gaspe loop than tour around Northern New Brunswick and back home on the south side of the St. Lawrence or through USA.
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  6. ravinerat

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    You could go around Algonquin Park. Lots of back roads.

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  7. roadholder

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    Lot's of good suggestions here. You could also start with this....

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  8. Twinner

    Twinner Been here awhile

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    Those are all fantastic suggestions!!
    Thanks a lot, I now have destinations for my next few road trips!
    Cheers! :-)
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  9. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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  10. Vikingtazz

    Vikingtazz Will ride for food.

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    +1 for this suggestion.

    Specifically - ride the Cabot Trail.
    Make a nice loop down through Adirondacks, Green Mountains of Vermont, White Mountains of New Hampshire, through the lovely state of Maine and up the coast into New Brunswick and through Nova Scotia to Cape Breton.

    Return via the north route along the St Lawrence (either side) and back home with an iron bum and a head full of sights, smells and sounds of faraway lands.
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  11. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    Trans Labrador :nod
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  12. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    A little much for a week..
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  13. nick949eldo

    nick949eldo Long timer

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    It can be done (especially now so much is paved)- see below.

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  14. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    I know it can be done, but you covered 5500kms in 6 days with one 1700km day. I admire your ability, but that's not necessarily a leisurely weeklong trip.
    More pavement now, but still a good trek. Not a lot of twisties but certainly remote and tranquil.
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  15. Twinner

    Twinner Been here awhile

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    Did it a few years back! We had such a blast riding the Cabot Trail that we did it clockwise and then counter clockwise. Such a beautiful ride! :-)
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  16. Vikingtazz

    Vikingtazz Will ride for food.

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    In that case - take the ferry from St John NB to Digby NS and ride the coast counter clockwise.
    Beautiful area all around and it typically gets missed when folks ride the CT.
    Lunenburg and Bridgewater are escpecially nice.

    Another idea might be to ride a circle tour around Lake Superior.
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  19. statsman

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    Up the AutoRoute from Hull to Maniwacki or Mont Laurier.

    Plenty of logging roads to play with I'm sure. Someone must have done this trip. I always planned to when I lived in Ottawa, but never go around to it.
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  20. shanekingsley

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    Hey nice map!

    Deals Gap is a great trip. If you decided to go down there, then I would also suggest you read this ride report, because I mapped out some of the absolute best roads in the area and included routes getting to and from Deals Gap. http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=930453 My first time down there, I rode the 219 from top to bottom and then Blue Ridge/Skyline back. My second time down there, I did the roads listed above and it was much more twisty - the two trips were not even comparable.

    The Blue Ridge Parkway is fantastic and if you have never done it, it's a great ride. I would suggest riding it northbound, so that the sun is not in your eyes. There is a great campground called Doughton Park around the halfway mark, and there is also a nice place to stay called Willville Bike Camp which is about 50 miles north of Doughton. If you could squeeze an extra day or two, I would certainly suggest checking out Barber Museum in Alabama, incorporated as part of your Deals Gap trip. http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=623927

    Another previous suggestion was the ride up to Manic Cinq - I haven't been up that way yet, but did plan a whole route to go there and back. Here's a few routes I was thinking about, of which I ended up going to Thunder Bay via Manitoulin and back via Timmins/New Liskeard: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=719307
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