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post #1 of 10 Old Sep 15th, 2006, 7:36 pm Thread Starter
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I thought for my annual end of season ride I'd head up to Vermont or New Hampshire to see the Fall colors. Can anyone in those states point me toward the "must see " areas and hopefully some good biking roads? Also when would be the ideal time to catch the colors at their peak this year?
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post #2 of 10 Old Sep 15th, 2006, 8:32 pm
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Speaking from experience, if you go during peak leaf peeping season
MAKE RESERVATIONS
Everybody from NY, Mass etc is up there at that time including weekdays,
be prepared to pay double the usual motel costs if you can find one.
The white mountains and Kankamangus hwy are spectacular,
a local can probably give you more specifics but you really can't go wrong anywhere up there as long as you bring your raingear


here's just a few of the hundreds of pictures I took.
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post #3 of 10 Old Sep 15th, 2006, 8:51 pm
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BMW MOA Rally info might be a place to start.

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I thought for my annual end of season ride I'd head up to Vermont or New Hampshire to see the Fall colors. Can anyone in those states point me toward the "must see " areas and hopefully some good biking roads? Also when would be the ideal time to catch the colors at their peak this year?
BMW Motorrad USA had www.madmaps.com make up a complimentary Map that they gave out at the Rally. Maybe they could send you something! Also the VT and NH state sites would have the leaf change time dates from North to South. Each year is a little different.

Review the www.bmwmoa.org site under the 06 July Rally and you should see some riding route info.

How many days would you plan to stay in the New England Area? I'm sure others will expand on the few ideas here. Barnett

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post #4 of 10 Old Sep 16th, 2006, 2:17 am
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What's foliage?

Peak weekends the roads can get crowded with leafpeepers.
Seems early this year, we have color starting already here in the deep south of Vermont.

http://www.vtonly.com/forecast.htm
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post #5 of 10 Old Sep 16th, 2006, 10:34 am
 
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This site has some driving tours.

http://www.yankeefoliage.com/tour/index.php
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post #6 of 10 Old Sep 16th, 2006, 7:12 pm
 
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Try N Y too

The Adirondack Mts. have some just as nice riding and colored trees too.
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post #7 of 10 Old Sep 17th, 2006, 1:10 pm Thread Starter
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Fall trip

Thanks to all for the suggestions and information. My trip will probably be about 10 days which will include a short side trip to southern Wisconsin. From there I plan to head north around Lake Michigan to Sault Saint Marie into Canada to Montreal and then south into New Hampshire and Vermont. I plan to tent camp for the most part, whether permitting. The return trip route is still undecided, I may come across up state NY through the Adirondacks or if the weathers cool I may head south.
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Sounds like a cold and wet ride for the most part so plan accordingly,
I lived in Michigan for 10 years (25 years ago) and the UP is cold and rainy in the summer,
you could get lucky and get a sunny day but I can almost guarantee you won't get two in a row.
I am not trying to discourage you, it's beautiful up there, just so you know what to expect.
Depending on your timeline,
If you get real lucky you may see me and my wife in you travels,
we're heading up that way in another week.
Ride safe
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Route 100 anywhere in VT is a nice bike road and usually has great colors.

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post #10 of 10 Old Sep 25th, 2006, 6:05 pm
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I agree with RiderRay.

We just got back from that exact trip. The colors are not prime yet but it was still very nice. Rt100 is a great road just take a left onto Rt17 and ride up through the notch... Great fun. Also there is a great little B&B "Hydeaway Inn" on 17 I recommend. This was our 2nd annual Hyde Away Get Away ride. I can't wait until next year now.
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