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I'm once again planning a ride up the eastern side of the country from Atlanta the Canadian Maritimes. This will be the third plan. In 2011 it turned into a trip to the desert southwest instead http://latelifebiker.com/ride-of-a-late-lifetime/ , and last year it was stay home or take the new dog with me. Since then I've taught her to ride long distances, but my wife plans to keep her at home, anyway.
For the first time I'll be pulling a camper trailer. I discovered out west that I'm just too damned old for this tenting routine. So I bought me a used Kwik Kamp, and the dog and I have already taken it on a shakedown cruise. Much easier.
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I'll leave after May 15 and plan to ride the full length of the BRP and Skyline Drive on the way north. The return trip--and all of the ride actually-- is open for suggestions. I have an olde farte pass for the U.S. national parks, and I tend to stay close to them for financial reasons.
I'm looking for input on routes, trailering, Canada, and anything else that strikes your fancy. I also wouldn't mind picking up some riding companions for any or all of the trip. I plan to do it in about a month, smelling roses along the way.
Let me know your thoughts.
Best. -paul
 

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Uhhh, OBF, uhhh, in about a month? In Feb? To maritimes? Did you mean to say in about a quarter? Like maybe April. Or have you already packed snowshoes for you and skis for the bike and trailer?

This Texas wimp envies your plan except for the timing. This will go beyond "brrrr".
 
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Uhhh, OBF, uhhh, in about a month? In Feb? To maritimes? Did you mean to say in about a quarter? Like maybe April. Or have you already packed snowshoes for you and skis for the bike and trailer?

This Texas wimp envies your plan except for the timing. This will go beyond "brrrr".


I've got mistaken too. I think departure will be in or around May 15. And the trip will take a month.
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Just remember, you have a large cargo area in the Kwik Kamp but you don't have to fill it.
I carry a a grease gun along and every couple of day give the bearing a fresh shot of grease. The grease fitting on the Kwik Kamp are not like the old bearing buddys that just pack the grease into the bearing you can actually flush the old grease out when you grease them. I beleave they are called Dexter Bearing.
 

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Will and I are still planning a Nova Scotia run, however not until September. The Cabot Trail is a must do on Cape Breton Island.
 

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Uhhh, OBF, uhhh, in about a month? In Feb? To maritimes? Did you mean to say in about a quarter? Like maybe April. Or have you already packed snowshoes for you and skis for the bike and trailer?
This Texas wimp envies your plan except for the timing. This will go beyond "brrrr".
I always try to do my board posting BEFORE the martini hour, BW. That way I don't overlook little details such as "I'll leave after May 15 and plan to ride the full length of the BRP and Skyline Drive on the way north."
I learned my lesson in 2011 on the southwest ride. I started in mid-April and got snowed on three different times. On my second night in Arches NP the overnight temp dipped to 28 degrees.
I'd leave even later if I wasn't worried about getting bogged down in legions of whiney, screamy, bitchy, little school kids clogging up every campground from here to forever.:mad:
Yeah. Yeah. I know... why do you think it says "old biker farte"?
 

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Yo, gizmo, I'd love to have the company. My rough first draft has me riding from near Front Royal, VA, to near Wilkes Barre, PA, as my closest pass by your area. I plan to spend some time in Gettysburg along that ride, And the only reason it's pointed at Wilkes Barre is because I have my eye on a campground at Tobyhanna State Park. If your real estate permits it, I could just as easily head for your house, pop my camper up in your driveway, and we could get on the road the next morning. Give it some thought. Drop me a PM with an email address if you want to explore it further.
Best. -paul
 

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Hey! What's up with this ?
Okay, ya young whippersnapper, wait until 16 years from now and see how you feel about riding 700 miles across Kansas or Oklahoma to get to your REAL riding adventure. Hell, BOTH of those states were hard enough in the air conditioned, no-bugs, music filled van. I did one on the outbound leg and the other on the homeward bound leg. That's 1400 miles of what would have been sheer agony on a bike.
Being from lush, beautiful Virgina (I was stationed at Oceana a century ago), you might not recognize how parched and dry many routes to happiness can be.
I'm too old and too impatient to ride endless ribbons of concrete just to color in another state on my "visited" patch.
Loved riding the Tidewater areas around Norfolk and Williamsburg, though. The bikes (mine and my wife's) came off a trailer for that, too. We were on our way to ride the coast of Maine and time was of the essence (the poor girl still punches a clock).
 

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Just remember, you have a large cargo area in the Kwik Kamp but you don't have to fill it.
I carry a a grease gun along and every couple of day give the bearing a fresh shot of grease. The grease fitting on the Kwik Kamp are not like the old bearing buddys that just pack the grease into the bearing you can actually flush the old grease out when you grease them. I beleave they are called Dexter Bearing.
Thanks, Ron. That's just the kind of advice I'm looking for. The previous owner put Bearing Buddies on my KwikKamp, but I'll take your advise and carry grease just the same.
I really am concerned about the inclination to OVERload the trailer, I'll keep your advice in mind. I did Key West and the desert southwest with just what I could comfortably pack on the Goldwing, so I have experience with the tough decisions.
Regards. -paul
 

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The blackflies and "no-see-ums" can be pretty bad in Nova Scotia in May, so be sure and take plenty of bug spray along.
 

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. My rough first draft has me riding from near Front Royal, VA, to near Wilkes Barre, PA, as my closest pass by your area. I plan to spend some time in Gettysburg along that ride,
Best. -paul
If you hit Front Royal on a weekend you can count me in for a ride to Gettysburg . I'm about 50 miles due east of Front Royal. There's a good chance we could get the " Gettysburg Lunch Gang " there also. Where's our member " Redfox " ? He lives in Cape Breton.
 

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If you hit Front Royal on a weekend you can count me in for a ride to Gettysburg . I'm about 50 miles due east of Front Royal. There's a good chance we could get the " Gettysburg Lunch Gang " there also. Where's our member " Redfox " ? He lives in Cape Breton.
Perkins????
 

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We took a similar trip from Chattanooga back around 2007,late Sept. We towed our Leesure Lite camper behind an Ultra Classic. We used Bar Harbor Maine as our base camp once we got in the area.

Things we learned....

Once we got to Bar Harbor we stayed at a KOA.We found out that due to the off season rates most motels were cheaper than the KOA.

We took WAY too much stuff in the trailer.

Remember, you'll be dealing with set up/down of the camper and that'll mean removal/repack of everything you take.

All we really needed......two self airing air mattresses, electric blanket, large unzipped sleeping bag for covers over the electric blanket (sleeping bag is easy to makethe bed) small flat screen tv, battery lantern. I also take a cheap plastic tea pitcher with a snap on lid for those night bathroom uses. LOL. Very handy, with no stumbling around in the dark. I'm also an OLDBIKERFARTE.

Like I said we took way too much stuff and it became a hassle. This trip actually taught us less is better.

Lastly, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE put something (flag, etc) on the rear of the trailer. In 2009 I was coming back from Daytona with the camper when a 22 yoa girl cut in short behind my bike, hit the trailer and took us all out. I quess she didn't see the trailer and was diving for an exit. It was dark but the Leesure Lites have plenty of large lights. Totaled my bike, trailer and me. I'll never tow another trailer because of that. Having said that though, I sure do miss my camper.

Well, I don't want to be a downer so I'll quit being a mother hen. Have a great time it's beautiful in that area. :) Blake
 

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The ferry service from Bar Harbor to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia is no longer in business.
 

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The ferry service from Bar Harbor to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia is no longer in business.
So my research appears to indicate. No service out of Portland, either, although officials there are trying to restore it. But there are ferries between Nova Scotia and both New Brunswick (St. Johns) and PEI (Wood Islands). In fact, between them, they make a nice little circle tour around The Bay of Fundy. The ferries are pricey (I figure about $170 for the two of them), but they save time and fuel and miles on the bike.
 

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Things we learned....
Once we got to Bar Harbor we stayed at a KOA.We found out that due to the off season rates most motels were cheaper than the KOA.
We took WAY too much stuff in the trailer.
I also take a cheap plastic tea pitcher with a snap on lid for those night bathroom uses.
Lastly, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE put something (flag, etc) on the rear of the trailer... a 22 yoa girl cut in short behind my bike... Totaled my bike, trailer and me.
Well, I don't want to be a downer so I'll quit being a mother hen. Have a great time it's beautiful in that area. :) Blake
I'll put a flag and a strobe on that sucker, Blake. Glad to hear you're still riding.
My wife is from Maine. We met when I worked there. In 2010 we spent many happy hours riding the Bar Harbor/Acadia area. In my experience KOA is often more expensive than MOST motels. I use my National Park Service senior pass whenever I can. It cost me ten bucks a night for a choice site on the south rim of Grand Canyon and at Furnace Creek in Death Valley and in Zion, Bryce Canyon, and Arches. If you're an olde farte and don't have one, they cost a whopping ten dollars and they're good for life. -obf
 

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I'll put a flag and a strobe on that sucker, Blake. Glad to hear you're still riding.
My wife is from Maine. We met when I worked there. In 2010 we spent many happy hours riding the Bar Harbor/Acadia area. In my experience KOA is often more expensive than MOST motels. I use my National Park Service senior pass whenever I can. It cost me ten bucks a night for a choice site on the south rim of Grand Canyon and at Furnace Creek in Death Valley and in Zion, Bryce Canyon, and Arches. If you're an olde farte and don't have one, they cost a whopping ten dollars and they're good for life. -obf
Got my old fart pass this summer in Arches National Park.
 

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End of May can be still pretty cool in the Atlantic Provinces for biking or camping especially around the Bay Of Fundy.You will definitely be riding close enough to it to feel it.We stayed at a small place(Alma) in New Brunswick on the Bay a few years back at the end of July.I went down to the dock to watch the fishing boats leave at around 9:30 AM and I could see my breath it was that cold.

Love the East Coast,but late July/early Aug is the prime time weather wise.IMHO.
 

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This is one of my bucket list destinations. I've been looking at maps for years and I'm making notes on what advice you are getting. I've got nothing to add myself and look forward to hearing about your trip.
 
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