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Old 05-03-2012, 09:57 PM   #1
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Bluhduh Seattle to Lubec, Maine, in 13 Days.

I am planning a trip from Seattle to Lubec, Maine, starting in Seattle on July 6 and arriving in Lubec on July 18. This time-frame is not really adjustable, although I could probably leave on July 5 if an extra day seems like a good idea.

The general idea is this - blast from Seattle to Spokane (an area which I am familiar with) and from Spokane get off the interstate and ride some more 2-lane style roads. Ride the Going to the Sun Road, which I am really excited for, and then make some serious time crossing Montana and North Dakota. Then fun roads in Minnesota, a stop at Aerostich, go through the UP, down through Michigan, a stop in Akron, and then over to Lubec.

The only thing set in stone is the time frame - I just put this route together today and any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

http://g.co/maps/frt5h

I am a west coast boy through and through and that's all I am really familiar with. So if anyone has any suggestions of places I should pass through I would love to hear them. Any advice for riding in these regions would also be greatly appreciated. I will not have too much time on my way out there (traveling to Maine for an event) but I have a month to make it back to Seattle, although much of this will be taken up visiting friends out east.

Riding a V-Strom 650 with HT panniers, Ortlieb tank bag and large dry bag strapped on the bag with Rok Straps. Camping and preparing own food as much as possible.

*EDIT* I should also add that this will be my second coast-to-coast trip and I am comfortable doing consecutive 300-500 mile days on my DL and camping in between.
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Old 05-04-2012, 08:36 AM   #2
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Trans Canada highway?
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Old 05-04-2012, 10:10 AM   #3
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Unfortunately traveling through Canada is not an option for me, otherwise I would definitely have included Canada in this adventure.
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Old 05-05-2012, 04:09 AM   #4
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When you get here there's a great camping area just outside of Lubec called Cobscook State Park
http://www.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/...&option=search
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Old 05-05-2012, 07:47 AM   #5
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When you get here there's a great camping area just outside of Lubec called Cobscook State Park
http://www.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/...&option=search
Looks beautiful, I will check it out when I am there! Thanks for the tip.
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Old 05-07-2012, 07:51 AM   #6
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Does anyone have any preferences between Highway 2 and I-94 for crossing eastern Montana and North Dakota?

What about the area in northern Minnesota? I usually just plan routes to take me through as much green on the map as possible - is the Big Fork / Sturgeon River area worth detouring through?
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Old 05-12-2012, 02:44 AM   #7
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Does anyone have any preferences between Highway 2 and I-94 for crossing eastern Montana and North Dakota?

What about the area in northern Minnesota? I usually just plan routes to take me through as much green on the map as possible - is the Big Fork / Sturgeon River area worth detouring through?
Route 2 is definitely the "more scenic, less big trucks" route. Eastern ND for me is just about getting through it fast, as the scenery is similar (flat). I would recommend taking 73 south at Floodwood MN and then to 210 to 105 and back to 2 to zip under Duluth as route 2 through Duluth gets quite congested. Oh, and my preferred scenery in NH and ME is across the Kancamagus as you planned, and up 16 to route 2 across ME.

The wife and I have driven coast to coast 5 times now (2 east, 3 west) for moves with the Coast Guard so we are used to the "get there fast, but see some sites" route planning.

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Route 2 is definitely the "more scenic, less big trucks" route. Eastern ND for me is just about getting through it fast, as the scenery is similar (flat). I would recommend taking 73 south at Floodwood MN and then to 210 to 105 and back to 2 to zip under Duluth as route 2 through Duluth gets quite congested. Oh, and my preferred scenery in NH and ME is across the Kancamagus as you planned, and up 16 to route 2 across ME.

The wife and I have driven coast to coast 5 times now (2 east, 3 west) for moves with the Coast Guard so we are used to the "get there fast, but see some sites" route planning.

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Thanks Ed! That's very helpful advice. I don't mind riding interstates with trucks and whatnot if it means making good time through not-so-scenic riding, but I think that 2 will be the route for me. I would rather see things off-the-beaten a bit, even if it is slower.
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Old 05-14-2012, 03:56 PM   #9
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I'm not sure that you would have time for this, but you're planned route https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid...6115,79.013672 has a lot of fairly boring terrain once you get east of Glacier NP all the way to Eastern MN. If you can swing it, you should drop south after glacier and go through Bozeman or similar. Hit up Tetons, Yellowstone, Beartooth Pass and then make your way east-northeast through WY - SD and resume your route.

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N. D. badlands just across the Mt. border. If you'd like a gravel break.
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I'm not sure that you would have time for this, but you're planned route https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid...6115,79.013672 has a lot of fairly boring terrain once you get east of Glacier NP all the way to Eastern MN. If you can swing it, you should drop south after glacier and go through Bozeman or similar. Hit up Tetons, Yellowstone, Beartooth Pass and then make your way east-northeast through WY - SD and resume your route.

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Thanks for the advice! I would love to drop south after clearing Glacier, but my main concern is making it to Maine in my timeframe, which is only 12 or 13 days from Seattle to Maine. I don't want to feel rushed as that feeling for me pretty much spoils my attitude, if I am only focused on arriving on time and freaking out. I would love to see Yellowstone and the Tetons, who knows, maybe on the way back.
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