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

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 22, 2018 – Day two

Today’s route – 490 km total, 84 km gravel

This is a 24km back way out of the park heading Northeast toward the bay. The grader is working on it today making it a bit twitchy.

short video of the ride out the back of the park to rte. 138

One of Quebec’s many roadside parks.

I could wild camp here next time, much cheaper than staying in the park.

Just far enough off the road.

You could camp in worse places than this.

part III of today’s ride – featuring Murdochville, QC

part II of my day 2 ride

The salmon fishing pools are incredibly well developed.

heading down to the riverbank.

These stones are filling a washout making it easier to traverse and also preventing it getting any bigger.

I’m not a fisher but this seems like a mighty nice spot to do it if I was inclined.

Swimming Salmon

Second time I’ve crossed the Mississippi this summer, the other one was a lot bigger.

Perce was a zoo of tourists and it was a 2 hr waste of time coming over here as I’ve already been. No real changes since 2010.

bit longer video of the gravel segment of a “short cut” I took on my way back to camp. Knew nothing about the road, just that according to Garmin it was a through route. They do call it “adventure riding” though.

somewhere along the “shortcut” track. Nice gravel riding.

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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