Riding the back country in northern NB and Gaspe, QC – Part III, Day one

Prologue:

For years I’ve been exploring the huge network of gravel roads throughout New Brunswick.  Many of those are in the Northern parts of the province and are often quite remote.  I’ve also heard great things about terrific gravel roads in the interior of the Gaspe Peninsula in Quebec and wanted to ride them.

Using my own research and other routes provided by friends I put together a multi-day ride that would cover some familiar territory as well as lots of places I’ve never been.  Due to time constraints, weather and other commitments I had to do the trip in three stages, with a total of 10 days of riding in June and August, 2018.

Over the three trips, with some backtracking to and from my home base, I covered a total of 4,131 km of NB and QC with an estimated 30% or better of it on gravel. Here’s what the whole thing looks like:

If you’d like to view high-res versions of the photos in this post, use this link to head on over to the associated Smugmug gallery (all images copyright Doug Smalley):

https://dougsmalleyphotography.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/2018/Aug-2124-A-ride-to-the-interior-of-Gaspe

Aug 21, 2018 – Day one

Today’s route -156 km total, 41 km gravel

By the time I finished up a few chores and packing the bike it was 10:45 so a bit of a late start. Shame on me.

yup, still carrying too much gear, I actually use most of it, though.

Made it to Quebec about 2:30pm. What a fantastic day for riding, low to mid twenties, clear – I’ve had a great time so far.

Made it to Quebec

Campbelton, NB as seen from Pointe-A-La-Croix, Quebec

Looking across the Restigouche River at Campbellton, NB from Quebec.

Although, I have a GoPro (have actually had a few over the years) I haven’t put together a lot of videos and have posted to Youtube even less. Because I’m not interested in taking the time to set up shots, use multiple cams, sync audio and do all the editing that really good Youtube content requires, I’ve never felt it was worth the bother. This trip, though, I did make a couple and will include a couple in the blog. The ride from Campbellton to the Parc de la Gaspesie is a good one so I filmed it and embedded it here.

My campsite is clean, private and peaceful. There are only a few others at the campground, making it easy to enjoy. It’s on the expensive side, though as you have to pay a daily park fee as well.

A nice, secluded and very private campsite – my base camp for the next 3 nights.
Alec Bradley cigars to me, are not as good as I’d been led to expect.

If you’d like to view high-res versions of the photos in this post, use this link to head on over to the associated Smugmug gallery (all images copyright Doug Smalley):

https://dougsmalleyphotography.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/2018/Aug-2124-A-ride-to-the-interior-of-Gaspe

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