Bike Rides about Town:
in 2004


Roger Kenner
Montreal, Qc,
Canada 2004

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Discoveries and Updates

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My 2004 cycling season was very rich in new discoveries, especially on the South Shore. I closed the final gap between Saint-Lambert and Longueuil along the South Shore Littoral (an unnoficial term of my own invention), a trail that runs unbroken from Saint-Catherine to Varennes. I pioneered the new trail from Longueuil to Chambly, including crossing the new Route 116 bridge for the first time. I rode for the first time past the fort, rapids and dam at Chambly. I rode for the first time along the Richelieu river, a ride that I had been long contemplating. I rode through the town of Mont Sainte-Hilaire for the first time, a bicycle destination that I had kept in my sights since 1992. Finally, I discovered a new, diagonal route connecting Longueuil with the lower Richelieu, via Saint-Amable.

In other directions, I extended my reach along the North Shore as far as L'Epiphanie, from the previous season's furthest point at L'Assomption, following a whole new and much better route suggested to me by my friend Gilbert. To the northwest, I revisited the Oka Monastery for the first time by bike in twelve years, and came upon the beaches of Okapulco purely by accident. To the southwest, on the way to revisit Valleyfield, I crossed from Les Cèdres to Saint-Timothée by bicycle ferry for the first time, and discovered the joy of cycling along the islands amidst this forgotten part of the Saint-Lawrence. I came upon a new route in Valleyfield for crossing town over to the Beauharnois Canal.

The lists below show the first and subsequent times that I have cycled past various landmarks. These lists have been updated to show changes stemming from the bike rides I took in 2004. The lists are divided according to the compass divisions established in my Bike Rides About Town series (That document so far updated only though 2003). Many locations visited only once are not listed. Where 2004 brought no change, the entry is marked as unchanged. Any 2004 updates are marked as updated. In any case, the first time I have been to a location is marked as first time.

The South Shore

Represented by 2004 Rides:

  • South Shore Zig-Zag
  • Chambly-Richelieu Ride
  • Ride to Sherbrooke
  • Key:      Unchanged      New      Updated

    Most Likely First (& Subsequent) Times (South Shore)

    Boucherville & Lower St. Lawrence South Shore

    Represented by 2004 Rides:

  • South Shore Zig-Zag
  • Chambly-Richelieu Ride
  • Ride to Quebec et al
  • Key:      Unchanged      New      Updated

    Most Likely First (& Subsequent) Times (Boucherville & Lower St. Lawrence South Shore)

    Oka/Two Mountains/Hudson

    Represented by 2004 Rides:

  • Bike Ride to Oka
  • Key:      Unchanged      New      Updated

    Most Likely First (& Subsequent) Times (Oka/Two Mountains/Hudson)

    East End/Bout de l'Ile

    Represented by 2004 Rides:

  • Bike Ride to l'Epiphanie
  • Key:      Unchanged      New      Updated

    Most Likely First (& Subsequent) Times (East End/Bout de l'Ile)

    North Shore Rides

    Represented by 2004 Rides:

  • Bike Ride to l'Epiphanie
  • Quebec City et al
  • Key:      Unchanged      New      Updated

    Most Likely First (& Subsequent) Times (North Shore Rides)

    Valleyfield & Southwest

    Represented by 2004 Rides:

  • Bike Ride to Valleyfield
  • Key:      Unchanged      New      Updated

    Most Likely First (& Subsequent) Times (Valleyfield & Southwest)