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Offline jon_baler

Great Lakes/New England Route
« on: December 02, 2018, 02:49:14 pm »
My wife and I are looking to do a 2 week trip (700-800 miles) in sometime in July next summer.   We've done numerous trips in New England, and really liked Vermont and Adirondacks.  We're around 40 years old, and are both in good bicycling shape.
We live near Baltimore, and have enjoyed Amtrak bike service to/from Vermont on past trips.  I can also get good deals on one way car rentals through my work, so typically our trips don't have to be loops starting and ending in the same spot.  I'm comfortable making our own routes for part of the trip, but prefer the simplicity of following AC routes/maps.
We'd be camping most nights, but not opposed to getting a hotel room for a few nights when near larger cities with a good, walk-able, downtown area.  We enjoy eating out with good meals 1-2 times per day, and cook at camp the rest of the time.  Great craft beer stops are always appreciated.

For next summer, I am looking at two general options - See attached map. 

Option A (Red Stars) - Start in Pittsburgh and take Underground Railroad route to Erie, and then join Northern Tier route all the way to Vermont.  Passing through Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Rochester, Adirondacks, and Vermont.

Option B (Blue Diamonds) - Start in Erie and follow northern tier along Lake Erie to Buffalo, then switch west to stay along on the Lake Erie Connector.  Then head north to the Underground Railroad along Lake Huron, and loop back south to Niagara Falls and Buffalo.

Thoughts on either?  Does one allow cooler/dryer weather in July?  Better scenery or road conditions?

Is there a different combination of routes recommended?  Reverse Direction?

thanks in advance

Offline Tandem Tom

Re: Great Lakes/New England Route
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2018, 08:48:13 pm »
We live in NE Ohio and have ridden quite a bit of the 2 routes you are considering. We rode 1 year from Albany up to the Erie Canal Trail all the way home. The Erie Canal became a bit tedious so we rode the parallel roads to go through the town's. We have ridden around Lake Erie 2x's and that is enjoyable. One thing  about Ontario is we found the drivers more aggressive than any other province. This was experience  when we rode across Canada in 2017.
I will throw out a suggestion of a trip we did a few summers ago. Ride from Montreal to Halifax via the Gaspe. Absolutely beautiful!

Offline BikeliciousBabe

Re: Great Lakes/New England Route
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2018, 01:11:47 pm »
FYI...The Adirondacks will be crowded in July, especially during weekends. It's one of their two months of summer.  :) When we rode the Northern Tier we had two chilly nights (one with frost) in early August.