Mt. Washington to Mt. Katahdin

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by MichaelWater, Jul 18, 2013.

  1. MichaelWater

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    First overnight trip on my Gen 1 KLR, & my first ride report:

    I left Southern Maine Friday morning at 6:45 AM & headed to the base of Mt. Washington through Pinkham Notch. From there I ventured north on Route 16 into the New Hampshire north country following the Androscoggin River to its source, Lake Umbagog. I then crossed the Maine border into the Rangeley Lakes region & headed northeast across the state, finally arriving near the base of Katahdin at Big Moose Campground in Millinocket around 3:30pm. The trip was 317.5 miles.

    Bikes are not allowed in Baxter State Park, but I had arranged to meet some friends at the campground. Saturday morning, we drove together in 2 cars into Baxter State Park & climbed Mt. Katahdin via Chimney Pond, Cathdral, Knife Edge & Helon Taylor trails. Though it is 1000' shorter than Washington, the hike of Katahdin revealed a more treacherous, wild &, dare I say, beautiful mountain. I would highly recommend it to those with no fear of heights.

    Saturday night was spent eating, drinking & making merry to the live music at the Campground’s pub. With tired legs & full bellies, sleeping was not a problem at all. Sunday morning found the team heading south on I95 to try out the new 75mph posted speed limit, though the KLR w/ ammo can panniers didn’t like to go much more than that without developing the infamous harmonic front-end wobble. We hit Dysart's Truck Stop just south of Bangor & had one of the best breakfasts on the East Coast.

    A lot could have gone wrong, but nothing did. The weather was great, the humidity was low, & that allowed for some great picture taking:

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    Thanks for looking!:cheers:

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  2. TheAdmiral

    TheAdmiral Long timer

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    Man, that looked like a really great ride. You had almost all the elements, woods, water and mountains. Very pretty pictures. Thanks for sharing:D
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  3. MichaelWater

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    My pleasure. Thanks for the kind words.
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  4. NHADV

    NHADV Been here awhile

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    Great pics and ride report. Thanks for sharing. I just started hiking myself back in February. Ride Safe
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  5. justafurnaceman

    justafurnaceman Imaginary

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    I think you might have persuaded me to change my route home. I'm riding from Missouri to Maine and I think I might ride through Rangeley now on my lest leg. I was thinking about doing the Route 2 thing from Gorham to Rumford but I did that last time so I might as well change it up. Great pics!
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  6. OneZero

    OneZero TGT of Opportunity

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    I love the ammo cans and top box? What piece of equipment used to be stored in the top box? I was thinking an old crew served night site, but a lot of equipment is issued in similar boxes.
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  7. MichaelWater

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    Thanks for the complement! The top box was for night vision goggles. I just removed the interior foam. Picked it up at the dump for free - it was a near perfect fit on the KLR back rack!
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  8. MichaelWater

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    Thanks! Gorham to Rumford via Route 2 is hard to beat. But I think you'll be pleased with route 16 along the Androscoggin & up into Rangeley - definitely more remote & higher in elevation. Just watch for deer & moose. Thanks for looking & good luck on your trip!
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