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Boston MA connecting to Northern Tier Route

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vinsong:
Hi,


I live in the UK and planning on the Northern Tier Ride in mid June. I was just

wondering is there a route which connects from Boston to the Northern Tier Routes.

As well as that, I know cities in USA are huge compared to the UK. How are the traffic

 in Boston. I am just concerned it would be just absolutely confusing to cycle out of

 the city and the suburbs.



Vince

indyfabz:
ACA's Atlantic Coast route has a Boston Spur that you could take to the main part of the route and then follow that north to hook up with the Nothern Tier in Brunskwick, Maine. That would add some time, though.

One option is Amtrak's Downeaster train service. You can roll your bike on (i.e., you don't have to box it) and go from to Brunswick. This subject came up on antoher forum recently. According to Amtrakm you cannot detrain at the Freeport, Maine station but you can at Portland and Brunswick.

Here is the link to the train information:

http://www.amtrak.com/downeaster-train

It's only a 3.5 hr. ride to Brunskwick, and there is a convenient 9 a.m. departure. There are internal links on the page for the schedule and bike information.

Starting from somewhere like Brunskwick would allow you to ride through New Hampshire, Vermont and the Adirondaks in New York. Very pretty part of the route. Vermont especially so.

John Nelson:
When looking at questions such as this, it's always useful to look at the ACA route map.

http://www.adventurecycling.org/routes/RouteNetwork.pdf

vinsong:
Cheer's for the info.

Ben the Slow:
Hi - I am traveling from Rhode Island to the NT near Buffalo in June 2014.  Be happy to share my route with you.

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