Join Date: May 2005
Location: Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Travel to Quebec City
J. Willis: I hope this trip pans out for you. The SS Badger is a nice leisurely way to start your trip (beats that Chicago I-94 nonsense, no offense). Why don't you save the ferry for the trip home when you're not so fresh? You could set up in Grand Rapids or Muskegon the night before, and have an early ride across to start your day. DON'T do the midnight run from west to east; it sounds enticing, but I got a terrible night sleep, and ended up lazing in the grass in schoolyards on the way home. It was summertime.
Avoid the 401 through Toronto, and it is a drone up to the Ontario / Quebec border.
#407 is an expensive toll road by the way. Port Huron/Sarnia border crossing can kill a few hours. Beware.
There's a neat little crossing about 30 miles south of there at Sombra.
You also might consider coming through the Lake Placid, New York area.
About the ferry; no you don't have to hold on to your bike. But put it on the side stand and put it in gear, so it's more stable. There's enough rope on the Badger to tie your bike down.