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Taste of New England

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Ride Stats:

  • Distance: 926 miles / 1490.3 km
  • Ride Time: 1 week (5-7 days)
  • Approximate Fuel Costs: $70.38
  • States Visited: Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont
Submitted by:
Birdman pro

Day 1 495 to Rt 140 to Rt 202 to Rt 31 into Newport N.H. a ski town with motels. I don't have the millage precise because I have lost my notes, still have the map though. The whole trip was about 1000- 1200 Miles. Got to the motel with only lite rain. We started looking for a motel at 3;30, went through 4 or five towns with no luck, it was 6;45 before we found one. I did not want to go to the city of Concord. Day 2 103 to Rt 11 to Rt 3 into Laconia, decided to go around the lake Rt 25 to 109 to Rt 171 ' Castle in the Clouds' worth the stop. Back to 109 to Rt 28 through Wolfboro, neat town, back to Rt 28 in Laconia for the night at a good friends condo. Day 3 Rt 25 to Rt 113 into North Conway to Rt 16. Look for on Rt 16 North Conway H.D. shop a right shortly after that will take you to Kersarge Rd follow to the end take a right and you are on Hurricane Mt Rd. Short but sweet, two way traffic, 24% grade going up, hair pin switch backs with reverse grade. Taking a sharp right turn with the left side of the road much lower than where you are traveling was a trip. We stopped at the top to discuss braking tech's on down hill grade. It was only 17 % on the down side leading into Maine. Not a road for newbies, first gear and stay on the throttle. I would not want to stop or stall on this road. But I can't wait to ride it again. The Hurricane will bring you on 113 N in Maine and take you through Evans Notch which is very pretty. Rt 2 back to N.H. through Gorim & Berlin. After Berlin it was getting late and looking at the map I decided to go back to Gorim where there was a number of motels to choose from. Day 4 Good think we went back, no motels for miles and miles. We continued up Rt 16 to Errol which had a Sporting Goods store and a gas station and that was it. We took Rt 26 toward Dixville notch stopping at the Balsums resort for lunch. If you drive past the resort to the golf club house you will find a great lunch waiting for you. You can see Canada, Maine, N.H. & Vermont with a intense view. As we pulled up to the country club some of the golfers gave us a not so good look some did not seem to care. When we walked through the door a woman ask ' Can I help you' I said I was under the impression that the public was welcome. She you are right would you like to have lunch inside or out side? They serve us in leathers on the porch with this dramatic view. There are many BIG log trucks from Berlin north to the Vermont border, give them plenty of room and try not to get stuck behind one going up hill through one of the notches. There is NO WAY to safely pass them. Pull over and take a break for 15 Min. We followed Rt 26 to Rt 3 S to Rt 105 into Newport Vt. where we found a room. There are no motels on the west side of the city as we found out. The second time this trip turning around was the smart choice. Day 5 we rode Rt 105 to Rt 101 to Rt 242 to Rt 118 to Rt 105 to Rt 108 through Smugglers Notch into Stowe Vt. Northern Vt is cow country, the rolling hills in the valley with mountains in the back made me think of Steve MaQueen in the great escape. We stayed at Top Notch Resort, we knew someone that worked there and used their pull to get us a room at employee discount which was cheap. The resort is quite plush, very nice and quite pricey for ' Joe Public'. You should have seen the valet when we pulled up to the front door. He said ' I don't know if I can park these' I told him thats OK just help us with the bags. He help us with the bags and inform us that the whole staff new some ' Bikers' would be arriving. We were introduced to many of our friends co workers and they made us feel right at home. Everyone was walking from spa to spa in white robes & white slippers. It reminded me of another movie and while we were walking from spa to spa I keep looking for Morlocks. It was a very nice place but I would probably never spend that much money for one night. There are many hotels in Stowe as it is a Ski town. Day 5 riding 100 S you will pass Ben & Jerry's ice Cream Plant they give free tours it takes about 40 Min, great ice cream free. We followed 100 to Rt 4 to go to the Quechee Gourge. If you are afraid of height do not look down. Back up Rt 4 to 100A back to Ludlow. We wanted to stay in Woodstock Vt we have stayed there before its a great town you could spend time there. Watching the weather we decided to move closer to home due to incoming rain. Ludlow is a great town as well you will find ever thing you need in town within walking distance. Day 6 we rode down Rt 100 until it meets with Rt 8 close to the Ma border. This part of rt 100 has just as much or more twisty as the northern portion of the route. We took the Mohawk Trail back to Rt 2. There is a restaurant on the hair pin turn with a outside deck. It very interesting to watch people approach this turn, maybe even scary. From Rt 2 we had to beat feet to get back before over night rain. The rest of the ride was highway which I will not bore you with. Lessons learned if its 4:00 and you see a hotel that will give you every thing you need within walking distance its time to stop and have a few beers. It gets cold in the mountains, 4 days out of 6 we were plugged in with electric vest & gloves. One day we had our rain gear over the leathers. This was the third week in Aug 2006. Long John's are now part of the must take list. There are many different route that can be taken to enjoy New England. In two weeks we will be touring in Nova Scotia so I will try to do better on my documentation. Ride Safe!

This is a motorcycle ride in the states Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont. This motorcycle route has 10 scenery characteristics and other road conditions to help you plan your road trip. This motorcycle map was created by Birdman in August. Click here to see other Motorcycle Roads by Birdman

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Ride Scenery:

Historic SitesUrban/ResidentialParksFall ColorsLakesForestMountainsRuralRiverFarm Land

Best Time to Go

Summer, Fall

Road Characteristics:

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Birdman says:

We were on a P.S.I.A. ski clinic in Waitsfield Vt. This is the center of Mad River Valley. Rt 100 runs right through it which is a well traveled motorcycle twisty from the bottom of Vermont to the top. On route 17 just a half mile from Rt 100 is a place called Hyde Away Inn & Restaurant. Great rooms, tavern and restaurant with breakfast included for $89.00 per night 802-496-2322. On this trip we saw many places to stay with signs " We welcome bikers" From the top of Sugar Bush South you can see Mt Washington N.H.. From Sugar Bush North you can see White Face Mt in N.Y.
Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 9:10 AM


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