North Eastern US trip

Discussion in 'Americas' started by halliwood, Sep 19, 2010.

  1. halliwood

    halliwood Been here awhile

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    when planing a week trip about how many hours do you figure on riding each day, I know the answer is going to be different depending on where you are riding, just looking for an average, and if it helps I'm doing this for a north eastern trip up to Northern Maine
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  2. invisible monster

    invisible monster Been here awhile

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    When my wife and I are 2-up traveling we do about 8hrs of saddle time max per day.

    Alone I will ride from sun up to sun down if necessary.
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  3. halliwood

    halliwood Been here awhile

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    awesome was hoping that would be the answer, the trip I have mapped out will put me a little over 9 hours a day for 7 straight days, so some days I would probably put on a little more, around 10 to 12, to give myself time to hang out and enjoy the ride
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  4. wanderind

    wanderind Been here awhile

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    6-7 hours (riding time) or 8-11 hours on the road should be good for the day on an average. This time frame gets me refreshed for the next day within the night
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  5. halliwood

    halliwood Been here awhile

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    wished I could change the name of this thread to just be North East US trip, but here is the rough draft of the route so far, if anyone has any suggestions of places that I have to hit please let me know

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  6. PsychoSayWhat

    PsychoSayWhat Been here awhile

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    Looks like a really nice trip.

    Is your CT/NY/NJ plan to use Rt 95? If you don't have plans to stop in Manhattan or something right off of 95 I would recommend swinging a little further away from the city (ie - use 84).
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  7. halliwood

    halliwood Been here awhile

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    I have a friend from college that lives in Brooklyn that I plan on stopping in and seeing. Might see if he'll meet me outside the city though lol
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  8. OldSilverFox

    OldSilverFox Let's Go!

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    Halliwood
    It appears from your initial route that u r planning a short excursion into Canada. I see a trip to Toronto. Toronto is a great city to visit (I woudn't live there but that's my choice) But when u cross to Canada at Buffalo take the time to ride the Niagara Parkway from Niagara Falls to Niagara on the Lake. It is a very scenic ride and lots of Vineyards and wineries to visit.
    The QEW is a madhouse to ride on lots of traffic especially at rushhours. Be Careful.
    I also see that ur routed along the 401 back towards London and the 402 to Sarnia before crossing into the US again.
    Depnding on the time ur travelling (if before the Candian Thanksgiving Oct 11, Columbus day in the US) taking the back roads up to Collingwood and then to Tobermoray and the ferry to Manitoulin Is is a great ride. The Ferry quits running after Thanksgiving weekend.
    After riding on the island go north to Espanola and head west on the north side of Lake huron to Sault St Marie. U can cross back into the US and the Uppper Penninsula of Michgan there.
    The interstates are great for getting from one place to another but often miss the best to offer.
    Ur realy close to the Kewaden Penninsula of Michigan which is another very scenic and interesting area.
    Hope these ideas help and not confuse.
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  9. BarryD

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    The Cape May-Lewes ferry and up the Jersey shore would be nice. Just head towards Philly before you get to Seaside Heights to avoid the "Jersey Shore" types.
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  10. halliwood

    halliwood Been here awhile

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    thanks for all the suggestions, I'll be trying to work it into the trip, this is still a long way off from when I'm going, just want to get everything planed out ahead of time.
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    Best suggestion, get off the slab, and see the countryside.
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  12. halliwood

    halliwood Been here awhile

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    for the most part I stay away from any interstates, but I'll have 7 days for the trip so some of the places I'll be slabbing it, but there'll be a lot of places that I'll be out on the back roads getting a feel for the area.
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  13. kenny61

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    Yeah stay off 95.....Once you cross over to NY get onto the Henry Hudson parkway which will turn into the sawmill parkway take both North. At the end of the saw mill get on rt 35 east take that into route 7 north and if you wanted hit 90 east into boston. Route 7 will take you through some of the most scenic parts of the Berkshire Mountain range. 95 will take you through traffic, traffic and more traffic between NYC and Boston. If im availanle I would be more than happy to ride with you from the entire length of route 7 that I described. Might even be a tag or 2 in the area and would/could/might actually be about the same travel time Boston depending on traffic conditions on 95
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  14. OldSilverFox

    OldSilverFox Let's Go!

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    You didn't say when ur planning to ride on this trip. Depending on timing I would likely be available for some riding with you as well. (if desired) I'm in Sarnia one of your original cities to pass thru. (Ontario / Michigan border)
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  15. halliwood

    halliwood Been here awhile

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    still not sure on the dates yet, depends on a couple different factors, but soon as I get everything planned and have a date set I will post, would love to ride with some of the inmates on here.
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  16. Boston813

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    Looking at the map I have a few thoughts...

    1. If you have the time cutting across the other side of 81 ASAP and hopping on the blue ridge parkway is a better ride than coming up 79 -> 68 and it will drop you in Front Royal west of DC. The ride from there to the Bay Bridge over to the Delmarva peninsula is fine as long as its not during rush hour.

    2. Once you get into DE (it looks like you are stopping in Bethany) Stop by the dogfish head brewery if you like good beer. It is in Milton and not far off of Rt1. Once you get to Dover I would stay on rt13 and hit Helens sausage house if you can get there before they close for the day.
    http://www.helenssausagehouse.com/
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  17. halliwood

    halliwood Been here awhile

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    bonus points to you sir, gonna have to work that in
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    Ride in the Adirondack Mts in NY.
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  19. henrymartin

    henrymartin Mr. Tourguide

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    From Adirondacks, I would cross over to VT, somewhere along Rutland, VT (or from Albany to Bennington, VT), hot a little bit of the Green Mountains, cross over to NH (I see you have Rte 112) but I would stay off 91, and hit the backroads, trust me, you won't lose much time. Then come down 93 through Franconia Notch (at that point it is hardly a highway) and take off to your planned Rte 112, cross the White Mountains, end up in Conway, NH, go up a little (30minutes) and you can do the Mt Washington Auto Road, then go down through the lakes region (beautiful) and cross over to Maine. If you are planning to go all the way up to Bangor, make it a point to visit Mt. Desert Island (Acadia Natl. Park). Going down on 95 is a pain, my choice would be Rte 1 or Rte 1A (coastal), which may extend the travel south by an hour vs highway (depending on day of the week and time of the year). Avoid 93 Between Portland and Boston, a lot of stop and go traffic. Rte 3 is just as bad. Rte 1 will take you to Boston as well and is a little smoother until you hit the city.
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  20. Truckin_Thumper

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    I have rode in every state except N.Dakota.

    I have NO idea why anyone in their right mind would go to the NE...unless you really want to be crowded all day.

    as a rule, I allow 50mph avg. for my travels.
    In the NE I drop it down to 40mph

    Expensive, noisey, smelly...for the most parts. There are some decent places up there, but.......most is over crowded.

    NOW, if you are going to the D.C. area to see the sites, or just want to raise hell in NYC...I say skip it and head west :D
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