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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Mr Bill, Jun 16, 2013.
I'll see how bored I get over the winter months.
Great RR Mr. Bill! Four of us just rode the whole PDR South to North and the Baley-Hazen Big Bike route this past weekend. It's a great route and you guys look like you had a blast!
That's a lot of dirt miles for a weekend! Did you camp or stay under a roof? My butt can't take that many miles on the ktm. You know they use a two by four for the seat on those things and then wrap that with barbed wire to make you stay on the pegs.
Last year we planned on three days, but it turned into four. Seven of us rode last year. There were ten planing to ride this year, but some people were too smart to ride in that nasty weather and stayed home.
Ha, ha... Doh! See there, I had my days mixed up. I thought the floating bridge was on Friday. (I guess I should look at my own photo's dates)
I did catch each of the others passing thru the covered bridge in Warren
Mr Bill (KTM)
FJR Ed (fellow 'Strommer)
At the floating bridge in Brookfield
Yeah, they need some casting lessons I think...
We ended up doing it in 4 days. It ended up being about 1200 miles round trip for me. But we really meandered on the way home. I was on a Tiger XC which is pretty comfortable but even so my butt was pretty unhappy with me by eod on Sun.
We stayed in hotels for this one. First night Killington. Second night Newport VT. Third night Lake George.
It was a haul but I'd do it again this weekend if I could.
Waking up in Woodstock I saw the rain had passed and it was not too gray out. A farm tractor went by a few times on the highway with loads of manure. I could tell I wasn't in Worcester any more.
Riding to breakfast we find Ed is having mechanical problems with a leaky clutch slave cylinder. The Vermont mud was too much for it. Ed hightailed it home on the freeway and the rest of the squad was down to three of us. Last year we had only three by the last day also.
Fred led us to a neat hobbit hole called Calendar II in Woodstock. No one is sure who made it, but it is old and the rocks making it are huge. Most likely ancient Celts had made it and it is lined up for the Winter solstice sunrise.
Made really good time heading towards Cavendish.
Leon said no camping we gotta get home!
A few pictures of the Round School house and facilities
Another bridge we can't cross
We are lost again
End of the trail. Wagon Wheel for lunch.
750 miles moving average speed 36.9 mph
Thanks again, Mr Bill, for arranging everything and putting up with us. Although we didn't get to camp, and (directly related the) weather was somewhat pukey, I still had a great time and would do it again anytime.
Maybe the way to fool those pesky rain gods is to not take along any camping gear? We could always find a place with some lean-tos or just travel lighter, ride longer each day, and do the same as we have the past couple of years splitting motel rooms?
My best pic this year (We are smiling 'cause it wasn't raining then. Except Mr Bill, he only smiles with his eyes):
At some point I was wondering if I should follow these guys....
If there is no photo of a tip over in the parking lot it did not happen, right?
I didn't see nuthin Mr Tired Legs
We planned to do that and the other little one and I had a hero section some of us did on the way through NH last year. We didn't really think twice about not doing the hero sections this year. The main route was barely passable after the storms that rolled through. One tree was enough to move out of our way for me.
I saw pictures of some brave soles doing it a few weeks ago.
I guess it was a long time ago. Here is the thread from February.
Looks like fun!
We had originally thought to do it this year in the fall foliage season, but a local Vermonter told us we were nuts to consider that. The traffic is awful and the locals all go somewhere else.
Ok Mr 1WheelLofter, September next year and you'll bring the 650?
I'm souping up my 650 with a new/bigger header pipe and quieter muffler. And putting a humungus rear sprocket on. We'll see how Leon's souped up 650 deals with that!
Actually that sprocket is just so I can crawl in first gear. Top speed is going down to 90 now so it will actually slow me down on this ride
Sounds like a great adventure! Well done. Are the "hero" section of the puppy dog marked? or is it possible to locate those section. I'm planning to do this route in September...
This is the PUPPY Dog! Big bike friendly and well marked dirt roads. There are no hero sections on the PDR that I know of. If a section changes or is found to be too difficult it is replaced.
The Bailey Hazen has a couple of hero sections. The longest hero section here cuts out a very boring section of slab through Irasburg. Here is the hero section end of the map. You need to follow tracks on your gps here.