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Mt. Washington’s auto road by motorcycle and the surprising Portland connection

A motorcycle crests the summit of the Mt. Washington Auto Road on Thursday in Gorham, New Hampshire. The road was only open to motorcycles on Thursday as part of the famous Bike Week festivities centered in Laconia. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

It sounds strange, but without Portland Harbor, there’d be no Mt. Washington Auto Road. I learned this tidbit while riding up the famously steep byway on Thursday with my buddy Johnny Sideburns, a local comedian and fellow sidecar enthusiast. The 7.6 mile-long road sets aside a day or two every year during Laconia’s long-running bike […]

Riding the St. John River: Day three

The Acadian flag could be seen painted on everything on both sides of the border, including this garage.

Wednesday June 11, 2014 / Madawaska to Fredericton Total kilometers: 350 I finished my omelette in the Gateway Motel’s diner as workmen put up a new, lighted exit sign. The whole joint was going through a serious renovation. My room was brand-spanking new. I rode up Madawaska’s main drag, looking for the McDonalds. I’d heard it […]

Riding the St. John River: Day two (part one)

A side trail leads to what looks like a canoe launch under the bridge at Dickey, Maine.

Tuesday June 10, 2014 / Millinocket to Madawaska Total kilometers: 363 The sprinkles turned in to a steady rain while I ate an omelette in the Millinocket cafe. The coffee was passable. The homemade English muffins seemed to be nothing more than round slices of toast, but they were deliciously grilled. The waitress offered me the […]