Saturday’s ride included heading north from Boston up to a land that most of us “Flat-landers” (name for Massholes in Maine) never see. The ride up 95 is not bad for a highway but when you get 86 miles up in to Maine, you find some of the greatest roads, best food and ridonkulous views existing in the northeast!
Take Exit 86 into Maine (off 95N) and then look for Rt 126W When are on 126 you’ll go by a few places warranting a stop. Fielder’s Choice Homemade ice cream gives you enough ice-cream to upset even the most bulletproof stomach and for only about $2. This stuff isn’t just good ice-cream cheap but it is phenomenal!
Defined as a Biker’s heaven. 20 miles of curvy, fresh road
Ride on past a few antique shops and take a right onto 197 East. You’ll know when you’re there due to the perfectly paved winding road that carries on for 18.2 unmolested miles. This is nearly the perfect road. It twists, has very few driveways or side streets to interrupt the perfect ride allowing you to play slalom @ 75 MPH with the reflectors in the middle of the street (though that would be dangerous and we wouldn’t advocate doing so).
Continue on 197 to the end and you’ll find the Ole Goat pub in Richmond Maine. It’s on the left side when you’re going East and is a good spot for a beer – a regular biker haunt around dusk.
Take a left onto 127 and go down until you hit 27. Take a right when you do and continue to Wiscasset. Don’t blow through Wiscasset. If you do, you’ll miss a great little town and most importantly, Red’s Eats. Red’s has been voted the best Lobster Roll in the US by several publications far less distinguished than ours (USA today who?…). It’s over a pound of lobster meat and they give you melted butter on the side. Also, fried dough in case your bike is still getting decent gas mileage and you feel the need to add some weight.
Pass over the Wiscasset Bridge and take a left onto Rt 1 followed by a quick right back to Rt 27. Follow 27 to Boothbay harbor. You’ll know when you’re there due to the street ending and ocean starting.
Food, again is great. We hit up the Boathouse Bistro roof-deck today but could have gone to Chowdah house or anywhere else with fresh and awesome seafood. Ebb Tide is the right place for breakfast with their fresh cinnamon rolls or thick pancakes. Views = ridiculous.
Ratings (all out of 10). Total Rating = 6.875
Rating system defined: Map Rating system
- Road Quality: 9 (almost perfect. RT 197 was brand new and 127 as well as 27 were smooth)
- Ride Length with good roads (46.5 Miles one way) (shortish ride): 3 (out of 10). I’m not rating the long trip up 95N though there are some good backroads using RT 1 and RT 9 to get up there without the freeway
- Technical Difficulty: 5
- Views: 7 – Great rural views, good seaside village
- Food Options: 9 Best Lobster Roll, incredible breakfast at the Ebb Tide and great food at the Boathouse Bistro with a crazy view).
- Gas Availability: 10
- Speed-traps: 4 – 2 along the way. One before entering Richmond and the other by Wiscasset.
- Traffic: 8 -there was some traffic near the Wiscasset bridge but not enough to care about.
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