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Favorite East Coast Rides?
My wife has never been to the east coast. Needless to say I'd like to visit during peak foliage season but I have no idea where to start... let me know if you have favorite spots to ride, favorite towns/states/eateries... any places you would avoid? Also - favorite guide book?
Last edited by Thigh Master; 06-12-07 at 12:45 AM.
It's been a lot of years since I did it, but the finger lakes region of upstate NY is quite nice. Vermont is also quite nice, and if you have deep pockets, the Vermont bicycle tours packages are outstanding (I'm doing their Ireland tour this summer)
A few years ago we did a self-guided tour of central Vermont in early October with Inn To Inn Tours:
It was great. You call them up, tell them when you want to ride & approximate daily mileage. They book the inns, provide a route with detailed maps and carry your gear to each inn. During the day, you are on your own.
The guy that runs it is a cyclist & he picks bike friendly routes. Breakfasts & dinners at each inn are included.
It was great. I would do it again tomorrow. I wish this sort of tour was available in other areas of the country.
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I'll check it out.
Originally Posted by oldacura
Hi I am from Maine... and have biked... here of course.. as well as NH and Vt. I have also motorcycled more of it. [it is easier covering hundreds of miles a day... day after day on the Motorcycle... So I have seen more miles that way.] It depends on what you are looking for.. but all three places are great.
If you want rooms at peak leaf season... plan ahead. Some places might be all pre-booked now.
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Where in your opinion are roads with the most miles of low traffic flow and best scenery?
Originally Posted by Fenlason
The routes of the Seacoast Century (Granite State Wheelmen) and the Diabetes Tour are two very scenic rides in Southern NH and Southern Maine. The Seacoast ride runs from Hampton Beach,NH to York,ME and has some of the best ocean views you could fine in New England. The Diabetes Tour starts in Kennebunk,ME winds through Kennebunkport (yes, Walkers Point and the Bush Summer home are on the route) with the outer most point being Biddeford Pool. At times on this ride you are but feet from the ocean with amazing views.
Kennebunkport has great places to visit and eat. Only 30 minutes North by car is Portland with it's Old Port section and numerous great places to visit and see. Portland Head Light - Cape Elizabeth,ME (South Portland) is one of most photographed light houses in Maine. Biddeford Pool has the University of New England Marine Mammal Rescue Cener that is open to the public for limited tours.
We are riding the Diabetes Tour route this Fall with a group of friends from all over New Engalnd. For me this is a back to my roots ride as I lived in Biddeford Pool for a number of years prior to moving to CT. The tour route with is available on line at the diabetes tour website - click on tours, then Maine and open the 100km folder for both maps and aerial photos of the route.
Hope you fine your dream ride in New England....
As I said before... what are you looking for???.. as they say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. When I was stationed in 29 Palms... when I first saw the scenery... I was "wow how beautiful" the others groaned "you must be from back east...
apparently no one else really liked the place. for us it was sooo different from what we were used to we enjoyed it.
Most tourists here seem to head towards the mountains to look at the foliage. Do you like farmland... or perhaps the sea?
You are asking for great scenery and little traffic.... unforetunetly there are thousands of others at that time of year looking for the same thing.
Personally I usually tend to do the opposite of what everyone else does. Around the 4th of July... when most here head toward the beaches... I head towards the mountains, and when they all head towards the mountains... we head toward the coast.
I will second the area that Tandemedge is talking of.... it is a nice area. I really like the Acadia National park area.. It is one of my favorites. Here you have mountains and the sea... many Islands... good road riding... wonderful carraige roads.... [dirt.. but no cars] wonderful hiking... and kayaking.
Down East Maine is Also very Beautiful... it is a more rugged area vs the Southern part... near NH. Most people do not go any further downeast than the Bar Harbor area. an area of good foliage... and lots of Blueberry fields.
while much of NH is also pretty nice... the White Mountain Valley area is the first that come to mind. I can't say there is a part of Vt. that I have not enjoyed either...
Are you looking to tour... bike Inn to Inn? Or are you looking to drive... to different area's and bike from there. Or are you looking for one base area to stay and do day rides from? are you looking for 20 mile rides... or 100?
are you looking to ride only... or do you have other interests?