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Routes / Atlantic coast route
« on: July 08, 2007, 08:51:58 pm »
I suggest you contact the Maine DOT and request the free cycling map which shows traffic densities and shoulder widths...

You'll find many sections of Rt 1 very trafficy in the summer but nice and paths inland to be less, so if you really want tranquility, you can skip the busy sections of Rt 1.

When I was in Maine, in fact, I read a local paper which said a bike tourist from CA was killed by a dump trunk on Rt 1 a few days after I passed through there.. I forget what town but it was somewhere by kennebunk I think...


Routes / Atlantic coast route
« on: July 05, 2007, 12:18:19 pm »
I've done a modified Atlantic Coast route from new paltz, NY to Kittery ME. Basically, I did my own route one I got to Maine and then I knew how to get from where I live to New Paltz without the route.

I don't think you'll have any problems with traffic holding you back, the route isn't on I-95 ya know :-) and in fact, the only places where you'll see a lot of traffic in the section that I did is in Poughkeepsie after you cross the Mid-Hudson bridge from Lloyd as you ride up Rt 9 past the CIA, Marist College, up to about Hyde Park. Also, Kittery and Route 1 can be busy in the summertime.  The rest are either small towns or very small cities that doesn't really affect your speed.

Heck, if you can draft behind a logging truck in Maine, then maybe it'll be faster. :-)  

I think my friend and I averaged about 60-70 miles a day, but my friend is like 60 and much slower than I.


Routes / phone, e-mail, internet connections
« on: April 24, 2007, 02:13:54 pm »
I'll add my chime to the library suggestion. I presume you wont have a US driver's license but I would think a photo ID on a passport would work for the most part. You might even find internet access in some of the "internet cafes" or coffee shops in the larger cities but libraries are great and generally free.


Routes / Maine to Mass
« on: April 13, 2007, 01:23:01 pm »
I think God would just teleport..POOF!

The Atlantic Coastal routes from ACA goes through Maine from Mass...I think it goes inland around Portland though but ME has a pretty good (and free) map of cycling routes for the state which lists shoulder width and traffic density. Of course, Rt 1 goes up the coast but cyling is restricted on it between Bath and Brunswick.  Mass has also an excellent bike map put out by Rubel. You can find both of the maps I mention via a google search for sure. Rubel breaks them down into regions and I have the one for western Mass and the Berkshires.  The ME maps are published by the Maine DOT so check them out..


This message was edited by JayH on 4-13-07 @ 9:23 AM

Routes / Adventure Cycling Flag
« on: December 22, 2006, 09:08:05 am »
Hey, if ACA doesn't have a flag to sell, you can always make your own. I've taken paper printouts and did a poor-man's lamination of simply using clear packing tape and completely cover the paper and it waterproofs it pretty good, just make sure you overlap just a little.

You could try to find a decent JPG or so of the ACA logo and print it out to your prefered size and then use a dowel or stick as a flagpole...


Routes / Camden,Maine to Belfast, Maine
« on: December 22, 2006, 09:06:15 am »
Hi Sailareil...  Too bad I didn't know that sooner. However, since I'm an avid hiker, I have friends all over the Northeast and although we camped mostly between NJ and ME, my friend that I biked to ME with is originally from "The County" and has a lot of relatives up there, like the aunt who lives in Augusta.  I also have a friend just north of Belfast in Stockton Springs so my friend and I stayed at her place for the weekend. Then since my friend has a camp on East Grand Lake in Orient, ME, I dropped 2 panniers, the tent, the sleeping bag, the stove, etc. etc. and we just hauled ass 130 miles in one day to my friend's cabin.  

Rt 3 is a nice road to bike, although you get a lot of Acadia-bound tourists.   I got a picture of myself near the sign that leads to China, ME... I mean, I'm Chinese so to say I've biked in "China" I thought was cool. :-)

This past september, another friend and I did a kayak navigation of Vinalhaven from the Stockton Harbor in the Penobscot Bay (I'm also a serious kayaker). Very nice trip and we stayed at some of the MITA campsites and got a chance to see the new bridge over the Penobscot by Verona Island (which is a nice island to ride around in)


Routes / Camden,Maine to Belfast, Maine
« on: December 20, 2006, 10:25:49 am »
Contact Maine's DOT, they publish a free state map with traffic densities and shoulder widths. The map might be a little dated but it's still useful. I used the ACA maps to basically get from new paltz, NY to Kittery, ME, but once in Maine, I simply used the DOT maps to get to Orient, ME.   We biked through Belfast, ME but we were coming from Augusta so we simply took Rt 3 towards the coast and from Kittery, we got off of Rt 1 near kennebunkport and biked inland to Sebago Lake and then north through the twin cities to Augusta (my friend had an aunt there where we stayed for a night).

I forget the link to the Maine DOT, but you can search for Maine DOT bicycle map or so and request it free via snail mail.


Routes / Circling nj
« on: December 11, 2006, 10:17:30 am »
I didn't see any maps, cue sheets or even finishers, but have you looked at this club yet:

The Perimeter Bicycling Club, they do have a message board too...


Routes / NW U.S. to Alaska
« on: November 13, 2006, 10:31:34 am »
You do know about the "Milepost" ??? It's big but can help in the pretrip planning as far as services and attractions as well as distances and the like.

As far as getting back to WA, you should look into the Alaska Marine Highway System (ferry), you can travel fairly inexpensively back to Bellingham, WA via the cities in and near the Inner Passage.   You can even typically travel cheaply by utilizing your tent and staying in your tent rather than a bunkroom...


Routes / Vermont
« on: August 30, 2006, 10:25:32 am »
You can also check out Lake Champlain Bikeways:

They have some cue sheets online and info about riding in and near Champlain which almost runs the entire length of VT.


Routes / nyc to northampton ma
« on: August 23, 2006, 09:48:37 am »

Not as good as the Rubels, but the CT one linked above is free.

Having ridden the ACA maps from new paltz to basically York Beach, in Maine, I would say that going north from CT to MA is not that hilly.. I've ridden to Great Barrington and have ridden north from there to Pittsfield and it's not a bad ride, some hills, nothing back breaking.

What is hilly is riding across Dutchess Cty on the ACA bike route, lots of rolling ups and downs. Just think millions of years ago, the glaciers flowed south from the polar regions of the north cutting valleys into the land (the Hudson Valley is a famous one, but there's also the Taconic and the CT river valleys). So basically, riding east/west across Dutchess is hilly while when you're heading north, it lessens.

The ACA maps across northern CT goes by a reservoir... forget the name but it's east of an American Legion State Forest campsite (we camped there). But I remember a big gradual uphill after that but nothing that isn't doable, i.e. you wont have to walk if you have the right gearing and endurance.

As far as riding east to New Haven.. Southern CT will be more dense than northern CT. The ACA route takes you all the way across CT to about the area south of Webster, MA (and that lake with the super long name :-) ). You could use those maps and then basically head north when you get to the Rt91 area around Enfield or so. However, MA is very pretty and probably more countrier than No CT. but less roads of course.  NW CT is a very pretty part of CT in the taconics, the AT goes through there.  


This message was edited by JayH on 8-23-06 @ 5:52 AM

Routes / nyc to northampton ma
« on: August 22, 2006, 12:16:21 pm »
Take a look at the ACA atlantic coastal routes, you can get out of NYC, by either the long way (ACA route) or the shorter way:

use the above to find a good route from the GWB...

Then you can use the Rubel bike maps for western Massachusetts and the Berkshires to get to NoHo. Pick a nice one.  Getting from CT to MA is fairly simple. Route 41 out of Salisbury CT goes into MA and you can use the Rubel bike maps from then on.


Routes / NYC to Outer Banks of NC
« on: August 15, 2006, 09:22:13 am »

I've biked on some sections of the jersey shore, there is new railtrail, I think called the Henry Hudson or something like that, starts up by Atlantic Highlands and runs south.  Be careful with the shore traffic. There is a MS ride that runs from Sandy Hook to Cape May too, not sure of their route though.  

As far as the Cape May Lewes ferry, I've biked across before, I recall them charging like $6 or so, but then I just looked at their website:

And it say bicycles are free... ???? I dunno if they changed it or perhaps  they charge you the pedestrian fee but I don't remember it being free. Might want to simply call them and ask..

It's not much and helluva lot cheaper than a passenger car anyway.

I don't see why you couldn't maintain the same pace anyway, going down the coast shouldn't be as hilly as going from Ohio through the hills of the appalachians...and the Jersey shore is flat!


Routes / Route from FL to NY Coastal
« on: June 06, 2006, 10:02:52 am »
I would second the recommendation to ride around northern NJ and into Orange/Rockland County. You can bike through Harriman State Park and get to 9W and head south to the George Washington Bridge. Not as direct as the ACA route to the ferry to NYC but is probably a nicer ride.


Routes / Atlantic Coast route--headwind question
« on: May 04, 2006, 12:11:04 pm »
Black flies exist south of boston, they are in the catskills and ADKs too..

I would go south to north. Most of the storms seem to come from the west or south, unless it's a northeaster where the winds can wrap around and curl into places like eastern Long Island, CT, etc.  But in general, although winds can be anywhere, south to north is good.


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