Northern New England Trail (NH-ME-VT Late September/early October on a DS Anyone?

Discussion in 'Americas' started by devo2002, Jul 15, 2012.

  1. devo2002

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    Ahh, such enthusiasm :clap I'd better go ahead and lockdown the dates so there is no confusion.

    I'd like to begin riding Saturday the 22nd from Sutton, VT and return the 28th for the Rednek Rendezvous, a good 3 there/back ordeal. My dates are pretty inflexible as I'm a desk jockey with a week off, but my pace is loose as long as we are riding. I have a delorme pn60 showing up soon which will be a delight to get used to I'm sure.

    I read your ride report this morning 8gv during breakfast, sounds like a real adventure, glad you were unscathed when you decided to have fun with the rock :freaky Your bike on the other hand :huh
    If your write up taught me anything it was that state campground reservations is a pleasant experience :rofl
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  2. 8gv

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    Ok so it's a definite maybe for me. I'll be out of town the week before so a day and night of "reaquaintance" may delay me. I may need to join up with the herd on day two.
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  3. devo2002

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    Updated first post with dates and a list of maybes/definites.
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  4. 8gv

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    Are you going to be rockin' a GPS with the tracks loaded? Getting to follow instead of lead will be a new thing for me. I'm clear on the dust and rocks I'll be eating but you're not going to shed any parts are you???:D
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  5. devo2002

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    Yeah I got a Delorme pn60 on the way used from an inmate. I'll have the tracks on the gps and I downloaded all the satellite imagery for the region
    To my iPhone as a backup. I also am in the process of copying the Delorme paper map, stitching together the grids and outlining the route. It will be about 80x40 and should be done tonight so I can post a pic. I'll figure out how to laminate it so I can bring a paper map on the trip. Been spending my down time at work searching abandoned railroads and there are steam engines abandoned out there, I'm trying to find coordinates.
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  6. 8gv

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    If there are Garmin compatible tracks available I'll be happy to get them loaded into my 60csx as a back up. After the first 800 of my 1300 TET ride I actually figured out how to follow them.:wink:
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  7. devo2002

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    I've never wanted to do 4 wheeling...until now :wink: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=738971

    Many of the same roads for the first stretch. The abandoned trains 50 miles from usable tracks is piquing my interest, although reading up on the North Maine Woods this morning I see they are not keen on bikes.
    [​IMG]
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  8. rubRsidedown

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    Nope, not an area you want to take a bike (believe me, I know).
    Stay off the Golden Rd in the Millinocket area as well.

    We go to the trains a few times every winter with the sleds, prettycool...
    Might have to take the Jeep up sometime to see it in the fall. :evil


    Have a safe trip and I hope the weathers on your side as well.
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  9. 8gv

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    Why?
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    It appears pretty much the top half of Maine is owned by the North Maine Woods, a group of logging companies. Everyone is allowed on the logging roads for a fee at the manned checkpoints.....except motorcycles:huh

    I just rechecked the delorme Atlas and indeed there are manned checkpoints and barriers galore, that explains why Canuman avoided the area altogether when putting the route together. I do see portions of the golden road open however per my internet searches, but those trains are quite far up north and we would have to hike/canoe in.:cry

    Here is a link to the border, you can see it's Greenville and above for the most part, how this is legal is beyond me, but there is plenty to see in Maine so I'll get over it.

    http://www.northmainewoods.org/images/pdf/smallmap.pdf
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  11. rubline

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    The Golden Road is closed to 2 wheel traffic period, dont even bother to try. Dont forget that week is our Moose hunt week so if your in the trails may I suggest some safety orange.
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  12. epicxcrider

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    Toss me on the maybe list, might have to bail on the 24th though.

    How many miles you thinking to cover each day?
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    AtlasExp is the first definite, we shall be trailering together from NYC, details not yet ironed out.

    Will do! I'd say if we stick to route it should be two days each way so I'd figure with detours probably 5-6 round trip. We are going west to east.
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  14. 8gv

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    So how many mies per day is that? My bike is back together. Confidence is high.
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    Should be about 200 or so I'm thinking, I really have no idea what conditions the roads up there are in.

    That frame still dinged or did you fix that as well 8gv?
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  16. tdvt

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    Devo, I'm hoping you got my reply to your PM.

    Are you staging out of Sutton (Canuman's) the first day or starting at the Puppy Dog start/end in N Troy (as per your map, first post)?
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    :hide yes, sorry for not responding!

    The plan is to come up Friday to Sutton and perhaps do a little riding if there is enough time, then leave Saturday. 8gv (and I forgot where he lives) may not be able to leave until Sunday, in which case we'll need to figure something out.
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  18. 8gv

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    The dented frame cannot be seen as it is now obscured by the new bash plate. That is the extent to which it will be addressed.:D

    I live in northern CT. I plan to trailer my bike north to join up on Sat. But have no clue where I can stash my car and trailer for the week.
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    You're welcome to park it at my place if you don't get a better offer. I'm in southern VT, still about 3-5 hours from Sutton depending on the ride. . . Three hours if you slab it. 4 hours on state highways, and more of you take less maintained routes.
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  20. 8gv

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    Thanks for the offer. Based on my recent TET ride, I'd like to get the trailer as close to the ride as possible in the event that the bike comes back in pieces.:eek1
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