Day 1: New York to Portland, ME
The goal for today was be to get from NYC past Boston and explore the coast. I left home at about 10am to avoid the morning rush hour traffic and made my way up I95 towards Boston.
I knew touring on the 919 would be easy compared to last year's journey on the CBR. I have a full locking Givi hard case setup which provided both security and plenty of space to store my clothes, extra riding gear, tools, and whatever else I would need on this trip. I felt able to relax and explore further while off the bike not having to worry about my stuff. I also brought along a tank bag for the camera, GPS, food, and other essentials that I would need to take with me off the bike.
Via I95, I quickly made my way north of Boston and arrived at my first planned stop at the highly recommended Clam Box of Ipswich. I didn't realize portions were huge and I ended up ordering a mountain of fried clams, scallops, shrimp, and chowder.
From there, I made my way up the coast on Rt 1A and passed through many vibrant coastal towns along the way.
Outside of the towns were many beautiful mansions build right along the rocky shores.
I was also surprised to see surfers taking advantage of the waves on spots along the beaches.
Eventually I arrived at Portland, ME and checked into a hotel for the night.