|12-18-2011, 06:32 AM||#1|
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looking for suggestions and advice for this trip. i will be flying my wife into and out of boston july 5th and 15th. i'll be riding the bike up on june 30, back home on july21. our plan is to camp every night, hopefully in a different spot. we want to spend her first 2 nights in boston so we will have a full day to see the sights. i've found a couple websites for motorcycle roads up there and i'm searching a few bikersites for trip reports. any must do, must see, must eat, or other miscellaneous 'must' while there?
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|12-21-2011, 10:29 AM||#2|
Joined: Nov 2008
Location: New Hampshire
Mass pretty much blows as far as bike roads go. There are some historical things like Lexington and Concord, but not a whole lot to see in my opinion. Mount Washington probably goes without saying; on a clear day, you can see the ocean. The Polar Caves in Rumney, NH offers a cheap, fun day in the woods http://www.polarcaves.com/. Take a tour of Castle in the Clouds http://www.castleintheclouds.org/ The Kankamangus highway in NH is great. Rt 112 from Conway to Lincoln, 32 miles of scenic mountain byway. If you continue past Lincoln, there is a cool little car museum on the left-hand side. Admission is free, they just appreciate a purchase from the attached gift store.
Continue towards VT, and there are plenty of branching state highways. I've got a great GPS loop that goes through VT out to Fort Ticonderoga in NY (by way of ferry - very cool) and back. I can send it to you to mull over if you like.
Smuggler's Notch area in VT, Stowe, Killington... you can't go wrong here. Great little towns, lots of good eating, shopping, viewing, camping, B&B's, whatever. VT Rt 100 is a great ride. Rt 125 Scenic (they actually label it Scenic on the sign) is very nice. Camping and hiking throughout.
Northern NH - Errol, Pittsburgh, Colebrook - is beautiful. Nice camping and fishing.
Rangely Lake region in ME is great. I haven't ventured too far into ME (odd, since I live in NH), but it's a good ride.
The seacoast has the good seafood. Sadly, not much for camping in NH.
Lots of good roads and cool stuff like covered bridges. If you want a local guide for a day or two, I'm sure some of us locals would be glad to accommodate.
|12-21-2011, 02:59 PM||#3|
Joined: Dec 2011
Location: North Carolina
New England is a great place to ride. I lived most of my life there and when we go back to visit my parents and family I bring either my dirt bike or street bike whenever I can.
My best advise it to by very detailed maps of each state and find the curviest roads possible.
My best trip with the street bike consisted of three long day trips. All three started from my parents' house in
The first was the longest. I got up early and just across the
The next day was a loop around MA. I went to church with my parents then headed west on RT 2. 2 starts out in
Day three I just rode west and then south. I picked a bunch of back roads to the west side of the Quabbin Reservoir. Then down to
I hope this helps and have a great time on your trip. I'll be looking for pictures.
|02-05-2012, 08:27 PM||#4|
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Joined: Sep 2008
Location: Southern Maine
I'd do a loop up the coast of Maine, working your way through the rocky coast with a few stops until you hit Mt Desert Island, you could easily spend 4 days or even more out there. Great thing about the island, is that there is a free shuttle bus that runs throughout the island with stops at pretty much all the campgrounds (public and private), so if you want to hoist a few in town in the evenings ;-)
Either continue a little further 'downeast' to Eastport/Campobello Island, or take a long jaunt through Maine into NH. I would suggest you head to Rangeley Maine before crossing over into NH, there are a number of nice "Notch Rides" up in the Northern NH/Western Maine region. As suggested before, hit Mount Washington if the weather is right. Then shoot over across VT, making sure to hit the Route 2 divider down through Champlain (start from the North and travel South).
There are a number of great roads that you could take, you could even wind your way south almost to Albany (NY) and pick up Rt 2 back into Mass, there's a nice stretch, the western part of 2, however, with you towing that trailer, I'm not sure how those twisties will feel.
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|03-10-2012, 07:57 PM||#5|
Joined: Mar 2012
I am from SE Mass and also recomend staying away from Cape Cod during this time of year. If you must go stay on Rt. 6A which will be the least travelled main road from the canal to Eastham. Don't get me wrong, the Cape is nice but the traffic will remind you of New York City during the summer and unless that Goldwing is automatic your left hand wil want to fall off! A nice ride would be Rt. 3a south from Boston through Plymouth and then follow the shoreline to Dartmouth/Westport MA and onto Newport, RI. This area is less traveled and very senic. Westport has a state campground at Horseneck beach. I am newly back on a bike after 25 years and this is where most of my riding has been.
On my agenda this summer is Stowe, VT., Riding up Mt. Washington and hopefully to Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, ME.
I can highly recommend camping at Smugglers Notch state park in Stowe, VT. Have been doing this annualy for 30 +/- years. The state parks in VT rent leanto's that your tent will fit in and won't get wet if it rains. You could set up a base camp for a few nights and do day trips as there is plenty to do, ride, and see in this state.
Never camped in NH but the northern part of the state is beautiful for riding as is Maine. Google Cadillac Mountain or Acadia National park. This area is always highly rated on forums.
Some links for you to look at.
If you have any questions I will try to help.
|03-11-2012, 08:35 AM||#6|
Sounds good, let's go!
Joined: Mar 2005
Location: Bassett, NE
Acadia National Park is nice heading out 1 through all the port cities along coastal Maine north of Portland. The views from the top of Mt Desert are stunning on a clear day.
I would also agree with others that a ride through the White Mtns and up to the top of Mt Washington is a must.
With ten days you can see a lot. In fact, if you are camping, you might want to head north through New Brunswick past the Bay of Fundy to Nova Scotia. The Cabot Trail twisty paved two lane blacktop around the north of Nova Scotia and the beautiful Cape Breton Highlands National Park should be on everyone's bucket list. You could make a loop up and return to northern Maine on the ferry. Just a thought.
Also would suggest swinging over to the Adirondacks in upstate NY. Plenty of scenic roads and camping available up there. A loop from Lake Champlain through Lake Placid, Saranac Lake district, Adirondack State Park and back through Green Mtn National Forest in southern Vermont would be a scenic loop on your way back to Boston cruising two up on a wing.
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