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Old 10-09-2013, 01:27 PM   #1
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NC to Maine for Lobster Dinner

Tomorrow a few inmates and I are headed out on a 3.5 day trip from Charlotte, NC to Portland, ME and back for a lobster dinner.



The group is made up of myself, JoeyBones, JMforPres, and SansCage.

I have three personal goals in mind:
1. Ride the longest distance I've ever ridden in one day (day one), a SS1000 will likely be next if it goes well
2. Ride in 6 new states (CT, NH, VT, ME, RI, MA)
3. Eat lobster in Maine

2100+ miles in 4 days. Slabbing it hard to Albany, NY on day one, a more leisurely day 2 and 3, and slabbing it hard home on day 4. Though this isn't my preferred style of travel, none of us can take much time off from work, so you do what you've gotta do.

Day one: Charlotte to Albany via I-81, ~775 miles
Day two: Albany to Dimillio's in Portland, ME - scenic route through Vermont TBD, ~400 miles
Day three: Portland, ME to "Somewhere South of Maryland" ~450 miles
Day four: Somewhere to Charlotte, NC, ~450 miles



Montreal was on the route, but because of the gov't shutdown one of the group members can't get his passport. Oh well, more time to enjoy VT and ME.

This will be my first time travelling with a group, and the longest i've travelled in such a short time. I must admit i'm dreading the ride on day one all the way to Albany, but JoeyBones keeps reminding me to look at it like 4 gas stops. Just 4 gas stops. Easy peasy.

Pics, stories, and of course LOBSTER to come.
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Old 10-09-2013, 02:15 PM   #2
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Subscribed... Anxious to see how this one turns out!
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Old 10-09-2013, 02:23 PM   #3
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Subscribed... Anxious to see how this one turns out!
Ha, that makes two of us.
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Old 10-09-2013, 03:15 PM   #4
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Awesome! I'll be following along for sure. Ride safe and go buy some bicycle shorts - you can thank me later!
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Old 10-09-2013, 04:09 PM   #5
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Subscribed! Ride safe. Wish I could come along for the ride. (My company's Annual Meeting is on Saturday and I have to be present. Hopefully, things will go smoothly and I can ride on Sunday.)

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Old 10-09-2013, 04:56 PM   #6
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About mile 500 you are going to start thinking: "I wonder how fast I can go before the police stop me....I just want to be there!"


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Old 10-09-2013, 04:59 PM   #7
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Epic! Let me know when you are in town!

First, I would skip the floating outhouse known as Dimillos, and go to the Portland Lobster Company instead - it's right down the street.

Also coming east through New Hampshire, you should take the Kancamagus highway, and then Hurricane mountain road. You can thank me later.

Nice thing about Portland, plenty of motorcycle only parking.
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Old 10-09-2013, 06:09 PM   #8
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Weather's going to be a little sloppy tomorrow - be safe.

Have fun.
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Old 10-09-2013, 07:27 PM   #9
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In. 2100 miles for some tail. With butter! This is good already.
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Old 10-09-2013, 07:46 PM   #10
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Nice. Wish I could take a nice 3 or 4 day trip, I'll live one through you guys.

Oh BTW, love the little FJR going uphill on the map....
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Old 10-09-2013, 08:41 PM   #11
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Just finished packing. It won't be easy to fall asleep tonight - never seems to be for me before a trip. 5:30am will come early.

Thanks for all who are tagging along already.
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First Trip on 2 Wheels. 10,000 miles. 21 years old.
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Old 10-09-2013, 10:44 PM   #12
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Lucky.....

Hey Evan
Sounds like a great way to spend the weekend.....subscribed.
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Old 10-10-2013, 08:12 AM   #13
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You guys probably already have about 4 hours of riding under your belt. It was a nice crisp morning here in Charlotte. Safe travels today! I'm totally jealous - I've never been to Maine, and my weekend is going to consist of camping out surrounded by hundreds of cub scouts
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Old 10-10-2013, 08:59 AM   #14
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Old 10-10-2013, 10:50 AM   #15
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We've made it to Winchester, VA - almost halfway to Albany. Has rained pretty much the whole way so far and no signs of it stopping. At about 55 degrees, we're not having a lot of fun but that's life.

And to think, I almost didn't bring rain gear...
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