« on: November 11, 2016, 10:45:16 am »
Addendum: after some thought, if you want to do the "full down east" tour, start from Perry, not Calais (shaves off a few miles and time on the shuttle bus). Not much in Calais, except a border crossing into Canada. Looks like the shuttle bus stops in Perry before it gets to Calais.
Also, my referenced Google map was just a quickie, rough route. There are quite a few smaller loop roads that go off Rt 1 and get you closer to the coast in places. If you have the time, I'd definitely add them in, because that will let you see the "true" Maine coast, not just Rt 1 stuff. Like Rd 186 that loops down into the Schoodic Penninsula, Winter Harbor, and another part of Acadia National Park that many people miss (there's a campground there, too).
I had planned to ride the southern part of this route last July (Brunswick, Maine, to Rockport, Mass) on a long weekend, but decided to ride the GAP instead, as I didn't want to deal with the in-season traffic along Rt 1 in southern Maine. But now that I'm typing all of this, I'm getting the urge to bike the entire thing myself! :-)