Bar Harbor is located on Mount Desert Island near Acadia National Park. On Mount Desert Island, you'll find some rugged hills and a considerable amount of recreational traffic in the summer months and during the fall color season. West of Freeport, the route heads inland on somewhat hilly, less-trafficked roads to avoid Portland, Maine, before looping back to the coast at Kennebunk. The route follows very quiet rural county roads from Exeter to the outskirts of Nashua, though traffic increases in and near towns. The 29-mile Boston Spur begins in Littleton, and provides access to the city center on a combination of busy thoroughfares and a the Minuteman Bikeway. The terrain of southern Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and northern Connecticut is hillier. The majority of the route in Connecticut is quiet rural county roads except of the section into Windsor Locks, which has typical urban congestion. Click on enlargement for detail.
I just finished a ride from New Jersey to Bar Harbor and used section' 1&2, I was thankful I had my GPS. The maps are nice and have some good information but they lack for directions when you get into the big towns. And I made my trip three weeks after the Hurricane went through and because I had to get off the route (because of high water and bridges that were out) I needed more directions than what was on the maps. The GPS worked well when I had it set on bike routes and it was nice not having to stop and read a map.
A customer from Brooklyn, NY on 9/9/10
I just completed my first tour (411 miles) and I used this map from Poughkeepsie to Windsor Locks. (using my own routes for the rest of the tour) All I can say is these are SO easy to use, take you through phenomenal scenery and make you feel secure you are not on a wrong turn. (which I did more than once on my own route!) I will be following only Adventure Cycling Routes for all my tours going forward!!!
A customer from portland, me on 9/9/10
pretty much a ride up route 1 which is a lousy cycling road
Beautiful New England
Andrew Latham on 6/3/10
It was great to be back in my home state of Massachusetts for the spring, and to ride through one gorgeous old town center after another. Unlike other maps on the Atlantic Coast route, however, this one had an extended stretch of perhaps 30 miles after you cross into MA on a very busy road with lots of tractor trailer traffic. The rest of the route was fabulous as are all other Adventure Cycling maps I've used, but I'd love to see that one section re-routed on safer, less busy roads.
A very handy resource
A customer from Germantown, MD on 9/7/09
I just got back from my trip. I didn't use the maps in their entirety, but it was one of the major resources for my trip from Portsmouth NH to Bar Harbor ME.
All of the roads it recommended were good, though it was a little highway-heavy in places (MP3 player is recommended to drown out highway noise).
Especially handy was the listing of bike shops along the route! I needed a couple, so that was vital information to have.
So, even if you're not following the route exactly, it's well worth the investment for the information, and to have a handy contingency plan mapped out.
tony caferro on 8/11/09
being my second Adv Cycling map I used, I can compare it to my other (Great Divide)..
a few items were confusing, and at one spot it called for a left, when in fact it was a right turn.