Hampster Ride - Dirt route the length of New Hampshire

Discussion in 'Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carp' started by FreeTheBeast, May 27, 2014.

  1. FreeTheBeast

    FreeTheBeast Shunpiker

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    Vermont has its Puppy Dog Ride. There's the Big Dog Ride in Colorado. There's also the Trans-Mass Trail. In a similar fashion, I decided to create a route the length of New Hampshire using predominantly dirt roads. I have the first half plotted and scouted. I rode the southern half of the state on Memorial Day and found the route to be excellent. The dirt roads are all big bike friendly. There are no hero sections and hardly any car traffic. All of the roads are public. One or two sections are not maintained for Winter travel, but were no problem to pass. Some sections are more like two-track forest roads. We saw very little car traffic on the roads, but there is always the risk of oncoming vehicles and horses. There are blind corners in more remote sections.

    I already knew most of the roads already in the southern portion, but hadn't ridden this route as a continuous ride. I still need to complete the route to the Canadian border. I will work on the route from Piermont going north. There are many dirt roads on various maps, but I need to see what is open and accessible for public traffic. I want to keep the route on as much dirt as possible. I'm not looking to incorporate hero sections with the idea that big bikes with camping gear can easily navigate the state on these rural roads. The scenery is fantastic. The car traffic was minimal and considerate. Some of the two-track roads were super fun with bumps and drop-offs that encourage a little twist of the throttle to go for a short flight. It was a little difficult to keep the speed in check at times. I try to respect the residents along these roads, but there are many sections without homes where a little more fun can be had.

    The route through the entire state will be a work in progress. I'd like to get tracks laid down that strings together dirt roads from near the Massachusetts line to Canadian border. Over time, I'll be able to waypoint gas stations and other services. For example, we had lunch at Peter Christian's Tavern in New London. I'd be happy to share the tracks/route. I'm willing to take suggestions on good roads to incorporate into the route or use as an option to the route (hero sections?). The whole route will likely be over 300 miles. A good plan might be to ride north on Day 1, camp at Coleman State Park or somewhere up that way, and head back south on Day 2 either backtracking the route or finding alternatives. Or use this route for through riders going on to Maine, Vermont, or Canada.

    I started the route in Hollis for a south/central location. In addition to the Hollis Kitchen for breakfast, there is a gas station and doughnut/coffee shop at the traffic lights. All the amenities for filling up all the empty tanks.

    Here is the latest version of the GPX file:

    Version 6.1 - 22 November, 2016
    https://www.dropbox.com/home/Public/2016

    Route sheet: http://www.rallynavigator.com/routes/6153#.U-KRwfldX9k

    Caution: If Dropbox saves the file to your computer with .TXT file extension, rename the file - remove .TXT. The file should have the extension .GPX only. Then it should open with your mapping application.

    New Hampshire National Forest Road Status info:
    http://trailsnh.com/reports/New-Hampshire-Forest-Road-Status-Report.php



    Map on Google: https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zyv6d3K47i90.kW3xlR_lS2rI&authuser=0&hl=en

    <iframe src="https://mapsengine.google.com/map/embed?mid=zyv6d3K47i90.kW3xlR_lS2rI" width="640" height="480"></iframe>


    Here are some images from that initial scouting ride of the southern half of the Hampster RideĀ…

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  2. GirlRyder

    GirlRyder Queen of Flugistan

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    I can't wait for you to finish!:clap:clap
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  3. MWValley

    MWValley Pro Motorcycle Gadget Guy (ret.)

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    Bravo, mon ami! Bravo. I will follow your progress with keen interest.

    The Hampster Ride. I can't wait. I've just put new tires on the V-Strom, too.

    Now I just need a day off!
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  4. flei

    flei cycletherapist

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    :clap:clap

    I've been waiting for this! I've done the TMT and the PDR a few times and have been wanting to do more in NH! Can't wait to ride it!
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  5. Kamala

    Kamala Long timer

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    Nice! A while back another inmate did a similar route that started in Mason. Have you seen that route? I may have the file if you want it.
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  6. DualGrampy

    DualGrampy Been here awhile

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    I have been looking for something like this. I live one town over from Hollis. Please keep the thread informed.
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  7. techgeek

    techgeek Been here awhile

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    care to share the route you have thus far? I would love to check it out and contribute if I can!

    thanks!
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  8. PWRCRZR

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    Very Cool Andrew...looking forward to riding it sometime. Thank you:clap
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  9. NHBill

    NHBill Loosely Wrapped

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    Great Idea!! :clap
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  10. FreeTheBeast

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    I'll definitely share my tracks and maps with everyone. I just upgraded to Google Maps Pro so that it can handle more points and layers. Otherwise, Google Maps generally sucks. :1drink I can send my tracks for what I have so far, but it is not yet final.

    Kamala - yes, please! If you've got that route, I'd like to see it. Thanks.

    Here's a screen shot of the route. The yellow line is my latest route. Blue flags obscure much of the yellow line near the bottom of the state.

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    Here's what I've got planned for the top section. Yet to be ridden and vetted. Yellow is what I've got in mind. The red line was my original plan. Not sure which one will work out best. The end points are (obviously) different. I don't know if the roads up there are gated/restricted.

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  11. captain crunch

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    Awesome
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  12. bomberdave

    bomberdave black cloud wandering

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    nice
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    A most excellent endeavor!





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  14. Rhode trip

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    Excellent. Can't wait to check it out. I have sent you a pm with a link to a previous route.
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  15. sprouty115

    sprouty115 Long timer

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    I'm subscribed. Please share when you can. I've just started putting something together for Rhode Island dirt roads, but it I'm on the steep part of the learning curve with GPS and mapping routes, so I've been reduced to tracing roads in google maps (there must be a better way...).
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  16. OhBoy

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  18. EvilClown

    EvilClown Reality show stunt double Super Moderator

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    Nice work, Andrew! Sorry we were out of town Monday. Would have loved to tag along.

    When's the next section ride?

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  19. UngaWunga

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    Drop me a PM with your email, and I'll send some tracks I have.
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  20. VTbeemer

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    Andrew

    The "Red" route goes through terrific scenic areas. Also a bit more remote.
    Would be well worth it if that could work out. Great job!!:clap:clap


    Dan
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