As avid road cyclists, we are always looking for new country roads to ride on, and so we were pleased when we found a 27-km loop, called the Milky Way, starting in Casselman, Ontario. The Prescott-Russell Cycling Map describes this loop as a "leisure country ride taking you through the villages of St-Albert (famous for its cheese curds) and Casselman." So, recently, on a Sunday, we decided to try it out.
Starting out in Casselman, we headed out on County Road 7, which morphs into St-Albert Rd E, to link up with Route 800 E, and then on to St-Albert, where we stopped at the cheese shop. So far so good. We then rode on Rte 900 E to get to Guerin, and a bit later turned left onto Rte. 800 W and rode for 1.5 km to montée Lafleche, which turned out to be...a gravel road. That's 4.5 km of gravel! We hesitated briefly, and then headed back the same way we had come, only to be accosted by two none-too-friendly bulldogs, who seemed determined to follow us back to St-Albert. Since we'd already had an encounter with a Doberman earlier in the day on Route 800 E., our nerves were somewhat frayed, to say the least.
For most road cyclists, gravel roads are a definite no-no, so we were very surprised that this on-road itinerary included a longish gravel road.
Tip: Go to St-Albert and have their cheese curds, but check the map very closely for gravel roads and be ready to deal with dogs that are allowed to run free.
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.