The Canadian Maritime Provinces 2018 (Planning Stuff)

Discussion in 'Americas' started by gpax, Nov 9, 2017.

  1. Slowphil

    Slowphil Big Man in a very very small pond

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    Yup been doing well, how about you? What's new?
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  2. MapMaster

    MapMaster Human Compass

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    Well... other than biffing the VFR twice in the last 2 years (with more damage to me than the bike), I've been doing pretty good and hoping to retire in the spring.
    I did finally get to NL a few years ago and have managed some other great rides as well.
    A return to the Maritimes and Newfoundland are on the radar, but a trek to Tuk this year or next is the immediate goal.
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  3. 04478

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    KKORO, I see your tweeked route takes you through Pohenegamook, PQ ( pronounced just the way it looks). You enter the town on a sweeping left handed with a great view of the lake on your left. And if you are on the gas and looking at the lake you will miss the unannounced right hand turn into Maine. Estcourt, ME (pop. 4) is a place most Mainers haven't even heard of and THE place "you can't get to from here" without going into Canada. But one of the few places that you can walk into the United States from Canada without going through customs. The International Park there may be worth a few minutes of your time to stretch your legs on your way through. Safe travels-
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  4. 04478

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    Gpax, what brings you your best memories from your prior rides? The turnaround point/destination? The most miles per day? Or an unrushed conversation with a local, or a happenstance meeting/ride with a fellow traveler? None better than the others, just different. I can say that 138, following the NorthShore of the St-Lawrence River, has not yet become a trade route and offers some incredible riding. And if planned in advance allows for a rather unique shoreline excursion to Blanc-Sablon. Safe travels- IMG_20170807_105926.jpg
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  5. apexal

    apexal Been here awhile

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    Unfortunately this loops misses some of the best parts of these Provinces. In Quebec and would absolutely recommend the Gaspe loop (better than the Cabot Trail!), the north shore of Nova Scotia (starting in Amherst) to avoid the highway, and Route 19 on Cape Breton Island (once again to avoid the slab). In Newfoundland I would say take the extra time to visit places like Rose Blanche, Lark Harbor and Burgeo on the west coast of the rock. Oh yea, make sure to take the midnight ferry for North Sydney/Port aux Basques since it saves a day and gives you extra time to see NL.
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