The Northeast Expedition
When planning this expedition, like others before it, we started with the time allowed and the places we'd like to see. The maps below are the first representation - the proverbial darts thrown at a map. This route will always be revised, likely several times. There will be several ferry crossings and seasonal challenges that must be accounted for. In total, we're tackling over 4,100 miles of northeastern terrain, spanning 3 weeks mid June to early July!
The Route North
Starting in the First State, we'll travel north towards the Green Mountain National Forest in VT. We'll explore a bit and make camp. Picturesque and serene, there are several lake-side campgrounds and excellent chances to capture some of nature's beauty. After a quick venture through western VT, we'll make our way up to Mt. Mansfield State Forest and take in the majesty that is Mt. Mansfield. We'll sample some local craft brews and pack up and head east to Mt. Washington.
Mt. Washington has always been a destination. How can we not visit the highest point in the northeast? After taking in the scenery from the top, we'll head over to Portland, Maine to catch the CAT ferry over to Yarmouth, NS. Taking the CAT will shave about 15 hours of driving off of our route. In just about 5.5 hours we'll land in Yarmouth. One of the keys to planning this expedition is timing. Plan too early and you'll miss the ferries or have them canceled due to sea ice.
We'll spend some time exploring Nova Scotia, meeting the people, learning the culture, and building experiences that will last a lifetime before heading north again, to Sydney to catch the second ferry of our trip over to Newfoundland. But first we'll stop at the haunting Oak Island and Cape Breton Highlands National Park and look around.
Landing in Newfoundland, we're open to anything. With the final destination being St. John's, we plan on going where the wind takes us and making the most of the remoteness that is the road there. We're definitely going to stop and spend some time in Gros Morne National Park, and then camp our way east.
The goal of this entire trip is to be a self-sufficient as possible. We'll be living out of our overland rigs, for the most part, stopping for supplies, using remote amenities when necessary. St. John's will be the point of reassessment to determine that our return route is feasible in the amount of time left in the trip.
The Route South
The route south will be more flexible. Weighing factors such as budget, weather, vehicle/equipment state, timing, and overall conditions of the team, we'll make our way south by taking another ferry from Argentia, NL back to Sydney.
Once back on dry land in Nova Scotia, we'll head back towards New Brunswick this time, only to stop and explore Prince Edward Island for a bit after hoping the short ferry ride for a shortcut. The natural beauty of PEI should lend itself to some great photography opportunities and exploration. .
Driving southwest in NB, we'll head toward Saint John for a chance to resupply again and perhaps refresh. But we won't stay in the city for long, as the Bay of Fundy awaits. The Bay is home to the largest tides in the world and we're excited to witness and film the ebb and flow of nature shaping the coast.
From Saint John, we'll head south towards the US again, with our return to Bar Harbor. A previous trip to Bar Harbor left us wanting more and the limited time we had to explore Acadia National Park left so much of the area left for a follow up. Camping along the water, exploring trails, watching the sunrise on the east coast are just a few items on the to-do list while we're here.
After relaxing in Maine, and having our fill of lobster, we'll journey back down the coast towards the First State. We'll loop just outside of Boston and make a camp last time before making the final leg home.
All in all, it's about 4,100 miles, 4 ferry crossings, 22 days, at least 20 of those camping, overlanding, and filming the expedition so that we can inspire you to live your dreams. Does this sound like something you'd want to do? Do you enjoying overlanding, camping and exploring the outdoors? Do you enjoy learning new things about cultures and places? Drop us a note on our contact page for more information. We're building, the team out now! Partial and full duration slots currently availabile.