Landslide blocks bike path

WARNING SIGN AT PIEDMONT

SIGN AT PIEDMONT WARNS CYCLISTS OF DANGER AHEAD

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TWO MECHANICAL DIGGERS ARE AT THE SITE OF THE LANDSLIDE. SECOND ONE IS IN THE DISTANCE

One of Quebec’s top cycling trails, the P’tit Train du Nord (Route Verte 2), is blocked between Piedmont and Prévost. A landslide six weeks ago took out the trail at Kilometre 17.8.

One way around it is to ignore the warning sign at Piedmont (when travelling north to south) and continue on the path to the site of the landslide. There is no way you can schlepp your bike around it, but you can take the nearby footbridge over to Highway 117 and ride south five or six kilometres to the second traffic light. You turn left and rejoin the bike path. The highway is very busy and is not advised for children.

There is a shuttle operating between the Piedmont and Prévost stations from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

There are two mechanical diggers at the site of the landslide caused by heavy rain. An operator told me May 29 that it will take two weeks to put the trail back in travelling order. The Vélo-Québec web site says it will take some weeks. Keep up to date here:http://www.routeverte.com/rv/infotravaux (in French).

Otherwise, the trail is in great shape from Mont Laurier to St. Jérome as I can attest from having just cycled the whole 200-plus kilometres.

Please send me comments or suggestions on Route Verte paths.

I have hiked and biked through Nepal, Cuba and Mexico. I also maintain a busy schedule of adventure traveling in Canada. Many stories in the blog were originally published in the Travel Section of The Montreal Gazette. My web site is: https://davestravelsblog.wordpress.com

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