This past weekend Christian and I rode our Ducati Multistradas up to Montreal. We took the long road up, driving West on route 2, connected on to route 116 (which was great) and then rode North on Vermont route 100 from the Massachusetts border up to 108 to St. Albans. Route 100 has got to be the best motorcycle road on the East Coast! It’s amazing. Beautiful sweeping turns through the Vermont mountains, with the tree leaves changing colors for the Fall, no traffic, no police, just open road.
The only downside was it was colder than expected, and once we headed into Northern Vermont, gaining altitude and once the sun had set we quickly moved from chilly to COLD! We started having to stop at gas stations just to warm up a bit indoors before continuing on. We rolled into Montreal about 12 hours after we set out, cold but alive. The bridge we drove over heading into the city gave us a killer view of the night time city skyline. While the ride up was cold, the amazing ride and roads more than made up for it. I’d do it again in a heartbeat.
We stayed at the Opus Montreal, sister hotel to the Opus Vancouver (one of Emma and my favorite haunts out there). Other than a rocky start with room service, the stay was great!! We did some shopping (warm gear for the ride back), walked all over the city, hit the casino, did Old Town the next day, some more walking, and had an early night in after some great Italian food.
We rode back on the fourth day, heading back directly on the interstates, which is less fun than back roads, but if you have to ride on interstates I-89 through Vermont is probably the best one for a beautiful ride. We hit Brookline early, grabbed a slice of pizza before rocking the William Gibson reading/signing at Coolidge Corner.
It was a great trip! Amazing rides, great company, and exploring Montreal was a lot of fun!
Here are some pictures from the trip: