Join Date: May 2005
Location: Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Virginia and points beyond
Geez, I would get that throttle looked at first before embarking on a trip this long. What bike are you riding ? Highway is one thing, but when you come off the major roads and are looking for food and accommodation, and you're beat, and you're in unfamiliar territory, I would think I wouldn't want my bike acting up.
Movin' on, I would follow the advice of Bullpen. Just jump on I-81 to get you north rapidly. BRP will take a while. So I-81 north towards Harrisburg and Scranton. You want to stay well west of Washington, Philadelphia and New York City. So far, so good.
From Scranton, head east (on I-84?) towards I-87. And so far, all I've given you is interstates, but here's where you need to be creative, because only I-90 will take you to Maine the easy way. From Albany, New York, head east on #7 towards Bennington and #9 towards Brattleboro (stop at MAX's BMW first though, in Troy!!). Follow #9 east towards Concord. You didn't say where in Maine you're meeting, but if it's the south end, visit MAX's (again) in North Hampton, New Hampshire. Otherwise take a side trip to Mt. Washington. If not, then on the way back. It's a must do. It's farther up I-93 and just east of there. Take #112 from #93 towards Conway, even if you don't have time for the mountain.
If you're closer to the coast, relax along US 1 towards Portland.
There's plenty of options. I find the Interstate to be exhausting sometimes, especially with all those trucks.
If you have time and you need a break from riding, you could take the Yarmouth-Bar Harbour ferry. 6 hours, last time I was on it.
Let me know if you have any questions. Some of these K-bike forums are pretty quiet, but I'm willing to advise you where I can.