ADVrider

Go Back   ADVrider > Riding > Ride reports
User Name
Password
Register Inmates Photos Site Rules Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 05-20-2014, 07:47 AM   #1
AndyCap OP
Mineral Oil Anyone?
 
AndyCap's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2009
Location: "The Mack", New Hampshire
Oddometer: 1,405
Plan "A" - A ride from NH through Deal's Gap and back

Here's a quick run down of a trip I took with 3 of my riding buddies from New England. We covered 3,400+ miles, and had a time.

Our leader was ChrisW. Also attending were PWRCRZR and MZCOUNTRY BOY

Chris did a great job of keeping us entertained, and the weather pretty much cooperated. The company was awesome, and the destinations spectacular (Even the Carl "Internal Combust" compound in TN).

The first day was mainly comprised of back roads, but make no mistake, it was not a leisurely pace. If I saw something of interest, I hardly had time to power on my camera before it was behind us, so I got a lot of pictures like this.



Chris did stop long enough for us to grab a quick bite at this hot dog shack. He didn't want us passing out from famine.




The grub was ok. Not the best chili dog I have ever had, but the Birch Beer did go down easy.



Some time around 9 PM, Chris decided he had pushed us hard enough. After approximately 520 mi, we were in Petersburg, Virginia.

We got a room in this prison looking Inn, ate some crappy Pizza Hut, and drank shit beer, then packed it in for the night. ("Did i really sign up for this?")

The "Prison Inn"


We got up, drank 3 cups of coffee (no breakfast), and we were back to chasing Chris around the East Coast.



But then something happened! After about an hour and a half of riding, our Task Master took pitty, and stopped for breakfast at this wonderful lodge. http://forkyou.wordpress.com/2009/01...springs-lodge/

The service was great, the food delicious, and there was plenty of it. The lodge had been in this family for several generations, and they collected all sorts of interesting little tidbits over the years. All put up on display to be gawked at.





Bear rug on the ceiling



Evidently, they don't have were wolves, they have were bears?



That explains this --







Chris starts thinking about what is next on the schedule.


Dave just tells him to drink more coffee.



Chris pulls out the map to devise a plan.



So, we slabbed it some more...



Our off ramp was cloased, so Chris had to stop and figure out where we were.






Soon Chris figured it out, and we went pounding along choking on slab dust as we went.

It was only 92 degrees, so we had to stop and warm our feet in the river.


Then back to it until lunch time. We stopped at this drive in, and had really tasty barb-b-q pulled pork sammiches. Chris has photo evidence of the fare.



Once again, we rode in to the night...



We finally stopped, found some cheap beer and celebrated. All is good when you have a beer in hand. As Dave testifies here.



Next morning, back at it



Eye candy along the way




Not much congestion on the highway this morning



A portent of what was to come...



But first we needed to slab down some more mileage



We had to stop at one point to clear the dust out of our eyes.




We finally reached Carl's house, and broke out the beers. It was awesome to see Carl, and his family. They really took care of us, and made sure we didn't go away thirsty.



At Carl's we picked up MZ, and then there were 4



Stopped for breakfast




On our way, next stop, Deal's Gap



Oddly enough, I didn't take any pictures while riding through the Gap, but some people were nice enough to snap a few for me.





After the Gap, we had to put up with the horrible roads...






We stopped for a photo op, but it looks like weather is brewing. Time to go...



Ooops, we didn't move fast enough, and this deluge nailed us.



So, we stopped for Bar-B-Q.



Obviously, MZ hates the stuff.




All clear, it's time to ride again.




We found some lodging, and beers, and set to rehydrating.








The next morning was beautiful. We opted to have breakfast out on the deck, well, not on the big deck that sways like a tree in the wind, but the small side deck that is physically attached to the building. The larger deck there was hand built by the owner, and had a very liberal motion to it.



We planned to go back through Deal's Gap, but had to attend to the fact that I no longer had rear brake pads, and MZ's front tire was chopped pretty bad. We stopped at Wheeler's about 11 miles from the Gap, and he hooked us up. He gets my full endorsement. Super nice guy, and knows a good bit about fixing things.

MZ talking to "Wheels" about his front wheel.



There was this beautiful R1200GS sitting there all farkled and ready to go. If there is a bell or whistle to be had, this machine had it. I can only hope this isn't just a parade queen.



Back through the Gap. My personal photographer took some more pics.



We then got in to the Smoky Mountain National Park area



Pulled over, and took a splash in the river



Getting geared back up to hit the road







With the weather creeping back in, we stopped for the night. It poured all night, but in the morning, the sky was clear.

Dave expresses his feelings about rain on a ride.



A picture of Bristol Track for you race fans.



Riding along we saw this huge dish. I was told it has a 300 meter diameter, and is the largest aim able dish in the world.




After riding for the rest of the day, it started to rain. So, more rain = More beer.





The next morning we said good bye to MZ as he headed up to PA to a Euro Car show. It was a great time riding with him.



Back on the road for us. As we went, we saw

Spooky Houses



Animal Bones



And awesome views.







Our last day, we all wanted to get home and see our families, so we hit the road hard, and slabbed out over 500 mi to get home.

__________________
2000 BMW R1150GS, 2008 KTM 950R SE, 2001 Honda XR400R, 2003 Honda XR100R
Another Proud Small Scale Faker......
New England Pie-O-Rama
AndyCap is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2014, 08:36 AM   #2
Tslapper
#!
 
Tslapper's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2005
Location: Mainely here
Oddometer: 5,872
ChrisW let you eat?


Thanks for posting all the photos. Makes me want to travel.

Tslapper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2014, 08:47 AM   #3
shrineclown
(AFKA Prince)
 
shrineclown's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2006
Location: Bruins Nation
Oddometer: 9,464
nice!
__________________
Life is Good and Getting Better Every Day!
shrineclown is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2014, 08:49 AM   #4
the_doc
Street Convert
 
the_doc's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2013
Location: Dexter Township, MI
Oddometer: 157
Looks like a fun trip. I lost track of days in the post, but it looks like you guys covered some serious mileage per day!
the_doc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2014, 08:52 AM   #5
AndyCap OP
Mineral Oil Anyone?
 
AndyCap's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2009
Location: "The Mack", New Hampshire
Oddometer: 1,405
Quote:
Originally Posted by the_doc View Post
Looks like a fun trip. I lost track of days in the post, but it looks like you guys covered some serious mileage per day!
Yeah, I lost track too - lol. It blended together. I know the total mileage was over 3,500 for me. MZ was on a two week trip, and did way more than that.
__________________
2000 BMW R1150GS, 2008 KTM 950R SE, 2001 Honda XR400R, 2003 Honda XR100R
Another Proud Small Scale Faker......
New England Pie-O-Rama
AndyCap is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2014, 09:44 AM   #6
PWRCRZR
Grumpy Old Bastard
 
PWRCRZR's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2008
Location: Mid-Coast Maine
Oddometer: 7,347
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tslapper View Post
ChrisW let you eat?


Thanks for posting all the photos. Makes me want to travel.

Pretty much threatened him with Mutiny if he didn't

A couple days were only 2 meals vs 3 I think I lost a few lb's on the trip
__________________
However, I am not complaining because I know that I am probably better today then I will be tomorrow, so I try and enjoy every day as it comes, and stay determined to live well and be appreciative of what I still can do..."Stromsurfer"
PWRCRZR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2014, 09:45 AM   #7
PWRCRZR
Grumpy Old Bastard
 
PWRCRZR's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2008
Location: Mid-Coast Maine
Oddometer: 7,347
Quote:
Originally Posted by AndyCap View Post
Yeah, I lost track too - lol. It blended together. I know the total mileage was over 3,500 for me. MZ was on a two week trip, and did way more than that.

Definitely lost track of time and distance, one of the most relaxing road trips I ever had. Thanks for all the pictures

I will try and add a few this evening
__________________
However, I am not complaining because I know that I am probably better today then I will be tomorrow, so I try and enjoy every day as it comes, and stay determined to live well and be appreciative of what I still can do..."Stromsurfer"
PWRCRZR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2014, 09:53 AM   #8
Boondoggle
Gear Grinder
 
Boondoggle's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2009
Location: Central VA
Oddometer: 12,103
__________________
____
"Be seated on the front porch at Yokum's store, and sooner or later a friend will ride up." -Old Lion
What is wrong with you guys? -RapidWife
Utensils are for normal people.
Boondoggle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2014, 10:31 AM   #9
Chris W
Studly Adventurer
 
Chris W's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2006
Location: Mid-Coast, ME.
Oddometer: 991
Your author.

Stopping to take pictures just for the sake of it is new to me.

We road the wheels off of them!

__________________
Chris W
IBA #393

"I know I'm getting tired when I start ducking for over passes..." ~ Ardys Kellerman

Chris W screwed with this post 05-20-2014 at 12:04 PM
Chris W is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2014, 11:43 AM   #10
Tslapper
#!
 
Tslapper's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2005
Location: Mainely here
Oddometer: 5,872
Quote:
Originally Posted by PWRCRZR View Post
Pretty much threatened him with Mutiny if he didn't

A couple days were only 2 meals vs 3 I think I lost a few lb's on the trip
Tslapper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2014, 03:51 PM   #11
EvilClown
Reality show stunt double
 
EvilClown's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2006
Location: In the shadow of the Uncanoonucs...
Oddometer: 15,937
Nice ride report, Gary!
__________________
These are our Golden Years. ~ EC

The future is no place to place your better days. ~ DMB

ECUADOR: Maintaining Rigid Flexibility
EvilClown is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2014, 04:05 PM   #12
PWRCRZR
Grumpy Old Bastard
 
PWRCRZR's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2008
Location: Mid-Coast Maine
Oddometer: 7,347
You seemed to miss the part about that Beemer needing new rear brakes after trying to stop that load you hauled the first three days



Wasn't this right after you and Chris were playing bumper bikes in that muddy stretch?



That creek stop was a great idea..

__________________
However, I am not complaining because I know that I am probably better today then I will be tomorrow, so I try and enjoy every day as it comes, and stay determined to live well and be appreciative of what I still can do..."Stromsurfer"
PWRCRZR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2014, 04:06 PM   #13
PWRCRZR
Grumpy Old Bastard
 
PWRCRZR's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2008
Location: Mid-Coast Maine
Oddometer: 7,347
The riding did not suck..



and neither did the company..good times

__________________
However, I am not complaining because I know that I am probably better today then I will be tomorrow, so I try and enjoy every day as it comes, and stay determined to live well and be appreciative of what I still can do..."Stromsurfer"
PWRCRZR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2014, 05:44 PM   #14
2twisted
GoodNYou
 
2twisted's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2002
Location: Sebago Lake Me
Oddometer: 2,671
Quote:
Originally Posted by EvilClown View Post
Nice ride report, Gary!
+1 Good times for sure !
2twisted is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2014, 05:55 PM   #15
Poacher Bob
Persona non grata
 
Poacher Bob's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2009
Location: White Mts. NH
Oddometer: 1,967
Poacher Bob is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Share

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

.
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


Times are GMT -7.   It's 11:50 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2014