Starting in Groton, MA and simply take Route 119 northwest all the way up into New Hampshire and to the end point of Brattleboro, VT (just over the river/border).
Note: There's lots of great routes that bring you through the state lines between MA and NH. Tons of pretty roads
If you start in Groton, MA, You can follow RT 119 pretty much into Brattleboro VT. The road winds into Southern NH, through some pretty towns and farmland, and then into Brattleboro, which is just over the NH line. It takes less than 2 hrs. There's some pretty Falls at the Ashburnham State Forest, if you want to stretch your legs.
The road quality is good, and aside from some twists and turns, and road signs you have to follow; you should have no problems. It's a single lane road, and some sections are rated for 55 MPH. The road is in fine shape.
There's plenty of places to stop for gas, or a snack, except for one section in Southern NH, where you skirt the lower end of the Pisgah State Park. wich is a 13,300 acre forest with pleanty of hiking trails. Brattleboro has a ton of shops, and places to eat. It's got a kind of crunchy, hippie feel to it.
I'm a new rider out of Billerica, MA. We're blessed with some great backroads that lead out to NH/VT and Central/Western MA from here. I stumbled on this route by riding around 225 near home, up to Littleton, and then banking a right onto 119 by the IBM Building. I took 119 all the way to Brattleboro. Great ride, not many lights, lots of spots to take a break, and great scenery too.
Top points: A) Lots of great country roads, all one lane, awesome for any level of rider. Plenty of stops along the way for a bite to eat, a drink, gas ups, etc. Heart of New England. B) Once you get to Ashburnham, you'll roll through some twisties in the state forest with some narrow roads. C) Once you're about to cross into NH, you'll start to get a view of some small mountains and lakes. D) In NH, speed limit picks up on some straightaways.
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Larry in MA
September 15, 2013
16 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Sport
Note: the route shown on the map (Quabbin Loop) does not match the description (Route 119). My comments refer to Route 119 as listed in the description.
East of Groton, there is more traffic, interchanges and lights. Best to travel West from Groton. Road condition in some areas is beginning to deteriorate - uneven pavement, cracks and rubberized patch - but in general, this is still a very good motorcycle route. Follow the signs, as the Route takes a few turns along the way. A good mix of curves and straights, and there are enough towns along the way, so services are readily available. This is a very good route to take to get to further touring in VT.