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post #1 of 36 Old 03-02-2012, 03:21 PM Thread Starter
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Need advice with trip plan to Maine area

Hi,
I would like to ask advice of the experts on the Maine/New-Hampshire area.
Me and other 3 buddies are going on July for a Thursday PM to Monday Midnight adventure.
The bikes are DL650, R1200GSA, Hayabusa, and a motoguzzi (road naked, not sure what model).

Obviously off road cannot be done for all riders, maybe me and the GSA friend can take a few hours for some off-road exploration.
We plan to do one day motel one day camping (RichW advised on that, if I recall correctly).

Looking for good roads you know in the area, attractions not to miss (please no museums.. ), things to do, recommended camping grounds, etc.
Minimum 6 hours ride per day seems reasonable.

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I would make sure to hit the White Mountains in NH. Lots of camping, scenery and nice roads. The Kancamagus highway is fun on a bike.

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I would make sure to hit the White Mountains in NH. Lots of camping, scenery and nice roads. The Kancamagus highway is fun on a bike.
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Yes I will do so for sure.
Maine looks flat - is it really interesting for motorcycle riding? Maybe we should focus mainly on NH?

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Yes I will do so for sure.
Maine looks flat - is it really interesting for motorcycle riding? Maybe we should focus mainly on NH?
Maine has flat spots, but not in western Maine.

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Maine has flat spots, but not in western Maine.

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I feel that the Kancamangus Highway is fairly boring.

In my opinion, the best part of Rt 112 is the section WEST of Lincoln, NH. Also Rt 118, Rt 116, Rt 25, Rt 25C, and Rt 25A.... And, there are more.

If you want to ride to the heart of the White Mtns, (Conway, and North Conway), I strongly suggest riding Rt 153, and Rt 113 which are located on the border between NH, and Maine.

Rt 113 will allow you to pick up the, Hurricane Mountain Road out of North Conway.

I would ride into the "Conways" on Rt 153, ride the West Side Road around the populated area, come out in North Conway, stop at the scenic overlook of Mt. Washington Valley, then hang a right on to the Hurricane Mountain Road, and ride that to Rt 113, and ride Rt 113 up to Rt 2.

Ride West on Rt 2 to where you pick up Rt 16. Ride Rt 16 North to Errol, NH, then northeast into Maine and on to Rangeley, then up to Stratton, Maine.

In Stratton, follow Rt 16/27 south to Kingfield. Pick up Rt 16 and head south through New Portland, and towards North Anson. Just west of North Anson, pick up the Wentworth Rd, and follow that to the Cross Town Rd in Embden.

You are now back on Rt 16. Take Rt 8/Rt 201a into Solon. Cross Rt 201, on to the French Hill Rd. Then pick up the Hole In The Wall Road, (Dirt, but fine for all of your bikes). Follow the HITW Rd, to the Chapman Ridge Rd; turn left, then immediately right, on to the Valley Rd.

Follow the Valley Rd to Rt 151 (The Brighton Rd), and into Athens, Maine. Pick up Rt 43/151 and ride it to Hartland, ME. Hang a right on to Rt 151, and ride that to Palmyra and Rt 2. Follow Rt 2 into Newport. Pick up Rt 95 and ride it North to Rt 395. Ride Rt 395 to Rt 1A. Follow Rt 1A to Ellsworth, then Rt 3 to Mount Desert Island.

Let me know when you are going to arrive, and I will have a beer waiting for you.

You can return home by the coastal route.

I can do what I just explained to you, blindfolded. Those are "My Roads".

You will not be disappointed.

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I feel that the Kancamangus Highway is fairly boring.

In my opinion, the best part of Rt 112 is the section WEST of Lincoln, NH. Also Rt 118, Rt 116, Rt 25, Rt 25C, and Rt 25A.... And, there are more.

If you want to ride to the heart of the White Mtns, (Conway, and North Conway), I strongly suggest riding Rt 153, and Rt 113 which are located on the border between NH, and Maine.

Rt 113 will allow you to pick up the, Hurricane Mountain Road out of North Conway.

I would ride into the "Conways" on Rt 153, ride the West Side Road around the populated area, come out in North Conway, stop at the scenic overlook of Mt. Washington Valley, then hang a right on to the Hurricane Mountain Road, and ride that to Rt 113, and ride Rt 113 up to Rt 2.

Ride West on Rt 2 to where you pick up Rt 16. Ride Rt 16 North to Errol, NH, then northeast into Maine and on to Rangeley, then up to Stratton, Maine.

In Stratton, follow Rt 16/27 south to Kingfield. Pick up Rt 16 and head south through New Portland, and towards North Anson. Just west of North Anson, pick up the Wentworth Rd, and follow that to the Cross Town Rd in Embden.

You are now back on Rt 16. Take Rt 8/Rt 201a into Solon. Cross Rt 201, on to the French Hill Rd. Then pick up the Hole In The Wall Road, (Dirt, but fine for all of your bikes). Follow the HITW Rd, to the Chapman Ridge Rd; turn left, then immediately right, on to the Valley Rd.

Follow the Valley Rd to Rt 151 (The Brighton Rd), and into Athens, Maine. Pick up Rt 43/151 and ride it to Hartland, ME. Hang a right on to Rt 151, and ride that to Palmyra and Rt 2. Follow Rt 2 into Newport. Pick up Rt 95 and ride it North to Rt 395. Ride Rt 395 to Rt 1A. Follow Rt 1A to Ellsworth, then Rt 3 to Mount Desert Island.

Let me know when you are going to arrive, and I will have a beer waiting for you.

You can return home by the coastal route.

I can do what I just explained to you, blindfolded. Those are "My Roads".

You will not be disappointed.

B.L.
Barry,
Thanks so much - that info is priceless.
I'm going to visit you - keep the beers cold, I'll bring something to eat.
Wow, awesome.

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This might help:

http://www.newenglandriders.org/Best...st%20Roads.htm

The coastal routes can be big fun... just not in July. Too many tourists.

Good luck. Have fun.

Barry's post is going into my GPS. From what I've read outta him, it can't possibly suck.

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Very highly recommended! They call it BONE, Best of New England.

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Just plotted Barry's route. Start early!!!

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