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Old 06-16-2009, 03:54 PM   #46
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Day 2

Sunday started out early from Black Forest PA, set the GPS to "shortest route" to Hammondsport NY. Wandered through sleepy backroads that crossed the New York state line somewhere---maybe there was a small sign but I missed it. Passed several Amish carts going to church and a massive flea market out in the middle of nowhere that was packed... at 7:30 am. The thing about Amish country, not a lot of coffee shops. Only 3-day old pots of joe in gas stations and bait/tackle shops. Luckily I can brew my own. Typical looking town for the first couple hours of riding.



About to arrive at Hammondsport in the Finger Lakes area. No more ATV roads today. About 60% Unmarked pavement, 30% hard pack gravel and 10% gravel. Excellent backroads touring for sure. This ride definitely had several moments (some say zen) powering through turns, accelerating the straits, finding the lines, etc. Pays off to get on the road early on a Sunday.



Arriving at Keuka Lake. The view was breathtaking, not expressed in this photo but I assure you it rocked



Riding north beside the lake was OK at first, but 35 mph combined with a large bicycle ride made the time go by slow. Soon enough though I hit the open road and pointed the GPS to Lake Ontario. Didn't need to do that; any general direction north and you'll hit it :) The landscape and roads opened up in north central NY, made great time. After an hour, literally hit the end of the road,



Chimney Bluffs, Lake Ontario. Stopped and took in the view, walked the shore a while. Gazed out across the lake and thought about Canada being at the other side, will visit you soon.



Found a couple loose bolts (right footpeg) so I decided to get a campsite early and go over the bike. Ithaca looks promising, A couple state parks there. Stopped by a roadside stand and got some local x-sharp cheddar for lunch. (It's the cheeeze Gromit!) Good stuff with crackers.



Backroads getting to Ithaca were questionable. Pavement with small gravel, ruts gashed by farm equipment that ran almost parallel and grabbed the front wheel, slippery as hell on top of that. Also was the official central repository for unwanted potholes. I'd been through soft gravel, mud and ORV trails so far, but this was the most challenging road of the trip. Luckily was short lived, I took a detour out of that area.



Home made aerator?



This small stream crossing into the campground sold me.



Set camp just outside Ithaca around 6pm. Tightened bolts, lubed chain, ate dinner, showered, etc. Slept like a log.


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Old 06-16-2009, 04:00 PM   #47
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Day 3 - Final

Monday - Return trip. Highway riding can get boring, but Rt 15 south out of NY was not bad at all to Harrisburg. Followed the Susquehanna river for quite a ways. I focused on dialing in the bikes performance, acceleration, handling when loaded down with all that luggage at different speeds, quite fun actually. Cranked up the iPod and all in the world was well. No major speed limits exceeded. (real world )



Parting shot; unsecured equipment and materials including buckets of sand in the back of this truck that passed me doing about 80. Caught up to him after a stop light and took this shot. A reminder to always be alert for idi... um other drivers.



Back at home for the 3 o'clock coffee ritual. 945 miles roundtrip.
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Old 06-16-2009, 06:54 PM   #48
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Great trip report. What great scenery and riding!!
Who knew "Flugistan" could be so nice?
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Old 06-17-2009, 06:40 PM   #49
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BTW, Thanks to scootac for the good PA road tips!
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Old 06-28-2009, 07:12 PM   #50
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From a ride today from Rt 50 between Upperville and Middleburg to The Plains via Rectorville, using back roads including Crenshaw, Frogtown, Rock Hill Mills and Whitewood. Route was entirely unplanned and was mostly unpaved.









And a lone rider.

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Old 06-29-2009, 03:52 PM   #51
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Nice, like that old bridge, looks like a very untravelled road
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Old 06-29-2009, 04:56 PM   #52
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Larry -

Nice looking ride, with lots of gravel!
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Old 06-29-2009, 05:28 PM   #53
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Nice, my quest for a dual sport starts......right now!!
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Nice, my quest for a dual sport starts......right now!!
Here you go:

http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/n...245968253.html

(Not mine; I just stumbled across the ad.)
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Old 06-29-2009, 06:40 PM   #55
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Here you go:

http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/n...245968253.html

(Not mine; I just stumbled across the ad.)
Looks like Larry's... Larry what are ya doin?
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Old 06-29-2009, 06:41 PM   #56
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Here you go:

http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/n...245968253.html

(Not mine; I just stumbled across the ad.)
Not mine either. Looks kind of like it though.
I might have to paint mine - Really don't like sharing when it comes to bikes.
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hmmm tryin to think of a color that the KLR has not been in the past...
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Old 06-30-2009, 08:29 AM   #58
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Nice, like that old bridge, looks like a very untravelled road
There is even a cooler bridge down the road from this one.
Built in early 1900's by Luton Bridge Company, York, PA
Cement type. High Walls. But not a very good photo op.

Also came upon a 5 man mowing crew on Crenshaw Road.
Asked them why they were working Sunday morning - They
said they were working in exchange for hunting privleges
and had been exchanging work for hunting for several years.

The orange flower picture was taken on Frogtown Road.
A local woman came over in a stern voice asking me why
was I taking pictures. Thought I was a crim or worse.

You probably saw the gym equipment on the nova tag site.
Never know whats coming up next on these roads.
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Put my VFR up for sale last night on Craigslist. Need to sell it before I can get a DS. I'll be looking for a DR maybe an XRL.
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Talked to a young couple from Maryland the other night riding 2 up on the xlr to the left. They seemed to like it alot. Had to watch them though in case they might try to grab an easy tag.

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