Northeast Backcountry Discovery Route

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11 Days
Dates: Mid-June thru Mid-October
Hancock, NY
New Hampshire-Canadian Border
Max People : 6

Tour Overview

NEBDR®    Crossing more state lines and covering more mileage than any other BDR makes the NEBDR one of the most diverse routes in the BDR series. Every state delivers a unique experience unto itself and while sections can be done over an extended weekend, riders who commit to the entire 1,400-mile route will truly feel as though they had an adventure of a lifetime.

Charity

A portion of your ride fee will be donated to two very worthwhile charities. The first charity is Motorcycle Relief Project. MRP takes military veterans with PTSD on Adventure rides giving veterans the opportunity to ride and share stories together. The second charity is the BDR® community itself. Donations to BDR® allows the continuation of route development and promotion.

Itinerary Overview

Plan to arrive in Hancock, NY to begin the ride. Lodging will be provided (see hotel details) for this evening. We will start the BDR leaving from Hancock to Andes, NY. Each day will be an average of around 175 miles. We will plan to arrive at the end of the route, at the Canadian border, 9 days later. We will spend the evening in Pittsburg, NH and begin the trip back home the following day. 

Tour Options

Includes:

  • Lodging 
  • Guides (carrying Spot Messenger and Satellite phone)

Cost for single occupancy per person:  $2600

Cost for double occupancy per person:  $1800

Cost for Camping per person: $800

 

Departure Location

Hancock, NY

End Location

Pittsburg, NH

Departure Date & Time

Mid-June thru Mid-October

End Date & Time

Mid-June thru Mid-October

Price Includes

  • Welcome dinner the evening of your arrival
  • Hotel accommodations each night
  • Professional tour guides
  • Spot messenger and Satellite Phone
  • $100 Donation to Backcountry Discovery Route
  • $100 Donation to Motorcycle Relief Project

Price Excludes

  • Motorcycle rental
  • Breakfast and Lunch on the tour
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Fuel
  • Entrance fees for ORV permits, national parks and tourist places

Don't Forget To Bring:

  • Riding Gear
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Phone
  • Bluetooth Helmet Comm (optional)

Tour Specifics

NEBDR Trailer

/NEBDR Trailer
  • Ride Difficulty: Intermediate to Advanced
  • Terrain: Rock, Sand, Water Crossings, Asphalt

Itinerary

Day 1 – Meet up in Hancock, NY

The plan is to meet at a hotel in Hancock the day before the ride. We will be heading out by 8 AM.

Day 2 – Leave Hancock, NY

Hancock to Andes, NY

The route begins in Hancock and after a short stretch we will dip into Pennsylvania for our first taste of some rocky trail. After crossing back into NY near the town of Callicoon, we will be hitting forested dirt and gravel roads. We will cross our first covered bridge and ride through the Pepacton Reservoir on some tarmac twisties arriving in the town of Andes, NY for the evening. We will take a ride up to the Palmer Hill Lookout before heading back into Andes for the night. 

Day 3 – Leave Andes

Andes to Copake Falls, NY

We will leaving Andes after fueling up and getting a bite of breakfast. We will get a great view of the reservoir as we head out of town as well as riding near streams and waterfalls. We will stop at the Beaverkill Fish Hatchery where you can try your luck with a rod and reel. We will have our first taste of rocky terrain outside Fleischmann’s, NY before we head into the hurricane devastated town of Prattsville. We will wind through some state forest roads and we will stop for lunch in the ski town of Hunter, NY. We will cross the Hudson River and climb to Olana State Historic Site for some incredible views of the Catskill Mountains. A few more dirt and gravel roads will land us in Copake Falls, NY for the evening. 

Day 4 – Leave Copake Falls

Copake Falls, NY to Adams, MA

As we leave Copake Falls we will visit the Furnace historical site and then travel into Connecticut exploring Mt. Riga and Campbell Falls State Park. Leave CT we enter the Berkshires in Massachusetts. The technical nature of the route begins to become apparent as we head north. Rocky trails abound in October Mountain State Forest. We then ascend Mt. Graylock and the Graylock lighthouse overlooking the four states of CT, MS, NH and VT. We will spend the night at Boscom Lodge in Adams. 

Day 5 – Leave Adams

Adams to Barnard, VT

Leaving Adams we enter the Green Mountain State of Vermont. Through much of Vermont we will be riding on Class IV roads which are un-maintained roads characterized by rocky sections. These stretches of road pass through beautiful forests, small towns and the Green Mountain National Forest. We will stop in Grafton for food and fuel and then continue on to the town of Barnard and the end of the section. 

Day 6 – Leave Barnard

Barnard to Woodsville, NH

We will leave Barnard and continue to experience Class IV roads through most of this section in Vermont. We will have the opportunity to stop at local markets for local meats, maple syrups and cheeses. We will stop and explore Robert Frost’s cabin. We will have a late breakfast/early lunch in Warren. We will ride a couple gap roads through mountain passes and cross over the Floating Bridge in Brookfield. We’ll stop in Chelsea for food and fuel before crossing into New Hampshire. 

Day 7 – Leave Woodsville

Woodsville to Gorham, NH

Leaving Woodsville we will first stop in Bath, after crossing the covered bridge, for some breakfast and fuel. After riding the Sandwich Notch Road, we will make a must stop at the Sandwich Creamery for a cold treat. We will climb up Mt. Chocorus for a great view of the Lake. We will also ride a short section of the famous Kancamagus Highway and make a stop for a quick dip at Rocky Gorge swimming area. After hitting a few forest roads we will take the ride up another famous road, the Mt. Washington Auto Road (weather permitting). Mt. Washington climbs to a height of over 6,200 feet. We will spend the night in Gorham. 

Day 8 – Leave Gorham

Gorham to Rangeley, ME

We will cross over the Androscoggin River into Maine. 

This section of the NEBDR will include the option of riding some rocky and challenging ATV trails in Maine. If you elect to ride these sections, there are bypasses for the trails built into the NEBDR route, you will need to purchase permit stickers. There is also a very challenging ORV optional section just outside of Rangeley.

We will spend the evening in Rangeley. A beautiful town with a great view of Rangeley Lake and wonderful dining options

Day 9 – Leave Rangeley

Rangeley to the Canadian Border

We begin our final day on the NEBDR by riding the Quill Hill Loop. A rocky trek for sure but the payoff is an amazing 360 degree view of the surrounding area that should not be missed. Stickers are required for this loop as well since it is an ORV route. 

We will leave Maine behind, crossing back into New Hampshire for our final push to the end of the NEBDR. The main route ends in a remote forested area just past Rhubarb Pond and a short distance to the Canadian Border. We will head back along the route then turn north on the alternate spur to reach the border crossing between New Hampshire and Quebec. 

Finally we head back south to our lodgings for the evening in Pittsburg, NH. 

Day 10 – Leave Pittsburg

Having succeeded in navigating the NEBDR we begin the trek home. We have the options of riding home via highway or we may elect to have the bikes and us hauled by truck back to the origin of the ride in Hancock. 

Cost

Camping per person: $800
Double occupancy per person: $1800
Single occupancy per person: $2600

 

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FAQ’s

When is the best time to ride the NEBDR:

June through September would be the best time to explore this route in that you will avoid the potential wet weather in the spring and snow to the north in the fall. With the summer weather being more consistent though heat and mosquitoes can be a challenge. The colors in September are outstanding.

What type of motorcycle should I bring:

The short answer is whatever you have in your garage. But the BDRs are designed for larger Adventure bikes which makes the highways and faster dirt roads more comfortable. But the tougher rockier sections might be a challenge for the big bikes. These sections will be best handled on smaller, dual sport type bikes. 

What type of tires should I use:

At a bare minimum 50/50 tires such as the Heidenau K-60 scouts would be needed. But, more aggressive knobby type tires would be advised. Continental TKC-80, MotoZ Rallz or Dessert H/T are good examples. 

How do we get to the start and back from the end:

This is always the challenge of a BDR. We will be leaving from Hancock, NY so you want to get here. Options include riding your bike here, using a shipping company (Motoshippers or Haulbikes are two examples), trailering your bike to Hancock and leaving your vehicle there for our return, or renting a bike. Note: we will have Yamaha T700s available for rent by the time this tour begins. Coming back you have the option of riding your bike or shipping. 

Terms and Conditions

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Emmaus MotoTours requires a 30% USD non-refundable deposit at time of booking.

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Cancellation Policy

If a tour is canceled by Emmaus MotoTours ahead of departure because of lack of participation all deposits and balance payments are 100% transferable and refundable.

Cancellations initiated by the participant received in writing to [email protected] with more than 30 days notice before tour start date will receive their 30% USD deposit and all balance payments in full.

Cancellations initiated by the participant received in writing to [email protected] with 30 or less days notice before the tour start date will forfeit their deposit and any balance payments as a cancellation fee.

Emmaus MotoTours reserves the right to cancel a participants tour during the tour if the participant is disruptive or putting themselves or others in harms way. No refund or credit will be issued.

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