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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-19-2010, 06:52 AM Thread Starter
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New England ride Labor Day weekend

So it's been a busy summer but I'm finally getting out for another good ride coming up Labor Day weekend. My cousin and I are planning a ride up north.

The basic plan is to head north from Pine Grove, Pa. up through the Adirondacks to Port Kent, NY., hop on the Ferry over to Burlington, VT. then make our way over to Lincoln, NH. and get on the Kangamangus Hwy, from there ride the Mt washington Auto Rd. and after that head east to Acadia National Park, grab a fresh lobster dinner and then head down the coast to Boston and shack up with some relatives before making our way back home.

I was wondering if there is anything else worth seeing/riding that is sorta on this basic route? We only have 5 days so we'll have to keep moving.

Odd part is I've been to all these places before in my life, but I gave my cousin two options, this trip or a trip to the Dragon, he picked this one. Oh well, I'll get the Dragon next time.

Anyone is welcome to ride along for the trip or a day or whatever.

Thanks, Mike
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Word is that both Vermont and New Hampshire have been paving like crazy this season so you are likely to encounter some nice smooth roads. Direct east-west routes are not easy to plot in northern New England due to the lay of the land, but it also makes for some great roads when they go through the gaps and over the notches. Should be fun.

If you're doing the Kanc east, look for a left turn called Passaconaway Road at Albany Bridge. It's a winding narrow road that will run the other side of the river and bypass the traffic in Conway and North Conway, which will likely be very congested on Labor Day Weekend. Watch for folks camping along the river. At the end, a couple turns will get you on 16 north toward Mt Washington.

After Mt. Washington, consider heading north along 16 up to Errol, where there is a quirky general store I like to visit when I'm in the area. If you have time, stay north/east on 16 over to the Rangeley Lake region of Maine. Nice riding there, which you don't always find in Maine. (VT and NH beat ME for bike roads 7 days a week and twice on Sunday). If you don't have time, from Errol go south on 26 which will take you into Maine and through Grafton Notch, which is beautiful. As you make your was down east to Acadia, you'll have less traffic as you stay away from US 1, although most of it will be heading south/west as summer winds down.

Have a great ride.


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In VT you should check out the App Gap, and maybe Smugglers Notch. I think the App Gap is the best road I've been on in VT and Smugglers Notch is unique but it tends to be crowded with cars, hikers, etc.

In NH Hurricane Mt. road is a great road that no sane person would make today. I wish I would have shot some video on it. It's rather close to the Mt. Washington auto road and it wouldn't be much of a detour. The Crawford Notch road has some amazing views but the traffic can be a killer.






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I second Hurricane Mountain Rd, and if you plan it right it can be pretty much on your way, as it runs right into ME. I took it E and then went north on ME 113 to RT 2, which was also a nice ride through Evan's Notch. Another option off of the Kanc is Bear Notch Rd, which takes you to RT 302, and you could follow that E to Rt 16 up to Mt Washington, by passing North Conway and it's traffic. Then a little backtrack down 16 to Hurricane Mt Rd...

I'll also agree with Brothercannon on Smuggler's Notch, it's cool, but so short and crowded with traffic of all kinds I wouldn't go too far out of my way to ride it.

I'm sure you'll have a great trip no matter what though!
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Thanks for the info guys. Notes made.

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MIKE - Head's Up

Mike, you may want to reconsider Rangeley, based on this comment from one of my buddies on the ST-Owners board:

"Just to give everyone a heads up. I went riding this weekend around the Rangeley Lake area....Boy, the roads SUCK up there!!! If you want your teeth to be rattled out of head take route 17...BUMMMMPY!!! Basically every road I hit in Maine in that area was bad!!! Man, they are in some desperate need of paving."


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