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Maine Eastern Trail

Thinkin of using Maine Eastern Trail on my trip South to Kittery. Anyone used/familar with route?
I don't want to use the ACA Atlantic Coast route as it sems to go too far inland and I'd rather be as close to the shoreline as I can get. Would plan to ride RT1A from Portsmouth South to Newburyport and onward to Salem Mass.

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Im looking into doing the same route! Please lemme know how was it!
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that can be a whale sometimes... be careful some muddy parts of its rained.. its got some cool bridges
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Start point? I know ME dept of transportation has great maps.
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My plan is to take the train to Brunswick on 6/7 and head out to Boothbay to camp or Warmshowers host overnight. 1 day to go to Monhegan Island and spend the rest of my time heading south to Salem Ma. Would be getting on the Eastern Trail once I hit Portland. Will advise when I get back as to trail conditions
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I used a combination of Rt 1 & 1A & the ECG to end up in Portland. The Eastern Promenade trail takes you into Portland and after crossing the Rt 77 bridge turn at the kiosk to the ET. Big ET signs, you almost dont need the maps (good to have anyway). Followed the signs and made each connection easily. I did find couple of spots were you had to watch closely. The on road sign sections I believe should have the street names on them as there were no posts with the name of the street. The off road sections were dry and in good condition. The on road went from new tarmac to fair to rotten (IMHO). Make sure you have plenty of water as there were not many places to get same. On occasion I would see a porta pottie near a construction site. You'll come to a hospital with signs for the trail but access it behind through the parking lot. you should be able to get water/food/toilet here. Rt103 into Kittery was not the greatest in road conditions and crossing the new bridge in was nice. In Kittery the first place for sandwiches was MOES (food was good)
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