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Old 06-29-2010, 09:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am thinking of going up the Maine coast (rt 1) in Sept for my vacation. I would like to hear your suggestions. Also anything I shold be watching out for.

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Old 07-02-2010, 12:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi Frank,

Sounds like a fun vacation your planning.

How much of route 1 are you considering? It is certainly is a scenic road, although sometimes heavy traffic volume around some cities can get annoying, (Ogunquit & Freeport come to mind).

The good news is you'll find plenty of places that sell seafood and onion rings.

Do you have any particular stops that you plan to make?
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Add Wiscasset to the traffic list.
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I was looking at going almost the whole coast. Maybe I should rethink that it.

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Old 07-03-2010, 05:18 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Frank,

If you get an opportunity to ride the entire coast of Maine...TAKE IT!

Yes, there will be some snafus along the way, but it you expect them and plan accordingly, the good will far outweigh the bad.

Maine is a great state to tour, how often will you get the chance?

Bring the camera, riding gear for all sorts of weather, tools, etc., along with a flexible attitude, and soak in all that the Vacation State has to offer.

Sounds like a great adventure ahead of you, happy trails!
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I am in no rush when I go. I have planned about 7 days to see how far I can get. I will have my camera to take plenty of pictures.

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Stretched out, Maine's coast is 2500 miles long. That being said, there are some fantastic ride especially in September up here. Chilly in AM, 70s during the day and bring your rain gear because you never know.

Tips:
- Stay off Rt 1 where you can.
- Wells - Kennebunk-Arudel with stop @ Bentleys
- OOB-Scarborough-Cape ELizabeth is very pretty
- Brunswich to Popham, 5 Islands, Reid State Park, Baily Island, Harpswell, Lands End.
- Bucksport area down through Castine, Blue Hill, Deer Isle, Stonington.
- (of course) - Bar Harbor. Less crowded in September.
- Rides up/down Rt 17 from Augusta are very nice
- North of Ellsworth to Machias - Rt1 is fine, less crowded.
- Camden /Rockport is pretty but traffic sucks.

Watch for moose and everything else on four legs.
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"Also, anything I should watch out for"?
.......ya, these...... They hide behind street signs and mile markers and are drawn to the sound of single pin V Twins and are mesmerized by headlights.
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Stretched out, Maine's coast is 2500 miles long. That being said, there are some fantastic ride especially in September up here. Chilly in AM, 70s during the day and bring your rain gear because you never know.

Tips:
- Stay off Rt 1 where you can.
- Wells - Kennebunk-Arudel with stop @ Bentleys
- OOB-Scarborough-Cape ELizabeth is very pretty
- Brunswich to Popham, 5 Islands, Reid State Park, Baily Island, Harpswell, Lands End.
- Bucksport area down through Castine, Blue Hill, Deer Isle, Stonington.
- (of course) - Bar Harbor. Less crowded in September.
- Rides up/down Rt 17 from Augusta are very nice
- North of Ellsworth to Machias - Rt1 is fine, less crowded.
- Camden /Rockport is pretty but traffic sucks.

Watch for moose and everything else on four legs.
I would agree about staying off route 1 as it goes through Portland anyway..that sucked!
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