we're not lost, we just don't know where we are

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by LisaS, Sep 11, 2010.

  1. LisaS

    LisaS Dubious Adventurer

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    Shoein and I Met up with Dan at his place this afternoon.
    His dog Lilly greeted us-
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    We then headed out and stopped for gas for my tiny tank while Dan plotted the course
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    Headed up to Lagrange to pick up the railroad bed, at which point the guys switched bikes so Dan could try out the DR650
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    He seemed to like it:D
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    Enjoyed the view
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    The original plan was to ride to Medway and stop at a picnic area off the trail, but apparently we missed it, so kept going. The trail was great, and soon we were riding beside a lake- couldn't get a good pic because of the trees, but Dan was starting to wonder if we had taken a wrong turn as no lake was on the original route. I pointed out that there were power lines, so therefore we could not be lost, we just did not know where we were:D We figured the trail had to come out somewhere so proceded on, soon the power lines ended. Dan eventually pulled over to consult the map & GPS and the guys tried to figure out whether to keep going or turn back as my tiny gas tank will only go so far..... I took some pics
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    while the guys debated
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    I found some treasure
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    The GPS was not indicating any connections with pavement if we proceded ahead, so the decision was made to turn around.... The guys switched bikes back.
    Dan consulted the map again to decide on a route home
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    The road signs did not seem to be going in the correct directions and we heard some voices so headed down to get some directions back to Lagrange.
    The lady told us the easiest way was to go back and take a left but that we would not want to go that way because the road was "trashed"- all torn up and rocky, and we would not want to take our bikes down that- he uncle had tried earlier today on his Harley and was only able to go 2 miles an hour and had to turn around :rofl
    The trashed road:
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    alternated between this and a bit of rough pavement- we averaged 40-50mph.
    Back to old town with a bit of fresh mud on the bikes
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    Even the Strom got a little, although the guys tried to avoid the muddy stuff with it as Stroms seem to like to nap in the mud:wink: Both guys did a great job though of riding it over the rough stuff:clap
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    Overall a great day with plans to return and ride the rest of the way on the trail- turns out on consulting the atlas when we got home it does meet up with a major road, and it was only another 10-15 miles......
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  2. Lobster Grrl

    Lobster Grrl Ground feeder

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    Nice report Lisa :clap
    That trashed road was just awful :D

    Welcome to my 'hood. Chromer and I play around a lot on the Rail Trail. It links to several other roads.

    Medway? Maybe you mean Medford??? Heh, you got your meds mixed up :rofl

    lg
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  3. EvilClown

    EvilClown Reality show stunt double Super Moderator

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    Looks like a great ride!
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  4. LisaS

    LisaS Dubious Adventurer

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    Would love to catch up with you guys sometime to explore those roads! Beautiful area!!:D
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  5. BKMLWR

    BKMLWR Wondering around...

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    nice report, sounds like you were going up along Schoodic Lake?
    and was the trashed road the North Rd which runs between Howland and Milo on the north side of the river?
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  6. LisaS

    LisaS Dubious Adventurer

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    Yes, Schoodic lake!

    The trashed road went from Medway to Lagrange-dont know the name of it.
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  7. LisaS

    LisaS Dubious Adventurer

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    It was! We definitely have to go back and finish that trail as well as check out the other roads in the area.
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  8. Chromer

    Chromer Not going gentle

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    "Medford Road." It comes out at the sharp corner on 16 north of Lagrange.

    The picnic area is at Medford, before you cross the railway trestle.

    And had you continued up far enough, you come out on Rt. 11 between Brownville and Millinocket.

    In the area bound by the Piscataquis river, Rt 11 and Rt 116, the Garmin maps, even their topo maps, are almost useless. The logging roads in that area seem to get used and abandoned and then re-furbished a lot. A few years ago you couldn't even get to Schoodic Lake that way, the beavers had huge sections of it underwater.

    Good onya'll for getting out there, looks like it was fun.
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  9. SurlyMoss

    SurlyMoss Which Way

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    That looks like a great ride. Nice pics.
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  10. LisaS

    LisaS Dubious Adventurer

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    yep, saw that on the map when we got home... unfortunately Dan did not think we would be going that far and did not have the correct map pages with him, and I did not bring my gazeteer like I usually do....
    No Beaver Dams, and actually not too much mud or water on the trail-its been such a dry summer!
    Definitely want to get together with you & LG sometime to explore more of the area!:D
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  11. LisaS

    LisaS Dubious Adventurer

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    Thanks!
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  12. 06Klr650

    06Klr650 RidingCountry.com

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    Great report :clap

    "The Trashed Road" :lol3 I'll take that over pavement any day.
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  13. LisaS

    LisaS Dubious Adventurer

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    Thanks!

    I prefer my roads trashed or twisty!:D :clap
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  14. SakiBomb

    SakiBomb Excited!

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    Nice!!
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  15. LisaS

    LisaS Dubious Adventurer

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    Thanks SakiBomb!
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  16. howling60

    howling60 Been here awhile

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    way behind the times here... but...

    when you do decide to do the rest of this ride... COUNT ME IN!! looks like loads of fun :) and a nice ride to boot!

    -Nate
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  17. LisaS

    LisaS Dubious Adventurer

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    we will definitely be heading back up this summer. Also want to do the Sunrise trail out of Ellsworth- kept meaning to last year but it never worked out.
    Would love to have you along!
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