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I'm going to keep this first post updated with some info on different routes we've put together for driving around New England over the years. Please post any routes that you like as well. Hopefully, we'll collect enough info to quickly piece together different routes and ideally get more people to plan events.

Google Maps has a tendency to change the route I put together occasionally but it's easier to work with for future events than a JPG.

4 PASS OUT
This route traverses 3 of the most popular pass in Vermont between Route 4 and I-89 and begins and ends on I-89 to expedite a day trip on this long route. Route 17 is one of the best driving roads in New England and has been called the the Dragon of the northeast. It's well-paved and twisty without a lot of cross traffic. That's why it get's crossed twice. The turnaround is at Snap's restaurant in Bristol since that's about lunch time coming from the Boston area.

The rest of the route captures Granville Gulf, 125, and 73 before returning to I-89. Note, the map uses some back roads from 73 to 89 instead of 100 and 107. I don't recall the quality of these back roads so if you can comment, please do.

This route skips Lincoln Gap because it's not paved the entire way.

from:US-2 @44.296764, -72.686011 to:24 Main St. Bristol, VT to:43rd Infantry Division Memorial Hwy/Main St/VT-100 @44.165195, -72.832249 to:hancock, vt to:Court St/US-7 @43.960100, -73.116777 to:Lake Dunmore Rd/VT-53 @43.909063, -73.066454 to:VT-107


HURRICANE SAUCE AND HURRICANE ROAD (White Mountains, NH)
read the write-up here:
http://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f11...ite-mountains-scenic-drive-62644/#post1128882

The route passes through some of the better White Mountains National Forest Roads including Sawyer, The Kanc, Bear Notch, as well as the more obscure Hurricane Mountain Road. The breakfast stop was at Polly's near Franconia, lunch at Moat Mountain, and Dinner at the Common Man in Ashland. The drive from lunch/drinks/break at MM to dinner was too short and I could have extended it with another pass over HMR and back and bagged some of 153 after the Kanc. Google's Beta-"Walking" mode allows me to include Bear Notch and HMR but no interstates at the same time. This is an approximation of the route I would have preferred and is close to what was actually driven.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=NH-25%2FNH-3A&daddr=Warren,+nh+to:44.0113308,-71.7405407+to:672+Sugar+HIll+Rd++%28Route+117%29,+Sugar+Hill,+NH+03586+%28Polly%27s+Pancake+Parlor,+Inc%29+to:44.1886522,-71.9500691+to:swiftwater,+NH+to:Lost+River+Rd,+Woodsville,+Grafton,+New+Hampshire+03785+to:NH-112+to:West+Side+Rd,+Conway,+Carroll,+New+Hampshire+03860,+United+States+to:hurricane+mountain+rd,+nh+to:Moat+Mountain+brewery+to:West+Side+Rd,+Conway,+NH+03860+to:Whiteface,+nh+to:60+S+Main+St,+Ashland,+NH+03217+%28Common+Man+Restaurant,+NH%29&geocode=FVbYmwId9Pe5-w%3BFXA2ngId7AG3-ylRjbsUM5e0TDH4H0mOf9HKXQ%3BFUKPnwIdhFO5-yn9qvwydoO0TDEs9kWcwgTlnw%3BFXbpogIdSZy3-yH5TZ_ODI1JDg%3BFexDogIdCyG2-ynDpBqW5F-0TDHC91oFGUCKCQ%3BFeppoQIdihu2-ykzzHEL9Iq0TDHyERhsJxsj1A%3BFdDaoAIdYem3-ynTi87qbIa0TDFF58QM7mQcHQ%3BFQZgnwIdQ4a--w%3BFZtWnwIdd8LC-ykngJziZ6CzTDHrMW0eRMjK1w%3BFeh5oAIdIlfD-ykdQKxpT6GzTDFFvGzpUH_0Vg%3BFVJuoAIdWG7C-yHPXArXGfu3QQ%3BFZtWnwIdd8LC-ykngJziZ6CzTDHrMW0eRMjK1w%3BFXNanQIdD42--ymtt-BkSGyzTDEwD4JzFE8eTA%3BFYC8mgId6vO6-yFQlQQq-hlSTQ&hl=en&mra=ls&via=2,4&rtol=0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9,10,12,13&dirflg=w&sll=43.963131,-71.522141&sspn=0.782873,2.113495&ie=UTF8&ll=43.966133,-71.559448&spn=0.782833,2.113495&z=10"]White Mountain Loop - Polly's & HMR

The 2007 version of the HMR run included the eastern forest road which I found too bumpy to include in 2008. The nice part about this route was the drive up through the lakes region with the stop in Wolfeboro for Breakfast and the rest of the trip up through 153 and similar roads.

http://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f110/10-13-07-nmbm2-return-hurricane-mt-road-46239/#post817402

from:NH-129/Rte-129 to:Central Ave @43.585000, -71.212460 to:Elm St @43.731850, -71.097170 to:Stark Rd @43.949850, -71.082760 to:Chathams Rd @44.078700, -71.031500 to:moat mountain to:Chathams Rd @44.078700, -71.031500 to:US-2 @44.396620, -71.068420


SOUTHERN VERMONT - MANCHESTER LOOP

http://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f110/new-england-nelli-vermont-lotus-run-9-29-07-a-46007/#post807575

The map for this route is somewhat approximate since we had some navigation issues. The highlights included the driveway at the Vermont Arts Center from: West Rd to: 43.178287,-73.081205 - Google Maps and this stretch: from:Quaker St/RT-149 @43.397640, -73.265700 to:Danby-Pawlet Rd @43.355080, -73.049320 to:East Rd to:Rte-103 N/VT-103 - Google Maps

from:VT-11 @43.264850, -72.599930 to:Depot St/VT-11/VT-30 @43.173870, -73.036250 to:VT-153 @43.266970, -73.232530 to:Danby-Pawlet Rd @43.360780, -73.077320 to:East Rd to:Florence St/VT-140 @43.470870, -72.986080 to:Grafton Rd/Rte-35/VT-35 - Google Ma

Coastal NH and ME to HMR and Kanc
The coastal route is mint. Still not sure of the best roads up into ME but this was a good start. HMR and Kanc sections are always good and tied in with this trip nicely.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&sou...-70.581161&sspn=0.003226,0.008256&ie=UTF8&z=9

MA119 and NH137 (between Jaffrey and Hancock)

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&sad....714732,-71.455078&spn=0.799137,2.113495&z=10

Another variant of this continues north to the Flying Goose brewery in New London, NH. IIRC, it's the route from Hancock up 123 to 10 that is well paved, scenic, and twisty.

VT: Groton State Forest and Bethel Mt. Rd.
See sections C to D and G to I
The section prior to Polly's is to get more off-highway time in before breakfast and can be extended a number of ways
The route includes 17 and 125. 125 was paved in 2010 but has some traffic during the day. See "4 Pass Out"

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&sou....082653,-72.441101&spn=0.781296,2.113495&z=10
 

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From my "The Best Roads!" post. Mostly mentioned already. I'll clean it up later.

For tight twisties:

NH:
118/Kancamagus/Bear Notch Road
118 is usually ignored by the tourists, but it should be included in the trip.
the Kancamagus Highway

VT: Rt. 17
http://www.motorcycleridesinamerica.com/rides_vermont.htm#vt2

Looking for more like these in NE.

Most roads with the AAA scenic designation are nice although AAA doesn't include Rt. 17.
 

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Great work Shawn!

Any thoughts on the first run of the season?

Tom
 

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It's getting to be that time of the year, isn't it? :shift:
 

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rotfl I actually work at BAE (canal st, not Spit brook), i wonder if i can find a way to claim that as travel time for work. probably not, oh well.

Thanks, i foresee some good rides before snow forces the bike away. I think i'm going to tell the shop to do what they can, and i'll bring the back back when i have parts, i really want to go riding now. also, that motorcycle road site is awesome, i've never heard of it.
 

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I really need to get my butt up and driving through some of the NH roads. Good thread Shawn.
 

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Done in 2010! See http://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f11...-oct-17-nh-me-seacoast-sebago-hmr-kanc-93395/

I'm sure many are thinking the same thing, but maybe some more time in Maine for a change. This is what I have in mind to explore. Some coastal driving to start the day then Maine back roads from Nubble Light to Hurricane Mountain Rd. Anybody familiar with roads in this area?

from:secret spot, hampton, nh to:Odiorne Point State Park to:new castle, nh to:kittery point, me to:sohier park rd, york, me to:agamenticus village, me to:north berwick, me to:emery mills, me to:north shapleigh, me to:south hiram, me to:fryeburg, me

7 hours of driving, 213 miles. Stops at Hampton-North Beach (start), Nubble light, Moat Mountain (lunch), Red Hook Brewery, dinner. This is rough and we can adjust from here. I'm think a week from Saturday, 10/3.
 

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I think I'm going to do this as my last run of the season when the leaves start changing more: from:I-87 N to:Diamond Point Rd to:Market Rd to:VT-17 - Google Maps

Looks pretty long but that's fine. 9N running next to Lake George has some fun parts after Bolton's landing and the scenery is great the whole time. 17 looks great. Any ideas on what you might do differently after 17?
 

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We should do a big fall drive up to Maine for "Leaf and Lobster"
 

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Pretty sure I'd be in for the Maine-NH route.
 
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