nachtflug, thanks for the lunch! (aka, dullest trip report ever)
well, it was only 80 miles or so, but we got to see a really neat italian off road museum, had some good eats (thanks again scott, great to meet you!) and i got to go down my favorite road in massachusetts (lots of "oddities", train tunnels, hydro dams, defunct nuclear plant, etc...........) sorry if my first trip report's a boring, i didn't take many pictures
the museum, i've never seen so many ossas in my life:
creepy train tunnel (disregard the non creepy family gathering in front of it) this was at one time the world's lognest train tunnel, i've walked about 3 miles into it before, found a small "house" built into the rock wall there and some vent shafts and other things, be neat to go through it on a small dirtbike.....
decomissioned nuclear plant, there is nothing left but the fuel now, the whole structure was still there 2 years ago, took them 10 years to remove the reactive stuff and 2 to take the rest down:
Isn't that the Hoosac tunnel? That's still an active line and kinda dangerous to be playing around. :huh
That's the most Ossa's I've ever seen in one pic by far :thumb
yeah, thats the hoosic tunnel alright, i think it wasn't being used for a while, but its defenetly in service now, i won't go in there!
Whoa...I've never seen so many pristine Ossa Pioneers in my life!! I remember drooling over one in a Shreveport, Louisiana shop back in the early 70s. That fiberglass bodywork was just too cool. I also spy a couple of nice Bultaco Alpinas in the background. These Spanish mounts started a lot of enduros back in the day ("started" being the operative word....:rofl).
Great pics of the museum -- thanks for posting!
Good info on the Hoosac here:
Does anyone have anymore info on that museum? Location, name, hours?
The museum is owned by Jim Hollerich who dominated the ISDT 6 day trials in the 70's and played host to the ISDT reunion a few years ago.
All the trophies you see were won by Jim.
Jim opened up the museum for folks from our rally. We also had part of our dual-sport ride on his property including a stop on one of his meadows:
There are no posted hours, the best bet is to drop by on Saturday morning or give a call first if you are coming from far away. He is located in Dalton, MA. I believe you can find him in the phone book.
He doesn't do television or the Internet.
:snore Oh, I'm sorry, I fell asleep because this is the most boring ride report ever. :lol3
My esteemed colleague, Bubba, left out some key parts of the weekend, so I will try to fill in the gaps.
Friday night I got drunk, so I didn't take any pictures. :cry I think y'all know what drunk looks like, so I'll just fastforward to Saturday morning at about 5:50am when I, along with the rest of the campground, was woken up to the dulcet tones of bagpipes. :bluhduh
Not everyone was pleased about this, and some took to yelling at the bagpiper. http://acw.smugmug.com/photos/31389421-M.jpg
Those among us who were hungover, and there were many, threatened death, but the man kept on piping.
Fastforward to a far more reasonable hour and Doug Morrison explains the road conditions for the Max BMW GS ride.
I didn't go, because I suck, but I did ride with Bubba and 'Flug to Jim Hollerich's museum.
8 250cc Mick Andrews Replicas, 1972-74
Jim also has some vintage sno-mobiles:
The Master at work:
Nice pics of the Ossa's.
Now go to Hugh's Bultaco; http://www.bultaco.com/ and check out his museum. I think he's got at least one, if not more of every Bul ever made. Any there are several still in crates.
I think you need to contact Hugh to see his museum, there are no hours.
You saw the entrance to the Hoosic tunnel, well, here's a crappy shot of the inside:
Some of you may know that Rob Nye is running the Iron Butt Rally in 2 weeks. Some people wanted to help send him off in style:
But Rob was all style himself, as he and I took the unofficial "Best Dressed" Award:
iRene was the only one that cheered:
Saturday night was more drinking and rubbing elbows with the hoi polloi who brought their ghetto "block" of wine :rolleyes
Surprisingly, the "Block" was a hit and soon everyone was gimlet-eyed and getting their collective "groove" on:
As the sun set, it got worse; "groove" turned to outright insanity when it was announced that the church ladies ran out of pie!:
Fortunately, bikers are easily assuaged with cookies:
So that's what I got, folks. Anyone else, feel free to chime in, and Bubba, it's okay to come out now:
this was sept 2003 (out on my first ride with the GS):
Looks like its practically gone now from your photo. That's a great road though. One of my favorite rides, Including the Hoosac, and Jim's place.
Eric, I am pissed that you weren't there. We were just down the street from you, buddy, and you gave us the cold shoulder :vardy
Same goes for you. You could have taken an hour and come down and helped me dig trenches, regrade/rake my backyard, and push wheel barrows full of stone. It was a good time, way better than riding and drinking beer with you jerks.
man, i forgot all about being in that rabbit cage...................
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