L1616 Le Voyageur

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by John Fabian, May 27, 2013.

  1. John Fabian

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    I begin a cross-country ride on my 150cc scooter tomorrow, Tuesday, May 28. I am calling the trip L1616 Le Voyageur – A cross-country scamping adventure. Phase 1 is from my home in northern New England to Louisville, Kentucky. I will have a daily log and make updates here as is convenient from the road. A full description of the trip is being chronicled in my journal: L1616 Le Voyageur.

    Here is an approximation of my route. I plan on a lot of back road riding in West Virginia and eastern Kentucky. Two areas I've wanted to explore for a long time.

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    Follow along. Any advice on free camping is greatly appreciated. Given the great ride reports here, I feel this trip should be cataloged under "Adventure Lite."
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  2. Rutabaga

    Rutabaga Been here awhile

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    You and me got different definitions of lite. New England to San Diego is not my idea of lite but you certainly have the experience to call it as you see it. Safe travels.
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    Given the great ride reports here, I feel this trip should be cataloged under "Adventure Lite."
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    Dude, there ain't no Adventure Lite.

    Mitch
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  4. John Fabian

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    :-) Given the great off-raoad riding and single track reports, my ride all on paved roads, where a set back is having to eat breakfast in a chain restaurant, is "Lite" by comparison. I appreciate comments to the contrary.

    I am doing those last minute things that need to get done before take off. T minus 4 hours I reckon. I'll post a photo of the fully loaded bike just before I go.
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  5. Blader54

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    Looks a fine thing, this ride of yours. You're off a'venturing, no doubt about it. Looking forward to following your trip. Good to see your route passes well south of Grand Coulee.....:D
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  6. John Fabian

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    Day 1 - Tuesday, May 28
    High 60s low 70s overcast & breezy
    Starting odometer 9,112.1
    Start time 11:15 am
    End time ± 7:30
    Ending odometer: 9,283.8
    Distance = 171.7 miles
    MPG ± 72.2

    Hanover, New Hampshire to Johnston, New York
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  7. xto777

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    I enjoyed your 2012 summer report ' The Coulee' , I will follow new RR.
    one question, Are you riding a same scooter?, if not what happen to your " Moto Fabian:norton"?
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  8. WhicheverAnyWayCan

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    Hi John,

    if you still want list of free campground or for under $12 POI for your GPS, I found this website very helpful as they have way too many they divide it into 5 sections (SE, NE, Central, SW, NW).

    US Campground POI

    Hope this help??
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  9. John Fabian

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    Low 56 High 79
    Thunderstorms with intermittent sun
    Distance: 161.4 miles

    Johnstonn, NY to Whitney Point, NY

    A day of rain and plentifuul farms.

    My current scoot is the same make and model as my previous one, Moto Fabini. I call the new on Ruby. Moto Fabini's engine blew in the scablands of Washington State. I gave the bike to a motorcycle dealer in Ellensburg who was kind enough to hold it in storage over the winter as I tried to sell it on Craigs List. No nibbles, so I sent him the title to do with it as he pleases.

    I will check out the campsite web site - thanks. However, I have no GPS. I travel by whim and the generosity of strangers. Yes, I am lost a lot and do many U-turns. Hey - it's scamping. :-)
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  10. John Fabian

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    Whitney Lake to Watkins Glen, New York
    106 miles
    Morning fog to afternoon heat.
    Beautiful terrain in the Finger Lakes.
    Camping at Whatkins Glen State Campground for two nights.
    Porches are in town for racing
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  11. andymach23

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    Hi John

    Good luck with your trip.

    I enjoyed reading your book and it inspired me to get back on 2 wheels after an 18 year break. Picked up a Kymco Agility 125 last year and have been having a great time on it. No touring yet but you never know.

    Cheers, Andy
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  12. blacktruck

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    Traveling on a scooter for a substantial distance is not a lite adventure. My hat is off to you. Neat idea of not having a GPS. Now you gotta rely on yourself and your ability to use a map. Makes for a more interesting trip.
    Ride safe man and enjoy yourself. :clap
    Keep us posted.
    Ken
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    I am holding up in Watkins Glen, New York for two days. I want to explore the gorge in the Sate Park and spend some time at the racetrack where they are having a Porche club race.

    Last night I ran a test to see if I could recharge my iPad from the battery without the bike running. The answer is yes. The consequences? You guessed it. I coasted from the campground down to a service station where they gave me a jump.

    Andymach23 - glad I inspired you. The skinny of it all is just get out there & do it. Have fun.

    Blacktruck - If someone gave me a GPS I'd happily use it. As much as I rely on myself, I rely on the goodness of strangers. Yeah, it's an adventure...
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    Overcast & windy out of Watkin's Glen. Made good milage despite intermitment dounpours. Stealth camped in 45 degree weather. Remained warm & cozy. While packing, dropped bike & broke righthand mirror. In Jametown, New York thawing out, thinking about a motel.
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    Being hammered by rain in central West Virginia. Oil & gas trucks roam through the hills. Black snakes come out to sun themselves. Had a spill in gravel pulling off road. All is well. May motel it tonight...
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    Had a welcome motel night in Gilbert, West Virginia. Woke refreshed & clean. Crossed into Kentucky at Matewan. Hatfield & McCoy territory. On way to Koomer Campgrounds in Daniel Boone National Forest. May camp there two nights, depends on the site. This is near Natural Bridge & Gorge.
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    Rain, rain, & more rain with one good day in the Daniel Boone National Forest. Electrical problems caused me to truck the bike to Louisville, Kentucky where I have a friend and a place to work on bike. Bought new battery hoping that's the issue. Will know more in a few hours.
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  18. Tomaso

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    What a headache! I hope the problem is small and you can get back on the road soon. Meanwhile . . . . any pics?

    Edit: I just went to you 1616 blog. Plenty of pics! And very nice journaling might I add!
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  19. John Fabian

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    Now at Mammoth Cave, Kentucky. It's raining & Ruby is running well. Read all about it in my journal -Le Voyageur- listed below. - John
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    <a href="http://l1616levoyageur.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/20130723-182649.jpg"><img src="http://l1616levoyageur.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/20130723-182649.jpg" alt="20130723-182649.jpg" class="alignnone size-full" /></a>
    Still goin'...
    Photo by Andre Durand at Bode's in New Mexico.
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