Originally Posted by bjohansson
Since it's summer and I've got nothing better to do, I'm going to argue....
I've made the drive to the 'loaf a few times from Ogunquit. I say there's really no way to make it to Sugarloaf from Portland in under 2 hours. Too much time on 2-lane roads in the heart of logging country. The times I suggested were realistic, not best case cuz I've never made it best case. Plus, if you're coming from Boston, you're going to have to stop at least once to pee.
Also, it's 2 hours from Cambridge to Portland, best case. Again, I've never seen best case around Boston and I've been driving around there since 1976.
You really should find something else to do on a mid-summer's night.
Busted! Memory is getting fuzzy with age ... it is 3 hrs from Portland to the Loaf. I thought I remembered it being 35-45 min longer from Portland to CV, than from Portland to SR, but the maps don't lie. Portland to SR is 90 minutes normally. Usually I drive to SL from SR these days, which is 2 hours or just under on a good day.
I agree with you on 2 hours being aggressive from Cambridge to Portland. I'm speaking of being on the Charlestown side and not winding through city streets to get to Rte 1 or 93. From that point, it can be accomplished in 2 hours fairly regularly without accidents, rain, or snow. Throw in any one of those and all bets are off. E-ZPass required. On average, I make the trek to Portland around 30-35 times a year from somewhere around Boston - Boston, Woburn, Lexington, Burlington, Waltham, Marlboro, Canton, Walpole, or Franklin.
When I'm alone, there's no peeing. When my wife is along (usually) then just about the time I work my way to the front of traffic, she has to pee.