Leg: Carlstadt, New Jersey to Montréal, Québec
Distance: 348 miles (560 kilometers)
Time Elapsed: 7hr 4min
Average Speed: 49 mph/79 kph
The first day of the journey was pretty straightforward and consisted of riding straight up I-87 to Montréal, Québec and setting up camp for the night.
I had everything packed up on Thursday night. Friday morning, I loaded everything up on the bike and went to my job at Pantone. Working a half day, I left from work Friday afternoon during lunch. The plan was to get to the campsite before dark. Google Maps predicted 5 1/2 hours but that always needs to be padded and doesn’t account for any gas or rest stops.
PACKING UP AND HEADING OFF
The weather was perfect and my co-workers wished me safe travels.
HEADING UP I-87
REACHING THE NIGHT’S CAMPSITE
I reached my campsite after 8:00pm and had to set up by flashlight. No big deal as I’ve done it several times before and (shameless plug), my REI tent is a breeze to set up. I didn’t take any pictures once I set up. I was starving and immediately went for the Pocket Rocket and JetBoil and cooked up some “yummy” dehydrated rich and beans.
That’s it for Day One. I basically hauled ass to Montréal. Now the real adventure begins. Day Two’s trip consists of breaking camp and going from Montréal to the north of Québec to camp in SEPAQ’s Parc National de la Jacques-Cartier. This is one BEAUTIFUL piece of scenary. In fact, I’ll be there for Day Two AND Day Three. Stay tuned.
On September 11 through September 21, I rode from work in New Jersey, north to Montréal, further north past Québec, back down and over to Baie-Comeau, across the Gulf of St Lawrence to New Brunswick, over to Prince Edward Island, down to Nova Scotia, across the Bay of Fundy to New Brunswick, over the USA border to Maine, and back down to home in New York City. Whew! 2846 miles (4580 kilometers). 11 days (11 days). 57 gallons of gas (216 liters). 11 tankfuls. It was AMAZING!!! I had a GoPro mounted at the front of the bike snapping a photograph every five seconds. I will be posting pics from each day in individual posts. Below is a Google Earth map showing the entire route. Stay tuned.