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Old 12-04-2009, 02:00 PM   #1
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The Ultimate 2300 Mile 12 Day Big Duelie Ride Thru VT, NH, ME & NB Canada In The Fall

To be honest, I thought this years trip was going to be a compromise. We figured it was a good year to scale back the cost of shipping bikes and flying somewhere out west. We'd keep it close this year. Close means the east coast and the east coast, to me, means a compromise at best.
Wrong.
This trip proved to be really awesome. Way, way better than I ever thought it would be. However is was the most difficult trip to plan. We wanted to stay off pavement. You just cannot trust Gazetteers when it comes to logging roads in Maine and Canada. I needed local help in routing and got it big time. More on that later though.
The trip was 12 days and 2,350 miles. Surprisingly, most of it off the tar. In fact once we hit the shores of Vermont, it was just about all off pavement until we hit the Northumberland Strait in New Brunswick Ca. We mangaed to thread together some of the most scenic, remote, big woods, dirt road, logging road and 2 track. Northern Maine and New Brunswick was really slick. I met guys from the New Brunswick Dual Sport Club or "NBDSC" as they call themselves, during the trip and as you will soon see, better men, I have not met. We went in late Sept and we nailed it. The foliage that is. The colors were bursting at 100% in the northern sections of the route.
The trip proved to be one of my most memorable and enjoyable and was in no way, "a compromise".
We called the trip "The 2009 Turf & Surf Adventure"

Let me take you ladies along:

Here's the Cliff Notes version


And here's the detailed version with more photos and intel, the GPS file location is posted over in Tracks:


We didn't want to get up at o'dark-thirty and ride up the New York State Thruway from NJ for 180 miles so we opted to trailer the bikes to Albany NY to a secure place I know and start from there.
Bruce and I loaded the bikes ready to head north in the am.


The staging area. We met Tim here in Albany. But no Duane. Where's Duane ?


Duane calls, he just woke up
He'll ride like hell and catch up to us tonight in Vermont some 360 miles away.

My plan was to ride north through the Adirondacks in NY for 150 miles, then take the ferry across Lake Champlain and into Vermont. When we pulled into the Essex ferry dock, it was on the hour and the boat was loading. Our timing could not have been better.



The trip across the lake was just beautiful and a great way to kick off this years adventure.
Bruce topside taking my picture. A side note about Bruce. I call him Redcorn. I don't know why. He is also a 2 time ECEA (East Coast Enduro Association) Grand Champion & multi time ISDE USA rider. Was, now he's an old goat.
Bruce is riding the Super Enduro.





We landed on the Vermont side soon enough

and picked up the Vermont PDR route (north) and rode dirt road to the Stowe area and grabbed a motel. A dam expensive one too I might add. $150 to sleep ! It was pretty cool out and it was getting dark and besides Bruce was paying

I'll be back asap to continue when we shove off and head north through Vermont.
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Old 12-04-2009, 02:25 PM   #2
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Alright Frank! I'm in on this one too
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Old 12-04-2009, 02:37 PM   #3
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Nice!

Another DockingPilot Report.

I knew you were planning a trip... Now I get to see the Ride Report.


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Old 12-04-2009, 03:01 PM   #4
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I've been waiting for this - Sorry I missed you guys when you were here in NB.
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Old 12-04-2009, 03:02 PM   #5
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Old 12-04-2009, 04:00 PM   #6
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DK showed around 10pm. A bit cold but he made it on his 950A.

The next morning we head out.






Very, ..well very Vermont !


We are already starting to see some color changes in the trees. But this was nothing compared to what was to come.



DK


We are in northern Vermont now, very close to the Canadien border. We stay south of the border but head east towrds New Hampshire where we plan to meet up with another friend from Ct. Dennis. He plans to rendoivous with us in Pittsburg NH our evenings destination.





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Old 12-04-2009, 05:24 PM   #7
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Would like to see the northeast in the fall some day. Looks good.
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Damn, this is 1/4 mile from my house.

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DK showed around 10pm. A bit cold but he made it on his 950A.

The next morning we head out.






Very, ..well very Vermont !


We are already starting to see some color changes in the trees. But this was nothing compared to what was to come.



DK


We are in northern Vermont now, very close to the Canadien border. We stay south of the border but head east towrds New Hampshire where we plan to meet up with another friend from Ct. Dennis. He plans to rendoivous with us in Pittsburg NH our evenings destination.





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Old 12-06-2009, 09:00 AM   #9
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I've been waiting for this Frank. Another great RR.
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Old 12-06-2009, 10:47 AM   #11
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Crud, wish I'd known you were coming my way, Frank! Hotels in Stowe are steep in leaf peeper season -- you were lucky to find a room!

Would've offered beer, showers and hot chow plus a place to pitch your tents if I'd been paying attention...provided you smeared some mud on those NJ plates to cover them up!

Nice report! In!

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Old 12-06-2009, 12:08 PM   #12
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Now I have a SPOT satelite messenger and the NBDSC boys have been following our progress since we left Jersey on the internet. And they decided to gather up a small welcoming crew, cross the border in Houlton, hook with Marc their lone token yank member who lives in Houlton Me and intersect our path somewhere around Moosehead Lake.
Shortly after we left the Forks and that general store, we came around the cornor and guess who's loitering in a small lakeside parking lot ?



This is Dan. Does his mug say "I'm from Canada eh" or what ? and yes, of course thats a beer he's holding............eh.


We were about to meet some of the nicest guys ever......
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Old 12-06-2009, 12:31 PM   #13
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Now I have a SPOT and the NBDSC boys have been following our progress since we left Jersey on the internet. And they decided to gather up a small welcoming crew, cross the border in Houlton, hook with Marc their lone token yank member who lives in Houlton Me and intersect our path somewhere around Moosehead Lake.
Shortly after we left the Forks and that general store, we came around the cornor and guess who's loitering in a small lakeside parking lot ?






must have been Lake Moxie, I went up there for a tag this summer!!!
and the only way to get to Greenville from the Forks on dirt..well, almost...
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Now I have a SPOT satelite messenger and the NBDSC boys have been following our progress since we left Jersey on the internet. And they decided to gather up a small welcoming crew, cross the border in Houlton, hook with Marc their lone token yank member who lives in Houlton Me and intersect our path somewhere around Moosehead Lake.
Shortly after we left the Forks and that general store, we came around the cornor and guess who's loitering in a small lakeside parking lot ?






This is Dan. Does his mug say "I'm from Canada eh" or what ? and yes, of course thats a beer he's holding............eh.


We were about to meet some of the nicest guys ever......

Umm, thats not beer. thts Bud Light.
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