Boston to Buffalo
I'm looking for some route advice. I have a one way car ride to Boston in a couple of weeks (helping a friend move from California), and I want to ride over to Detroit before hopping on the Amtrak back to home. Along the lake through southern Ontario looks pretty mellow, but I could use some help with getting over to Buffalo from Boston. Just from looking at maps I have NO sense of what are good roads to be on, and where the mellow camping spots are. Adventure cycling seems to have a couple of routes that overlap and connect Boston to Buffalo, up to Portland and then west through the middle of New Hampshire, Vermont and along the southern edge of Lake Ontario. What do you think of that? Is there another core area I should be looking at? Or zones to definitely avoid?
Mileage/time isn't a big deal. I prefer to camp the whole time and generally avoid anything much bigger than a 'town'.
The ACA route is nice if you have no time constraints, but it will take you though the Adirondacks. Camping in a state park might require some reservations, especially on the weekends. I remember staying in one park in early to mid August and it was packed. If the route still goes through Booneville, NY there was a neat old barn/campground where you could sleep indoors or pitch your tent outside. The barn even had kitchen facilities. The ONT side of Niagara Falls was worth the trip. There is a place called the Rainbow Hostel where we stayed. It was a bit away from the rampant commercial development but still close enough to be convenient. There is a nice bikeway that takes you from the falls area to the Peace Bridge, which connects with Buffalo. Further east, the ACA route used the Kangamagus Highway, which was nice. That goes through the White Mountains National Forest. I believe you can wild camp there as long as you are set back from the highway a certain distance. Middlebury is a nice town, as there is some beautiful riding west of the town towards the lake. It may be off route, but Button Bay S.P. on the lake had the nicest grass I have ever seen at a campground. (Stayed there in 2010 during Cycle Vermont.) It was like camping on a golf course. In VT, we stayed at Silver Lake S.P., which was very mellow. I think that's on the ACA NT route through VT. I believe that route also still uses the Erie Canal path for a ways. If you don't like the path, there are some parallel roads, although the path does take you through Rochester, which not a "town." Neither is Niagara Falls, but it's worth it.
From Boston Rt.9 West to Pittsfield then to Albany to get on the Erie Canal. Get the Rubels bike maps for Mass.
There is also a map book for the Erie Canal with hotels/camping etc along the way on the canal path.
Originally Posted by bktourer1
FYI long climbs after NHampton on RT 9. DAR State Forest for camping about 8 miles WEST of Williamsburg
off RT 112. I NHampton you can climb on the rail trail into LOOK Park and then get on RT 9 again