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post #1 of 8 Old 02-11-2013, 04:12 PM Thread Starter
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Hi folks - I'm thinking of riding from Ottawa to NB this June to visit family.

Has anyone done this ride via Magog to the northeastern USA Route 2 (Vermont, NH, ME)? How was it?

I've done it in a car (2-days, stopping overnight in Gorham, NH) but not a bike.

Anyone interested in joining in? I figure a "team" ride might be just the thing for this kind of trip.

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post #2 of 8 Old 02-12-2013, 08:59 PM
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You'll like it.

I have ridden via US-2 from Plattsburgh NY to Bangor, and I enjoyed it all. From Bangor, I went east via ME-6, via MacAdam NB to the capital. On the way back, I crossed from St. Stephen to Calais ME, then ME-9 to US-2 again.

The above ride was in 2007, but last year I covered much of US-2 in a van. Not much has changed. The pavement is good enough, and I do not recall seeing any dangerous conditions.

But there are other routes, and any advice you can get from Black Lab will help you. He has ridden all over Maine and the Maritime Provinces, including much of Québec. Read his posts before bothering him, please, because he is busy building an airplane, and he may not wish to show you where he has already answered your questions.

I agree with your plan to stay in Gorham NH. I did that in 1951, when it wasn't
my choice, and again in 2007 when it was. Last year I just drove through.

If you make contact with the New England Stromtroopers, you may be invited
to dine with them, and they may ride part way with you. Happened to me.

Good luck!
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I know the area fairly well. As always, the question is how much time do you have and what type of roads do you want to travel?
I ride out of Montreal and have explored most of the Eastern Townships and quite a bit of the north VT and NH and some ME.
There are some roads I go out of my way to ride simply for the "fun" aspect. Yes, not the shortest but always the "does time permit" comes into play. Like coming out of Montreal and crossing at the Morse's Line border crossing and taking the 120 by Lake Carmi - have a bite at the lakeside resto. then over to the 118 to Richford Rd to the 105 through Newport.
I really enjoyed rte 16 through Rangely 2 years ago. Nice place to stay by the lake and breathtaking scenery through the area like Mooselookmeguntic Lake as well and do go to the bowling alley at night for drinks, music and scenery, it is probably THE PLACE within 100 miles.
Let me know when your dates firm up. I may join you for at least part of the way and I can fill you in with more details PM me.

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...crossing at the Morse's Line border crossing ...

Let me know when your dates firm up. I may join you for at least part of the way and I can fill you in with more details PM me.

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Morse's Line... there's a name I haven't heard in decades.

I need to be in NB before mid-July (need = Iron Butt 1 year limit runs out). Ditto, I may be able to ride with you part way

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Thanks for your input everyone. This is a great start and I'm starting to get really excited about making this trip. I happen to have a lot of vacation available to me this year, so time constraints are minimal. I'll likely take a week off for it, and plan on spending 3 nights in NB. That gives me 4 days travel time.

I'm familiar with some of the routes from travelling them in the car. Perhaps our longest was the year we entered the US at Ogdensburg NY, onward to Malone and Lake Champlain area, heading south on via Hero and the chain of islands in Lake Champlain, then to Burlington and onward to the Vanceboro ME crossing (route 9). I've also done a number of others.

My very initial thinking is to spend Day one on the slab through Montreal and Magog, crossing at Stanstead, then more leisurely exploring to Vanceboro on day 2. My destination is actually Harvey, NB. Not far from that border point.

Of course, this is all preliminary and my ultimate route will be a "work in progress" till I depart!!!


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Hi folks - I'm thinking of riding from Ottawa to NB this June to visit family.

Has anyone done this ride via Magog to the northeastern USA Route 2 (Vermont, NH, ME)? How was it?

I've done it in a car (2-days, stopping overnight in Gorham, NH) but not a bike.

Anyone interested in joining in? I figure a "team" ride might be just the thing for this kind of trip.

Current bikes
2010 DL650 (BlackBetty2)


Previously
2006 Suzuki DL650 (FREDA)
2000 Suzuki VS800 Intruder (BlackBetty)
1987 Yamaha Virago 535
1972 Keystone mini-bike
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OK slabbing it to Magog is fine, but not much to see. If you arrive early enough you may want to have supper here Le Grand Cru, Escapades Memphrémagog:: Gourmet cruises on Lake Memphremagog, Magog, Qc.
There are planty of places to stay in Magog and not too heavily booked until after June 23rd.
I would also suggest looking at staying in a quieter place if its just an overnighter anyway.
Here is a sweet place where you can rent a room and great food and views, take a stroll on the pier.
Auberge MCGOWAN - dining Lodging Lac Memphmagog, Orford Magog eastern township
The 247 south is mostly 70kph but a very nice ride alongside the lake. Take it and cross at Beebe down into Derby to the 111 through Morgan onto 105 to 3 to 26 into Errol to check out the home of the white moose.

Or out of Magog, grab the 141 down through Ayer's Cliff and cross over at Hereford/Canaan then find the 3 to the 26.

Just a suggestion.
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Morse's Line... there's a name I haven't heard in decades.

I need to be in NB before mid-July (need = Iron Butt 1 year limit runs out). Ditto, I may be able to ride with you part way

Glenn
What is this 1 year limit you speak of? I've been an IBA Member for years and have never heard of such a thing...
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What is this 1 year limit you speak of? I've been an IBA Member for years and have never heard of such a thing...
National Parks Tours (Master Traveller): 50 National Parks in 25 states or provinces in 1 year. Gold level if you get to the four corners. I made it to CA, AK and FL last summer, so I need to get to some parks in ME or the maritime provinces before July 21.

National Parks Tour

I'm surprised that you haven't heard of the NPT. It's a popular certification, especially if the endurance rides don't appeal.

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