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For the past few years me and a coworker take a week long trip some place that we have not been. So we are in the planning stages for next year now and are thinking of the final "trip" destination to be in Maine in time for fresh lobster. We are both tossing around the idea of niagara falls as a stop along the way. I forgot to mention we are leaving out of Atlanta and more than likely taking the blue ridge parkway at some part of this journey. Seems like I have read somewhere of another scenic byway that starts in the virginia area and goes north into up state New York. Am I remembering correctly or am I making it up? Anyway. Our trips are usually travel light, camp cheap, and ride a lot. So if anyone has some pointers of good by ways that travel in the direction that we are looking to go, please enlighten me.
Just as a recap on last years trip, it started in Atlanta first night in Tampa (camping in a friends back yard). Second day to key west (camped at a kao at mile marker 20, great place with a bar in the campground) stayed 2 nights there. 4th night at cocoa beach. Camped at Daytona international speedway Friday and Saturday the last two days of bike week then back home Sunday. That was a good trip and an adventure.
What I'm looking for is a minimal of interstate this time, campgrounds along the way, or people willing to let us (maybe more riders this year) pitch a tent on their property along the way.
Also what time of the year is a good time to do a northeastern ride? And can I get lobster at that time?
Again the loop (potentially) Atlanta, niagara falls, the best place in Maine to get lobster, back to Atlanta
 

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I'll just get things started by tossing out a few things...

At the top of the Blue Ridge Pkwy is the Skyline Dr. in VA. It's about 100 miles long, and is similar to the BRP, except that you have to pay to ride (and it's patrolled by federal LEOs, so you don't want to get a ticket there). Beyond that -- still in VA -- I don't think you're going to find any single scenic road that goes all the way north to NY.

Keep in mind that the BRP is very scenic, and lots of pullouts, but the speed limit is very low (something like 35 in most places). I travel to and from Albany, NY (about 150 miles north of NYC) to and from Asheville, NC, to visit family. Often going home, I'll take I-81, but that first of two days I'll do a chunk of the BRP (say, 100 miles), skipping different parts of I-81.

So, one point here is that you'll need a lot of time to travel all or even most of the BRP.

Speaking of time, a lot of people don't realize that NY is over 300 miles wide. And that Niagara Falls is on the far left, and Maine is way past the northeast corner. So -- not knocking Niagara Falls, as I've been there, and it's worth seeing -- but for that sort of loop, you're also looking at a lot of time. You CAN get across NY on nice backroads, skipping the east/west superslab, via, say, Rt 20, but, again, you're looking at a lot of time.

A couple of years ago, my wife and I rode north to the Gaspe area in eastern Canada, straight north to Montreal and turn right, and then rode home via New Brunswick and down through Maine. I think you can lobster pretty much all the time, but the ME folks will have to chime in here.

You didn't mention how much time you have, and I think that's the first thing that needs to be taken into consideration.
 

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6 to 7 days. I did the BRP a few years back up to the Meadows of Dan Virginia in 12 hours and that was including all the misdirected detours that added an extra 200 miles to my trip. There is a campground and a cheap hotel we will use there also was pretty good place for dinner. The skyline must be what I was thinking (thanks for that) I'm not totally against chewing up some miles on the slab, I just don't want to make the entire trip like that. We usually do 400 to 500 mile days, set up camp, and open the cooler up.
 

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Your eyes are bigger than your timetable.
Maine alone can easily eat up whatever time you have available after riding there straight up the interstate from Georgia, You will have to cross New Hampshire, ignoring the White Mountains, blow by Vermont ignoring the Green Mountains, Massachusetts Berkshires and it's coast including Boston, The Connecticut River, NYC, the Alleghenys, man you will barely have time to stop for gas in 6 days. You can't even think about taking the Ferry to Halifax or Block Island or Nantucket or Long Island but you can go to Bailey Island and pick your bug from the livewells loaded by the local lobstermen and sit out on the cove watching the sunrise in some of the easternmost places that the sun comes up in the US (if you can find the time).
If you are determined to do it in six then maybe try last week of September, 1st week of October. At least you can catch some Maine trees turning colors from the saddle as you fly by. Wear your long johns in Maine if you plan to ride early in the day after the beginning of September.
New England summer takes at least a month and two weeks solid of it is Maine.
Fall takes three weeks and winter takes all winter.
 

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The BRP doesn't take that long to travel. Bout three years back I did it in two full days, without rushing / speeding. One caution...motels, gas & food...can be far off the parkway itself ...depending exactly where you are. So...maybe gas up @ a sooner point than normal.

My other note...is not very PC...but honest to when I was there in 09. Niagara falls....is a cost rip on everything, gas,motel,& food..the roads in and around are horrible...potholes everywhere,...and I hope you speak Hindu & or Arabic...you'll need to. On the N/York side...I felt like I was in a foreign country.
 

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6-7 Days.... So you are an Iron butt rider?

BRP, you can cruise at 50-60 pretty easy, Law Enforcement if they catch you it will be expensive. Fuel is also an Issue you have to leave the parkway to get gas.

The Falls is a nice place, stay on the Canadian side.

East to to Maine, I90 to Boston, North on I95 to Portland.
 

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And no mention of the Cabot Trail. Must be saving that for a later trip. maybe in the fall.
 

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6-7 Days.... So you are an Iron butt rider?

BRP, you can cruise at 50-60 pretty easy, Law Enforcement if they catch you it will be expensive. Fuel is also an Issue you have to leave the parkway to get gas.

The Falls is a nice place, stay on the Canadian side.

East to to Maine, I90 to Boston, North on I95 to Portland.
Agree , the Canadian side is nice......
 

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Wow. Didn't realize there was so much up there since it stays too cold for too long for me. Iron butt, never have participated in that competition, but the trip around Florida was done on my 85 k100. We had a few long days but gave ourselves plenty of time to enjoy both the keys and daytona. Like I said, in the planning phase right now, my partner is looking out west and I am looking northeast, we'll compare notes give each other input and decide which way the wind will take us.
 

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BRP, you can cruise at 50-60 pretty easy, Law Enforcement if they catch you it will be expensive. Fuel is also an Issue you have to leave the parkway to get gas.

The last time I did the BRP I was on my Buell which required fill ups ever 125 miles. Took 12 hours from Atlanta to meadows of dan virginia, I was flying solo so pretty much went at my own pace staying in the confines of the speed limit. If it wasn't for all the detours off the parkway and then trying to find my way around the closures I would have easily made it in 8 hours. Fuel really wasn't that big of a deal because about every 50 miles or so on the parkway I got kicked off into the little towns at the bottoms of the mountains (this was a spur of the moment trip for me so I didn't check before hand where all it was shut down at). Didn't really have a destination on that trip except home 4 days later. One of those, go as far as you can go in one day and then take the next 4 or 5 getting home.
 

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Here is a thought.
Find a friendly dealer in NY or Maine that will accept your bikes for a small sum of cash and have the bikes shipped there by one of the bike transport companies.

Fly up and ride home.
It will set you back in the neighborhood of $700 or so to ship each bike plus your tickets to fly You will get the trip you want on the time you have.

I'd have the bikes arrive at least 3 wks early in case there is a screw up in the shipping schedule. Many shops will store bikes for $75 or so a month.

Could work.
 
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