Maine Fall Camp 2017 October 6th-9th

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Re: Maine Fall Camp 2017 October 6th-9th

Post by Thermos » Thu Jul 27, 2017 1:09 pm

I might ride out there early next week.

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Re: Maine Fall Camp 2017 October 6th-9th

Post by Mystery Jig » Mon Jul 31, 2017 11:35 pm

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So, I went on a little scouting trip this weekend. I went on the KLR because the Ural has got some clacking noises coming from the tranny. :x

I used a GPS track a guy I know gave me. I went from Bingham, across the Kennebec, up through the woods to the Dead and then west and out onto Long Falls Dam Road near the Camp of the Dead.

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All is well at the Camp of the Dead. They just added rocks staking out the gravel pit sites. They made them long and skinny so people can't park their campers sideways, taking up more than their fair share.

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They also put a guardrail up on the water side of the road so you can't put a camper over there anymore.

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They left our spot untouched, including the private privy down there.

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I met the summer caretakers, Dave and Linda. They will be gone by the time we get there.

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Incidentally, I found an amazing free site in the woods, 20 minutes from the state site. It was private and secluded with its own little beach on the Dead.

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Unfortunately, it's at the bottom of a steep, gnarly trail. I barely got down it and I feared I'd never make it out again. (It's actually steeper than it looks in the photo below.) The rough bit isn't too long though. Just 20 yards or so. If six of us went down there with shovels, we could have it Ural-ready in an hour or two. Just saying. It's an option.

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Anyway, from the COTD, I continued over to Eustis via the backside of Flagstaff Lake. Then, I followed the GPS route up 27 and into the woods at Kibby TWP. Then I went through the woods towards Holeb. It got dark just shy of there so I made a fire and cooked some food.

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By 10 p.m. I was fed and a little refreshed. The moon was setting and the sky was crystal clear with very bright stars. I decided not to camp there. I felt like riding. I saddled up and crept down the dirt road in second gear. A couple of guardrail-less bridges came up rather quickly in the dark but I was able to avoid disaster. I went near where I think the old Holeb train station used to be, crossing the RR tracks in the middle of nowhere. After about 90 minutes, I came out on 201 and rode down to Jackman. I checked into a fleabag motel at 11:30 and strolled across the street to a hoppin' redneck bar. Some drunk dude bought me shots. It was fun.

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In the morning, with my head slightly fuzzy, I rode back to Portland.

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The loop I did would make for a long day's ride from the COTD and back around. But it's totally doable on Urals or a bike with dirt capacity. It's all logging roads. Some were better than others, though. I don't think you'd want to ride all that gravel on a Goldwing or a R100. From the COTD to Eustis to Jackman to Bingham to the COTD is about 186 miles. Most of it is dirt.

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Re: Maine Fall Camp 2017 October 6th-9th

Post by VWK75S » Tue Aug 01, 2017 5:17 am

The only problem with the primary site is it only has one good spot.
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Re: Maine Fall Camp 2017 October 6th-9th

Post by Mystery Jig » Tue Aug 01, 2017 8:46 am

VWK75S wrote:The only problem with the primary site is it only has one good spot.
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You mean there's only ond good site at the state free area, or just one good place for a tent at that site?
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Re: Maine Fall Camp 2017 October 6th-9th

Post by Hogmaine » Tue Aug 01, 2017 8:57 am

Yeah I was thinking the same thing because we had all those people in that site last time and John picked it out
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Re: Maine Fall Camp 2017 October 6th-9th

Post by Hogmaine » Tue Aug 01, 2017 8:57 am

We do need a plan "B" if that site is taken
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Re: Maine Fall Camp 2017 October 6th-9th

Post by Mystery Jig » Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:51 am

Hogmaine wrote:We do need a plan "B" if that site is taken
There's two adjacent wooded sites on the other side of the road, at the end of the pit.
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Re: Maine Fall Camp 2017 October 6th-9th

Post by Hogmaine » Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:24 am

Okay and now for plan "C" we'll just wing it
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Re: Maine Fall Camp 2017 October 6th-9th

Post by Captain Canuck » Thu Aug 03, 2017 4:35 pm

Hey guys, been a while. How many are going roughly, and is going to be primary Ural's or two wheelers, cause if it's the latter I'd run my 1190r instead of the gear up

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Re: Maine Fall Camp 2017 October 6th-9th

Post by VWK75S » Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:02 am

Should be at least 2-kawa 650s.
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Re: Maine Fall Camp 2017 October 6th-9th

Post by Mystery Jig » Fri Aug 04, 2017 12:34 pm

VWK75S wrote:Should be at least 2-kawa 650s.
You still owe us a bottle of rye. :beerchug:
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Re: Maine Fall Camp 2017 October 6th-9th

Post by Poacher Bob » Sat Aug 05, 2017 9:45 am

VWK75S wrote:Any Urals going? :?
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Re: Maine Fall Camp 2017 October 6th-9th

Post by Thermos » Tue Aug 08, 2017 5:19 pm

Captain Canuck wrote:Hey guys, been a while. How many are going roughly, and is going to be primary Ural's or two wheelers, cause if it's the latter I'd run my 1190r instead of the gear up
As of right now, 5 are going. The first post has who's going.
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Re: Maine Fall Camp 2017 October 6th-9th

Post by Hogmaine » Wed Aug 09, 2017 7:24 pm

We are missing a few regulars I think ....What gives??

Sputnik, Sue, Bill ???
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Re: Maine Fall Camp 2017 October 6th-9th

Post by Mystery Jig » Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:32 pm

I just sent Facebook messages to Johnny, Myles, Scott, Bill and Peter.
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