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Old 06-08-09, 11:32 AM   #1
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New Hampshire to Old Orchard Maine

Hello everybody !

If you ever been on the NH roads, then you might be able to help me.
I'm planning a trip from coaticook (canada) to old orchard (maine) and since I'm not familiar with the road in the NH and ME I thought that this might be the right place to get some input !!!

I'd like to hear about some alternative paths, suggestions, comments, are these roads cyclist-friendly. Well any information will be useful !

here's my 1st itinerary:
day 1: http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/coaticook-gorham
day 2: http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path...sh-old-orchard

here's another possibilty:
day 1: http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/coaticook-upton
day 2: http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/gorham-old-orchard

the bikely elevation profile feature (under show menu on the top left) provides good information

thanks,
Christian Gosselin
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Old 06-08-09, 11:50 AM   #2
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I've driven some of the roads up around Berlin, NH. Route 16 isn't bad, generally low traffic in my limited experience. Can't comment about shoulders or anything, but I think it's mostly 1 lane in each direction. Berlin is a pretty crappy place, so you might be better off going through Upton. Errol, NH has a pretty big general store with lots of camping gear and supplies. If you're looking to add some nature to your trip, I very highly recommend checking out Umbagog Lake State Park, you can camp in a remote site out on the lake (accessible by boat only). I've spent some of the best weekends of my life camping there, it's quiet, peaceful and ridiculously remote.
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Old 06-08-09, 11:56 AM   #3
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thanks for the info, I was planning first to go by Gorham since the total climb is 956 meter as opposed to 1100 meter to through Errol and Upton. Might reconsider this !!
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i biked accross southern new hampshire last summer. beautiful scenery and the roads weren't too bad. two bits of advice i wish i had before i set out: intersections are poorly marked and to expect little cell phone coverage.

almost every crossroads i came across had only one road marked. not a big deal if you know where you are, but if you get lost (like i did) it makes it very difficult to figure out where you are.

also, i had very little cell phone coverage once away from civilization (manchester).
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i should also add that had my ride recquired an overnight stay, i would have had very little trouble finding a spot to stealth camp. plenty of cover off of the road and not too many 'no trespassing' signs.
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thanks, I was wondering about cell phone coverage !
I'll try to have nice road map with me.
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