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Thread: The Map is Not the Territory: A Northern Maine Adventure

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    Default The Map is Not the Territory: A Northern Maine Adventure

    The Map is Not the Territory






    ad∑ven∑ture/adˈvenCHər/

    Noun: An unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity.
    Verb: Engage in hazardous and exciting activity, esp. the exploration of unknown

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    The Men

    Nick C - Trip Leader From: Southern NH


    Nick B - Photographer From: North Jersey



    Chirp - Adventure Dog From: North Jersey


    Jason G - Local Man of Mystery From: ?


    Josh L - Driver / Engineer From: Seacoast Region NH

    Kevin J - Scientist From: Some Lonley Island


    Erek J - Chef / Adventurer From: Seacoast Region NH

    Last edited by epicxcrider; 10-03-2011 at 09:13 PM.

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    The Means



    2007 FJ Cruiser: Lifted, Rear Locked, 33Ē MTís, Winch
    1997 Lexus LX-450: Lifted, Fully Locked, 33Ē ATís, Winch




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    The Mission:

    I had never been to the North Maine Woods. I’d always heard it was a place where you saw more moose than people, where you could drive for days on endless dirt roads. Roads where overloaded & speeding log trucks set the rules. They made the roads, they own the roads, and they will run you off them if you don’t move out of the way.
    But there had to be more up North... some natural beauty in the relatively untouched lakes and rivers of the Alligash waterway. The mission was to explore the North country of New Hampshire and Maine and discover what I had been missing all these years.


    Planning the trip was quite an undertaking - it took a long time to find published points of interest. I decided there would be three main destinations that would guide the rest of the route.
    The Two Trains - There are two abandoned steam locomotives in the North Maine Woods, and we would try to find them
    Gulf Hagas - The Grand Canyon of Maine - 5 mile long gorge strewn with waterfalls
    The B-52 Crash Site - A mountain in Maine where a Boeing B-52 crashed, the wreckage remains
    The rest of the route was determined by the desire to make the trip entirely on dirt roads - The Harder & More Wild the Better.

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    Stay tuned for more

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    Quote Originally Posted by epicxcrider View Post
    Stay tuned for more
    Consider me tuned. Don't leave me hangin to long, I love reading about these Maine trips, it's somewhere I've always wanted to go.

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    Ok, updates may be slow because I'm still writing and editing this... but here's the first day

    DAY ONE- Thursday 9.22.11 155 Miles

    After hurriedly packing the FJ with Nick B and Jason, we were on the road at 5:00 PM headed for Concord. I would be driving for the whole trip since Nick B doesn’t drive stick and well... Jason has crashed more vehicles than I’ve owned.


    In the spirit of the trip we decided not to take the highway and instead rode back roads to get there. After a short stop in Concord (so I could buy jeans and underwear since I had been too busy to do any laundry before the trip) we headed to our first dirt road of the trip: Sandwich Notch Road.

    Sandwich Notch Road winds North into the White Mountains offering little challenge, though at night it is relatively untraveled. The road had previously been closed due to flooding so we were happy to find that it had been repaired and open. At this point we made contact with Josh in the LX - they were on the way from Rochester,NH and needed food. What better place to eat when you’re in the area than The Common Man?!

    First we had to walk Adventure Dog and with the leash in New Jersey I found a suitable replacement...


    Tree Saver Leash

    Introductions were made, beer and burgers were consumed, then we were off to Sandwich Notch Road.


    We made camp for the night in a cul-de-sac at the end of an old logging road, outside the State Forest land. Erek set up a pretty cool hammock with rain fly, the rest of us were in tents. It was misty and late, nobody felt like making a fire so we made do.




    It was a good chance to get to know each other, everyone sat around the fire (lantern) drinking more beers and telling various college drinking tales and other fish-tales:P

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    Maybe this should be moved to completed adventures as it's a 5 day trip... a mod mind passing judgement here?
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    DAY TWO - Friday 9.23.11
    224 Miles

    Tunes for the day: Bill Cosby Standup
    Day two began at 7 AM with coffee and oatmeal for breakfast and an early (kind of) start to the day. It was still misty and we had to pack up wet sleeping gear in the hopes that it would dry later in the day.





    Josh had discovered the secret to oatmeal was piling as many other sweet things on top of it as possible. Mmmm Pumpkin.




    Sandwich Notch Road (Class V - Maintained Dirt) is a nice scenic and hilly drive, so we took it slow and enjoyed the start of the fall foliage. Leaving the state forest there is a clearing and a house, which offered a few good photo ops. Foliage was at peak and pictures simply cannot illustrate the view we had through the mist that morning.








    After Sandwich notch we cruised by Waterville Valley on Tripoli Road, which is another seasonal Class V dirt road. Foliage abounded casting the whole crew into a good mood. Tripoli Rd was considerably better than the highway and happened to be in good condition, covered a good distance at a good pace.


    The original plan was to then take the Kancamagus highway to Bear Notch Road to Jefferson Notch Road (All class V). To make up some time - and because Jefferson Notch Road was closed due to flooding - we chose to take 93 to RT 3 to get to Groveton, NH where our next dirt trail would be.



    Last edited by epicxcrider; 10-04-2011 at 03:33 PM.

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