The Maine Adventure Trail

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

  1. thump!

    thump! Adventurer

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2007
    Oddometer:
    4,188
    Location:
    Northeast Tennessee
    Most dualsporters know about the TransAmerica Trail running from eastern TN to the Pacific coast. Fellow ADVr and riding buddy, BoatAnchor (a.k.a Rick) painstakingly laid out a mostly unpaved easterly adventure stretching from the eastern end of the TAT in Tennessee to the northernmost tip of Maine. He called it the MAT or Maine Adventure Trial. In 2011 and 2012 a few of us rode the MAT in 2 parts.

    There were LOTS of pictures made usually at breaks and overnights. I culled a bunch, really. Even so there's probably more than most people want to view, except possibly those who went. Enjoy as much as you can stand. ;)

    A picture blog of our MAT2 adventure is HERE
    #1
    ForestFrog, iskoro, RozzyCat and 4 others like this.
  2. Core10metal

    Core10metal Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2011
    Oddometer:
    469
    Location:
    Dirty Jersey...actually, clean north Jersey
    Very nice. Thank you for posting. Are there gps files available?
    #2
  3. thump!

    thump! Adventurer

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2007
    Oddometer:
    4,188
    Location:
    Northeast Tennessee
    Maybe. I have the track we rode but since I didn't lay this out I need to ask if it's OK to share them. He's on vacation this week so it'll be a few days.
    #3
  4. PaulyD

    PaulyD Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2014
    Oddometer:
    169
    Th
    that would be awesome to see the route!
    #4
  5. Sertguy

    Sertguy Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2013
    Oddometer:
    219
    Location:
    Auburn, CA
    thanks! Want to ride in that area soon.
    #5
  6. mojomonbiker

    mojomonbiker n00b

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2015
    Oddometer:
    3
    Location:
    Vancouver, Wa
    Newbie here....what are the GPS files? I have an idea but what are they exactly and how are they used.
    #6
  7. Core10metal

    Core10metal Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2011
    Oddometer:
    469
    Location:
    Dirty Jersey...actually, clean north Jersey
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/GPS_Exchange_Format

    This is how I use it:
    I design a route from point a to point b on my pc using mapping software like Garmin Bascamp. I choose all the way points and specific roads I want to take to make it as interesting as possible. The route can include highways, byways, gravel roads and offroad. This file is saved as a GPS or gpx file. I upload this to my Garmin GPS unit as well as emailing it to friends and they in turn upload to their GPS units. Now my stupid friends who go too slow won't get lost.
    After returning from the trip, you can download the track file back to the pc and analyze everything about the trip. Elevation, speed, etc.
    That's how I use it but I don't waste time analyzing trip, instead I just plan the next one.

    So, Thump (op) enticed us with an awesome trip he took. Instead of him marking up a map, scanning it then posting an image of it, he instead is posting a link to the GPS file that we can all download. I will then take the trip and find it a life changing adventure and write a book about it and give absolutely no credit to Thump.

    Sent from my SM-T350 using Tapatalk
    #7
    jcatl likes this.
  8. mojomonbiker

    mojomonbiker n00b

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2015
    Oddometer:
    3
    Location:
    Vancouver, Wa
    That's really cool. Ty.
    #8
  9. justafurnaceman

    justafurnaceman Imaginary

    Joined:
    May 4, 2013
    Oddometer:
    2,173
    Location:
    S. Korea
    Love it! I'm from Maine but living in VA right now. I would love to get the gps files to be able to ride up there on dirt roads and skip the interstate.
    #9
  10. Carl Childers

    Carl Childers Ghost in the Machine

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2012
    Oddometer:
    3,409
    Location:
    Northern New Mexico
    Fun to follow along, I used to live and ride in that part of the world back in the late 80's and early 90's on the DR 650 I owned then. Probably rode some of the very same roads in NY, VT, and MA.
    #10
  11. thump!

    thump! Adventurer

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2007
    Oddometer:
    4,188
    Location:
    Northeast Tennessee
    Okay folks. I talked with good friend BoatAnchor this morning (just returned from his Caribbean vacation while I've been shoveling snow!) He has no problems sharing the tracks.

    I've placed two LARGE tracks online in gpx format. The tracks are continuous for over 1,000 miles and are more than 10K points each. These are the actual tracks we rode with all of the side trips for gas/fuel/lodging and backtracks due to closed roads striped out. To use them you will need to use Mapsource or Basecamp to divide them into manageable segments for your GPS.

    Some caveats though:
    The MAT2 track was ridden 2 years ago, the MAT1 - 3 years. Things change. Most likely the roads in state and national forests (which are by far the largest portions) are still ridable but in some areas (particularly in Maine which has relatively little public land) we rode on connector roads through private property. Those roads may or may not be open to motorcycles now.There will be signage I'm sure, particularly if the area is being logged. Secondly, again in eastern Maine, we rode on designated ATV/snowmobile trails not open to cars/trucks/jeeps/etc. Those trails are often maintained by snowmobile clubs and while open to motorcycles when not snow covered you're supposed to register your bike as an ATV to use them. I'm not sure how to do that but you can probably find it online. In truth, if you decide to bypass those you won't be missing much - straight, flat and low meaning they're not terribly inspiring on a bike.

    MAT1 - 1,183 miles - Jellico, TN to Coudersport, PA
    MAT2 - 1,307 miles - Coudersport, PA to Van Buren, ME

    Attached Files:

    #11
  12. cjbiker

    cjbiker Nobody's Robot

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2010
    Oddometer:
    4,152
    Location:
    Southern Maine
    Online Maine ATV registration: https://www10.informe.org/ifw/atv-snow/

    If you see one of these:
    [​IMG]

    and not one of these:
    [​IMG]

    You're good to do (with an ATV sticker). Snowmobile trails are off-limits to wheeled vehicles.
    #12
  13. thump!

    thump! Adventurer

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2007
    Oddometer:
    4,188
    Location:
    Northeast Tennessee
    de nada
    #13
  14. true grip

    true grip Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2011
    Oddometer:
    518
    Location:
    Centerville TN
    Love it! Thanks for the tracks I've always wanted to explore up there but usually go West. No more excuses
    #14
  15. hightest

    hightest Safety Meeting

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2007
    Oddometer:
    3,744
    Location:
    Western Pa.
    Thanks for the tracks. We were planning to slab it to Maine this year then ride the TET back. I think we'll run this route up instead. I live three hours from Coudersport and can pretty much ride dirt to the start. Can't wait.
    #15
    thump! likes this.
  16. Core10metal

    Core10metal Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2011
    Oddometer:
    469
    Location:
    Dirty Jersey...actually, clean north Jersey
    Thank you! Now I just have to figure out WHEN???
    #16
  17. NL7U

    NL7U Adventurer

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2008
    Oddometer:
    83
    Location:
    Geritol County (Deltona, Florida)
    This seems mostly do-able for me, a 72 year old, who still lives in the past as much as possible. My cowpath riding and enduro days will never be seen again, but, looking at the pictures posted, I hope to keep the spark of adventure alive for years to come. Since my 65th birthday I have ridden to Prudhoe Bay from Indianapolis on a KLR650, done a 5,000+ mile trip (Yellowstone-Pikes Peak-Roswell, NM) from Cincinatti, as well as daily local trips. I know, I know, there will be sections where it will be too tough for an old timer like me, but, darn it, those dirt roads are calling to me. Maybe, just maybe, I can take on something like this again. Thanks ever so much for the great pictures!
    #17
  18. hightest

    hightest Safety Meeting

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2007
    Oddometer:
    3,744
    Location:
    Western Pa.
    I hope when I'm 72 I'm still looking for my next adventure. Go for it.
    #18
    nk14zp, RozzyCat and Core10metal like this.
  19. Moto Jimmy

    Moto Jimmy Making the transition

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2015
    Oddometer:
    329
    Location:
    New London, CT
    Thanks for the tracks and the great photo log. Looks like I'll be doing the New England section this summer. :thumbup
    #19
    Blind Joe Beck likes this.
  20. Doug329

    Doug329 Adventurer

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2010
    Oddometer:
    82
    Location:
    Vine Valley, NY (Finger Lakes Region)
    Thump/Rick,
    Thanks for your great report...and the tracks.
    We did the Puppy Dog Trail in 2013, and saw some of the roads we rode in your picture file. We did however, not go too far into Maine. No excuse now.
    Thanks again for sharing.
    Doug
    (Finger Lakes area of NY)
    #20