|10-07-2010, 05:05 PM||#1|
All bikes are dirt bikes
Joined: Mar 2008
The Fix - I needed to get out of the city
I've had bad luck with the weather lately.
Seems every day off is either filled with things to do or rain.
Today was my day.
I headed to the Papineau-Labelle park in Quebec.
I left Ottawa at 8:30 and rode through town to reach the Quebec border.
Northward toward the park on highway 307,
I'm going to enter about 10 km past Vals-des-bois.
I stopped in the village for gas and a bag of bagels for the trip.
The road is nice and twisty all the way up.
The amount of water up there is incredible.
There are lakes everywhere.
This is on hwy 307 again.
It goes all the way up to Notre-Dames-du-Laus.
At about 10:30, I reach the park.
It's all dirt road from here.
Did I mention there's a lot of water in Quebec?
Next time, I'll remember to write down the names of the lakes.
A beaver dam that is almost the height of the road.
There is much flooding in the spring or when the beavers do what they do best.
I took a picture of this mountain in the distance.
It's hard to capture the beauty with a camera but I think you get the idea.
My wife and I wanted to go camping a weekend this summer but we cancelled because of the rain.
This is the spot. We never saw it but were told it was secluded.
An outhouse is always a good thing.
There was a small beach too.
The sand seems to go out a good ways.
And the water is clear.
There are many lakes and no cottages at all around them.
Outside the park, the lakes are crowded with cottages and campgrounds.
Here is one with a few islands on it.
I like twisty roads.
Many to be found here.
Sometimes it's best to get off the bike and go see what is at the end of the trail.
I almost fell down the rapids on the slippery rocks.
I was on all 4s trying not to go down.
Betcha it's cold this time of year.
There are trails like this everywhere.
I didn't have time to explore more than a few kms.
I believe it's best not to go alone in case I break down.
These trails go deep sometimes.
It's nice to ride for hours without seeing anybody.
Weekends are probably busier.
I spoke too soon.
A few lumberjacks were taking a lunch break.
So that was my day of pleasure.
Thanks for coming along.
And what are you planning to do with your one and only life?
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