Sunday, July 22, 2012

Day 6 The Ride Home

Day 6 The Ride Home - US Route 1N, NB-3N, NB-2E

We had an early start on our last day of the trip and our plan was to follow US Route 1N to the Canadian border and then home to Fredericton.  Total distance for the day was approximately 525 km (325 miles).   The bikes were loaded and we rode to Freeport, ME for a big breakfast before our day of riding.

Day 6 - The Ride Home

The weather again was perfect...6 excellent days of riding!  For the first couple of hours the ride on Route 1N was great, traffic was almost non-existent  and we cruised along at the speed limit.  We stopped in Bucksport, ME to view the The Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory...this is one cool looking bridge!

 The Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory 

The bridge spans 2120 feet where the Penobscot River meets the Penobscot Bay.  There is an observatory at the top of the left bridge column that you can visit.  The Penobsoct River also has some historic significance that dates back to the 1700's.

Penobscot River and Penobscot Bay

After crossing the Penobscot Narrows Bridge, we made a quick stop for fuel, coffee and a snack.  From there, we continued on Route 1 to Sullivan, ME where we stopped for a few more pics of the Sullivan Harbor areas.

Sullivan Harbor, ME

We continued North to Machias, ME where we topped up our fuel and prepared for the final stretch in the USA to the Canadian Border.  Other than woods, there is not much to see on this part of Route 1.  The roads are decent and the traffic is very light...if you travel in this area, it would be worth your time to visit Campobello Island via Lubec, ME.  We cleared Canadian Customs at NB-1 and made our way to St. Stephen, NB for a bite to eat before making the final 120km ride home.

This was an excellent road trip, from the White Mountains to the Green Mountains to the roads of rural Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut to the coasts of New Hampshire and Maine!  We had the opportunity to view many geographic areas and ride on some excellent roads!  In addition, we made a few new friends along the way...especially Jeff from Amherst, NH!  I estimated that we covered 2700 km (1678 miles) on this 6 day ride through the New England States and would highly recommend this ride to others!  An extra special thanks to my friend could not ask for a better guy to travel with!!!

Random Stuff...

Luc & Jeff in White Mountains

V-Star 1100 Classic in NH

Bear Notch Road, NH

Lost in Newport, NH (not really)!

View from Cannon Mountain, NH

Recovering from  2nd Degree Sunburn after Going Squid!

I am already looking forward to next summer's ride!  Until next time, ride safe! 

1 comment:

  1. I'm glad I got to hang with you both, even if only for one day. I am insanely jealous of your trip but I applaud you both for the ride and a willingness to go anywhere. The blog is great and I enjoyed all of these trip reports. One comment though, on the Bear Notch Road photo: I was probably looking at my phone and NOT, I REPEAT, NOT peeing in the weeds. That was earlier...