The Ultimate 2300 Mile 12 Day Big Duelie Ride Thru VT, NH, ME & NB Canada In The Fall

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  1. BKMLWR

    BKMLWR Wondering around...

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    must have been Lake Moxie, I went up there for a tag this summer!!!
    and the only way to get to Greenville from the Forks on dirt..well, almost...
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  2. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Yes, I believe it was Lake Moxie !
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  3. BKMLWR

    BKMLWR Wondering around...

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    assuming you probably rode across the outlet by the dam and headed to Greenville, but a longer way would be run south along the lake and do long loop around the lake, will be tracking that route next summer...
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  4. TomN

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    Great report!
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  5. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    SURPRISE !
    Again, just out of pure luck, we run into them
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    This is the ring leader Marc. He is from Houlton Maine but belongs to the club and snowmobiles and rides his DR over in NB Ca all the time. Marc is just the best guy you could hope to meet. No, strike that, every single one of them were.
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    This is Paul (Moosie). Later in the trip days after they split off to go home, Paul will re ememerge in this RR in a big, most delicious way when we are very close to the coastline. :dg
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    This is Todd (Tidman)
    Todd was so gracious, he kept texting me throught the trip offering us his camp cabin and everything in it if we liked.
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    Anyway,
    After Dan reassembled his 990 :huh Marc told us he already has a campsite ready to go right on Mossehead lake and he'll lead the way there !! :clap
    So we head for it
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    Riding behind Dan. Dan and I would become very good friends. In fact would decide to re join us again in Canada later on.
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    When we hit the shoreline of Moosehead Lake Marc leads us to a great place to eat dinner. And we get to know each other a little better and unwind. Life is just grand.
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    After dinner, we "beer up" at the local store and headto the campsite on the lake.
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    Sunset on Moosehead Lake
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    Once again we the loons calling loudly in the night. Awesome.
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  6. byways

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    DP's a bloody poet, he is. :kumbaya
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  7. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    After properly desposing of those beers and shooting the shit into the night we hit the tents for a good nights sleep.
    Well, almost. Tim had a racoon eat a hole through his tent and actually try to enter it ! :eek1

    The next morning we pack up the bikes.
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    Notice the bag of dead cans hanging on Marc's DR.
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    Dans actually an ex hockey player and had the battles that went along with it. He's one tough sob, but in real life, he's just the most gemtile, nicest fella.
    Here he is showing the ADV world his new 990 Adventure.
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    We follow Marc into town for breakfast before we head out. Our target town tonght is Houlton Maine and it's a fair bit away.
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    Marc and Dan ready to show us mid-atlantic boys a nice day.
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    I still cant get over these guys. The rode a flippin long way just to meet and ride with us for a couple of days.

    We are still heading in a east by northeastly direction. Once in Houlton, we will ride due north in Maine on an old RR grade all the way up to the Canadien border in St. Leonard where things get very scenic, remote, colofull and cool.
    Cool !
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  8. PWRCRZR

    PWRCRZR Grumpy Old Bastard

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    Count me in Dave..your rides are always fun:thumb

    Sorry DP I did not mean to hijack your RR...and a great one it is:thumb
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  9. STBNE

    STBNE Yamaha ADVenturer

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    Wow great report Frank! I have alot of Canadian friends too and they are the best people you'd wanna hook up with...Looks like your life and travels on the "road" are quite comfortable ...Love those beautiful campgrounds by the lakes...I never realized how wild it is up there.:freaky
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  10. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Thanks fellas. Ill continue tomorrow. Gotta get some shut eye.
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  11. markbvt

    markbvt Long timer

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    Terrific RR! It's intensifying my craving for a Super Enduro...

    --mark
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  12. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    So we were leaving the Moosehead Lake region in Maine. Marc was leading me and my guys as well as his NBDSC crew up towards Houlton.
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    We stop here for a break. Some of Mainer's might know this place. We are close to Millinocket.
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    Marc leads us down this terrific 2 track road through the woods of Millinocket or East Millinocket, not sure which. But then the beavers decided to build a dam and in doing so completely eroded the trail. The hole was pretty deep.
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    Todd
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    And he's made it
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    Myself
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    Now on the otherside
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    Moosie
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    Dan doesn't want to take a chance and muck up his new bike. Cant blame him, you'll see why soon.
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    Here's why, and here's DK.
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    :lol3

    After we all get across, Dan say's "Hell, lets have a beer eh"
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    All of us on the other side of the washout
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    DK looking back.
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    Mark even broke out his fly rod and caught a fish within 1 minute.
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    And Dan imeaditely ate it.......... :huh

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    After a small beer break, we saddle up and continue heading north east towards Houlton.
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  13. jessehere

    jessehere Ridin'

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    :clap keep it coming Frank
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  14. rockjohn

    rockjohn Been here awhile

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    Great RR,:thumb Makes me home sick :cry . Any problems with fuel stops.
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  15. dutch peter

    dutch peter Been here awhile

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    :clap :freaky
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  16. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    Great ride Frank! Great report and pictures as well. :clap
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  17. NJDRT-RDR

    NJDRT-RDR Been here awhile

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    And another excellent docking pilot ride !!!!
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  18. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Hi John,
    Only 1 day. The Super Enduro needed assistance outside of her own 3 gal. tank and that was in interior New Brunswick. But The boys from NBDSC watching us at home via the internet, knew it and made arrangments for us to have it at a hunting camp we would stay at.
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  19. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    We follow Marc through the woods of Maine for miles and it's super nice. We're on maintained snowmobile routes.
    Big Dan
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    Another nice break along the river. The colors are intensifying now.
    More beer too eh ?:lol3
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    Eventually we pop out on the pavement. We stop to re group. And we wait, and wait .......:csm
    Todd and Paul are not coming out. Tim goes back in to see whats holding them up.
    Well, Pauls DRZ throttle decided to get stuck...............open ! :eek1
    Paul is ok, but is back in there about 5 miles and it's getting dark now.
    Now problems for NBDSC boys though eh. Todd rides back with us to Marcs house in Houlton, still an hours ride north. Paul, stayis in the woods :huh
    I said "he's gonna do what" ?
    Yea, he'll be ok I'm told. And he was. He built himself a little fire and sat there in the pitch black alone. Boogie man and all.
    Hey, I'm from NJ. I'd wait a brigade of friends staying with me :lol3

    Todd retrieves Paul and get him back to Marc's house.
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  20. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    The next morning Dan, Paul and Todd must cross back over the border and get home. The've been gone a few days now. Marc is going to lead us halfway up the Bangor Aroostook railbed before letting us fly solo. Tonight we will be in Canada. Our plan is to ride the bed due north for around 130 miles right to the northern border in Maine and cross at St. Leonard.
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    Northern Maine "aint much heere" and man we love it !
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    North !
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    This RR was cut right through the woods long ago.
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    We eventually cross the small town of Washburn. It's here where Marc must turn back for Houlton.
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    We bid Marc goodbye for now. He has been and excellent host, giude and now friend. Thanks Marc, your a good man. We salute you good buddie ! :lol3
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    We are on our own now. And it's starts to rain. The landscape is now getting noticebly remote. And we ride on for the border and the 800 is rippin ! I think I clocked 75mph
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    We hit the small border town of Van Buren late in the afternoon and cross without issue.
    I relieved we are all across in St. Leanord Canada now and in a motel for this rainy evening.
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