9 Days, 2 WR's, a Tar Heel and a Yank

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  1. whizzerwheel

    whizzerwheel Using Occam's Razor

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    I don't know how, but I convinced my North Carolina riding buddy Tyrebitr, that a couple of weeks of dirt riding his WR in NH and Maine this summer would be good for his disposition. Not that his disposition is bad mind you, but it's hotter than....well...hell in North Carolina in August. Even when it's hot here, it's still better than 106deg. NC heat.

    Our rough plan was to ride as many dirt roads between my house in Mid-Western NH to Northern NH, and then on to Western Maine as far as time and roads would allow us.

    The WR's are new to both of us, so no wise cracks about my packing job. I still haven't figured out how to get all my camping crap, etc. on the bike, and this was my first extended trip with the WR. Tyrebitr is much smarter than me, and he simply bought the Wolfman luggage to do the job, but I'm just too cheap or dumb I guess, it takes me awhile to figure it out.

    Here's tyrebitr's bike about ready to leave, I'm not showing you mine.

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    We wound our way out of mid-western NH, mostly on dirt but, had to make the obligatory stops that any visiting biker needs to see

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    It was a beautiful day so after Cherry Mountain and Dolly Copp roads, we scrambled over to Mt Washington


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    The visibility was very good, and there were lots of people at the top....always a bit of a downer but who can blame them?

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    I'm convinced tyrebitr was a confederate general in a past life. That's the cog railway in the immediate background for those of you who might not know, and Wildcat Ski Area in the far background.

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    We ended up at one of my favorite campsites in NH, on the Androscoggin River

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    Keep it coming. Always nice to see our WR's in the RR's!
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  3. whizzerwheel

    whizzerwheel Using Occam's Razor

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    We spent the next two days riding around a network of dirt roads in the Errol area. Greenough Pond Roads to the North and Success Pond roads to the South East. There's probably well over 100 miles of dirt to explore here.

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    Had to share the road sometimes...

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    A trenchdog jumped up and pulled tyrebiter down into the ditch.

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    He went back to look for it...

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  5. whizzerwheel

    whizzerwheel Using Occam's Razor

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    There's a large windmill project going on in the Millsfield area just West of the town of Errol. I've noticed a lot of these quietly happening all over the remote north country. Probably because it's alot easier for these energy companies to deal with one eager land owner, than multiple, not so eager landowners. I found myself on one of their service roads this summer

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    Eventually I got shooed out of the area by one of the construction drivers. I'm not saying these windmill projects are a good thing or a bad thing, I'm just saying....time will tell.



    We tried pretty hard to make a trail connection between the Greenough Pond roads in the Errol area and the northernmost town of Pittsburg, NH, but were unable to do it. I do believe it can be done, but for now that will have to be another trip. So, we did some road work out through Dixville Notch.

    This is the Balsams Grand Resort right in Dixville Notch, where every four years the residents of the town cast the first votes in the nation during the presidential primary. Pretty amazing place right in the middle of "nowhere".



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    Then on to Colebrook and up Rt.145 which is a really great motorcycle road, in spite of the fact that it's not dirt.

    Once in Pittsburg, we climbed on the Indian Stream Road which runs North towards Canada....


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    I expect there will be a WR in my future, good to know how they handle this kind of ride.
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  7. whizzerwheel

    whizzerwheel Using Occam's Razor

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    This is the northern terminus of the Indian Stream Road...it peters out at a swamp. If you were to cross the swamp, go over the hill in the background, you'd be in Canada within 1/4 mile.

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    On the way back we stopped at Indian Stream Canyon...a short 1/2 mile hike down a trail to Indian Stream and a small gorge and waterfall...as usual, the pictures don't really show it well but it's kind of impressive and worth taking the hike.

    This is Indian Stream above the falls and canyon

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    I know it ain't the Grand Canyon but...this is a little stream, and it's probably a 75' deep gorge. Not one of the top ten NH tourist attractions, but since the Old Man of The Mountain fell down and couldn't get back up....we're still looking for a replacement.

    I prefer this kind of attraction anyways...no crowds to elbow through.


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    I think Tyrebitr needs a new "stitch" the flash ain't flashing anymore.


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    whizzerwheel Using Occam's Razor

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    We rode back into town and hopped on the Day Road, or what I used to call Perry Stream Road back in my upland bird hunting days...it basically runs parallel to the Indian Stream Road, but just a bit East of it.

    We rode this to the upper section where we ran into a guy working a backhoe for the State Dept of Trails...he recommended that we not go any farther down the trail, as the local wardens would not appreciate it. So we didn't push our luck, but reserve this for another day.

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    Tyrebitr programmed a gps route from Pittsburg to Maine, and came up with the Magalloway Road which takes us out a remote logging road. We investigate a side road which take us to a trail that promises to lead us to a fire tower. We figure it's aptly named.

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    We're a couple of old coots, so we start hiking. I figured maybe 10 or 15 minutes..... about 800 verticle feet and an hour later:

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    We climb to the top of the tower


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    You can rent that little caretakers cabin if you want and set up housekeeping for the summer.


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    Bring a coupla bottles of hooch and that honey you met at the laundry mat...you'll be all set.

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    Till the next morning....


    We continued on down the road, and this doe waited long enough for me to get a few pictures of her.


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    whizzerwheel Using Occam's Razor

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    The Magalloway Road took us to the Parmachenee Road which is just over the border in Maine.

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    From there we took the Deer Mountain/Lincoln Pond/Tim Pond series of roads. Along Deer Mountain Road, there is a memorial for the crew of a B-17 that crashed near there.

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    A touching note posted up by the daughter of a B-17 crewman


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    There was a lot of logging activity going along on this road which was interesting



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  10. whizzerwheel

    whizzerwheel Using Occam's Razor

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    Tyrebitr wants to get this back to NC for restoration....I love to see stuff like this along the road, a throwback to earlier times...Just makes you wonder.

    We looked it over pretty carefully, and I think it's a 51 Chevy Deluxe...which coincidentally was the first car that I owned as a teenager. Automatic transmission, in-line six, and when you jammed on the gas pedal, it was like stepping on a rotten tomatoe.

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    We made it to Eustis, and tyrebitr put his new luggage rack to good use


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    The next morning, over the top of Flagstaff Lake to the East end of Flagstaff and the falls





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    Which brought us out onto Long Falls Dam Road.....a tarred road. So we looked for a way to link to Bingham and found a series of roads starting with Sandy Stream Valley Road. There was this cool little swimming hole along the way.



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    And this camp along the way...doesn't look like its been used for a few years



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    The porcupines and raccoons have just about taken over




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    We made it into Bingham and saw this contraption.....a gyrocopter......and they said motorcycling was dangerous...




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  13. Merlin III

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    It is nice seeing a report that takes place in my own backyard. I believe I have worked in the area of the B17 crash albeit 30 years ago. The actual crash was on a mountain top and the wreckage was left there.
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  14. cjbiker

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    Cathedral Pines campground? I stayed there in September. I'm curious to hear more details about your route over the top of Flagstaff Lake. I rode around there a bit, and without a decent map or GPS, couldn't figure out how to get from Rt 27 over to Long Falls Dam road.
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  15. whizzerwheel

    whizzerwheel Using Occam's Razor

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    Yup, thats the campground owned and run by the town of Eustis....Nice, clean place...but lots of peeps.

    Here's my low tech route map over Flagstaff:

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    Here's another view of that gyrocopter we saw in Bingham

    You could have one too...yank the engine outa that old snowmobile sitting out behing your barn, a couple of 1970's school lunch room chairs, a bicycle hand brake, that hydraulic pump off the old log splitter you don't use anymore...bolt it all down to a 4X4 plank with a coupla wheels.....bon voyage

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    On the other side of Bingham we hopped on the Deadwater Road which leads to quite a bit of riding and to Moxie Lake where we camped for the night

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    Fortunately for us, Tyrebitr stopped in the apothecary's for a slider when we were in town...

    High quality stuff...and I love that plastic flask...just forgot the cigars...damn

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    We survived the night and headed to the mayhem...

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    The staging area for the Kennebec River rafting trip.

    We were just about to get told by the warden there, that we had to park somewhere on the other side of the fence.

    The busses and people started to arrive:

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    And they jockeyed for position

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    A loud horn blows as warning to anybody down river that the river was about to quadruple in flow

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    The generator and (dam I assume) is owned by Florida Light and Electric....who'da figured that one?

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    whizzerwheel Using Occam's Razor

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    So we split from there and head out to the Forks...we need fuel anyways.

    Thats the one and only problem that I have with the little WR...no range. It's little fuel tank will only let you get about 80 miles before you need to be finding your next fuel source. There are a couple of makers of long range tanks that fit the little beast, but...even though I have one sitting in the box at home I have yet to put it on, because when I'm trail riding over the rough stuff and dump the bike, like I always do....I just don't think the big tank would survive. If I were to take a big remote trip like to Alaska or some such place, the big tank would have to go on though, and I'd just be more careful. Kinda defeats the fun a bit I reckon.

    We hop on the Capitol Road and head towards Moosehead. The Capitol Road sucks....Super wide dirt, super highway with lots of cars and trucks. We exit off via the Williams Mountain Road to Rt.6 and head to Rockwood and the Northern Road. This is the road (among others) that will take you.....North. Not long ago motorcycles could not go beyond the 16 mile checkpoint, but the checkpoint has been moved north, to just beyond Pittston Farm and the twenty mile mark. This opens up a whole lot of dirt riding.

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    This is a pretty cool place...and it must be off the grid unless there's some secret buried power lines that I never noticed. We stopped in for a coke and a chat with the manager. Really nice people, cool place and if we weren't camping, I'd seriously consider staying here.

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    Think I'll bring whizzerwife here someday...

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    After riding all over every side road we could find, we made it to Seboomook Campground on the Northern tip of Moosehead Lake

    Set up in a Adirondack shelter on a point.


    Tyrebitr blows me a goodnight kiss....

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    Lucky for us...there was a bodacious thunderstorm about 3 a.m.

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    The kids and I are really enjoying this WW - thanks for taking the time to put it all down. :clap

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    whizzerwheel Using Occam's Razor

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    U R welcome and thanks for the kudos...
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    whizzerwheel Using Occam's Razor

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    So...we survive another night and take our sweet time riding back out to the tar. BTW...the campground owners at Seboomook said that we were the first and only motorcyclists to stay there in the last 18 years....hard to believe, but they were serious.

    We make it to Greenville for lunch..and a good lunch it was. Just a few feet off the main drag that most touri don't notice due to it's humble appearance. Don't be fooled by the appearance and don't let the hippies discourage you...they don't eat much.

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    But we do....

    We decide to go visit the B-52 crash on the East side of Moosehead, but out in the sticks a bit.

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  20. whizzerwheel

    whizzerwheel Using Occam's Razor

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    Thats as far East as we could go...the paper companys don't really want us out there tearing up their roads so they have manned or electronic checkpoints and gates which deter you from getting on the real riding up north, so we have to make due with what we have.

    We head back to Greenville and Greenville junction, then hop on the Dyer and Brocha roads which take us back into Moxie Pond and then back to the Forks. We ride the blacktop North to Jackman, and arrive just as the skies open up. We figure its a good time to find a dry place to spend the night.

    This works:

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    We check in, get badly needed showers, then walk down the street for a decent meal and a coupla beers. Humble digs, but I like it that way. We spend some time reconnoitering for tomorrows ride.

    Attean Ponds outside Jackman

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    Next morning we ride south a bit on 201, and then get on the Spencer Road which runs West into the North Maine Woods for a long long way. This is by far the most remote section we have ridden on so far, and made sure we had plenty of fuel before heading in. We didn't see a single soul the entire time.


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