Mostly Paved Loops in Maine, VT and New Hampshire

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  1. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    I was asked to put some road (mostly paved) loops together for riders in the Spring 2013 RedNEK Rendezvous. Without further ado, here they are.

    Each begins and ends at Brighton State Park in Island Pond, Vermont. They may be started or stopped an any point. Each is approximately 300 miles in length, or a full day of riding given the nature of the terrain.

    There is generally no lack of services along these roads, although there may be more than 30 miles between gas stations in portions of Maine and New Hampshire.

    These have been selected for scenery and riding challenge. They include portions of narrow, twisting mountain roads. They traverse areas that can be heavily populated by deer, moose, bear, and wild turkeys. Any of these loops present an increased challenge in wet weather.

    It is highly recommended that the tracks be studied in a mapping package (Google Earth, for example) that gives a clear view of the nature of the terrain before starting your ride.

    It should be noted that the ascent and descent figures are the same as these begin and end from the same point. Therefore, the total climb and descent on the Vermont loop is over 51,000 feet, or nearly ten miles

    Any of these loops are easily reduced to make for a more leisurely day.

    New Hampshire Loop:

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    This includes many of the plums of Northern New Hampshire: The Kancamagus Highway, Bear Notch, Hurricane Mountain, and Dixville Notch, as well as some less challenging but very scenic roads that are less traveled. The sections along the Connecticut and Androscoggin rivers are particularly nice.

    291 miles, approximately. Maximum elevation: 2842 feet. 17,855 feet ascent/descent.
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    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    This is something of a misnomer, as this loop includes Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire. Chief among the attractions is the spectacular riding through Grafton Notch in Maine, and the excellent views along the Height of Land near the Rangeley Lakes. Moose sightings are highly likely along this track.

    It's worth a stop at Byron Gorge in the town of Byron, Maine, as well as stops at the numerous waterfalls through Grafton Notch.

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    291 miles. Ascent/descent: 15264 feet. Max elevation: 2292 feet.
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    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    This loop contains a great mix of terrain, from the very narrow and steep roads through Smuggler's Notch to some great sweepers along Route 112 and 100. The loop contains some unpaved sections through Lincoln Gap, which should not present exceptional challenges under normal circumstances, but could make riding more difficult in wet conditions, or for those with little gravel road experience.

    A good loop for the big-bike dual-sport rider who doesn't want to get too dirty.

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    329 miles, max elevation 2437 feet, 25868 feet ascent/descent.
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  4. GarrettRB

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    Any idea how long the VT loop takes? I'm putting together some rides around NE this summer.
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