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post #1 of 45 Old 07-16-2012, 03:38 PM Thread Starter
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Doing a New England ride, any tips?

I will be doing a 6 day New England ride at the end of August. Me and my riding partner are in the midst of planning our route, and want to make sure we don't cruise right past any "can't miss" places.

We plan on stopping at Mt. Washing, Bar Harbor (and riding the loop of Mt Desert island), and Cape Cod. Other than those notable stops, we're mostly just going to see the sights along the coast and enjoy the great, mountainous roads.

Any places, other than those I already mentioned, that we shouldn't miss while in the area? Looking for ideas of landmarks and national parks and such.

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The Four Corners Park in Madawaska Maine is a nice destination if you have time to go that far north....I went there last summer and enjoyed it. They even gave me a Certificate of Award for going there.....It's a long ride, but all beautiful country. click below

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On your way to Mt. Washington try to ride the " Kangamangus " Highway 112 from Lincoln to Conway NH. A nice ride...watch for moose. Also, when you ride to the top of Mt. Washington, be sure to do it with blue skies or you won't be able to appreciate the view.

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The Four Corners Park in Madawaska Maine is a nice destination if you have time to go that far north....I went there last summer and enjoyed it. They even gave me a Certificate of Award for going there.....It's a long ride, but all beautiful country. click below

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Don't think we will be making it that far north. That location did come up in a search I did but it would be too far out of our way to be worth it I think. I also don't have a passport (crazy that you need one just to drive into Canada these days) and Google maps insists that riding through Canada is the best route when heading north. Northern Maine appears to be mostly wilderness and my riding partner has an FZ-1. Probably wouldn't enjoy some of the road choices as much as I would. Gas stations also look pretty scarce.

Once I get a passport, we will probably do a Canadian ride and hit up Nova Scotia someday. Looks easier to hit Madawaska through Canada.

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I'd skip Cape Cod unless you know someone with oceanfront property. Look in the New England forum for roads yo shouldn't miss.

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Yeah, what tmcgee says ^^^ above

Also, hit up Black Lab, he claims to own a bike and talks about riding all those areas up there. He also builds airplanes from scratch, makes sailboats out of trees, and cooks up one heck of a meal.

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If you're coming from Rochester NY, you might consider Rte 30 and Rte 3 around the Saranac Lakes region and Lake Placid. I just got back from riding there and it was sweet. We also had a great time riding around Lake George and Lake Champlain on the NY/VT sides. In VT, The mountains around Camel's Hump and Mt. Mansfield are also great. From there you could head east to hit the Kanc and some of the mellower notches (Evans Notch, Bear Notch, etc). As long as you stay away from the dirt roads, your friend will be fine (and there's plenty of gas).

We enjoyed the Cape in off season (mostly because we could sneak onto a lot of the private points) but it would be miserable in the summer......

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Hmm... Wanted to ride to the tip of Cape Cod just to see it and say I was there. No reason other than that. Just don't think I'll ever go there again.

I am coming from Rochester, but we have rode the crap out of NY state. Want to spend as much time as we can in the New England area. Just want to blast out of NY as fast as possible

Will have to check out the mountains pmk mentioned in VT. From what I hear, you can't really find a bad road in VT.

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Just want to blast out of NY as fast as possible .
Then, get on Rt 90 east, and ride as fast as you will allow yourself to. When you come to Rt 87, do the same thing, but headed north. Get yourself to Ticonderoga, then begin your ride there.

Plant your tires in Vermont before planning any trip route through New England.

I strongly recommend studying the New England map books published by, DeLorme, (Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine, specifically.). Whether you choose to ride by GPS, or not, these map book are the best there are to study and plan a riding route by; (whether GPS based, or not.).

Here is DeLorme's link:Atlas & Gazetteers, by State - DeLorme

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Hmm... Wanted to ride to the tip of Cape Cod just to see it and say I was there. No reason other than that. Just don't think I'll ever go there again.
Go from late fall until early spring. At that time of year, the beaches on the outer Cape are well worth it, especially during a storm tide. On the other hand, if you haven't experienced downtown Provincetown on a hot summer night, the entertainment value is enormous.

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