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07-25-2012 09:48 AM
tmcgee
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Originally Posted by garandman View Post
Saturday I'm going on a group ride from Derry, NH to the Top of The Hill Grill - even though I swore I wouldn't set a wheel in VT while they had their "No tolerance" speed enforcement in place. Great: lots of VT's are getting drunk and killing themselves, so lets use it as an excuse to put out police patrols on the interstates in broad daylight to give people tickets for going 71 in 65....
Hmmmm, haven't heard about that. At least the out of state stuff hasn't been making it back to MA so far. No way I could do my job via public transit.

EDIT: OUI will follow you home to MA. Little brother got popped in NJ.
07-25-2012 08:35 AM
garandman
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Originally Posted by BruceP View Post
I must be spoiled because those are my daily riding roads - App Gap to the south... Champlain Islands to the north... Mt Mansfield to the east. My driveway is literally in the middle of them. All within 1/2 hour ride.//!
App Gap had you beat - he lived just off 17.....

Another buddy lives at the W end of 17. He says waking up Saturday morning to the sound of sport bikes doing wheelies past his house at 100mph has kind of lost its charm.....

In 2010 I rode with two guys up to Smugglers Notch. As I was standing there taking a picture, my sister-in-law (who lives in Underhill) drove up and said "What are you doing here!"

Saturday I'm going on a group ride from Derry, NH to the Top of The Hill Grill - even though I swore I wouldn't set a wheel in VT while they had their "No tolerance" speed enforcement in place. Great: lots of VT's are getting drunk and killing themselves, so lets use it as an excuse to put out police patrols on the interstates in broad daylight to give people tickets for going 71 in 65....
07-25-2012 06:37 AM
randyo
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Originally Posted by BruceP View Post
ABSOLUTELY! About 5 miles up from Ben&Jerrys there is left turn which *bypasses* most of that traffic in Stowe..... as a bonus, it goes near to the famous VonTrapp lodge (same VonTrapp family made famous in movie "Sound of Music"... when they fled Austria, they ended up in Vermont)
yes, I'm aware of that route, like West Side Road in N.Conway NH, or county road 35 bypassing Lake Placid, its not much of a secret nor is it anywhere close to traffic free"



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07-24-2012 10:43 PM
BruceP
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What a coincidence, Tollster. We recently finished a day trip from the Champlain Island that covers a bunch of the roads you mention from North Hero to the Northeast Kingdom, VT. Awesome, awesome roads!
I must be spoiled because those are my daily riding roads - App Gap to the south... Champlain Islands to the north... Mt Mansfield to the east. My driveway is literally in the middle of them. All within 1/2 hour ride.

BTW: Beware that Lincoln gap has about 6 miles of dirt road. Not a problem with a VStrom.... but it is good to know BEFORE you climb all the way up. It is a 1st-gear climb!!
07-24-2012 10:33 PM
BruceP
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Ah! an assumption on my part that you were going to one of the peaks and not over Smugglers Notch

Ben & Jerrys is easy enuf, from there north thru Stowe then over the Notch, its a zoo, like riding thru Gatlinburg/Lake Placid/North Conway

is there a secret way to avoid traffic?
ABSOLUTELY! About 5 miles up from Ben&Jerrys there is left turn which *bypasses* most of that traffic in Stowe..... as a bonus, it goes near to the famous VonTrapp lodge (same VonTrapp family made famous in movie "Sound of Music"... when they fled Austria, they ended up in Vermont)
07-23-2012 06:13 PM
Tollster
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What a coincidence, Tollster. We recently finished a day trip from the Champlain Island that covers a bunch of the roads you mention from North Hero to the Northeast Kingdom, VT. Awesome, awesome roads!
I was glad I saved that route, it was one I would really enjoy doing over. I had more records on that one do to the extensive planning,my Zumo 550 was a new model back then, so I ended up doing more the old fashion way. My dad was in his early 70's back then and he was on a roadking, so I had to be sure it was fitting for him and his ride. Not to mention he trailered it up to PA from arkansas. I rmember some beautiful scenes on that ride,kind of like the "OLD" vermont country side. Jay Peak, killington (5 layers in july near there), Covered bridges, green mountian coffee at some general store, waterfalls along lake willowby, burke hoolw was cool, the notch, seelping over night in errol and walking the town,my first maine moose,and many more. We never had to ride far till we saw another cool scene. We tried to stay inland and north due to coastal traffic and di well at it. I got plenty of stamps in my NP passport that trip. We did it in 11 days,I figured it was a good pace and not bad for a 70 year old.

http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=1685988. Plattsburgh NY to Acadia is the title on everytrail
07-23-2012 06:02 PM
Black Lab
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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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That is okay but.........

I prefer to start at the beginning. Fort Kent is the "First Mile" of US Rt 1. I personally feel that it is more important then the "Four Corners" thingy.





07-23-2012 05:41 PM
pmk What a coincidence, Tollster. We recently finished a day trip from the Champlain Island that covers a bunch of the roads you mention from North Hero to the Northeast Kingdom, VT. Awesome, awesome roads!




pmk
07-23-2012 05:26 PM
Tollster Did the same thing years ago, 4 months of planning,numerous posts on ADV and ended up with this. I happen to have it saved, and mey still have the Zumo route file if ya want it. We did it all but the cape. it was all backroads many not on a map, I got it from a local rider who roade and lived there all his life. On a Gazzateer map you could find all the roads, but it covers NY,NH,MA,VT,and maybe another one. This is from the original email 7 or so years ago.

From HERO, take 2 north turn right onto route 78, Continue in the town of SWANTON, in swanton take 7 south, this will parallel the interstate for a short distance, about 1-3 miles, turn left onto woods hill road, eventually this turns into route 105. Continue through Enosburg falls on 105 to EAST BERKSHIRE, turn right onto Montgomery Road (route 118) continue into the town of MONTGOMERY and turn left onto route 242. This will take you through a very scenic route to JAY PEAK. When you arrive in the town of JAY, turn right onto Cross RD, this will turn into North Hill road towards the town of WESTFIELD, turn right onto route 100 to the town of LOWELL. In LOWELL turn left onto route 58 towards route 14, turn right at fork onto route 14 and continue to IRASBURG, turn left in IRASBURG onto route 58. Stay on 58 towards interstate, then turn right onto route 5 to bypass the interstate, stay on 58 through ORLEANS and towards route 5A. Turn right onto 5A which will take you along the eastern shore of LAKE WILLOUGHBY. Look for the falls on the left and the paved rest area. It’s a nice spot to take a break. Then continue south on 5A to WEST BURKE. Look for BURKE HOLLOW RD on left. Continue to Route 114. At this intersection there is a nice general store on the right for grub. Stay on 114 to the route 105 intersection, turn LEFT on 105 for a short distance, then look for FIVE MILE SQUARE RD on right. Take 5 Miles Square RD to route 114. Turn left on 114 and continue along Norton lake and through the town of NORTON. Stay on 114 to CANAAN. In CANAAN turn right onto route 192 towards route 26 on left. Stay on 26 through COLEBROOK, DIXVILLE and DIXVLLE NOTCH (Very scenic) and then onto ERROL. The EROL motel is your last rest stop for some time, we set up here for the night and used the WIFI and walked down the road to the ERROL general store (Its Very big family owned store which was like 3 stores in one) In the Morning we took 16 north towards the Maine lakes region towards SOUTH MILL and route 27. Route 27 to NEW PORTLAND onto Bennet hill rd to 234. turn right onto 234 then a quik left onto Horseback Rd to ANSON, turn left onto main street then right on OLD POINT AVE this turns into 201A. Look for River Road on Left before you get to the bridge this turns into Norrridgewock AVE running along the Kennebec river. Go to Showigan and take 194 on right to varney road. And onto route 201 to FAIRFIELD, turn left onto 100 to BENTON, turn left at intersection, then take bridge on right cross river. At Tee, turn left onto falls road (130?) 130 to 220, turn right on 220 to 139 on left. Stay on 139 to route 7 on right towards BELFAST. Look for HEAD of TID rd on left, and then onto DOAK Rd on right. This will run into RT 137 then in to route 1 east to Acadia.

We came back through to MT washington,coming in from the northeast, then hit the katkamangus pass and drifted along the VT/NY boarder. Its more detailed on my Garmin file,as I did not know this ended at the acadia NP, like I saiid this was the original email from the lifetime rider I found.
It’s a hell of a map and took 2 months of planning. I did the google earth flyby to ensure there where no dirt roads as I was riding with my dad on his harley. It was one of the most scenic routes I had been on in years.
Have fun and let me know if you have questions.
Tollster
Oh..I wanna say 1700 miles from benton PA and back following this route. It was a days ride to hero through the adderondacs. Weather was clear when we went up MT washington. Got some great shots up there, quite honestly,if ya travel 1500 miles, why miss it, unless ya live there and can see it anytime.
07-23-2012 05:15 PM
Larry If you are coming into southern Vermont, you could take 7A and 7 from Bennington to Rte 125 east (Middlebury Gap) to Rte 100. Rte 100 north to Lincoln Gap Road - SHARP left near Warren to 116 north to Rte 17 east (App Gap) back to 100. Rte 108 takes you over Smuggler's Notch. I recommend going over at least Lincoln and App Gap.

If you're taking Rte 100 all the way north, stop at the Long Trail Brewery cafe for lunch. Take Rte 100A to Rte 4. A left onto 4 and then another left gets you to the parking lot.

When you're ready to head for NH aim for Woodsville, NH. Rte 112 is a good ride. It's the Kancamagus Highway between Lincoln NH and Conway which is a don't miss.
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