Adirondacks tag-o-Rama

Discussion in 'Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carp' started by linkandcuff, Dec 2, 2008.

  1. jontow

    jontow Been here awhile

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    Alright, forced me into it...

    Old tag:

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    New tag:

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    Early hint: a bit over 10 miles from previous tag


    For whomever finds it, you will be shaming your family if you do not ride some of the roads nearby! :lol3 Enjoy.
  2. operose

    operose Mama tried

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    I'll let the rest of you have at that one, but let me know if you come grab it - right on the awesome side of my doorstep and almost always up for a ride :)
  3. NHTOTEROAD

    NHTOTEROAD Been here awhile

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    Yup. Great area. I have a camp about 2 miles from there (Yes, I live in NH. So I won't be grabbing the tag anytime soon). The turn there, onto the dirt, is another dead-end that got flood by the Blake Reservoir (oops, did I just leave a hint?). That use to be the main road into that area.
  4. jontow

    jontow Been here awhile

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    Yes: great spot.. last year when they had the level in the reservoir lowered, I had the XL600 on the beach.. rode for about a mile downstream, following the old road. Awesome: but I had knobbies on then!
  5. ssevy

    ssevy Been here awhile

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    It's a little after 11 pm, and I'm sitting in the Nice 'n Easy in Tupper Lake having a cold sandwich after a fruitless attempt to grab this tag. First of all, this is my first tagging expedition this season, as I have been too busy to ride much this summer. I finally found my dream bike a month or so ago, a Triumph "Steamer" (95 Tiger), and I just finished getting it roadworthy at 6:30 tonight. I told my wife I needed to do a shakedown run, and departed Glens Falls at about 6:35. Well it just loafed along like a big St. Bernard puppy, and before I knew it I was in Indian Lake. I remembered the tag, although I hadn't exactly pinpointed it the last time I looked at it, but how hard could lt be, right? So off to the north country with my fingers crossed. First, I tried the road into Barney Pond on the Champion property, as that was where my smart (?) phone thought it was. Well, since I have no real dirt riding experience, and since this was my first experience on this big heavy bike, I only went a few miles before turning around. It was about 9:30 pm, and I was completely alone in a location which no one knew, and frankly my pucker string had about stretched to the breaking point keeping the bike from napping on the loose rubble on the hills. So, next was Stark Road, from which I followed a sign to the "Blake site" which turned out to be a boat launch. Assuming the Blake cemetery would be nearby, I explored the roads around the boat launch to no good purpose. So, either they take the cemetery sign in at night to keep the dew off it, or I was just in the wrong place. It has been a great ride nevertheless, and it was fun trying.
    PS- The twin headlights on this Steamer are awesome! Keeping it safe because of all the deer, and the extra lighting really helps. Critter count so far is 3 does, 1 coyote, 1 red fox and 1 gray fox. No skunks or hedgehogs yet, but I still have the ride back to Glens Falls tonight, so my numbers may change.
    Time to get back in the saddle. Ciao!
  6. ssevy

    ssevy Been here awhile

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    Add two more does and one raccoon the size of a small sheepdog to the list.

    Here's the one cemetery I could find:

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    Here's my Tiger at the Indian Lake Stewart's (rained a bit):

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    Total of 270 miles for a nice evening ride. Honestly, riding through the Adirondacks at night is very peaceful and enjoyable when there is no traffic (none tonight). You just have to use some common sense with the throttle position because of the nocturnal wildlife.
  7. pit0rz

    pit0rz Off on a bimble...

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    :thumb Welcome to the Tiger fold! She's a nice lookin scoot for sure. :D
  8. operose

    operose Mama tried

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    That sounds like a great ride and certainly an awesome bike. It is really a shame that you were so close to the tag but did not find it. It looks like you might have turned onto Racquette River Rd. rather than staying on Stark Rd. which would have brought you to the Blake Cemetary sign.

    I did about 240 miles yesterday, first met up with a new friend with a DRZ400 in the morning and cruised some spots over by his house. We both had to go home to entertain the wives, but when I got home mine was talking about going to one of my favorite places, which we might not have access to in the future.

    Of course that means meeting her there and taking a little detour to grab the ADK tag in case nobody else has ;)

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    After grabbing the tag (it was on Stark Rd. btw) I headed towards rt56 and then rt3. A couple miles after leaving the Stark rd I bump into this familiar character having a legitimate business meeting in the Long Pond trailhead on a Sunday afternoon.......

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    Had a Coke and a smoke and went on my merry way.


    Here's the new tag:

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    I'll give some hints since this is even more out of the way and not technically in the park (but does follow the rules)

    disclaimer: this does require riding on a dirt road, and while lamenting this fact on the way there I met a bright and shiny Ruby Red Metric Cruiser Bagger thing with crashbars and hard bags and a middle aged guy in a beany helmet riding up this dirt road (seriously, not joking at all) -- So if he can do it surely you ADVRIDER types can :)

    The road has the same name as the lodge. There are technically two sections of the road that no longer connect due to a bridge being out. This would be on the longer stretch if you are looking at a map and is also the stretch with the state forest of the same name.

    Best of luck and happy tagging
  9. jontow

    jontow Been here awhile

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    ssevy: Wow.. you were so ridiculously close.

    Btw: nice bike! I've become quite familiar with the Stewarts in Indian Lake this summer.. Was riding back and forth to Troy for a few weeks.

    Sounds like you didn't put shame on you or your family: rode some road, seen some scene, that sort of thing. Good show :clap
  10. NHTOTEROAD

    NHTOTEROAD Been here awhile

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    seevy: You were on the wrong side of the reservoir. I believe the Blake boat launch is just about the location where the flooded road (the dirt road by the cemetary sign) would have come out on the other side.
  11. operose

    operose Mama tried

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    Yep, must have taken a left onto Raquette River Rd. after the Stark cemetary rather than staying straight on Stark Rd. in order to get to a public boat launch onto Blake Res.

    Still a really great area to ride, and I'm glad I held off on posting the tag or he might not have made the trip :) Came up behind a Camaro that had been at the Parishville gas station at the same time I was, on the White Hill side of Stark Rd. and once he noticed that I'd caught up we made a very "spirited" run of it until I dropped off to grab the tag.

    Highly recommended if you are ever in the area
  12. operose

    operose Mama tried

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    Is there anybody out there?

    Do you want me to move this somewhere else?? Did I break the rules somehow?


    Perhaps life has caught up with you all as well... Just let me know what you think.
  13. pit0rz

    pit0rz Off on a bimble...

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    I wouldn't get too excited yet. These tags do sit for a while sometimes but they will eventually get moved. :thumb

    If you need any other riding destination ideas there's probably ten other TOR games you can follow! :D
  14. pit0rz

    pit0rz Off on a bimble...

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  15. operose

    operose Mama tried

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  16. ssevy

    ssevy Been here awhile

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    Beautiful evening to ride. I left Queensbury at 3 PM, and just arrived home at 2:15 AM. 7 counties and 416 miles later, and I grabbed two tags (thanks pitOrz for reminding us about the DEC tag).

    Here's the money shot:

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    I had a really creepy thing happen when grabbing this. Since County Rt. 27 had fresh oil and loose gravel, I was being cautious. About a mile after the chip sealing ended, I saw this woman standing in the edge of the woods in the middle of nowhere. No car, no lights, no houses, no nothing. I continued on and got the tag, and on the way south the woman now had a tall man with her, and they were both just standing in the bushes and staring at the road. For a moment I thought I had stumbled into an X-Files episode! Creepy as shit I tell you!

    Here's the new shot:

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    Wildlife count for tonight:
    4 does
    one opossum
    two coyotes ran in front of me, one near the top of Indian Lake Hill, and the second on the Northway
    (two zombies on Rt. 27:eek1)

    This was the first time I had ridden route 3 from Plattsburg to Saranac Lake. Talk about the middle of nowhere. Well, Star Lake is pretty desolate too I guess. Degrasse wasn't booming tonight either. I plan to return to that part of south Plattsburg to try all of the hot dog places.

    I highly recommend some serious night riding for those of you who haven't tried it. No traffic, very peaceful, temps are great, and the miles just pass by smoothly. The only two concerns are wildlife and finding fuel after hours, but both of these can be addressed with a conservative throttle hand and some careful planning.
  17. pit0rz

    pit0rz Off on a bimble...

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    Nice grabs! How are ya liking that Tiger?
    I have to admit I like to ride at night too, very peaceful. I like riding in the rain as well, but I don't like riding in the rain at night!
  18. Penmeister

    Penmeister Portabella

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    The man and woman were staring at the road because they couldn't believe they saw a motorcycle go by in the middle of the night disturbing their peace and quiet! Adirondack nightlife, not what you'd expect! :ricky
  19. ssevy

    ssevy Been here awhile

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    I have always loved the looks of the steamer since I first saw one. The triple engine is the same as in my Legend, and it is an awesome lump. Having finally found one, a test ride confirmed that it was exactly what I wanted. Since I do all of my own wrenching, having two triples in the garage makes for an easier maintenance schedule, and now having done some mods and some long miles, I am completely smitten. This will be my last bike, and I plan to ride it cross country soon. Couldn't be happier!
  20. Oilhed

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    Did you ride old 99 by Loon Lake? It's a great GS (Steamer) road on the way to Mountainside/Owls Head.