Every year, I meet a group of friends and we suit up for a motorcycle ride, usually in the area of 3,000 miles round trip. Last year, we visited the most beautiful place in the world: Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada. This time, The Accelerators Motorcycle Club gathered for “The Maine Event.” Maine is known for its scenery: rolling mountains, rocky coastlines, scenic waterways and thick forests. I was excited to see it all from my Harley-Davidson Fat Boy.
We started out in Portland, Maine, and headed toward Bar Harbor. Bellies grumbling, we stopped at The Lobster Shack, where we indulged in the local fare. And when I say indulged, I mean it—I completely overdid it with four pounds of fresh lobster. But the large lobster was only ten bucks, and it was so good I just couldn’t stop eating it.
The next day, from Bar Harbor, we headed to the tip of Maine, Caribou. On the way there, we stopped at East Point, Maine, which is the northernmost and easternmost part of the U.S. We were in moose and bear country and anxious to catch a peek. Unfortunately, we never caught sight of any wildlife. But we very much enjoyed watching the local fisherman in East Point as they came in to dock.
Jackson, New Hampshire, was our departure point the following morning, and we took a 100-mile shortcut across Lake Champlain. I got quite a chuckle from the expressions of our fellow ferry riders when 25 motorcycles suddenly joined them. It was a perfect day for a ferry ride.
We spent two nights in Jackson; there was so much to do, including trekking to the top of Mount Washington, the highest—and windiest point—in the Northeast. As someone who is afraid of heights, it was frightening and exhilarating. The lodge where we stayed was so quaint, and the owners were so excited about all of the motorcycles that they threw us an impromptu barbeque right in their front yard. They even ran out and bought picnic tables, chairs and all the grill equipment!
From there, we rode along the river through Vermont to the Lake Placid region of upstate New York. The Adirondack Mountains were breathtaking. Just south of Buffalo in East Aurora, N.Y., we sampled the world’s best Buffalo wings at “Bar Bill” before rounding out the trip in Port Clinton, Ohio. Located on Lake Erie, Port Clinton is just a short ferry ride from Put-in-Bay. I had a boat on Lake Erie for 10 years, and have enjoyed many summers there. And anyone who is familiar with Put-in-Bay knows it’s a place where you can very easily have way too much fun—and that’s exactly what we did the last night of our trip.
What an amazing time. I’m already looking forward to next year’s ride, which will be the 20th Anniversary of The Accelerator’s Club. Our first trip was to Sturgis, and that’s how we will celebrate two decades of riding together. Our rides get bigger and bigger each time—and next year is sure to be our biggest yet.