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    East Coast Loop Recommendations?

    I'm wondering if I could kindly impose upon my forum friends here for some routing ideas for a touring type ride we're planning for this September? It's basically a big east coast loop that we're going to try to get done in about a week so there should be some time for finding good roads and some sights along the way.



    The mountains between Maryland and north Georgia we all know pretty well and that route is pretty much defined. I'm looking for recommendations in NW PA, New York around Niagra, and the route through Canada over to Copper Harbor MI. We'll probably just stick to the Mississippi Valley on the way down to St. Louis - there are guys on the ride that have family stops to make along that way.

    So any thoughts? Any "don't miss" roads, places to stay/eat, etc?

    Wes

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    If you swing through western MD up in to PA, the Laurel Highlands area is really nice.

    In NY, you can't go wrong in the Adirondaks as far as I can tell. And if you've never been to Niagara, head for the Canadian side and spring for a great hotel room overlooking the falls. It's worth the $$$, in my opinion.

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    Thanks guys. We'd love to have more time but we think it's doable if we don't spend too much time bird watching. It'll be a couple of 6-800 mile days but mostly easy 400 mile or less days to enjoy the scenery. I've never been through that NW corner of PA before and there's some interesting looking parks there. Just wondering if anyone would consider that area good sport bike country?

    How about the ride from Niagra up through Sudbury and over to the Michigan upper pen? Anything interesting there?

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    Once north of the boarder, you should consider heading up to Owen Sound and Tobermory. There is a ferry crossing there to Manitoulin Island where you can then ride to Espanola and west to Sault St Marie and across the boarder again toward Copper Harbour.

    The other option is running around the east side of Georgian Bay. I do a ton of riding in Southern Ontario.

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by PittsDriver View Post
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    How about the ride from Niagra up through Sudbury and over to the Michigan upper pen? Anything interesting there?
    I'm riding this route over the weekend. I'll report back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newstar View Post
    I'm riding this route over the weekend. I'll report back.
    Cool! Looking forward to your ride report!

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    I see no east coast in this loop.














    Not that it matters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Nye View Post
    I see no east coast in this loop.


    Not that it matters.
    Does the Chesapeake Bay count (I live on it's coast!) Ya got me there on what I called this thread. Last year this group did a west coast trip (Seattle 101/1/PCH to LA, Vegas) to in that context it's our east coast version. What this trip is really about is one of the guys has always wanted to go to Copper Harbor MI for some reason. So he's devised this big loop hopping there will be something for each of us.

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    Where on the bay are you from, Pitts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newstar View Post
    Where on the bay are you from, Pitts?
    I'm in Annapolis MD.

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    Annapolis....One of my favorite places!

    The Mid Atlantic Riders are just u the road and we have monthly get togethers in DE, MD, and PA. We'd love to meet you sometime!

    www.midatlanticriders.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by PittsDriver View Post
    ........ I've never been through that NW corner of PA before and there's some interesting looking parks there. Just wondering if anyone would consider that area good sport bike country?

    How about the ride from Niagra up through Sudbury and over to the Michigan upper pen? Anything interesting there?

    I can keep you busy for 3 or 4 days in PA, as good or better than a lot of WV stuff, IMHO, smaller and tighter.

    Once about 30 mile S of Buffalo, pretty much flat and straight, some decent lake views, but not sport bike stuff.

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