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post #1 of 18 Old 07-08-2008, 12:14 AM Thread Starter
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Just in the midst of getting the better half some riding gear and finalizing plans for a run to Nfld. Depart here 29 July, will prob ride most ways thru the US (rather pay 4.00 gal than 6.50). I will be in Canada part ways, and was planning on going thru Maine and on into NB. From Sherbrooke, PQ I will travel into Maine. Any hints, tips on the quickest route thru Maine and into NB, lining me up for a straight shot into NS?

My wife is actually flying into Halifax where I will pick her up on the Wee, and then up to the Cabot Trail before heading over to Sydney to catch the Ferry over to the Rock.

Really looking forward to this trip as it will be the first time my wife has ever (and I do mean ever) accompanied me on a ride. She is looking forward to closing up George Street on a Saturday night.

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post #2 of 18 Old 07-08-2008, 12:34 AM
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Hey RCACS

keep in mind this information is about 16 or 17 years old (it's been a while since I was there) but... I didn't go that way... when I drove to New Brunswick, I went entirely through Quebec. I have driven through Maine before though (in a cage mind you)... but I was in the Eastern side of Maine (went to Maine for a small vacation when I was out in NB).

I would suggest you stick to the big highways (e.g. I-95) as much as possible -- in fact I would cut as sharply as possible to get on the big highways ASAP. I moved fairly swiftly along I-95 although it was late at night and we spent a long time at the NB-ME border crossing (we crossed at about 2 or 3 am and the customs guys must have been bored - they went through my car with a fine tooth comb). I honestly don't think there is a "fast way" through Maine - there were tons of motorhomes doing 45-50mph - thick trees along the roadsides (so you don't get great visibility when passing) and it's pretty slow going in general - but I-95 would likely be your best bet.

Nice to hear the wife is joining you on the trip - have a great (and safe ride)... looking forward to meeting you (I'm sure you'll be back through Calgary sooner or later) -- probably sooner than I will be in Manitoba :-)

Hope this helps!
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Thanks Sky, have been thru Quebec into NB a few times, so am looking for something new. Will look at the maps with your suggestions.

Yes, will be back in Cowtown yet this year.

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Just in the midst of getting the better half some riding gear and finalizing plans for a run to Nfld. Depart here 29 July, will prob ride most ways thru the US (rather pay 4.00 gal than 6.50). I will be in Canada part ways, and was planning on going thru Maine and on into NB. From Sherbrooke, PQ I will travel into Maine. Any hints, tips on the quickest route thru Maine and into NB, lining me up for a straight shot into NS?

My wife is actually flying into Halifax where I will pick her up on the Wee, and then up to the Cabot Trail before heading over to Sydney to catch the Ferry over to the Rock.

Really looking forward to this trip as it will be the first time my wife has ever (and I do mean ever) accompanied me on a ride. She is looking forward to closing up George Street on a Saturday night.

Cheers!
If you are making the run from Bangor to St. Stephen I'd recommend that you take the Highway #9 (Airline Road). Its a great road through some nice country. Very little traffic and you can make great time. A word of caution however, don't ride it after dusk...the deer and moose are very active at that time. You can usually avoid any line-ups at the border crossing. The highway from St. Stephen to St. John is a blast and you can fly !!! I've made this run quite a few times and never encountered any problems. Make sure you have a full tank when you hit #9. I believe there is only one fuel station on the whole route. You certainly won't have any problems on the Wee. Good luck and enjoy the trip. If you have time, you may want to detour to PEI. It's beautiful here in the summer. Just got back from Cape Breton last weekend. A BLAST as usual......

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Thanks for the tips. I have a limited amount of time to get down to Halifax from home, so wont be doing any detours.

I have riden to Nfld twice now, and to NS 3 times from here. I am actually from Halifax originally.

I have routed my GPS to include hwy 6 in Maine, into NB.

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Thumbs up You betcha!

Big thumbs up for the "Airline". My pappy and grandpappy ran the #9 from Bangor to St.Steven alot and so have I. Last time in '86 on the old BMW R100S with the GF riding pillion. Tank up in Bangor as our friend from PEI suggests as that one and only gas station may or may not be open. It wasn't when I went through but the Beemer had a six gallon tank. I made the run in a terrible rainstorm but just before the NB line it produced the most awesome rainbow I've ever seen. That trip from Ft. Erie, Ontario to Fredericton, NB and onward to Nova Scotia and PEI is etched in my memory. Hope your's is just as memorable.

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Easy rides across Maine

rcacs,

I enjoyed riding ME-6 eastward into NB, and the ride to Fredericton was pleasant and scenic. ME-6 has wide mowed shoulders, so you can see any menacing deer easily in the daytime. There's a nice Duty Free store in Vanceboro ME, so get a jug before you see the maple leaf flags.

I also enjoyed riding ME-9 westward. It has more development than ME-6, so the deer may be less frequent there. Actually, I saw no deer in Maine, but I am very old and getting stupider by the moment, so maybe there really were lots of them about.

Enjoy your ride, and show us some photos.
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Damn and rats. Before departing for my trip morning of 29 July, I figured I would install a new Bridgestone BW 502. The one I have on now probably has about 5000km left on it but isnt going to last the entire trip. So, of course I order one, and much to my chagrin, they are on back order until 2 Aug.

My local dealer has been giving me a really good cut on goodies, so I figured I didnt mind paying a bit more to buy local.

How in the dickens are tires BO'd in mid summer you ask?.....(Parts Canada???)

At any rate, had to depend on the good ol' US of A and order one online.

Will keep my eyes peeled for fellow troopers whilst on the road. I will be heading straight south to Grand Forks, ND, then over to Superior, WI and up to Sault. Ste Marie. From there I will travel in Canada until Sherbrooke and then jog it thru Maine into NB and over to NS for my first destination of Halifax and pick up my wife at the airport. From there its up to the Cabot, then Sydney to catch a ferry over to the Rock.

Can't wait, and hope my new tire arrives in time!

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If you happened to have a tire while in the Toronto area there is a local shop that will change tires while you wait and charges about $20.00 I've used him a few times.

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Thanks Tom, I wont be in the TO area, and to buy a tire on the road would probably be very expensive.

I have one being shipped from Motorcyclesuperstore.com and I install them myself, although 20 clams is a very reasonable price.

Cost was 126.00 Cdn, should be here in plenty o time, as I have them sent to a US address which is only about 25km away.

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