SoMD Adventure riders do James Bay/Trans Taiga (planning phase)

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  1. lakota

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    nice place but the rates are exorbitant
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  2. Dorito

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    Done some more picking at the Conway hotel pricing issue. And while there are many properties, there seems to be somewhat limited room availability. Conway averages $150.

    I've also moved played with triangulating actual town by 20-30 miles. To the east is the intersection of I-93 (North Woodstock) and to the north is Gorham. All locations have 5-10 hotels, but the prices don't seem to vary more than $25-45.

    The good news is I doubt we'll be homeless...the bad news is I just don't think is will be a cheap night unless we luck into a nice motel.
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  3. lakota

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    we could do Newburgh to Rutland to Lincoln and stay at the Kancamagus Lodge (standard room 109) and then do the K highway in the AM and on to Mt Washington and Jackman
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  4. blaster11

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    Great timing for your planning thread. I'm planning on doing the Trans Taiga solo (maybe with another rider) in early June of this year. It's only tentative at this point, but I'm hopeful I'll be able to squeeze in the time off to do it. I'll be following this thread closely, as it seems that you guys do WAY more planning than I do... Might do me good to leach off of the info you guys are gathering! :lol3

    I wouldn't even consider attempting this ride without camping gear. It's extremely remote and you just never know what each day will have in store. You could easily find yourself stuck many miles from the nearest outfitter if you had a breakdown, wreck, etc. Just my two cents, from someone who's never been on that road! :)

    Centralia is my old stomping ground! I used to trailer my four wheeler up there a couple times a week to ride the trails around the area when I lived closer (about 20 minutes away). The town itself is pretty cool to see, but don't get your hopes up too much. The internet has a way of over-hyping the place. When you guys get there, besides seeing the obligatory areas where smoke is coming out of the ground, make sure to scoot through the dirt mounds 'blocking off' a couple-mile section of the old highway. It was damaged due to the fire underneath it and has a pretty cool post-apocalyptic feel to it.

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    Once the time comes, I could meet you guys in Centralia or further north (as I live right along your route on the way up through Scranton) and give you guys any advice on the Trans Taiga road, since by that time I would have recently ridden it. Let me know.

    Here's some contact information I found for the Air Saguenay float plane base:

    http://www.airsaguenay.com/index_en.php?categories=5#caniapiscau
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  6. blaster11

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    Welcome to the thread max! We do tend to do a lot of planning as we usually have limited time and resources and want to get the most out of it. Thanks for the information, feel free to share anything you find out in the thread.
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  7. lakota

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    This might be an interesting place to visit in ME as it is "not that far" off the road to Jackman

    This is a crash site of a B52 bomber just outside of Greenville, Maine near Elephant Mountain. Take the Lily Bay Road out of Greenville turn right onto the Scammon Road go up the hill and take a left just before Sawyer Pond. After several miles you will come to Upper and Lower Wilson Ponds. Look for the yellow B52 Bomber Crash Signs. Park at: N:45.31.758
    W:69.25.950
    The Crash Site is at: N:45.31.680 W:69.26.077


    http://www.seriestrek.com/nmw/nmw4.jpg
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  8. lakota

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    just saw this place on Travel Channels "Man vs Food"
    It's just north of Niagara Falls.
    Might be worth the stop for eats
    http://www.lewistonsilo.com/
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    I bet you could spend all 10 days and never leave the USA north east :rofl
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  11. Kyler

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    My brother and I rode to Radisson about 5 years ago - great trip. Practice your French!
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  12. lakota

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    finally got my first piece of kit purchased specifically for this ride (in anticipation of having to camp at some point) - the Aerostich luxury cot:D.
    Gave up the sleeping on the ground for my 60th birthday.
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    Go out soon and give it a test then post your evaluation. Might need to get one myself!
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    Can we ride our bikes over it? Just Kidding!..

    Want to meet on Sunday, 21 Apr for a planning meeting? We need to get EOD3MC and J4S up to speed...
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  16. lakota

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    Doesn't work for me - will be coming back from the Cape Fear 1000 rally
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    Anyone interested in a mid-week, after work meeting?
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    Hi guys,

    Just my 2 cents: Have you considered going through Dixville Notch in NE Vermont and crossing into Canada at Canaan. It's a small border crossing and usually there aren't many hassles with boarder patrol. From there head north on 253 and then the 108 just before East Angus up to highway 73. Then stay the night in Quebec city and be sure to visit the old part of the city (oldest city in North America, circa 1604). From Quebec city to Forrestville, it's aprox. 5 hours (without stops)on the 138N along the St-Lawrence Seaway.
    Being from Quebec, I can assure you that it's a beautiful ride.
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    Thanks for the feedback! Sure is nice to hear from people who live in the areas to be visited.....I am proud you gave us your first post! :clap I am looking forward to the trip!!!!!
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    No problem...glad to be of assistance. If you need info, don't hesitate to ask.
    Hope you guys have a great trip.
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