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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by lightcycle, Aug 1, 2012.
congrats and good luck on the trip!!!
Phew! This is shaping up to be epic. Safe travels.
Good luck! Look forward to hearing the adventures to come!
I must say this is an inspirational story to me. Thanks. I will do the same eventually, once my 11 year old son is set up with his life. I am from BC but now live in Oakland, CA. Have fun on the road and be safe. John
The blog is in a state of flux: too much picture-taking, not enough writing!
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Not too much to say about the ride to Quebec, we've done these roads tons of times, and we've decided to superslab it to see some new sights. We stopped off in Montreal to get a new rear tire fitted on my GS, something I could have done at home, but just didn't have enough time with all the preparations, had a quick grocery store lunch and then off to Quebec City, our first campsite (KOA!)
Streets were deserted during the morning ride through old Quebec City
More old city scenes from the back of a motorcycle.
I've always wanted to ride through the narrow streets of the old city, soaking up the European atmosphere. We passed through the city walls, remnants of the military presence in the 1600s and found the streets were soaked from the rains the night before. After a quick spin, the bikes were parked and we toured the rest of the town on foot, taking lots of pictures.
Owl watches over the Saint Lawrence River at Quebec City
This fiddler was very photogenic! Playing old Quebecois tunes.
Getting busier in the old city.
These cut-outs were hung above the old city streets.
Taking a break from walking around.
The Tour de Beauce runs in Quebec City today. We waited about 20 minutes for the bicycles to come running by in the old city. They were preceded by a police escort on motorcycles.
These guys were dragging their floorboards around the corners!
Waiting for the bicycles to run by
There they go! there must have been over 100 bicycles,
this was their first lap so they were bunched up coming up the hill
They would go on to do thirteen laps around the old city
We did a bit of vagabonding today by hiding out in the lobby of a swanky Quebec hotel, stealing their wi-fi, electric outlets and air-conditioning! We had to share it with a bachelorette party though, and at the end, we got to sign the bride's T-shirt. Sorry, no pix! :)
Posefest in Quebec City
Ride the world!
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The Gaspe peninsula lies on the south shore of the Saint Lawrence River. It's kind of a pain to get to for most Torontonians because of the sheer distance to get to the start of the peninsula - about 1,000 kms by slab - definitely more than a long weekend trip. But since we didn't have anything to do for the next two and half weeks...
Riding around the Gaspe Peninsula
There are a lot of Can-Am Spyders riding around the area. I counted, and every third motorcycle we passed was a Spyder. Maybe Bombardier was having a sale for the locals? It got so ridiculous, that when Neda passed a Spyder, instead of waving, she would do the Incey Wincey Spider motion with her hand. Got some puzzled looks from that one! :)
Souvenir shop on the shores of Gaspe
We stopped in Rimouski to eat our lunch in a parking lot of a grocery store and we saw what looked to be a motorcycle school. We thought it was just a basic licensing course until they started doing stunts!
I like their stunting gear...
Highway 132 winds its way on the south shore, passing through many picturesque seaside towns. The weather here is cool, low 20s, and my Weather app on my iPhone is still defaulting to Toronto's heat wave. I've got a sliding window of three cities on my app now - where we are, where we're going to be tomorrow, and some mid-way destination. Nomad 21st-century style... :)
Someone painted the rock in the waters outside Saint-Flavie like an Egyptian Pharoah
Aptly named, "Pharoah Rock"
As we reached closer to the tip of the peninsula, the roads got tighter and tighter and we had a bit of fun twisting the throttle as we rolled into Forillon National Park. We arrived too late to go hiking and had to pitch our tent in the dark. Thank god it wasn't raining, as it usually does on our trips!
Big rock at Perce. We would ride around the coast and walk around the strait in about 20 minutes.
The next morning we set off south towards New Brunswick, still hugging the coastline past Perce to Chaleur Bay where we caught the highway south. We did stop to visit the big rock at Perce, as it's one of the famous landmarks in the Gaspe region.
Cormorants dive-bombing the water for fish
It was close to low tide, as the waters were low enough for you to walk to the rock.
If you waited there till high tide, you'd be stranded!
Walking around Perce
Neda and Kim Jong-Il posing in front of the big rock at Perce
Coastline at the Gaspe peninsula.
Big stretch break for the GS and Neda
Enjoy your RR, please update this thread often since there're lots RR blogs, it's hard to keep track of all the personal blogs to see if there are updates.
Like your your sun yellow F650GS, beautiful color
Thanks for taking us along your adventure of a lifetime!!
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Oh, I'm in!
I envy you two.
If I didn't have children, I'd do this in a heartbeat.
I'm "along for the ride".
Simply awesome. You're not alive if you're not living, and you two are definitely living!! Best of luck
I like it!