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11:27 pm: Island Successfully Toured
Today I managed to complete my quest to tour the perimiter of the island this year. Today was the West Island's turn; scjody and I left at around 12:30, and arrived back home about 6 hours and 105 km later. Highlights include stumbling across a small bit of singletrack mountain biking trails (and being reminded that I sure did take my mountain tires off my bike), a quick stop at the beach in Cap St. Jacques, some nice wooded country-ish roads, and some lasagna for lunch at an almost-hilariously disorganized restaurant in St. Anne de Bellevue. There were no real mishaps, and the weather was great; a very successful trip. I didn't even start to feel too tired until a point close enough to home that my brain didn't implode.

Now I have to figure out how to top this next year; maybe I'll go completely crazy and tour the whole island in a day. Hey, I could take a page from The Fat Cyclist's playbook and call it Ride Around Mount Royal in One Day, or RAMROD. With a name like that, how could I not do it?

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From:mynatt
Date:September 11th, 2006 04:00 am (UTC)
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Congrats, sounds like a great ride. You certainly picked a good day for it.

Sadly, I've decided to follow my physiotherapist's instructions and lay off the rides of more than a few hours for now. The other option would be to pull a Landis and wear out various body parts in return for a few hours of fleeting glory, which has a certain appeal, but not enough.
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From:cpirate
Date:September 11th, 2006 04:07 am (UTC)
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A wise choice. A few hours is still a pretty sensible ride. This whole "long ride" thing is a bit of a new thing for me, really, I enjoy a good shorter ride at least as much, since I don't get so danged tired.
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From:girlintheclouds
Date:September 11th, 2006 06:01 am (UTC)
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RAMROD? LOL, i like it.
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From:pphaneuf
Date:September 11th, 2006 08:43 am (UTC)
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How is a tour of the perimeter of the island not a tour of the whole island? Maybe my French is playing tricks on me...
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From:dcoombs
Date:September 11th, 2006 01:22 pm (UTC)
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The key here is "in a day". This year he did the island in pieces, having done the entire perimeter over a bunch of days.
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From:scjody
Date:September 11th, 2006 02:16 pm (UTC)
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Two days, but yeah.

Now I have to do the east end :)
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From:cpirate
Date:September 12th, 2006 04:05 am (UTC)
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My only advice is to take the Notre Dame bike path first, then come back on Gouin. The bike path on the northeast part of Gouin is actually quite nice (unlike the bulk of the northwest part). Or find some other route instead of Notre Dame; the bike path there makes me feel very stabby.
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From:scjody
Date:September 12th, 2006 02:17 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for the info :)

What I really need is a map like yours.. I have a street map of the city that unfortunately does not have bike paths indicated, and also a map specifically of the bike paths and lanes, but it was printed in 1993 and is therefore, um, a little out of date.

I'll probably stop by Maison des Cyclistes at some point and see what's currently available...
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From:kyotto
Date:September 11th, 2006 02:48 pm (UTC)
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*hugs* that's awesome! Congrats! It's a much better idea than registering for Festival de la Sante 10k run then forgetting to offer the registration to someone else cause you can't make it lol.
*superhugs*

C.
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From:cpirate
Date:September 12th, 2006 04:03 am (UTC)
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Oops. *hugs*
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From:cpirate
Date:September 12th, 2006 04:07 am (UTC)
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PS: Happy birthday! Sorry I couldn't make your birthday celebrations.
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From:kyotto
Date:September 12th, 2006 09:56 pm (UTC)
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You were missed... but we can catch up some other time I am sure! :)

C.
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