We are thinking of doing a 2 week excursion and like to use your local knowledge regards weather, crowds, ... whatever other good advise you have.
Do a search for Black Lab's thread for riding in Maine. It's a year or two old, with lots of great detail on how to avoid Rte 2 across the state. It's hard to go wrong in VT at all, and in northern NH if you stay off some of the main roads and don't go near North Conway. Ride all the gaps in VT.tmcgee
Both, Adirondacks, White Mountains, then Main coast, Quebec, then .... ??
WTF are we still living here for? 'Cuz we love to bitch about it!Snow season, ice season, frost heave season, mud season, black fly season, skeeter season, RV season, leaf peeper season, take your pick!
Very true, the northern third of the state is mostly private property and tree farms. Baxter State Park is also off limits to motorcycles. The Delorme Atlas and Gazetteer for Maine is ESSENTIAL if you want to ride off the beaten path. It will tell you which roads are gated, etc.FYI
A great number of roads in North Maine are private and NOT open to motorcycles.
100 ton tandem tree carriers going 80 on dirt
In 5 years of extensive riding in New England, Québec and New Brunswick, I have never had a problem.Later in the summer is usually better. Earlier you have black flies and then you start into Canuck/US Independence days. Canada is July 1 so the first two weekends I July this year will be a total wipeout as far as jam packed roads, accommodations, sights and travel crossings.
I concur with this. As to school buses, you will most likely miss them. You will be up and rolling, BEFORE the school buses lumber down the road.I recommend September after Labor Day. Still warm, in VT anyway. Usually drier than spring. Vacation traffic is largely past and leaf peeper traffic hasn't started. There are school buses, but no time is perfect