The Maine Adventure Trail

Discussion in 'Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carp' started by thump!, Jan 19, 2016.

  1. justafurnaceman

    justafurnaceman Imaginary

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    I'm now looking at a GPS to mount on the DR650 to hit up these trails. What are you guys using?
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  2. NL7U

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    Looking at the gpx files on Tyre, can I assume that the nodes that seem to deadend are exactly that, and that I can eliminate those nodes and not do harm to the routing? Also, this is so nice, that I wonder if there is, or should be, a website with other gpx files posted? Thanks again, I look forward to riding at least a part of this in the fall of this year with my son in law on our BMW 650s'.
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  3. hightest

    hightest Safety Meeting

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    Go to navigation and mapping here. It's all there.
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  4. thump!

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    Actually I thought I had already removed those, but I may have missed some. There was nothing particularly difficult about this trip. There were a few places where there was mud, ruts, puddles and rocks but no single track or particularly challenging sections. It's an interesting and doable ride even for old timers (like me ;) )
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  5. thump!

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    This is kinda like asking what's the best oil but here's my opinion. It's free and worth every penny!

    The low-end automotive GPS units do not handle tracks very well. And most of them do not allow you to turn off auto-recalculation when following a route. The ones that work well for tracks where there are no navigable roads are the units built for hikers and mountain bikers. I REALLY like my Garmin GPSMAP 64S. Rugged, waterproof and self-powered if needed. And, it handles tracks better than any other unit I've ever seen. However, it has a small screen and doesn't provide voice prompts when following a route. No problem - I also have an inexpensive nuvi 55LM that we use in the car. Simple, cheap (~$100 at Walmart) and fast with voice prompts. Works just fine there but would not a good choice for dual sporting on the bike.

    A good place to buy online is GPSCity.com Good prices and fast delivery.
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  6. Tom48

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    Thanks. Are NH riders allowed and what sticker would I need?


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  7. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

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    Yes, non-residents can register their ATVs, including dual-sport motorcycles. Online registration here. That page doesn't explain that the registration stickers are also available at some outfitters and every town office that performs auto registrations. They were available at some state parks also but IDK if that still works.
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  8. jackalsour

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    This is great! :thumb MAT2 could complete a huge loop for me using part of the TCAT and TNE trails in Canada. I will save those GPX files for next summer :nod

    +1 I love my old GPSMAP 60 and so far nothing newer interests me (dissapointed that the 64 is powered by USB). I also love the RAM bike mount that uses tie wraps. Simple, dirt cheap and super easy to take the GPS off or move from bike to bike. Spare tie wraps is all you need.. I've seen $$$$ touratec mounts fail off road.
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  9. thump!

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    I think people fret too much about the usb external power port. I have a strain relief (zip tie) on mine. Essentially no stress on the unit. BTW the 64 is a vast improvement over the 60. I really like it amd the ram mount too.

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  10. jackalsour

    jackalsour Xennial

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    Is the power port waterproof though?
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  11. thump!

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    Sorry for the long delay. I believe so but any device can leak in a downpour.
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    There's also a weather cover built in.
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  12. jackalsour

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    The old 60 uses a rugged military plug that can charge in the rain. USB is not weatherproof or rugged.. which is why you see so many 60's still around
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  13. BMgreenmt

    BMgreenmt Been here awhile

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    Did some exploring, or getting lost, in the back woods of Maine last season. Looking for ward to going back again, and this time I might even know where I am........now what fun is that? Thanks for all the info!
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  14. PYG RYDR

    PYG RYDR Adventure-Dual Sport

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    Yep, my 60 has worked flawlessly since new-2007! Then 2014, I bought the 64s, and have never used the 60 since. I am biased-the 64's features are superior, especially the large number of waypoints and tracks. The USB power cord is the only short-coming. I wrapped electrical tape around the plug to decrease water leakage. And in down pours, I disconnect the cord and close the waterproof cover. I keep my 60 for backup for long solo rides.

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  15. iskoro

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    Thanks for the amazing report! Put into my to-do list.
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  16. Blackheart

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    Thanks for posting your ride report.
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  17. PittsDriver

    PittsDriver Been here awhile

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    I want to thank you guys for posting up your tracks for the MAT. Our small group of 4 did the entire length of the TAT last year and we were hoping to work something out exactly like this for this year. We had planned to start near Tellico Plains and run gpsKevin's tracks backward up into NY and the figure it out from there how to get back up to the Maine coast. I'm not sure we're committed to see the northern most tip of Maine but we'll see. I'd really love to connect at some point when it's convenient to get a list of places you guys went for source mapping information on the forest roads and trails you rode. Any tips you can provide would be greatly appreciated!
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  18. thump!

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    You should pm BoatAnchor. He laid out most of this route.
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  19. daninghram

    daninghram Doesn't give a duck.

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    I think this is going to be my trip this summer. Gonna plan for Vt to the south .I live in NH so I will try to short ride the Maine parts.
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  20. PittsDriver

    PittsDriver Been here awhile

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    Will do. I think we're going to try this the couple of weeks starting Labor Day weekend. Will start in N. Georgia and probably veer off toward the Maine coast once we're in that state.
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