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Old 11-01-2014, 10:40 AM   #1
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In my own backyard....

Since I'm just starting out on this ADV type adventuring, I thought I'd begin by exploring what's in my own backyard. I live in the woods to begin with, and there's a lot I've "ridden by" on my road sofa. This is to be an on-going thread, which I'll add to as mini rides happen. It is almost winter around here...
I hope I find some stuff worth sharing!

This is the boat ramp at Lake Potanipo in Brookline, NH. The beach area is town resident only from July 4th- Labor Day, but the ramp is public access.
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Old 11-01-2014, 10:47 AM   #2
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This is a covered bridge the Town of Brookline built over the footings of old railroad tracks. Foot access only.
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Old 11-01-2014, 10:50 AM   #3
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This is great trail 1/2 a mile from my driveway! It starts fire road sized and gets smaller, and smaller the further you go in. A couple of minor water crossings, sand, rocks, roots, mud- it's all there,
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Old 11-01-2014, 10:51 AM   #4
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Not going to do it...
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Old 11-01-2014, 10:52 AM   #5
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...that's better! Amazing what you can do with natural resources, a little pent- up aggression and a half an hour of your time...
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Old 11-01-2014, 10:53 AM   #6
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After the newly rebuilt water crossing, the road quickly becomes a trail.
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Old 11-14-2014, 09:31 AM   #7
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Cool stuff right here in little 'ole Mason, NH...


A railroad bridge on Jackson Rd that is now part of the converted rail trail (hiking only).



Cascade Rd falls, to the right...



...to the left, looking back up toward the road.



The old "Town Pound", circa 1771, on Meetinghouse Hill Rd.



A really cool old foundation on Darling Hill Rd. Particularly interesting in that, by contrast, there is a big beautiful new house directly across the street from it!



An entry arch (?) that is near to collapse.



I guess no one has been here in a while...



I believe this is the old well for the house. It was filled with stone up to about 18" from the top and plants are growing in the standing water.



A nice place to stop for lunch, Windy Hill Orchard (actually in Greenville, NH). I wish that barred road was still open...



The start of a class VI road called Coyne Lane off Meetinghouse Hill Rd. I learned a valuable lesson about off- road riding in the New England Fall: just because it looks like dry road under the leaves, don't assume it is. There was 6" of mud in the 2 track. Surprise!



Then after the mud, it got rocky under the leaves...



Big payoff, though. I took a right turn off Coyne Rd and ended up here at this beautiful quarry. That's the end of the pics from this little ride, because the way I found out of there and back to the road was... shall we say... at the edge of my current riding/ bike capabilities. I turned right again onto a trail a remember hiking and thought, "oh, I know where this will come out!" Little did I remember that the nice long sloping hill that is fun to hike down becomes a monster for a motorcycle after a good amount of rain run- off. The good news is, I didn't crash once and nothing broke off the bike! I call that a success by any measure.
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Old 11-15-2014, 01:12 PM   #8
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Excellent start Rich! If I know you you'll be headed south in no time When you get bored this winter put some Gold Screws in the tires and take it out on a lake. Wicked good time Just resign to the fact that damage will happen.


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Old 11-16-2014, 03:18 AM   #9
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Looks like fun poking around to see what's down those roads.

People outside New England may not be familiar with the town pound. Each town had a place to take stray cattle so the owner could reclaim them and perhaps pay for the damage they caused when they escaped.
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Old 11-16-2014, 04:40 AM   #10
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Beautiful part of the country there! A group of us from Ohio went to Maine a few years ago and spent a little time in NH. We enjoyed it so much we're planning on coming back next year.

Enjoy your 'back yard', it's a pretty good one!
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Old 11-18-2014, 06:25 AM   #11
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Beautiful part of the country there! A group of us from Ohio went to Maine a few years ago and spent a little time in NH. We enjoyed it so much we're planning on coming back next year.

Enjoy your 'back yard', it's a pretty good one!
Thanks FireDog45, ya, I like it here. I've never been to Ohio. The closest I ever came was Cooper's Lake Campground in western Pa. Thanks for stopping by!
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Old 11-18-2014, 07:44 AM   #12
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Very nice and peaceful, thanks for sharing it with us! Many happy and safe miles to you fellow adventure rider!
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Old 11-19-2014, 02:47 PM   #13
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Good job welcome! Nice pics, keep it up
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Old 11-22-2014, 09:54 PM   #14
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Great pics. Looking forward to more. It has been over 20 years since I rode in NH....Dave
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Old 11-23-2014, 06:31 AM   #15
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Is it great what so many of us discover in our own backyards when take those side roads and explore what's right there.

More please.
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