Author Topic: Northern Tier ending in Bar Harbor  (Read 1278 times)

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Offline showard74

Northern Tier ending in Bar Harbor
« on: December 28, 2019, 12:22:30 pm »
Hello,

I have searched the site looking for any information on the logistics for getting out of Bar Harbor at the end of the ride but have not found any entrees.  I am seeking information about transport to Bangor International Airport following the completion of the Northern Tier route in the summer of 2020.

Seeking information on:
where to box the bike for shipment home
getting to airport (bus, train, shuttle)
camp area or motel   

Scott

Offline John Nettles

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Re: Northern Tier ending in Bar Harbor
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2019, 12:54:22 pm »
You might try reading some journals over on CrazyGuyonaBike.com.  When I did the NT way back in 87, it was part of a perimeter tour so I kept on riding.  However, if I were in your situation, I would just ride to Bangor since it will have a bike shop where you will need to get a bike box for shipping your bike on the plane.  It is a one-day ride on mostly back roads so no big deal.
Tailwinds, John

Offline John Nelson

Re: Northern Tier ending in Bar Harbor
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2019, 02:47:37 pm »
In 2012, I had my bike shipped home from the Bar Harbor Bicycle Shop, took the afternoon shuttle from my Bar Harbor hotel to the Bangor airport ($40 then, $50 now), and then flew home from there. It was all very simple.

Offline showard74

Re: Northern Tier ending in Bar Harbor
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2019, 10:12:44 am »
Thanks for fast response to my questions.  This information is very helpful.

Ride safe,

Scott

Offline BikeliciousBabe

Re: Northern Tier ending in Bar Harbor
« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2019, 09:18:25 am »
You might want to give yourself a couple of days to explore the park and/or ride the carriage roads. In '99 I did the former after finishing the NT and before I started my journey south to my home. Stayed in the HI hostel in town (had advance reservations) and took the free bus into the park two days.

Offline John Nelson

Re: Northern Tier ending in Bar Harbor
« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2019, 11:43:55 am »
Yes, the Carriage Roads are definitely worth exploring. The tires on most touring bikes are perfect for these crushed gravel roads, and the Northern Tier route passes a few of the access points. If you don't have a couple of days to spare, you certainly want to invest a couple of hours.