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post #1 of 7 Old 04-01-2012, 03:15 PM Thread Starter
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Too early to talk Laconia?

Hi all, a friend of mine mentioned wanting to go to Laconia week this year. He said we should do the last weekend of the week-long eventin June and stay overnight on the Saturday and head back home on the Sunday. We are coming out of Montreal. I would appreciate any and all of your thoughts on where to stay (motel/hotel) and any specific roads we should travel. I did see the "Kanc" which I looked up and believe I must ride it. Oh and please add any comments about the event activities as well.
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Not my kind of crowd, but there's some great riding in northern NH and VT.

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I think I will probably head up for a day this year. I haven't been in years. I'll mostly be there to people watch.

The kanc? I suppose if you've never ridden it. But that week I imagine there will be quite a line to sit through just to ride at 5 MPH under behind a 5th wheel.

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If you want to stay in the Laconia area it's not too early, it may be too late. To get anywhere close to the action you need to get reservations a year in advance. Don't be discoraged though, there are plenty of Hotels, Motels and Inns no too far out, but I wouldn't wait too long.......Good luck, enjoy.......TD

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one motel is as good as another, reserve early, Laconia itself is a zoo. everywhere around the lake will have traffic, the further away you get, the lighter. there is a bike only day for the MT Washington Auto Road, it will be slow and only worthwhile if it by luck happens to be the rarest spectacular day at the summit .I went up on a bike only day about 10 years ago, 71 at summit, 2nd highest on record EVER, usually its foggy, miserble 30s or 40s

Route 118 in west central part of state is a nice ride, Route 153 along NH/ME border too. Kanc is over rated, but use it to get to Bear Notch Road



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Thanks for the info. Laconia sounds like one big traffic jam. I may just avoid it and ride elsewhere around VT, NH, ME.
I had myself 2 great rides so far this weekend. I rode the 105 from Richford VT to the 111 then to the 114 north back into Canada on Friday. Then on my way back this afternoon from Mansonville, I rode the 105 then cut across to the 120 and back into Canada through Morses line. I will definitely spend more time riding the area. I even saw a red v-strom leading a few other bikes at the cross roads of 120 and 118 around 2-3pm. For sure I waved.
Thanks for all your input.
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Unless you really like cruisers and their riders, the last week you want to go is Bike Week.

During the week, all the roads will be crowded with cruiser riders and often groups. This can be incredibly frustrating. Add in that every roadside place will be packed for lunch, dinner, and even breakfast. The 'magus? Parade ground - last time I rode it during that time of year, I did it East-to-West at 6:30am on a Monday.

The population of the state of New Hampshire is about 1.3 million. During bike week, 250,000 to 350,000 bikers visit. Most of the hotels, campgrounds etc are filled to capacity. Every cop in the state is on duty. A lot of the people are older, professional, and perfectly nice. But there are bad pennies in every jar.

Going the week prior isn't bad, though everyplace is starting to get crowded.

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