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New England / June Maine to NY border
« on: March 05, 2010, 09:28:36 pm »
It looks like I am going to have a couple weeks off in June, and I was thinking about a ride from the top of Maine to the border of NY. I have experience with multiday trips (I did the Great Divide Route back in 2000), but my wife will be new to this. Would like to keep it as cheap as possible. We will both be on road bikes. I'll be pulling a trailer and wife will be using panniers. I'd like to average between 60-80 miles a day. Does anyone with experience of that section have and tricks or tips? Can't miss spots? Camping options?

At this point I'm thinking about a blended route between the Atlantic Coast route and the top part of the East Coast Greenway (www.greenway.org). I would like to hug the coast as much as possible (especially in Maine), as this will be more of a vacation/ test the waters touring for her.

Thanks
Mike

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Routes / What Makes a route a Route?
« on: January 05, 2006, 12:38:55 pm »
I can't see how the route can get any harder by leaving the divide. Who cares if it's a couple miles longer? By the time your in the middle of the divide, 230 miles is 5 days, max.

Edited because I can't seem to get the italics to work.

This message was edited by 9.8m/s/s on 1-5-06 @ 8:40 AM

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Routes / Great Divide and a lot of questions
« on: January 08, 2006, 09:03:33 pm »
About bears: they are out there. There is really no way around the fact. We saw a Ton of bear scat on the route, especially upper Montana, but we never came any closer than dots on hills. Not to scare you, but the mountain lions were much more intimidating.
Ride with bells, bear camp and just do everything you can to be as careful as possible.
On riding alone: I rode the last 2 weeks alone (partner got sick) and really didn't have any problems. Just be sur to read you maps really well. (And with GPS's nowadays you should be fine.)
About starting n August: You should be fine. Only thing I would worry about is late season wildfires in the bottom of Colorado and upper New Mexico.

Drop me a pm if you think of any specific questions. Cheers and good luck.  


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General Discussion / Where are you touring to 2006
« on: January 05, 2006, 03:01:39 pm »
Doing the Green Mountains loop in May to introduce the gf to her home state. Will be her first time bike touring, and my first on road. Starting small, hopefully do bigger trips as time goes on.


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