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Old 07-09-2012, 03:48 PM   #16
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Of Mosquitos, Motorcycles, Mountains and Men



The clock said 9:30 a.m. when my wife set the coffee on the nightstand and asked if I was going to sleep all day. So much for the early start.

I was mounted up and rolling west out of Portland by half-past ten. It was starting to get warm, but there was a breeze and the stifling humidity of Saturday was gone. My destination was map 10 in my hen-scratched 1994 Delorme Gazetteer. I often browse it like a bedtime story before turning out the lights, hoping to dream of the road. A few weeks ago I noticed how Routes 5 and 93, along with the Waterford and Sweden Roads, form a loop around Lovell. In the middle are some tangled dirt roads, Kezar Gorge and Sabattus Mountain. It looked like prime frolicking grounds for my Russian sidecar motorcycle...

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Old 02-16-2013, 11:47 PM   #17
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Winter camping in the blizzard

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The roads leading west into New Hampshire were slick last Friday morning. The leading edge of the snowstorm the TV weather folks were calling the impending “Snowpocalypse” or “Deathstorm ’13″ in their typically understated fashion, was already dumping snow on me. I was astride my Russian-made Ural sidecar rig headed from Portland to Fryeburg. It was cold. My breath was freezing on the inside of my helmet shield, making it tough to see. Each time I passed a truck, whiteout conditions ensued for a few moments in the billowing powder. I was careening toward the state line to meet up with three other three-wheeled cyclists. We were going camping.

That’s right: camping.



To be fair, we planned the trip last fall when no one knew the biggest storm in years was on its way. We’re a loose-knit group who hang out online at the Soviet Steeds collective and, as of the middle of last week, we had upwards of a dozen fellow sidecar riders committed to the New Hampshire trip. But, one-by-one, they dropped out as the sounds of panic began to emanate from sweater-wearing forecasters on the tube. By Thursday night, only four were left: myself, Thermos, Keith and Mike.

We decided to go anyway.

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Old 02-17-2013, 06:49 AM   #18
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You should put a link to this in the Hack section.

Do you know how many views your video has now?

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Old 02-17-2013, 08:58 AM   #19
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Over 10,000 now.
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Old 02-17-2013, 09:49 AM   #20
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Over 10,000 now.

That is fantastic!!

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Old 02-19-2013, 07:52 PM   #21
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Short ride for a four letter word (video)

Some people say it’s not proper. It’s immoral, even. To take a motorcycle that’s more tractor than street racer, and try and pretty it up — it just doesn’t make sense. It’s supposed to be dirty.


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Old 04-01-2013, 12:02 PM   #22
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No Snowpocalypse this time



I set out, heading west, around 5 p.m. Friday night. It took me ages to wriggle through Portland’s commuter traffic as working stiffs squeezed out of the city, headed for their weekends in the suburbs. Once I got past Standish, on Route 25, the cars and traffic lights thinned out considerably. Still, I knew I wouldn’t get there before dark. Missing the Route 28 turnoff in Ossippee, N.H. on Route 16 didn’t help either. Nope.

But, at least it wasn’t snowing this time.

I was on my way back to Gilmanton, N.H. to meet some of my Russian sidecar motorcycle clan for a little riding and camping. The last time I did this, in February, we were coldcocked by a blizzard. Almost nobody showed up. So, this get together was a makeup, or do-over, for those who didn’t want to brave the elements a couple months back...

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Old 04-01-2013, 01:44 PM   #23
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I would love that actually !
Love that you can carry a wood stove
on your motorcycle.
awesome.
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Old 04-01-2013, 07:28 PM   #24
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I hear you can even fit a person in one of those sidecars!
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Old 05-06-2013, 02:08 PM   #25
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Motorcycles do not float





I came to a stop behind Thermos on the dusty trail. He had both of his gloved hands over his head. He was clapping. Just ahead of him, in the middle of a small stream was Keith. His bike was submerged, up to both cylinder heads, in brown water. The rear of the bike was down a bit deeper, nearly past the rear fender. The back tire was spinning, but he was going nowhere. With the rotating tire and frothing exhaust bubbles, the dark water roiled like an uninviting jacuzzi . I leaped from my bike in an instant. I knew what I had to. I knew I had to do it fast, too.

I grabbed my camera and took a picture.

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Old 06-02-2013, 07:46 PM   #26
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Lenore and the chop shop

I spend Sunday morning riding with a lovely, 72-year-old woman named Lenore. She lives here in Portland but she's spent most of her life in the Bronx. Growing up in the city, she'd never even learned to ride a bicycle, let alone a motorcycle. Her daughter, Rachel, loves to ride and really wanted to take her mom for a spin. You see, Lenore's cancer is back and the outlook isn't good. But Lenore wasn't so sure about sitting behind Rachel on her '71 Honda 350.



So, Rachel asked me if I'd consider taking her mom for a spin. I said, "Of course."



Cancer carried my mom off, seven years ago. She rode almost every weekend with my father. So, how could I say no. Anyway, Lenore was a delight. We rode out through Cumberland and made a big loop back to town. We stopped for ice cream along the way. When we got back, she was all smiles and said, "Now I know why a dog sticks its nose out the window."

After dropping her off, I headed for the Northeast Chop Shop open house. Not my style, exactly, but a bunch of my friends were there, there were some good bands on the schedule and the pinup contest didn't hurt, either.





























Had a pulled pork sandwich at Po Boy and Pickles on the way home and beat the torrential rain. Good day, I'd say.
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Old 10-21-2013, 09:56 PM   #27
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We rolled to a stop on the gravel track. Our dust cloud caught up with us and swept passed. I raised my helmet shield and tasted the grit in my mouth. It savored it. The dust told me I wasn’t on pavement, I was in the woods, right where I wanted to be.

The other six riders in our mini convoy of Russian motorcycles took off their helmets and commenced to shoot the breeze. Some lit up smokes. The day was gray but the colors still sang on the trees. Nobody was in a hurry.

This year, for our annual fall campout and ride, we were in the woods west of Oquossoc, near Big Falls in Upper Cupsuptic. I arrived after dark the night before after narrowly missing a moose on Route 17, south of the Height of Land. I came so close I could have reached out and grabbed a tuft of fur on his rump. Luckily, I was fully loaded for camping and going uphill. My underpowered soviet steed was only making 35 mph in third gear. Still, I left skid marks. I won’t say exactly where, though.

That had been the only drama of the trip, so far...

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Old 02-25-2014, 03:59 PM   #28
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Fryeburg, Maine winter camping



On Friday night I wore two pairs of long johns, Red Sox-themed fleece pants with a long-sleeved, insulated undershirt, a flannel shirt, a hoodie and a one-piece, insulated Dickies jumpsuit. A wool hat, two pairs of socks and gloves completed the look. Then I wriggled into a 20 degree down mummy bag and then squeezed into another, 40 degree poly-filled sleeping bag. For good measure, I wrapped an army-colored wool blanket up around my head and shoulders, except for a small breathing passage.

I lay there on the floor of my tent, on the shore of Lovewell Pond in Fryeburg, panting from the exertion. I could see my ragged breaths whistling through the woolen blow hole by the light of a flickering candle. The moisture crystalized on my beard as it left my body and hit the cold air. The thermometer said the temperature was just above zero.

“Yay, camping,” I thought.

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Poacher Bob's tend and rig on the shores of the frozen pond.


Thermos cooked us breakfast on Saturday morning in a frying land nearly as big around as his spare tire.


Thermos cooks while Poacher Bob supervises.


Five frozen rigs on Lovewell Pond. I'm sure the "Polar Ride" in Florida was chilly, too.


Poacher Bob, our host, enjoys himself out on the ice.


Rode to see the dam at Hiram Falls. My father manned it alone in the big flood of 87 four over a week. He had orders to shut everything down, then get the hell out of she started to let loose. He and the dam survived. Parts of it are about a hundred years one now, but they just finished a major overhaul last year.


Poacher Bob reminds us: safety first!


Here we all are (from left, Poacher Bob, Thermos, John and Keith) stopped on a smooth patch of an icy, rutted road near the dam. It was so rough, Bob's fender rack let go. I nearly lost a filling or two and I think I bit my cheek.


Canadians know a thing or two about how to stay warm, right?


Keith (from left) John, Poacher Bob and Sideburns, who came to visit on his blue patrol, sit around a well-earned campfire Saturday afternoon.


Thermos got his wood stove cranking Saturday night after it began to snow.




The enormous fire was courtesy of Sputnik who visited for a while with Pieman.


A sad sight. Don't worry. They were not wasted.
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Old 02-25-2014, 04:01 PM   #29
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More winter camping

I’d made up my mind.

The next person who walked through the door, brushing sleet off their shoulders, motioning to my motorcycle parked outside and asking, “How’s the riding?” was going to get my small paper cup full of coffee in the face.

I’m not normally a hostile person. I’ve waited out the rain in corner stores before. But this was different. This was the most miserable ride I’d ever been on.

I’ve ridden in the rain. I’ve ridden in the cold. But I’d never experienced this particular scenario of darkness, bad roads, mixed precipitation and freezing temperatures before.

I’d taken the more direct route to my destination in New Hampshire. The road was pot-holed, heaved and bumper-to-bumper with Friday night traffic. The puddles on the pavement were starting to set up. The rain and sleet froze to my helmet’s face shield, making oncoming headlights look like a homicidal impressionist painting. I tried to ride with the shield in the up position but he sleet and rain felt like needles driving through my cheeks. I squinted through one eye, then the other, like an oscillating Popeye. I struggled to keep my speed up near the posted limit but I was leading a parade of headlights behind me at least 15 cars long.

Then my boots filled with water.

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Thermos, Keith and Tim at the 2014 NE Winter Camp.


John collects evidence at the 2014 NE Winter Camp.


Chris sits on his flathead Chang at the 2014 NE Winter Camp.


Thermos and five of the eight bikes in attendance at the 2014 NE Winter Camp.
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Chris ads fuel to the firs at the 2014 NE Winter Camp.


Ron and John weigh the options by the campfire at the 2014 NE Winter Camp.


Chris at the 2014 NE Winter Camp.


Thermos cooks three pounds of bacon in his big daddy skillet at the 2014 NE Winter Camp.


Keith steals bacon, Thermos cooks home fries and Chris supervises at the 2014 NE Winter Camp.


Tim and Linda's driveway was excellent for sledding at the 2014 NE Winter Camp.


Tim takes a run at the 2014 NE Winter Camp.


Linda prepares at the top of the hill before making her her way down the icy course at the 2014 NE Winter Camp.


Linda slides down the hill at the 2014 NE Winter Camp.


Thermos takes a moment to recover after his downhill run at the 2014 NE Winter Camp.
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