Pittsburg has lots of miles, and more recently access to business, but its trails are now closed for the season. So the riders will go to one of the other systems if they have a NH registration. But that NH registration is more than Maine's, and how much of Maine's system is presently closed? So even if the entire system in NH is connected together, during the next several weeks, tourists aren't getting a portion of NH that they could. And the tourists will take that into account.
Well, by the time they see that 'justification' (profits), in most businesses its the competition making the profit. Most of the loss would be from riders south of NH or living in the eastern part of NH (as these are the most likely to go to Maine). While they may be basing their decisions on various factors including what the Chief estimates to be about 5000 riders registered in VT. Of course, those VT registrations don't actually support the trail system... so its self-defeating over time.
well from what I see when I do travel up to ride at Jericho, I see quite a few people staying at local motels, ect. and eating at local establishments. I think maybe if they ever get to connect the network of trails from berlin to pittsburg they will see an increase of money spent everywhere along the way. case-in-point is the Hetfield-McCoy Trails in West Virginia and how the whole community is flourishing with the tourism that is generated for people that go there to ride. I hope that this can happenfor the north country too