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Old 06-21-2013, 09:16 PM   #31
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hey Kevin,

if Campcook liked the northeast, she would really like it up here...reporting from Valdez.

you better get more maps.
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Old 06-22-2013, 01:03 PM   #32
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This is awesome Kevin! I wanna be like you and iDave someday.

Guess that means I'll eventually have to get married...
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Old 06-22-2013, 01:48 PM   #33
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Oh yes. Nice
Great report.
Looking forward to more.
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Old 06-22-2013, 04:18 PM   #34
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Old 06-22-2013, 05:46 PM   #35
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Oh yes. Nice
Great report.
Looking forward to more.
I'm glad you like it so for. Your trips to West Virginia were some of the first ones I followed here.

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LD, I'm flattered you took time from your cherries to read our RR. I need to catch up on yours now.

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great so far. subscribed
Hey Russ. You need to come down and ride with us this year.
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Old 06-22-2013, 05:53 PM   #36
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hey Kevin,

if Campcook liked the northeast, she would really like it up here...reporting from Valdez.

you better get more maps.
Alaska is somewhere on the list Dave. We need to get back to Maine and cover the spots we missed this time due to the weather. And there's Nova Scotia and then there's the need for funds to finance this. We're learning and I'm sure we could of had just as good of a time on less money if we did it again. Have a safe trip up there, I'm enjoying you RR.

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This is awesome Kevin! I wanna be like you and iDave someday.

Guess that means I'll eventually have to get married...
I want to be like you! You're like the coolest person I know even though you where pink goggles.

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Campcook--Guess the next step is for H14 to find you a little bike of your own
Yes, she is quite the seat hog.
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Old 06-22-2013, 05:54 PM   #37
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LD, I'm flattered you took time from your cherries to read our RR. I need to catch up on yours now.


I still have to get 2013 RR's up ...
I'm way behind... Maybe once the garden and the cherries are set ..
I can get back at it...

I miss Maine... I wish I had taken Dad's cabin over...
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Old 06-22-2013, 05:58 PM   #38
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Great report thus far!! Keep it coming

Wife and I did almost the same trip back in 2009, same time frame too but I think we were the week before bike week. I know it was Americade in UpST8 NY at the time

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=475380
Chris, I read your RR last night at work. If you think we took almost the same trip just wait. About the only difference is you took better pictures.
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Old 06-22-2013, 07:00 PM   #39
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How's it going Todd, you all still in Colorado?
Hey Kev! No, I came back last weekend. We've been trying to get the house ready for our pack-out on Mon/Tues. It's been a major pain in the ass. The report is great. Keep it coming!!!
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Old 06-22-2013, 07:18 PM   #40
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We went to bed Monday night waiting for the rain to come. Well the weatherman nailed this one. It starting pouring overnight and didn't let up for the next two days. We packed up in the rain, lucky for me I learned from scottP last month at Rick's RDV how nice it is to pack in the rain under a tarp.



We rolled out of camp at 7:30, pouring rain, and 44 degrees. Lance(GSA_PILOT) laid out a route for us to Millinocket that would take us around Moosehead Lake and the Debsconeag Lakes Wilderness Area. My GPS is the cheap non-waterproof Garmin from Campcook's car so I had to pack it away, my printed directions in the tank bag map holder quickly started getting wet so we couldn't use those either. Cool, now we can just ride.

I tried memorizing the directions a couple turns at a time. The first turn was about 30 miles out Route 4, after travelling for quite awhile I started feeling like we should have turned by now. We're pretty cold by this point, luckily we found this.



It's a laundry-mat, it's open and the heat is on. While I'm outside in the rain trying to get satellite reception on the GPS without getting it wet Campcook's taking advantage of the free heat.



GPS gets signal and tells us our turn is 1/2 mile ahead,

We get to the town of New Vineyard and we're cold again. It's still pouring, visibility sucks and neither of us are particularly enjoying this day on the bike and we still have 196 miles to go. If I tell Garmin to take us directly to Millinocket it's 118 miles. We hated to do it but we decided to bail on our original plan and bee-line to Millinocket.

The one bright spot of the day was Lance had told us we could not go to Maine without having a bag of Humpty Dumpty potato chips and a red snapper hot dog. We took care of that along with another hot cup of coffee in North Anton. Thanks Lance.

We finally get to Pine Grove campground where we planned to pitch the tent along the East Branch of the Penobscot for $22. After the owner told us the tent area may be evacuated because the area was under a flood watch and he had a heated cabin for 52 bucks, we went with the cabin.



Got the Strom stuck in the mud so it had to spend the night out by the main road.



The plan for tomorrow, the weatherman will be wrong, the sun will be shining , and we'll be riding to Fort Kent.
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Old 06-22-2013, 07:45 PM   #41
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This is better than getting to hear it first hand at work. It has pictures and the words are put together better

Great report Kevin, dont tell me anything else, let me read it here!
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Old 06-22-2013, 07:47 PM   #42
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I've been lurking until the good stuff; like most transplants we can live anywhere but only one place is home... For me it's the great State of Maine. Kevin thanks for taking my advice, so cool when a fellow inmate stays at the same place I was less than a year ago.

http://l3epicride2012.blog.com/2012/08/04/july-30th-aug-3rd/

Great report and an epic ride... Always better with your spouse! Keep it coming.
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Old 06-22-2013, 07:56 PM   #43
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This is better than getting to hear it first hand at work. It has pictures and the words are put together better

Great report Kevin, dont tell me anything else, let me read it here!
Thanks, I think.

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I've been lurking until the good stuff; like most transplants we can live anywhere but only one place is home... For me it's the great State of Maine. Kevin thanks for taking my advice, so cool when a fellow inmate stays at the same place I was less than a year ago.

http://l3epicride2012.blog.com/2012/08/04/july-30th-aug-3rd/

Great report and an epic ride... Always better with your spouse! Keep it coming.

Lance, every recommendation you made was spot-on. Most of the success of this trip we owe to you.
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Old 06-22-2013, 08:48 PM   #44
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We wake up at 5am to what would normally be the pleasant sound of rain on the metal roof. It had rained all night and still hadn't let up. We laid there talking about how we really did not look forward to another day like yesterday.
We decide since the storm is moving north we'll make coffee and chill for a couple hours and maybe by then it will be out of here. Since we'll be getting a later start we have to turn back towards the coast before Fort Kent, maybe Ashland.

Two hours later and it hasn't let up. We decide to go down to the showers, buy a little time and maybe we'll only go as far as Knowles Corner before turning back towards Houlton and making our way down the coast.

When we told Jeff, the owner of the campground about our ever-changing plans he said he strongly recommended we forget about going north all together and just head for Calais. He told us with the poor visibility we weren't going to see anything anyway, including moose and he had hit three of them in the last five years totaling two cars. So that becomes the fourth and final plan for the day. We head out around eight, temps in the 40's, still raining, still foggy, and today the wind has started blowing but at least we're moving and hopefully riding towards better weather.

The big thing I wanted to do in Maine was eat lobster and try a lobster roll like I'd seen pictures of in other ride reports. We roll into Calais, the weather still hasn't improved but I see a sign in front of a little roadside place advertising lobster rolls. It's time for a stop. We walk in and the guy asks, "do you want it with mayonnaise or sauteed in butter
". Well we don't know what we want, we had no idea there were options so we had one of each.



We were only 30 miles from where we would be camping in Eastport that evening. Lance had told us about Seaview campground but we didn't want to pitch a tent in the rain anymore than we did the night before. We found a place in Eastport overlooking Harris Cove that has cottages and hotel rooms.
After warm showers and a change of dry clothes we go in search of Supper.

Down on the water we find Quoddy Bay Lobster Pound.



Sweet.



The lady inside told us the best value was the twin 1lb lobster dinner, I said sounds good we'll take 2 dinners. When we got back to our table Rhonda says, "you know you just ordered four lobsters, right?". Oops, now we've got to eat four lobsters, my bad.



Tally for the day: Four lobsters and two lobster rolls.

Hey, we're on vacation.

Tomorrow we'll ride along the Maine coastline and maybe see some sunshine.

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Old 06-23-2013, 03:26 AM   #45
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Lobster And corn ..
It do't get any better then that...

One of my favorite things... The only critters I really eat...

And YES I'll eat them and as many that can be set in front of me ...
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