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Old 05-05-2016, 06:46 AM
 
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Anyone done this? Thoughts? Places for lunch more or less mid way? Time to clear customs at border? Scenery, reasons to stop, or side trip? Would be driving on a Saturday, late August. TIA
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Old 05-05-2016, 04:34 PM
 
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Anyone done this? Thoughts? Places for lunch more or less mid way? Time to clear customs at border? Scenery, reasons to stop, or side trip? Would be driving on a Saturday, late August. TIA
Done this many times. Great scenery in the Kennebec River valley for the first 90 minutes or so in Maine. The Jackman area has many great-looking lakes, not sure anything is worth going out of the way though. Unfortunately midway is pretty much the middle of nowhere. We used to stop in Skowhegan (where they shot Empire Falls, with Paul Newman) but it is nothing special and kind of rundown. There are a few OK spots in Waterville and Augusta but nowhere close to the many great dining spots you will have access to if you just wait until Portland.

Time to clear customs toward the US in late August should be under 10 minutes, maybe a little bit longer if you are there on Labor Day weekend. Mid-July to mid-August would be a very different story especially on Saturdays.

If you have some time and you haven't done mid-coast Maine, you might want to consider spending a night somewhere between Camden and Wiscasset (Rockland, Boothbay, etc) before you go further south. Bath is cool if you like shipyards, I'm sure you've heard about Freeport shopping...
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Old 05-06-2016, 11:03 AM
 
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Thanks Barney. We'll pack a great Quebecois lunch; and drive fast after the Kennebec River Valley
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Old 05-09-2016, 03:39 AM
 
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Thanks Barney. We'll pack a great Quebecois lunch; and drive fast after the Kennebec River Valley
Good idea, but just be careful -- there are amazingly complicated restrictions on the types of food you can bring to the US from Canada:

https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/det...r-personal-use
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