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Advice for riding From Lancaster PA to Bangor ME(5 posts)

Advice for riding From Lancaster PA to Bangor MEr-kelley
Jun 16, 2003 10:45 AM
So my bike wont be back from the factory until after I move home to Maine. I was thinking I could come back down to Lancaster by train and stay with some friends for a couple days before riding back home. My goal would be to go superlight with high mileage days. It is about a 650 mile drive on the interstate so I don't know what it would be on backroads. Anyone have suggestions on how to find a route, problems to expect, and jest general touring advice. I think I'll have to put most of the stuff I bring on my back as the 5500 doesn't have the ability for most the normal attachments. I've talked one friend into joining me on the ride. Thanks in advance.
re: Advice for riding From Lancaster PA to Bangor MEclimbo
Jun 16, 2003 12:25 PM
on your back? you will die out there carrying your supplies like that. Imagine the heat and weight of what you will need on your back for oover 100 miles. Even if you did 200 mile days it would take you 4 days if you could get a decent straight route.

With the minimum bivvy bag, food, clothing, sleeping bag riding that far would be painful. I'm siure it can be done but why not use a bob trailer to carry what you need.

I suppose you could ride between motels and carry only food and minor clothing but it would still hurt.
re: Advice for riding From Lancaster PA to Bangor MEWrigleyRoadie
Jun 16, 2003 1:07 PM
At the very least, buy the Topeak Beam rack for $30 - it'll clamp on to your seatpost. You'll be shaped crooked for weeks if you ride 700 miles with a heavy back pack.
re: Advice for riding From Lancaster PA to Bangor MEr-kelley
Jun 17, 2003 5:07 AM
That is the kind of advice I need, cheap stuff. The two of us riding up to Maine are out of jobs as of the 30th so we are trying to keep things cheap, at least until another job rolls around. Thanks for the advice.
Cross northern New Jerseydzrider
Jun 17, 2003 5:08 AM
The very top of the state is real pretty. I'd cross either the Bear Mountain (RT 6) or Rip Van Winkle (Rt 23) to get over the Hudson.

The farther north you go across western New England the nicer the scenery and the bigger the climbs. There's a shop in Westfield, MA - New Horizon Bikes - that is the headquarters for the Berkshire Brevets. Their rides are spectacular and they'd likely be willing to advise you better than I could.

One more vote to save your back. Even if you're strong enough to carry a pack, straps can really suck on long rides.