Cromag Frog Toss '05 - aka "April Fools..."

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by DoctorIt, May 2, 2005.

  1. DoctorIt

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    When you wake up at 9am on a saturday morning and the entirety of New England is covered in clouds and rain, what do you do? Well, if you're me, you frantically run around the house, pack a sleeping bag and head out for a short ride... short ride to upper f**king Maine! That should establish my lack of clear thinking already. Keep it in mind as we proceed.

    I set off and headed north into vt/nh as I didn't want to drone on the freeway in the rain. So far so good, no traffic, good backroads, not too slick or cold. But as I approached the traffic black hole that is the greater Nashua/Manchester corridor, things started to look like this:

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    What did I do? Keep on riding with my winter gloves and just the inner goretex liner of my Rallye2.
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    After soaking through my only pair of warm gloves along for the ride. I decided I should pull under a gas station and do some re-gearing up. There I was, stuck in 101 traffic near Nashua when all of sudden my music went to full blast!!! I desperately grabbed for the wires and managed to just pull the earphones out of the ipod remote... which was attached near the bottom of my jacket. What a jackass, it got wet. Only I hadn't anticipated it failing in that fashion. Deafening noise-induced accident avoided and now safely at a gas station. I pulled the remote off and plugged the earphones directly into the ipod at a reasonable volume (the lost ability to pause or turn the volume down would rear its ugly head later, stay tuned). Thank goodness for millions of songs on random shuffle. I also wised up and wrapped my soaking wet Rallye2 outer layer in a dry goretex shell. I'm so smart, I made a wet fabric sandwich between 2 layers of goretex. PhD here I come!

    Did I mention I was going to Max BMW first only because I'm an idiot? The chances of Mac62 going there as planned were slim, and GSgirl had already bowed out. What the hell was I doing farting around in southeastern NH? The traffic pit of the world!

    Another hour passed and I rolled into Max's where the track day prep class was just getting out. Everyone was so nice and dry in there. I promptly waltzed in and began dripping all over everything. Max just gave me a look and said "hey [you soaking wet fool]". I was kinda chilly at this point and needed to pee. So I headed for the restroom before harassing GSgirl. Brain was low on function, and I left the restroom door open on accident. Some poor lady had the luck of walking in on me. Imagine the sight: I'm peeing, still have balaclava on, and there's about as much water dripping off my gear as there is "other fluid" into the toilet.
    :rolleyes

    I have neglected to mention that about an hour into my ride today, my left boot started leaking. WTF!?!! I found GSgirl and she also gave me that "you soaking wet fool" look. I told her my boot story, and things started looking up... I talked to John and between his other customers, he brought me a new pair of boots, told me to just leave the old ones there, and just quickly confirmed that I bought the bike there - only because that would mean that all my info was already in the system for the warranty. Wow! Talk about service. That was definitely a highlight of the trip. Brandy spankin' new boots!

    And at this point, I decided I would truck on to Bethel. I need to have my head examined.

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    Needless to say, the rain continued. But I had also invested a new pair of Alpinestars pro-winter gloves (waterproof). I had warmed up a little bit, and heck, I had new boots, so I was ready to go!

    I'll skip ahead 3 more hours... I was soaked, I was shivering, and I was began to start having horrible thoughts about how I had programmed the wrong location into my GPS and that I'd arrive at the wrong place. Luckily this was not the case, and I finally saw the Cromag sign, as promised! I rolled in and even managed to park the bike and getoff without falling. Boy was I cold and miserable. From here, things only improved.

    No sooner did I walk in than I was greeted by Cromag, a blazing wood stove, and the offer of beer, let the festivities begin!!!
    :freaky

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    I also arrived empty handed, but these guys were nice enough to help me get dry and warm, fill me with beer and/or scotch and feed me with delicious warm lasagna. Man, that chicken variety was AWESOME!!!
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    At this point you're wondering where the title of the thread came from...

    After a hearty dinner, many drinks, and a good round of bullshitting about everything from scotch distilleries to the pleasures of riding a dirtbike from Quebec, many of the gang decided to wander off to sleep. As designated cool guy, Cromag wasn't having any of this, so he headed off to smoke a cigar - down in the basement, under the deck to be sheltered from the rain (in case you forgot, it was raining). I wandered down myself and found Mac, U.Don, and Cromag hovering around the basement door. What they didn't notice was this:

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    Cromag did in fact notice and tried to evict this poor little guy with his sneaker. Nearly maimed him, but luckily, he was tough. I wasn't about to touch the little bugger, as he had left a wet "footprint" where his body was. So I took this approach:

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    A quick flick of the wrist, and voila:

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    And so you have, the first annual Cromag Frog Toss / Ride (swim) of the April Fools"!
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    In case you missed it... Fly Froggy Fly!!!

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    Turns out that after all the hospitality prior to dinner, I got to sleep in the hallway next to the bathroom. But it wasn't bad, everyone was kind enough NOT to open the door all the way thereby avoiding crushing my skull during their middle of the night urinations. thanks guys!

    In the morning, we awoke and headed straight for breakfast at "Bethel's Best":

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    It was quite tasty! :dg Check out the size of the toast!

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    I'm not quite sure, but I think Cromag was making his plans about how he was going to get lost at this point, FTB is concurring with him:

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    After this, the gang went back to clean up the cabin from the previous two evenings of debauchery. With a rather long ride ahead of me, and in gray skies again, they let me off easy so I could get an early start. That is, if you call 10:30 early. :bluduh.

    The ride home was... surprise!!! WET!!!!

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    But in all honesty, it was a great ride. I had the roads to myself, my gear had dried overnight, and I was smart enough to have the outer rain shell on over my riding jacket from the very beginning. The Kancamagus was misty, so no great viewing, but it was a nice ride. I continued through Lincoln and rode 118 down south. What a great road that is, and deserted too. I then veered west and waved to John and Deb as I passed Mt. Cardigan (site of the Cromag Campout). Did you know they're building an RV park with ATV track right on that road???
    :evil

    The rest of the way was eneventful, and the sun even came up when I crossed the Vermont/MA line (about 20 miles from home). :bluduh

    Oh, and Driller, I nearly hit a f**king logging truck looking at a piece of broken blacktop that I thought might be your tire kit. :rolleyes :D

    Let's do it again boys!

    :freaky
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    You bet...:thumb
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    So, that's what that is! :rofl
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    yup :nod

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    He doesn't look like he's suffering to me... as a matter of fact, he came back for more. Twice!
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    Yeah, he was definitely into it.
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    Someone needs to create a "flying frog" smilie in honor of this event. :wink:

    I have seen, now I believe.
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    I figured this is a good hijack point, and seeing I'm too lazy to start a new thread, here we go.....

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    So FTB is PMing me about leaving every fifteen minutes since Tuesday. By Thursday night I was worked into such a frenzy, I went out and woke up the bikes for a little pic at 2:00a.m.

    It was cold out.
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    You must be very proud. :nod

    Will they attend private schools?
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