2300 miles on a 250 all for a sticker

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by 1994klr250, Sep 1, 2010.

  1. 1994klr250

    1994klr250 Been here awhile

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    It was quite the struggle with the decision I had to make. It wasn't until about one week before my vacation from work that I made up my mind. I had planned this ride long before I bought my F800GS when my only bike was my KLR250. Now what bike do I ride to the Atlantic Ocean with from Michigan? I've already done one long trip on the GS this year. Lets try the 250. After a quick oil change and a good once over I had it all loaded up the night before with the plan of leaving around before sunrise. More pictures and less writing for this RR, Enjoy and feel free to ask any questions on anything I might miss.
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    Crossed into Canada around 7 am.

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    The southern shore of lake eire is dotted with these wind turbines.

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    Also alot of farm land among them.

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    I couldn't of asked for better weather.

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    My favorite kind of roads started to appear in the rolling hills of NY.

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    Vermont up next.
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  2. GB

    GB . Administrator

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    Vermont... even more scenic :thumb

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  3. 1994klr250

    1994klr250 Been here awhile

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    Vermont welcomed me with this sign.

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    Then one you don't want to see while on a motorcycle.

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    Finally some larger mountains now outside of NY.

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    I really like these kind of streams out east.

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    Quechee gorge, Vermont.

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    Whats left of the old man in the mountain. I was fortunate enough to see it 1998.

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    Early morning fog outside of Gorham, New Hampshire.

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    Early morning light after the fog had burned off.

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    Androscoggin river

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    One the reasons for this trip was to return to Mt. Washington. I last visited in 1998 with my parents before I was old enough to drive up the auto road. This time I will tackle it with my KLR250.

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    I checked the summit conditions across the street before going up. Luck was on my side that day.

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    Summit parking was fairly empty at 10 am.

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    The official summit.

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    Chains going over the roof to hold the building down.

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    More to come later.
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  4. GsVs

    GsVs Goin' Somewhere

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    Great pictures :clap .. looking forward to the rest of your 250 adventure
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  5. mikesova

    mikesova Michigander

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    I'm in.
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  6. 1994klr250

    1994klr250 Been here awhile

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    It's been a few days, but I got some more done.

    Only two places in the US have cog railways. Mt. Washington and Pikes Peak.

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    Both diesel and steam power are used to power the cogs.

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    The starting point of the auto road just above the cog train

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    Now I know why I rode all the way out here.

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    The appalachian trail runs up the west side of the mountain. I took a walk down towards the lake of the clouds. Since I didn't have hiking type equipment on me I didn't want to go to far down the trail.

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    It's a rather rough and sometimes steep trail on this part of the mountain. The stacked rock piles mark the trail.

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    A parting shot of the sherman adams building which houses the vistors center and observation deck.

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    Up next Maine.
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  7. bmwgrrl

    bmwgrrl Can't see me...can't stop me

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  8. hazpat

    hazpat cb rider

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    Great pics of the foggy morning:clap
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  9. Ladybug0048

    Ladybug0048 Bug Sister

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    I have a fondness for the small bikes taking on big adventures. To make this even better you are doing an excellent job of showing some beautiful areas I've never been to.

    Keep it coming please.
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  10. mcfear

    mcfear now known as many things

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    is it just me, or is this the bridge out of beetlejuice
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  11. ddavidv

    ddavidv Thrifty not cheap

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    It's just you. :rofl
    There actually is no existing covered bridge from that movie. They built a replica over a 'normal' bridge in the town of East Corinth, VT. It's about a minute and a half in on this video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rH-0k_b9DE
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  12. BusyWeb

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  13. 1994klr250

    1994klr250 Been here awhile

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    Continued on route 2 into Bangor for the night. The next morning fog and a little bit of rain was in the air leaving out of Bangor.

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    Lubec, Maine was the where I had my sights set to.

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    Along with Quoddy Head State Park. Its the eastern most point in the USA.

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    A down pour of rain lasted for about 15 minutes as soon as I pulled into the empty parking lot. But I didn't care I had made it.

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    I walked down by the ocean after spending some time by the lighthouse.

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    Atlantic Ocean behind me.

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    Up next U.S route 1 along the maine coast.
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  14. hobo99

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    great lighthouse pic
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  15. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    Awesome. :lurk
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  16. 46moo

    46moo Now with 2 cylinders

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    So did you take a dip? Frog Toggs are supposed to be waterproof.... :augie
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  17. wnc96

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    Great Pics!!!!! Did you cary extra gas? I did not see any gas cans hanging off...
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  18. 1994klr250

    1994klr250 Been here awhile

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    I didn't take a dip. The water was still cold even in August. The Frog Toggs are good, but not that good.
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  19. 1994klr250

    1994klr250 Been here awhile

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    I didn't carry any extra gas. I considered bring some before leaving on the trip. The only time I got a bit worried was on state road 9 from Bangor to Lubec. My gas mileage was around 50 mpg. I ended up using reserve about 10 miles from Lubec. When I filled up it took 2.6 gallons and it only holds 2.9 gallons. For the rest of the trip I was usually getting gas about every 100 miles just to take a rest.
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  20. Thailander

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    Great Photos, The 250cc bike looks like it was the right choice for your trip
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