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New England Road Trip - Day 3 - Exploring Maine

Day 3 of the New England Trip was exclusively Maine (well we did re-enter New Hampshire twice - more on that later).  We went from North Conway, NH to Rockland, ME by way of Acadia National Park.

Route: US 302, ME 113, US 2, ME 156, US 2, ME 11/100, I-95, I-395, US 1A, ME 3, US 1.

This blog will cover the trip from North Conway to Acadia National Park.  For the entire photo set on flickr, head here.



My first time back in Maine since October 2003!!!  In Fryeburg, we turned North on ME 113 to head to US 2.  However, what is interesting about ME 113 it actually re-enters New Hampshire twice between US 302 and US 2.  New Hampshire signs the route as a Maine highway.



After entering Maine for the final time, ME 113 enters White Mountain National Forest.  The road is typically closed in the winter.



Somewhere on US 2 was this great antique store full of great old signs.  Unfortunately, it was closed.



After a quick stop in Rumford Corner, we stopped at the town of Rumford and took in the amaz…

New England Road Trip - Day 2 Continued - New Hampshire

Vermont 100 was a lot of fun, but maybe the part of our second day drive that we enjoyed the most was through New Hampshire.  I'm not sure if it was the encroaching fog as nightfall grew or the more dramatic nature of the surroundings.  But our brief time in New Hampshire was certainly a highlight.

For photos from this part of the trip head here.

We wanted to stop at the I-93 NH Visitor's Center...but it was closed for the season.  However, at the exit we came across an older font styled I-93 shield.



A few miles later we would exit onto US 302 East.  A quick stop in Bethlehem found us this cast iron sign.



Just east of town on US 302 - we came across a great old abandoned truss bridge known as the Pierce Bridge.



I remember this bridge from my first ever trip to New England in October 2003 but I wasn't sure if I had it confused with a bridge further west near the Connecticut River.  Seeing this bridge again was a pleasant surprise and it made for some great photos.



The bridg…

New England Road Trip Day 2 - Traveling VT 100

Have you ever wanted to travel on a single route number for as long as you can take it?  To make as many stops as you can along that route?

Well for a long time Vermont 100 has been one of those routes that I wanted to complete in one day.   Nearly 216 miles on one two lane highway through the heart of Vermont.  The idea of driving VT 100 in one setting was inspired by an entry in The Most Scenic Drives in America: 120 Spectacular Road Trips.  I often refer to this book and other scenic drive books as ideas for various roadtrips.

How did we drive it:  We left Doug's place at 6:30 am and arrived in North Conway, NH at around 8 pm.

Our Route: I-890, I-90, US 9/20, NY 150, NY 43, NY 351, NY/MA 2, MA/VT 8, VT 9 , VT 100, VT 105, US 5, I-91, VT 105, VT 114, VT 122, I-91, I-93, US 302.

(Full Disclosure: we did skip one small segment of VT 100 south of Wilmington - I had already driven that section of VT 100 numerous times so we stated on VT 8 and rejoined VT 100 in Wilmington.)

For the …