Down the Road A Piece

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Solarmoose, Aug 13, 2017.

  1. Project Mayhem

    Project Mayhem Moto Aficionado

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    Happy belated anniversary guys...that's an impressive & enviable record!
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  2. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    Tuesday Sep 12 - Paulina to Estherville IA, the long way.

    We left Bruce and Carol Rohwer's farm early this morning, caught some nice pics of the farm before we left.

    Bruce and Carol took us on a picnic outing on Sunday.
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    The farm house. This house replaced an old farmstead that my father and his father were born in. Some of the
    material from the old house was reused in the building of this one.
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    Bruce leases ground for several of these wind turbines.
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    This monster Cat is used to lay in drain tile in the fields.
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    Bruce's son Keith raises horses.
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    Estherville was only 70 miles north, too short a day, so we diverted 130 miles south to Marne IA to visit this place.
    Brit bikes spoken here. (Fite, thanks for the rec)
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    The place is jam packed with Triumphs, Nortons, Ariels, Royal Enfields and more. And a big tank collection. Wow.
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    We ended the day in Estherville with homemade apple pie courtesy of Carol. It was delicious.
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    Tomorrow we will cross Minnesota and ride into Wisconsin as we make our way to Ontario to go
    around the north side of the Great Lakes.
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  3. Fighter

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    Glad you two were able to catch Baxter.
    I knew that would bring out the "drool factor"
    Be safe kids.
    Remember:
    It's not the destination .......it's the journey!
    Later, Fite
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  4. Project Mayhem

    Project Mayhem Moto Aficionado

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    "We ended the day in Estherville with homemade apple pie courtesy of Carol. It was delicious."

    Pie for strength! :D
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  5. Solarmoose

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    Wednesday Sep 13 - Estherville IA to Ladysmith WI

    It was already near 70 at 7:30am. Promised to be another warm day. It was.
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    This pic is for my family who spent time at our grandpa and grandma Smith's home in Estherville Iowa as kids.
    Lots of good times here with my cousins. I lived here for a few months and attended first grade while my dad
    was in school in Oklahoma City. (Mom didn't like Oklahoma.) That was in the 50's.
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    Pretty morning as we left Estherville going north into Minnesota.
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    Wisconsin
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    and ended the day at Ladysmith WI.
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    Tomorrow into Michigan upper peninsula.
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  6. Project Mayhem

    Project Mayhem Moto Aficionado

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    Wait just a minute...Cee let you lead the way again? :hide
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  7. Solarmoose

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    Well, thats a topic by itself. With two GPS's that don't agree, two adults and a paper map; deciding on which turn to take can be interesting...
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  8. Solarmoose

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    Thursday Sep 14 - Ladysmith WI to Newberry Michigan

    We started a little later this morning, slept in a bit. It was another nice morning riding into the sun in Wisconsin.
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    Fall colors are much more evident here.
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    Our first break of the morning after an hour and a half in the saddle. My custom saddle has had me feeling sore
    at this point so I adjusted the seat height in the front. Much better for the rest of the day. Not having hot temps
    helped too.
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    The GPS had us get off the highway we wanted to be on and take a "detour" which eventually got us back on the
    same highway. This country road got narrower and bumpier but no traffic. Good choice GPS. (for once)
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    Stopped here for lunch in Powers MI. Good burger.
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    Lake Michigan. I forgot how big these lakes are.
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    It wasn't cold and we took our coats and helmets off to enjoy the warm wind coming off the lake.
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    Playing in the water
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    Tomorrow we cross into Ontario in Sault Ste Marie on our way to New Hampshire.
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  9. Project Mayhem

    Project Mayhem Moto Aficionado

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    Indeed...our rule is that the GPS of whom ever is in front is 'right'.
    As for NH, don't forget that you have the option for checking in with my folks for a quick visit or a night's stay.
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  10. Solarmoose

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    Friday Sep 15, 2017 - Newberry MI to North Bay Ontario

    It was a little foggy leaving Newberry but cleared up quickly and the sun came out.
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    We crossed into Canada at Sault Ste Marie.
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    Its a long and high toll bridge over the waterway between Lake Superior and Lake Huron
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    Construction in the middle of the bridge kept us stopped for several minutes.
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    Nice sight over the water.
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    We left Sault Ste Marie Ontario to a nearly empty trans Canada highway 17.
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    Scott from Sault Ste Marie MI hung out with us for a 70 miles or so before turning off to the south. We had
    lunch together and talked about stuff. Nice guy.
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    The rest of the day was not so nice, lengthy and multiple reduced speed construction zones with no construction going
    on was tiresome. Approaching and leaving Sudbury got into lots of traffic and stayed busy all the way to North Bay.
    Lots of passing lanes but the vehicles holding up long lines of traffic at 45 to 50mph would suddenly find great
    speed in the passing lanes making it hard to get around them. We were both tired and out of patience by
    the time we reached North Bay. Highway 17 was not a good choice of roads. Plus there's a golf tournament going
    on North Bay with loud motel guests partying outside our room. Maybe I'll make noise with the bike in the morning
    when we leave...

    Tomorrow we go into New York via the Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge. Hoping for quiet back roads.
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  11. sundog406

    sundog406 Adventurer

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    What kind of camera are you using to take the pictures? I'm still enjoying your trip. Thanks for posting.
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  12. Solarmoose

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    A Canon SX230. We shoot a lot, throw away a lot and hope there's a few that are nice or tell the story. We shoot quite a few pics on the fly which doesn't always provide for long camera life...
    Glad you're enjoying the posts, thanks for the comments.
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  13. sundog406

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    So are you just pulling it out, snapping some pics, and stuffing it back in your tank bag? Are you shooting left-handed? If not, are you using cruise control? Mundane questions, I know, but I've been impressed with the quality of the pictures you're taking while motoring down the highway.
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  14. Solarmoose

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    Thank you. Yep, pull cam out of pocket with left hand through lanyard, snap a few and back in pocket. The GS has cruise control making it easier.
    Been shooting this way for many years so lots of practice. Has to be right conditions besides something to shoot, as in not a lot traffic issues or road
    changes. Some potential shots go by if conditions aren't right. We do stop and shoot too but that isn't always possible if there's no where to pull
    off safely or cars close behind.
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  15. Solarmoose

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    Saturday Sep 16, 2017 North Bay Ontario to Port Kent New York

    Rode 400 miles, hadn't planned to go that far but we reached our planned destination early in
    the afternoon and decided we felt like going on.

    Packing up at the TraveLodge in North Bay
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    Sunrise in North Bay. Rolled out at 0800.
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    We ran into a lot of fog and quite thick at times.
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    I usually compress my pics to make loading faster but thought I'd load the original and the compressed to see if
    I can tell the difference.
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    Look the same to me. Not sure which is which.
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    We got onto the Prescott-Ogdensburg International Bridge to find it was steel grate. and long. and high. Not
    my favorite surface to ride on. The bike is constantly weaving from one track to another. Although it was posted
    at 25mph we've found 30 to 45 provides better stability. Hands loose on the bars and steady speed.
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    Cee managed to shoot a few pics while riding this bridge. She's brave.
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    and into Customs on the New York side. The agent must not have gotten any Alaskan folks here as they were
    very chatty holding up the cars behind us. Was fun. I don't say that about Customs too often.
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    This was the best pic I could get of the bridge, not very good. Couldn't get any closer due to all the fences.
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    What can I say?
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    Lovely New York countryside.
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    St Laurence Seaway
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    We saw this dam(?) in the distance, never saw a sign telling us what it was.
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    Passed several horse and buggy rigs.
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    End of day in a motel near Port Kent New York. The back roads in upper New York were a joy to ride. Nice day.
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    Tomorrow we take the ferry across Lake Champlain to Vermont and then to Littleton New Hampshire to visit an
    aunt for a couple days. See you later.
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  16. Solarmoose

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    Sunday Sep 17, 2017 - Port Kent to Littleton, New Hampshire

    Here's a pic I don't take very often, but I've not seen a pink bathroom before.
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    After breakfast we toured this place
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    There is a dam upstream that fed water to the building on the right to support mining in the area.
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    Then we rode to the ferry dock. $10 per bike including rider. Reasonable for a one hour ride across Lake Champlain
    from Port Kent, NY to Burlington Vermont.
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    The ferry arrives
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    The ferry rode into a dense fog which had a strange affect on the two couples. Didn't affect me.
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    as we approached Burlington we could hear sounds from a concert by the lake.
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    We rode through Burlington and then on down the road. Saw this interesting camper.
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    The back country of Vermont and New Hampshire.
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    First stop in Littleton was to see my Aunt Erma. We had nice chat and visit.
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    Erma's daughter, Christine, invited us to stay at her place. Very nice house.
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    Tomorrow we'll do some tire change scheduling, order maintenance parts and continue our visit with Erma.
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  17. Project Mayhem

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    If you're out and about, and need sustenance, I suggest Polly's Pancake Parlor down the way a bit near Franconia.
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  18. Solarmoose

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    Monday Sep 18, 2017 - Out and around

    We did maintenance tasks in the morning. I've been watching tire wear on the GS trying to figure out where
    it will need new tires at. Cee's Guzzi has run the Michelin Pilot Road 4 GT tires before and gotten over 10,000
    miles on a set so they should take her all the way. But the Michelin Pilot Road 4 Trail tires on the GS appear to
    wearing a little faster and may need to be replaced before the end. Perhaps Denver on the way back

    After chores we rode down to Mt Washington and took the road ($34) to the top. Its very steep and narrow.
    We pulled off onto a gravel siding to take a break and both managed to drop our bikes getting started again.
    Fortunately a person stopped to help pick them up. The Guzzi got a few more scratches but the GS bent a
    side case requiring the encouragement of a rock to straighten up enough the close the lid. It will need a little
    more finesse to get back to rights again.
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    Christine, Joanie and Erma took us out to dinner at a very nice place. Afterward Chris took us to her daughter,
    Katy and Shawn's place they are building. Besides a very nice home, they have a hanger and maple syrup production
    building. Very ambitious couple.
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    Nice end to the day.
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  19. Solarmoose

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    Tuesday Sep 19 2017 Littleton NH to Maine to Bennington VT

    Vic - thanks for the breakfast rec, Christine has been there many times and took us there this morning.
    Great place for breakfast. We all had blueberry pancakes.
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    Christine and I. Our mothers were sisters.
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    We headed down I93
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    and turned off to go on the Kancamagus Highway on our way east. Great road.
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    We rode into Fryeburg Maine, got the picture, turned around headed south west.
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    Stopping to read maps and figure where we're going next. The tables were perfect to lay out maps and
    program the GPS's.
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    We changed roads so many times I lost count, all back roads and dozens of small towns.
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    Fall colors are everywhere.
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    We stopped in Bennington Vermont for the evening.
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    Will head southwest tomorrow making our way to west PA. We're done with the eastern trek part of the trip.
    It will be mostly south for a week or two before going west.
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  20. Solarmoose

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    Wednesday Sep 20 2017 - Bennington VT to Mansfield PA

    Cool desk in the motel last night.
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    We left Bennington on highway 7 heading for Albany to hook up with I88 west which was nearly empty. Nice.
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    Out of order, this was on highway 7. Did not know there was a MAX BMW in NY. So we stopped and went in to
    inspect their inventory. Inspection passed.
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    Cee promptly went over and sat on a factory lowered R1200GSA and declared affirmative. (bank account groaned.)
    We had a nice chat with Carolyn, sales rep, who is planning an Alaska trip so we exchanged biz cards and told her
    to contact us for north info.
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    Off the interstates and on back roads again.
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    The bikes requested a break. We waited several minutes before they would let us go again.
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    Temps in the low 70's until about 2pm then jumped to 80+.
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    We often see odd structures, some active, some abandoned and wonder what the story is.
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    Stopped for the night in Mansfield PA.
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    Tomorrow I hope to meet a fellow CBX owner and see his operation.
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