Ride Your Motorcycle In Maine And Acadia National Park

Steer your motorcycle and learn to spell “moccasin” in Maine. Also, eat lobster

Acadia National Park
Acadia National Park.Kirsten Drew

“You can certainly learn to spell ‘moccasin’ while driving into Maine, and there is often little else to do, except steer and avoid death.”

- —E.B. White

E.B. White, the famous essayist and storyteller, did not know it, but in his brief summation of driving through Maine, he tantalizingly recommends his adoptive home to the motorcyclist, who, more than the average tourist, craves little to do but steer and avoid death.

And so it is that Maine's jagged coast and hidden coves cast their spell over the motorcyclist looking for the solitude of a New England jaunt. Still, a trip to Maine without visiting Acadia National Park in Mount Desert Island, though heavily trafficked, would be like, well, visiting Maine and not sampling lobster stew or whoopie pies. Certain things you just don't do.

The Road

Park Loop Road. Acadia National Park is unique for its rugged coastline and mountainous terrain. When it comes to vacations, many people are either “beach vacation” or “mountain vacation” people. At Acadia, you can have both, though it may not be particularly warm at the beach even in the summer. For the motorcyclist, the views of mountains and sea along the Park Loop Road make it a nice diversion on a coastal trip. Use it to access hiking trails and vistas. Then leave Mount Desert Island for more deserted locales.

The Food

Thurston's Lobster Pound for the best lobster rolls, lobster stew, and lobster by the pound. The lobster boats dock at Thurston's and unload their quarries right beneath the restaurant, so you know it's fresh. In this case, the nose knows. Many patrons enjoy getting their picture taken with their living soon-to-be-meal before it makes its way to the plate, but I find memento moris to be somewhat unappetizing. Barbarism, as it turns out, is a dish best served with lots of melted butter