My Summer Vacation

Here is the itinerary for the Kittery to Fort Kent Self-propelled 2012 Trip.

I have not yet added up the mileage that is included here. Some things are better left unknown.   And everything, of course, is subject to the whims of weather, injury and/or gear malfunction.

I hope to be posting journal entries and photos semi-regularly along the way. Although things may get a little spotty up north. I am working with the staff at BDN to do some whiz-bang computer/satellite gadgets that will let readers know my location. More on that later.

This is the first time I have put this all down in one summarized document.



  Itinerary –Kittery to Fort Kent — Self-Propelled 2012

July 28 —  Embark from Gerrish Island , Kittery. Row the 17′ Old Town to Cape Neddick  (12 miles)

July 29 —  Row to Trott Island, Kennebunkport — ME Island Trail Campsite – (16 miles)

July 30 — Row to Ferry Beach, Saco –Saco Beach Association  (11 miles)

July 31 — Bicycle to Hiram, Me (40 miles)

August 1– Pole/Paddle upstream on Saco to East Brownfield (15 Miles)

August 2 – Pole/Paddle upstream on Saco to Canal Bridge, Fryeburg (15 miles)

August 3 — Bicycle Rt. 113 thru Evan’s Notch to Gilead (27 miles)

August 4 — Bicycle (or paddle the Androscoggin) east to Bethel  (10 miles)

August 5 — Bicycle or Paddle to Rumford Point (14 miles)

August  6 — Bicycle to South Arm,  Richardson Lake (23 Miles)

August 7 — Paddle Northern Forest Canoe Trail to Upper Richardson (10 miles)

August 8 — Paddle to Mooselookmeguntic Lake or Rangeley Lake  on NFCT (10-18 miles)

August 9 — Bicycle Rt. 16 to Stratton/ Flagstaff Lake, Cathedral Pines Campground (26 miles)

August 10 — Canoe Northern Forest Canoe Trail to campsite on Flagstaff — Hurricane Island (12 miles)

August 11 — Canoe NFCT to Grand Falls on Dead River, Maine Huts & Trails, Grand Falls Hut (15 miles)

August 12 — Canoe/Raft on Dead River or Bike woods roads to The Forks , Lake Moxie (23 miles bike)

August 13 — Mountain bike to Audubon  Borestone Lodge in Elliotsville  (25 miles)

August 14 — Bike to Little Lyford Camps — Appalachian Mountain Club — (18 miles)

August 15 — Bike to West Branch Pond Camps  (11 miles)

August 16 — Bike to Debsconeag Wilderness Camps, Chewonki Foundation (23 miles)

August 17 — Bike to Nahmakanta Lake Camps (8 miles)

August  18 — OFF DAY — remain at Nahmakanta Lake

August 19 — Hike Appalachian Trail part way to Golden Road (8-14 miles)

August 20 — Hike AT to Abol Bridge (4-10 miles)

August 21 — Hike AT in Baxter State Park to Katahdin Stream (10 miles)

August 22 — Hike (AT) to Katahdin summit — descend Helon Taylor Trail to Roaring Brook (8 miles)

August 23 — Hike from Roaring Brook to Russell Pond (8 miles)

August 24 — Hike to South Branch Campground (9 miles)

August 25 — Hike to Webster Lake outlet  (13 miles)

August 26 — Paddle to end of Webster Lake, portage to Telos Lake, paddle Allagash Wilderness Waterway to Nugent’s Camps on Chamberlain Lake (14 miles)

August 27 — Paddle AWW to Eagle Lake ( 10 – 15 miles)

August 28 — Paddle AWW to Churchill Dam (10-18 miles)

August 29 — Paddle AWW to Long Lake ( 15 -20 miles)

August 30 — Paddle AWW to Round Pond  – Jalbert’s Camps ( 10 -15 miles)

August 31 — Paddle AWW halfway to Allagash Falls (10 to 12 miles)

September 1 — Paddle AWW to Allagash Falls (8-10 miles)

September 2 — Paddle AWW to Allagash Village (15 miles)

September 3 — Paddle St. John River to Fort Kent (28 miles) — bike alternative depending on water level


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About jimandrews

Jim Andrews is an attorney, Registered Maine Guide, writer, husband, dad and sixth-generation Mainer who grew up in the hills of Oxford County and now lives in Farmington. He is a monthly columnist for the The Maine Sportsman magazine where he focuses on muscle-powered travel in the outdoors and specific applications to fishing and hunting in Maine. Late in the fall of 2010 Jim suffered a mid-life crisis and decided that the cure would be a self-propelled trip from Kittery to Fort Kent in the summer of 2012. The preparation, planning and execution of that trip will be covered here -- as well as his own ongoing attempts to reintroduce physical effort back into the increasingly-motorized world of fishing and hunting in Maine. Find Self-propelled on Facebook: