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Maine-ly Ducati Weekend

DOCNYC Maine in September

DOCNYC in Portsmouth, NH
After a bit of last minute deliberation, the DOCNYC drove out from Columbus circle in the wee hours of Friday morning, embarking on a trip to Maine the week after Labor Day.
We had an ambitious route planned by our trip leader Nejat, scheduling a 1000+ mile loop, circumnavigating Acadia National Park along the coast of Downeast Maine, then back to the city by Sunday night.
Braving some of the muggiest heat of the summer, riding four Ducatis deep, we "slabbed" it Friday morning, sailing into Portsmouth, New Hampshire around 2pm on a Multistrada 1200S Pike's Peake, an 1199 Panigale, a custom S4R Monster, my ST3 and a brand new BMW R1200GS.
 Pausing for a quick photo-op of Sebastian and his S4R, we found a great lunch spot at a waterfront restaurant called The Oar House.
I left feeling oddly nostalgic, as I remembered passing by Portsmouth a little over a month ago but not stopping, traversing I95 (en route to an epic motorcycle journey around Nova Scotia) across an expansive bridge that lurched up out of a rolling cloud, the road  suddenly several hundred feet in the air, overlooking the city.
As opposed to last year, I've only ridden with the DOCNYC a handful of times this year, and it takes a little bit of adjusting to ride long distance with a larger group.  At the same time, five bikes is a pretty good size for a weekend trip, yet discipline, attention to formation and patience are required much moreso than when riding with one other person or solo.
 The Panigale and the Monster only had a about 100 mile ranges for gas, and were also much more uncomfortable to ride, and numerous bathroom breaks in podunk towns were necessary.  We stopped briefly in Portland, then for a quick dinner at Red's Eats in Wiscasset, ME and a finally arrived a couple hours later at a quaint little inn in Camden, Maine around 9:30pm.
 Cedar Crest Inn in Camden, Maine.

© 2014 Tigh Loughhead


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