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Old 10-29-2010, 04:23 AM   #46
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The Denim Covered Tree Leaning Bore DORK! [purt near extinct!]

I don't think anywhere near extinct!!!! Just well disguised in other clothes sometimes to get along! Trust me, there's a lot of us out there!
Like your report and photos,,, true 'nuf about some beautiful places here in the East,,, maybe not the scale of out West,,,, but I can ride it on a Sunday afternoon.
BUT,,,, do yourself and the Fox a favor,,,, and take a ride out West,,,,, Montana and Wyoming will make you a motorcycle addict forever!!!!!
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Old 10-29-2010, 07:45 AM   #47
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Hey Doug
I'm a True Believer Brother Man! Marietta GA not that far away, just a hop, skip, and a jump! It would be a great honor hooking up with you folk. You may get a surprise some day. Your got the time issue right; couple that with the monetary resource issue and there is a huge problem!

According to "Accuweather" the current temp here in Cumberland is 46 with a gentle breeze out of the NW about 8mph and Cloud Cover {don't know the ceiling for you aviator folk } and a few sprinkles, and supposed to get better. I'm going for it! Getting out the "Muck Lucks " [that right?] turn on the heated grips and ........ C....... U........ Later

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PS glanced at ur RR and almost forgot what I was going to do. Iffn I don't ride here in a little bit due to inclement weather I definitely got some great readn material here. Saving the best till later tonight. I'll touch base with you.
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Old 10-29-2010, 08:02 AM   #48
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Hey Brother Man

Humor is a necessity, and a great quality which I thankfully find in great abundance here at ADVrider.com. Believe me Scootac I've got the desire, just need some things to come together. Hoping I might be able to talk the Fox in celebrating our 30th in the spring and doing that. Not sure if she will go along with that. She kinda had her sights set on a Caribbean cruise. Being that it will be our 30th maybe I can convince her to celebrate it twice. One for her the Carribean, and one for me West on the Bike! I think my plan has merit. Thanks Brother C U Later. Going to try to get some road under my tires! 40 degree weather and sprinkles can't help myself....... I got it bad!


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Old 10-29-2010, 05:05 PM   #49
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A cruise
I would be stir crazy on a ship. Much, much rather be on the bike, or at least in my sports car. Or mountain bike.....or anywhere but on a cruise.
I'm home this weekend, and maybe next. Then probably back to Chicago for work.
Gonna have to put the two wheel toys for the winter soon. Hoping to get out while I can tho.
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Old 10-30-2010, 11:46 AM   #50
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A cruise
I would be stir crazy on a ship. Much, much rather be on the bike, or at least in my sports car. Or mountain bike.....or anywhere but on a cruise.
I'm home this weekend, and maybe next. Then probably back to Chicago for work.
Gonna have to put the two wheel toys for the winter soon. Hoping to get out while I can tho.
+1, too confining. My personal vision of Hell is a Tour Bus. Gawd, I can't imagine... My son and I rode to Jasper up the Icefields Parkway a few years ago (if you've never done that ride you should, unbelievable!). We had stopped at a gorgeous overlook and had it all to ourselves until (no kidding) three tour busses pulled up and disgorged the hoards - we were literally pushed off the viewpoint by over 100 people all clamoring for a photo of the same view at the same time. We BOLTED.

We spent a couple of weeks in the Hawaiian islands a few years ago and I decided I could never live on an island either. Well, Australia or New Zealand maybe . We rented a motorcycle (HD Sportster ) and rode every mile of the main highway on the Big Island in one day, maybe 160 miles including a tour of Volcano NP. I guess we could have done it again backwards and gotten another 160 out of it. Give me the mountains and wide open spaces any day!

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Old 10-30-2010, 04:09 PM   #51
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OK Mountain Men!

WVhillbilly A cruise
I would be stir crazy on a ship. Much, much rather be on the bike, or at least in my sports car. Or mountain bike.....or anywhere but on a cruise.
I'm home this weekend, and maybe next. Then probably back to Chicago for work.
Gonna have to put the two wheel toys for the winter soon. Hoping to get out while I can tho.[/quote]


Hey HillBilly NOOOOOOO Say it ain't so! Have to tell ya About 4:10 today I put google maps to the test! It says Bedford PA is 31.6 miles straight up rt 220 and takes 45 min. UUUUHHH NO only took 25 min. had the proper attire and despite 59 degree temp nice. Took my time coming back and got home around 5:05. It felt so good. I am going to ride as long as I can stay warm enough, and road conditions permit. Most of my rides this time of the year are south bound. Chicago! Not trying to button hole you here, but there must be a job that is paying insane amounts of money that would make me want to work in Chicago for the winter. OH that's right two screaming bikes and a Sports Car Ok I get it! I guess they Are!


Doug +1, too confining. My personal vision of Hell is a Tour Bus. Gawd, I can't imagine... My son and I rode to Jasper up the Icefields Parkway a few years ago (if you've never done that ride you should, unbelievable!). We had stopped at a gorgeous overlook and had it all to ourselves until (no kidding) three tour busses pulled up and disgorged the hoards - we were literally pushed off the viewpoint by over 100 people all clamoring for a photo of the same view at the same time. We BOLTED.

We spent a couple of weeks in the Hawaiian islands a few years ago and I decided I could never live on an island either. Well, Australia or New Zealand maybe . We rented a motorcycle (HD Sportster ) and rode every mile of the main highway on the Big Island in one day, maybe 160 miles including a tour of Volcano NP. I guess we could have done it again backwards and gotten another 160 out of it. Give me the mountains and wide open spaces any day!
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Hey Doug and HillBilly

You are going to have to give me some wisdom here on how to convince the Fox she don't want a cruise to the Caribbean, and wants a motorcycle ride to the Mountains of the West for our 30th anniversary! Share with me your sagely wisdom that I can use to persuade her! Couple years back when the movie "Titanic" came out she said she had apprehensions about a cruise, maybe I need to watch the movie with her again!

Hey Doug I with you on the the Sporster. I have a friend who rides a Sportster .... No Really ... . I love the looks and the sound of those bikes, and I would probably have one, but I just can't bring myself to own one until I have MY Bike, a big R1200GS Adventure, a Triumph Tiger, a Ducati 1200s Touring, a KTM or KLR, in my stable and then and only then I might have a HD
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Old 10-30-2010, 05:31 PM   #52
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I took a blast up Cheat Mtn on Rt 50 this afternoon, temp dropped 10 degrees from bottom to top. Tires were cold and not very sticky, had a scary moment or two then slowed my ass down
Didn't have time for a long ride, so just up the mountain and then home. Just wanted to hear the bike run really.
I am very familiar with the stretch of road running from I68 to the PA Turnpike, have made many, many trips across it. Not a bad time at 25 minutes, think it took me 45 minutes last winter driving by Braille (between the rumble strips) beautiful chunk of road there. Tho it is a bit straight for my taste

I have some pictures of our drive home from Seattle that would change anyone's mind about a cruise. I would love to take a trip west and do some riding.

Chicago in the winter is not fun, and I work outside. Really outside, no cab on the machine I run so rain, snow or heat I'm in it. I am paid well enough to keep doing it, and the bright side is I'm slated to go to Florida in late Jan or so. Good time to go to FL if ya ask me.
After being there a couple times I don't know if I will take a motorcycle or not. Worked there before and thought I would get to bicycle a lot thru what is my typical off season.
Between the really old, really blind old folks and the folks who think anything on two wheels is a target I think I'll leave the bikes at home this trip.
Besides, the roads are straight there and what fun is that?
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Old 10-30-2010, 10:19 PM   #53
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Yeah I've enjoyed tooling around up there. The scenery combine with the roads to make it one good ride. One of my trips I plan to take later this year is the PA "Grand Canyon" just north of you? I believe.
Couple hours north of here , and well worth it ! Beautiful up there .
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Old 10-31-2010, 11:51 AM   #54
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Zounds Man sounds like your going to be in Motorcycle Purgatorial Hell! [I use the term in a biblical sense] . I must confess I was a bad boy yesterday. On my way to Bedford I was following a late model Corvette Ragtop out of town on a local street, and it was just tooling around catching my admiration, but going way to slow. Jumping on a two laner he was still puttering around [and I wasn't really pressing him ] he puled over in the slow and turn off lane, and I thought he was wanting me to pass him. Seriously! I started to gently accelerate paying my respect and he started to accelerate! His audacity pushed me past common sense and respect, and something snapped. Five miles over the PA border there was nothing in my review mirrors. I don't want to publish my rate of speed, suffice to say light was just starting to catch up as I left off the throttle. I don't like to push people since I don't like it. But sometimes .... well had a good ride. Kira is a bike like I've never had before! She is a land locked start ship capable of sustained High Warp Speed travel without a whimper or a whine! "I" need to show her a lot of respect for my own sake. Sport bikes will eat me up on the track, but on a long run, with a pro driver [that's not me] Kira can hold her own. Well WVHB ride hard, ride long, and look me up when you get back in the wood hood! Keep in contact till you leave!

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I took a blast up Cheat Mtn on Rt 50 this afternoon, temp dropped 10 degrees from bottom to top. Tires were cold and not very sticky, had a scary moment or two then slowed my ass down
Didn't have time for a long ride, so just up the mountain and then home. Just wanted to hear the bike run really.
I am very familiar with the stretch of road running from I68 to the PA Turnpike, have made many, many trips across it. Not a bad time at 25 minutes, think it took me 45 minutes last winter driving by Braille (between the rumble strips) beautiful chunk of road there. Tho it is a bit straight for my taste

I have some pictures of our drive home from Seattle that would change anyone's mind about a cruise. I would love to take a trip west and do some riding.

Chicago in the winter is not fun, and I work outside. Really outside, no cab on the machine I run so rain, snow or heat I'm in it. I am paid well enough to keep doing it, and the bright side is I'm slated to go to Florida in late Jan or so. Good time to go to FL if ya ask me.
After being there a couple times I don't know if I will take a motorcycle or not. Worked there before and thought I would get to bicycle a lot thru what is my typical off season.
Between the really old, really blind old folks and the folks who think anything on two wheels is a target I think I'll leave the bikes at home this trip.
Besides, the roads are straight there and what fun is that?
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Old 10-31-2010, 11:56 AM   #55
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Couple hours north of here , and well worth it ! Beautiful up there .
Wanna.... Is there a beginning and and end, a preferred route, hot spots and cool places necessary for visiting when traveling along the route? When I google the Grand Canyon of Pa I get a lot of great info, but nothing concise as what I just asked about. Can you give me the straight skinny? [Uh Oh - I just aged myself again with that arcane term ]

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Gathering a group of pics from a ride earlier this year from a trip up historic Route 40 west bound. The Casselman Bridge State Park.

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Old 10-31-2010, 08:24 PM   #58
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OK Here we go! West bound out of Cumberland on US 40 according to Google maps 24.9 miles and you find the "Castleman Bridge" just east outside of Grantsville about 3/4 of a mile. Next to the bridge is a small period dated artisans village and one of the areas premiere restaurants "Penn Alps". There is a Period B&B as well. Up in Grantsville in a building that dates back to the late 1700s is another great restaurant call "The Castleman" originally owned and operated by the local Menonite community the food is good and priced is good. They also have a B&B and a motel next to the restaurant. Here then are the pics.





Castleman Bridge








It was the Spring and things where coming back to life.






small feeder stream




















Field of flowers at the base of the bridge.



One of the Locals

Maybe on migratory Vacation? Ok you ornithologists is this critter indigenous to this area?

If you come packing ..... [pause for effect] a rod and reel There are a lot of opportunities and fly streams in this area with some of the best trout fishing anywhere.



The Artisan village.



a metal working artisan's wares.







Period B&B dating back to the 1800s
























OK back down the Mountain to Cumberland.
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Hey Doug and HillBilly
You are going to have to give me some wisdom here on how to convince the Fox she don't want a cruise to the Caribbean, and wants a motorcycle ride to the Mountains of the West for our 30th anniversary! Share with me your sagely wisdom that I can use to persuade her!


Well, that's going to be a hard sell I'm afraid... I'm not an advocate of motivating by fear, so I'd suggest NOT watching "Titanic" again . Better to persuade her with visions of lofty peaks, serene mountain vistas, warm sunny days of leisurely riding through the splendor, comfortable night's lodging, good food (not campfire stuff ) , and high marks if you can stay at a place with hot springs to soak in after a long day in the saddle. When my son and I rode to Jasper and back from Lander, Wyoming we were able to find places to camp almost every night that had hot springs and it made a HUGE difference in our enjoyment.

When I met my girlfriend (now wife) four years ago she had never ridden on a motorcycle before. She knew I was crazy about it so was willing to try it. I got her a comfy helmet and jacket, loaded her on my BMW GS, and headed up a good dirt road into the Wind River Mountains outside of Lander. We rode on good dirt roads for a while, cut up a mountain on a pretty rugged two-track road, had a picnic lunch out of the cooler that was in the topcase while sitting on top of an old fire lookout tower, then headed back down the dirt roads and home on some fast gorgeous sweepers coming down South Pass. When we got back to the house I asked her how she had liked her first motorcycle ride? She responded "Can we ride this thing to Alaska some day?" I knew she was The One from that moment forward. She's a rare one, though, in my experience. She would actually prefer the solitary joy of riding through the mountains to the happy swarms on a cruise ship. She wants to be warm (not hot), sleep well at night, and wants a shower every other day and that's about it. Other than those minimal requirements she's game for about anything.

I'm a lucky guy to have found this lady at my age (53), but if you ask me I'd say you are even luckier since you've been with the Fox for 30 years. Congratulations! I say after all that time putting up with a motorcycle-crazy guy she deserves to spend her anniversary any way SHE wants to, and I'd suffer through a cruise for her (think of the points you'll earn!!). Then the following year you can arrange the Mountain West Tour of your dreams. A friend of mine loves to ride and his wife just LIKES to ride. They live in Ottowa and he loves to ride the Rockies, so he'll spend several days riding alone across the Plains and meet her in, say, Denver or Salt Lake or Rapid City or Calgary. She meets up with him, they ride all the fun glorious mountain highways, lodging as described above, then she flys home and he rides four or five more days home. (Crossing the Great Plains is drudgery, sorry but it is, and she doesn't like it so...) They love this arrangement and it works very well for them. Just an idea.

Good luck, thanks again, PM me some day if you want ride ideas, and CONGRATS on 30 years of marriage!

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