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East Coast route suggestions?

Hi all,

myself and Kari Savolainen are leaving CCR in Killington on Sat Sept 4th and we need to drop our bikes off to Atlanta on Thursday Sept 9th. So we have about five days time for our trip.

We are collecting the US States so on our way down we plan to at least cross or visit all the Eastern states (NH, MA, RI, CT, NJ, DE, MD, VA)
We also plan to make a spin on the Cherohala Skyway or Dragon if not both.

Would anybody have some "must see places or routes" suggestions on the East Coast? (We both have seen NYC few times so that is not on our agenda this time...) We will also visit Maine during CCR.

Any ideas are much appreciated!

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Re: East Coast route suggestions?

No offense to my brethren to the east and southeast, but you'll get better scenery and less traffic if you head down through east-central PA to MD. If you do decide to do the NJ-DE-MD route it's a hoot to head to Cape May NJ and take the ferry to Lewes, DE, then travel the eastern shore of MD/VA and cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel into VA Beach/Norfolk area. After that you can hug the shore or head inland to hit Deal's Gap on the way down. 5 days should be some pretty leisurely riding, plenty of time for stops and to detour.

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Re: East Coast route suggestions?

Ari,
If you ride the Dragon, you'll want to ride it Monday - Thursday. Friday - Sunday is high priority for the TSHP and Blount Co. Sheriff's Office. They are also the days that the crazies think the road is their race track. The Skyway is much better, to me anyway. Weekend shouldn't be too bad. For a GREAT place to stay, the IronHorse Motorcyle Lodge is where the SE section holds 2 gatherings a year. Clean, quiet, excellent hosts, and they have the best Prime Rib on Sat. nights! You can find the IronHorse here -----> www.ironhorsenc.com. If you want to stay there, they usually fill up quickly. There are other places to stay in the area, but I'm not familiar with any of them.

See you in a few weeks in Killington.

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Re: East Coast route suggestions?

Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive. Scenic. Historic. Oh yeah, it has curves!

Probably the most scenic route in Eastern US, and since it's right after Labor Day the traffic should be light...

http://www.blueridgeskyline.com/

Although I would HAVE to head to Ocean City, MD and get a cheap goofy t-shirt, salt water taffy and a huge plate of blue crabs.
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Warning! Anything along the east coast in the late summer, or after Labor Day can be a literal nightmare with everyone heading for the beaches: Freeport, ME, Cape Cod, MA, Rehoboth, DE, Ocean City, MD, etc. If you only have five days, you'll be treading water for the first three or four and trying to make up for lost time in just one or two days.

Here's a counter offer:
1. Head west from VT through the Adirondacks and pick up I-81 south. Yes, I know, you'll be slabbing it on four lanes, but hear me out.
2. Near Harrisburg, PA pick up Route 15 south into Maryland. Take Route 340 to Harpers Ferry and work your way toward Winchester, VA, I-81 and the Shenandoah Valley.
3. If I-81 starts to get boring, head east and travel south on the Skyline Drive which connects to the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Blue Ridge Parkway will take you all the way to Asheville, NC and you'll be knocking on the Dragon's Doorstep. I realize the Drive and Parkway are limited as to speed, but there is no commercial traffic and no 18-wheelers. Plus, the scenery is pretty fantastic.
4. From the Dragon, take Route 28 to Franklin, NC (It's sometimes called "The Hellbender.")
5. In Franklin, NC head south to Rabin Gap and have breakfast at the Dillard House. Warning! Do not eat dinner the night before. Then wend your way to Atlanta.

A tentative agenda.

Day 1 - Killington to the NY/PA border.
Day 2 - NY/PA border to Maryland, West Virginia, or Virginia.
Day 3 - Asheville, NC
Day 4 - The Dragon and then Franklin, NC
Day 5 - Breakfast at the Dillard House and then on to Atlanta.

No matter which route you take, see enough to say you were there and leave enough unseen so you have to come back. Have a great trip!

Take care,
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Re: East Coast route suggestions?

This is good timing for this thread. We are thinking about ridding back along the east coast and do Light House looky-loos. We are planning on leaving CCR and heading north to Rt 2 and take it to Bangor, quick picture of Steven King's house and then site see the rest of the way.

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No offense to our brethren in PA but traveling down the coast and seeing the marinas and the boats (yachts) always brought me pleasure and serenity. I am also a sucker for Our Nations Capitol especially the Marine Corps Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. But, the last being said it is what you enjoy that counts. Sometimes it is just as good to point the front tire in the general direction that you want to go and then just go. Make turns when the urge hits you. Have fun - I am jealous.


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This is good timing for this thread. We are thinking about ridding back along the east coast and do Light House looky-loos. We are planning on leaving CCR and heading north to Rt 2 and take it to Bangor, quick picture of Steven King's house and then site see the rest of the way.

RTE 2 has some heavy construction just as it crosses from NH to Maine (from Gorham NH to Bethel ME). Lots of gravel, and dynamiting for a new wider road bed. I am avoiding that section this summer for sure!

we are headed from Maine to VT and back without hitting RTE 2. let me know if you want options, or any other roads in Maine to ride.
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This is good timing for this thread. We are thinking about ridding back along the east coast and do Light House looky-loos. We are planning on leaving CCR and heading north to Rt 2 and take it to Bangor, quick picture of Steven King's house and then site see the rest of the way.

look up the Kancamangus highway, plenty of curves right through the mountains.

also, this is my planned route from home to CCR. (highlighted)

second map is Steven Kings address on W Broadway, Bangor ME
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Re: East Coast route suggestions?

Can't help you north of Front Royal, VA.
However, from Front Royal,
you might consider Skyline Drive,
then the Blue Ridge Parkway to Asheville, NC,
then across to Deal's Gap,
down to Robbinsville to head west on the Cherohala Skyway to Tellico Plains.
South on 68 to 124/294 To Blairsville, then Helen, GA.
Stop at Hofer’s German Bakery and Restaurant in Helen.
Continue to Atlanta.

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While in the MD and VA area you might want to cruise Washington, DC the nations capital. Do it after sunset if your schedule permits. The buildings look nice at night lit up.

I was just there. Hotels are expensive and parking is terrible. Next time if I wanted to stop during the day, I would park at the Arlington Cemetery parking lot and take a tour tram (or walk across the Potomac River) for a quick sightseeing of DC and the monuments on the National Mall.

Sample Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park (speed limit 35mph) and Blue Ridge Parkway (speed limit 45mph). When satisfied with the experience on those roads, you can jump on the Interstate (I81, I think (maybe somebody else has a better suggestion)) and head south to Deals gap, etc.

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No offense to our brethren in PA
None taken, If the Nation's Capital is on the agenda, it's no big deal to take 15 south from Gettysburg, pick up I-270 and then the George Washington Parkway, As I recall that takes you right to Arlington and across the river is the Lincoln Memorial. And it shouldn't be too hard to cut back across VA and into the Shenandoah Valley. From what I've read, a majority of us are pointing them toward Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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look up the Kancamangus highway, plenty of curves right through the mountains.

also, this is my planned route from home to CCR. (highlighted)

second map is Steven Kings address on W Broadway, Bangor ME
Dude...you rock! Thanks. I wodda been pi$$ed if I got to Rt 2 and had all that construction. Looks like we will re-plan. Thanks again!

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Dude...you rock! Thanks. I wodda been pi$$ed if I got to Rt 2 and had all that construction. Looks like we will re-plan. Thanks again!

let me know if you need suggestions for NH or Maine. I go to bangor all the time as my son lives up in orono (6 miles north), and I have done the coast doing RTE's about every weekend.

BTW, i just picked up lobster for tonight (I walked over to the pier). $3.89 a pound for pound and a quarters. cheaper than the grass fed beef from the farm!

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While in the MD and VA area you might want to cruise Washington, DC the nations capital. Do it after sunset if your schedule permits. The buildings look nice at night lit up.

I was just there. Hotels are expensive and parking is terrible. Next time if I wanted to stop during the day, I would park at the Arlington Cemetery parking lot and take a tour tram (or walk across the Potomac River) for a quick sightseeing of DC and the monuments on the National Mall.

Sample Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park (speed limit 35mph) and Blue Ridge Parkway (speed limit 45mph). When satisfied with the experience on those roads, you can jump on the Interstate (I81, I think (maybe somebody else has a better suggestion)) and head south to Deals gap, etc.


Thanks Jim and others for the suggestions!

I just got home from our 4th Annual BMWKLTIBMIIOF http://sites.google.com/a/bmwkltibmixof.com/english/
so I will look at all these suggestions next week.
Washington DC is a nice and historic (in your perspective, that is... ) place and in fact I visited most of the "must see" places back in 1974 on my American High School class trip. (I still have the panorama photo of our class taken in the backyard of the Capitol.) I suppose nobody has had a "total makeover" of Lincoln or Jefferson Memorials or the others. I remember the cherry blossoms and of course Arlington Cemetery was impressive back then and probably even more so today in case the rows of white crosses have increased.

Thanks for your input and keep more coming!

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