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Offline Fleabit

Northern Tier Route to Portland Maine
« on: May 31, 2016, 05:24:51 pm »
Will be travelling the Northern Tier Route and would like to divert to Portland Maine to catch the ferry to Nova Scotia.  Can anyone suggest a route that leaves the Northern Tier and goes to Portland?

Offline BobG

Re: Northern Tier Route to Portland Maine
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2016, 06:34:01 pm »
-Leave the Northern Tier Route at Conway NH.
-Turn right (S) on NH 153 at the light in the center of  Conway
-Follow 153 to Freedom NH
-Just beyond Freedom turn left (E) on NH/ME 25 to Westbrook  ME
-Continue straight onto ME 25 bypass to avoid downtown Westbrook
-Turn right on Stroudwater St which becomes Westbrook St.  Follow to ME 22, Congress St.
-Turn Left onto Congress St. See map details to ferry terminal

NH 153 is a rural country road past a couple of lakes. NH/ME 25 has traffic but also a good shoulder all the way. Avoid ME 113 from Fryeburg. Disappearing shoulder with lots of oil and Poland Spring Water trucks.
« Last Edit: May 31, 2016, 08:36:17 pm by BobG »

Offline BobG

Re: Northern Tier Route to Portland Maine
« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2016, 07:48:43 am »
The above suggestion is the most direct, somewhat bike friendly route to Portland. If your date falls between June 25 and Sept 5 a more fun way to get to Portland is to follow the NT all the way to Brunswick ME. Leave the route there and ride 15 miles down a peninsula to Bailey Island. Catch the Casco Bay Lines boat for the 1.75 hour cruise back to Portland. I did this one year when I finished the NT with a group and I had to retrieve my vehicle at the Portland Jetport. You may want to call ahead to confirm space for a one way trip.