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  1. goonstroke

    Turkey Tail - Middle/Lower Jo-Mary - Pemadumcook - Twin Lakes Loop

    This was a short trip and there's already good coverage of the area in other TRs, so I'll keep this a lite trip report. I wanted to make a post mainly to make people aware of a couple of less popular access points that enable a self shuttled loop trip. First the references, more on the Jo-Mary...
  2. goonstroke

    The Millinocket Carry, Northern Maine

    "Once the principal route between the upper Aroostook and the East Branch [Penobscot River], this carry was direct, and useable as long as streams were unfrozen. The southern half of the Millinocket Carry is abandoned and a challenge today ... It is a major loss." - Ron Canter, The Allagash and...
  3. goonstroke

    Favorite Access Sites / Signs

    This didn't quite fit in Murat's Carry Signs thread so I'm forking, as it were. This delightful sign is at a local launch on the Penobscot River at Eddington Bend, roughly the head of tide. It's a good place to take out after running the "new" (since dam removals) whitewater on the main stem of...
  4. goonstroke

    Moose River Bow Trip (Backwards), Maine, September 2020

    This is another installment in a series that might be called "Small Beer Canoe Trips". In this case it was a two night trip, Saturday through Monday, Labor Day weekend. I'd love to be doing longer trips, but you know how it goes, so I splash around as much as I can in a weekend. The Moose River...
  5. goonstroke

    Nahmakanta Lake and Stream from Pemadumcook

    This past 4th of July weekend I headed up to the Millinocket, Maine area for a short canoe trip. All my trips seem to be short these days, but I take what I can get. This trip had the advantage of being relatively close, just 80 miles from my house, all on paved roads, about an hour and a half...
  6. goonstroke

    Allagash Lake from Indian Stream

    This little trip is back in my mind because of dcloots' Allagash trip and associated conversation about the longer Allagash Lake Loop, so I thought I'd write it up. First a bit of backstory: last August several of my friends were planning a 4 day (Friday morning - Monday evening) trip to...
  7. goonstroke

    Yoke pads sans yoke

    I have a new (to me) tandem canoe with a simple 1" tubular aluminum thwart in the center. I'd like to figure out a good portage scheme for this boat. I could replace the thwart with a wooden yoke of some kind, then probably add some padding, but I'm wondering if I can skip the yoke and just...
  8. goonstroke

    How to skin a Wenonah

    I've been vicariously enjoying the builds that Jim Dodd and Deerfly have been doing, and with nice weather today, I decided to start on a restoration project that's been on my list for a long time. I have this old 1984 Wenonah C1W in kevlar ultralight. It's a beater boat with a lot of battle...
  9. goonstroke

    Chesuncook Lake: Tour de Gero

    I've been enjoying the various trip reports here, so I thought I would write up the short solo trip I took last weekend. I only had a one night kitchen pass, but I was in the mood to put some miles on the odometer, so I decided to head up to Chesuncook Lake in northern Maine, just south of the...
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