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A little log of my 2,000 km ride from Toronto to Quebec City, Canada, passing through Port Hope, Trenton, Brockville, Montreal, Trois Rivieres, Quebec City, Kemptville, Buckhorn and the Kawarthas before returning to Toronto.

I'll be doing about 1,000 km of this trip two-up, as girl found a flight from Toronto to Montreal for $85 so she could meet me there and save herself some of the saddle time. No complaints from me!

I/we are traveling on a BMW G650GS, a 650cc single that wasn't really designed for two up touring in mind, but hey, it'll be a lot more comfortable and capable of hauling our stuff than the V-Rod (I just sold anyway), so why not?

Here we go!
 

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For Day 1, it's just me alone. I'll be taking Highway 401 from Toronto to Port Hope to Brockville.


I know most will say, "It's not the destination, it's the ride, take the back roads!" Well, this is my trip, so, no. I wanted to get as clear of the city as fast as possible, so I took the 401. It's 15 lanes wide near my place, gets up to 18 lanes wide further down the road, and since I was leaving mid-day, I could make quick progress without paying for the 407.

Fun fact about the 401: It's the busiest highway in North America, with the stretch passing through Toronto seeing over half a million cars per day.

Quick break at the Port Hope On Route about an hour outside of town just to check on the bike, bags, and take a bathroom break.

My first real stop was at Primitive Designs in Port Hope which was really friggen cool. Dinosaurs, dragons, transformers, rhinos, giant iguanas, this entire place is an acid trip's best friend. Check out the video and you'll see what I mean.

Made a stop at The Big Apple in Colborne Ontario just to bite the world's biggest apple. Very little taste. Do not recommend. If you're into baked sweets, this is the place to be. If you aren't into baked goods you can just stop for a quick pic and then keep on going.

One more quick pit stop at Trenton On Route just to get some caffeine in me and some gas in the bike. At this point I rode 175 km on just 7 liters of gas which delighted me because I daily drive a 5.4 liter V8 pickup around, so the fuel economy on the BMW G650GS always makes me happy.

After that, with rain threats looming, it was time to just hammer down, stop taking so many damn breaks, and gun it to Brockville Ontario. I found a place to stay for free with strangers from the internet on Bunkabiker, and when I told them a bit about me they offered me a free home cooked meal too. Didn't wanna be late, and since I was dickin around all day I decided no more breaks, just go.

Fun fact about Brockville: It was actually founded by Americans! After the american revolutionary war, the loyalists packed their sh- stuff, crossed the St. Lawrence River, and established Brockville in what was still British America (aka Canada), and named a town after the (defeated) General Brock.

Total distance traveled: 352 km
 

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Great stuff, keep it coming please.
Thanks!

Where are you now?
Sorry I've become a resident of slacker-land! I finally got around to making my Day 2 video!

A tunnel 60 ft under Brockville, trying to decide if I should ride two hours in the rain to Montreal, or stay in town, and some weird pink pills...




Wet start to the day



Checking out Canada's first underground railway tunnel (built 1850s)



What a difference 8 hours makes



Finally able to get out and explore on two wheels
 

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DAY 3: THERE'S NO CANADA LIKE FRENCH CANADA

Day 3 of my motorcycle road trip adventure from Toronto to Quebec City. Today I'm riding from Brockville Ontario to Montreal Quebec. I'll be leaving Brockville on a BMW G650GS. My ride will take me through Iroquois, Morrisburg ON Route, Cornwall, and finally arriving in Montreal for a tour of Old Montreal.

It'll rain off and on all throughout this trip, and since I'm on my way to meet the missus in Montreal before we do touristy stuff, I'm trying not to get rained on. It makes for a very slow ride, but once I make it to Montreal, it was worth the wait.


Fun facts from this video:

Outside of Paris France, Montreal Canada is the biggest french speaking city anywhere on earth.
Outside of New York City, Montreal Canada has the most restaurants per capita.
60% of Montrealers speak both French and English.
Montreal has won more Stanley Cups (26) than the next two cities (Toronto at 13, Detroit at 11) combined.
There's still no Canada like French Canada.
 

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The weather looks very much like British weather. Are you allowed to filter/lane split through the cities? And where's all the bears and elks?

Great stuff, keep it coming.
 

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Thanks! We found out a couple weeks after getting back that the area got twice it's normal amount of rain for that time of year! Ironically where I live/left for this trip got about half of the usual rain for the month. Just my good luck I guess lol

Can't legally lanesplit or filter but typically if you're just doing it at a slow gingerly pace you don't get in trouble for it.

People seem to think that those with Ontario (English Canada) plates are targeted by police in Quebec (French Canada)... I don't know if that's true or it's just people making up excuses for why they got caught. Either way, once I crossed over in Quebec I only did the speed limit, obeyed all the rules, was a good little boy scout...

When I got back into Ontario I went full throttle. That wasn't much on these bikes, especially with a passenger and bags, but it felt good! lol

Did not see any bears, saw one big friggen moose, but my favorite animal sighting was a beaver... He stood on his hind legs, back to the road, facing the woodland before the river. He stood there perfectly still. Surveying, planning, pondering which tree he would take down next, and how he would stop all that flowing water. Cars and motorcycles zooming by at 120 km/hr ten feet from him. It didn't matter. He was focused lol
 
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