Nothing like an adventure and your trip seems like a very good adventure to me.
I use to ride a motorcycle. My wife and I both bought new cycles in 1970 I think. I bought a new Harley 1000CC sportster with electric start and she bought a new 550CC Honda. We rode to Disneyworld in Orlando for their opening day. That was a blast.
That was an adventure.
Paul E. Smith
Kirsby, that trip sounds far out! I can help with Bar Harbor Beal’s Lobster pound in Southwest Harbor is the best on the island. If you want fancy sit down I like Rupinini’s in Bar Harbor. Have a great time!
Yes, we’re heading to Milwaukee tonight and leaving on the 6:30 AM ferry tomorrow morning. Tomorrow will be a very long day: almost 600 miles of riding on top of a 3 hour boat ride. We’re staying at the 1000 Island Inn (home of 1000 Island dressing) in Clayton, NY tomorrow night. We’ll likely get there very late tomorrow night. Sunday is our shortest day though, just 250 miles, to Stowe, VT. That should give us some respite after day 1. Then its on to Maine!
It’s storming here right now. I hope it clears up soon and I certainly hope it doesn’t follow us east! I’ll be sure to post our roadfood report as soon as we get back. Thanks again for all the great suggestions!
Almost time for your trip..
Please let us know how it turned out..
Do you have an itinerary yet?
Good luck, and have a great time, and be sure to let us know how your trip transpired..
We await a report!
KatieOaks, that’s a great suggestion. If the weather is bad we’ll be looking for some takeout to enjoy in the comfort of our hotel room.
I have learned several things from doing long trips like this. One of the most important things is to stay at hotels that are within close walking distance to a good restaurant. I remember being in Memphis last year on the way to New Orleans in the middle of a nasty thunderstorm. It was the same weekend as the music festival there so the only hotel we could get was 15 miles from downtown and the only restaurant was a Waffle House that was across the parking lot. Now, I know there are a lot of WH fans here, but I really think it is an acquired taste and one that this northerner has not yet acquired! Needless to say we won’t make that mistake again.
Thanks all for your suggestions and well wishes. Keep ’em coming, we can never have too many options!
I do miss Hannafords.. It was my regular place to shop in Maine.
Find a local Hannaford or Market Basket Supermarket; both have great seafood departments’ Some steam the lobstas as you shop! Don’t forget to stop at any road-side stand for fresh corn,potatoes and tomatoes! If you are lucky,you might find a ME vendor selling Shrimp or Crabs, but they are small and alot of work, but oh, how tasty!
BTW.. Happy Anniversay![:o)]
I dunno what happened to my response..
The "ERN" is just a little local pub. Larry serves burger only at lunch. Unless you can con one of the night time bartenders to make you one.
Here is a photo.. from 1993, but it looked the same when I went back there in 2005.
Bucks Naked BBQ is in Freeport…
Cool little place, full liquor bar, lots of local brews and live music.
It will be your type of place also.
The owners, Alex and Wendy, also operate Isabellas Sticky Buns, which is a little cafe for Breakfast and Lunch, and makes their own "sweets and pastries". It is in the heart of Freeport, not too far from LL Bean, on School street, and US 1.
The Harraseeket Lunch and Lobster sits right on the bay, and is in South Freeport. You take Old Freeport Road to get to it..It has been mentioned by Holly Eats, as well as Rachel Rays travels.
Summertime, there might be a long wait, but for fresh seafood, its a cool little spot.
Thanks Roossy. The "ERN" looks like our kind of place. Do you know if they’re open for lunch? We don’t have our route completely planned yet once we get to upstate NY, but we’ll definitely have to make the trip through Eagle Bay.
Not sure about the BBQ in Maine. Do you know the name of the place? I had my heart set on seafood for every meal, but if I get sick of it (yeah right) I may be up for some Q. Thanks for the suggestions. I’m really looking forward to this trip!
If you are taking the road thru Old Forge, and heading north and east along RT 28, and going thru the western Adirondacks, make sure you stop in the tiny town of Eagle Bay.
Just about 10 miles north of Old Forge.
Look for the TAVERN-
(right hand side of the road-Right across from Big Moose Yamaha!..)
When his sign lights up at night, it say’s The "ERN".
I think it is even listed in the phone book that way.
Its right on Route 28.. Larry Lawrence is the owner, and stop in and have a Larry Burger!
Your menu is.
Burger or Cheeseburger!
Chips and pickles.
Make sure you get the Jalapeno Tabasco to put on it.
But it might be one of the best burgers you have ever eaten!
I lived in the Old Forge/Eagle Bay/Inlet area for almost 2 years, and drinks there are cheap, and it is biker and sled friendly!
Its a gathering spot, where the mayor of the day holds court, and the gossip runs rampant!
Great little place..
Tell him Tara from Florida say’s HI!
And ask Foot why he is called Foot…
I guarantee he will be there at Happy Hour!
(I was back there last year after being gone for 10 years, and he looked and me, did a double take, and then made me the drink I used to drink-without even asking, which just so happens to be what I still drink!)
I have a friend, Dana that runs Trails End Restaurant in Old Forge..Doubles as a bowling alley also…
Stop in and say hello to her also….
Cant remember her menu, but I remember it was good..
(and no, I am not trying to push her place..[;)])
If you get thru Freeport, Maine, just on the south end of town, on US 1.. about a mile north of exit 17 on I-295..Freeport/Yarmouth exit, there is a kick ass BBQ joint.
I mean BBQ in MAINE?..
Go for the brisket or the pulled pork sandwiches with greens as a side.
They have fresh cut sweet potato fries, and homemade desserts.
Sometimes they have a tendency to overcook the baby backs.
They can be hit or miss.
THeir smoked sausage sub with peppers and onions is killer also.
Tell "Smooch", and Mary, and everyone else there, I also say HI!
Also Biker friendly.. just watch out for the gravel drive, unless they have paved it this summer. I just left there in February…
Two people, one bike. And another couple on one bike. And yes, we’re all crazy. We’ve done this kind of trip before though. On the way back from the Smoky Mountains in May we did the whole trip – 850 miles – in one day. I wouldn’t recommend that. The other couple rode from Wisconsin to the Grand Canyon and back in one week. We both have big bikes though so it’s kinda like riding a barca lounger down the road.
We all appreciate good roadfood and we always take time to seek out some great eats along the way. I appreciate your concern too and I would love to take a more leisurely trip, but with my husband’s business and my vacation schedule, this is what we can do. I’ll be sure to report back after the trip and let you know how we faired.
two people one bike? or two bikes two people? ………………. your round-robin trip to the coast looks like it just might encompass approximately 3,400+ miles……………….. 6 days, all day on a bike .wow! your fist day including boat crossing looks like at least a 14hour day, …… when will you have the time to stop and smell the roses?……………. is this trip really possible? Look I’m not trying to be a smart ass but this trip of yours looks more like a marathon motor cross……. are there any other bikers here that can comment on the logistics of Kirsby’s trip ?
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