New York State (Very short)

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  1. Stagehand

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    This is a ride report, but it wasn't a great adventure.

    Maybe it should have gone in "show me your home town in 10 pics or less" but I had more than ten pics.

    Maybe it should be in the R100GSPD Appreciation/Obsession forum. Where is that forum?

    I dont know -- but I rebuilt my carbs- "the brothers Bing" as I heard Mutineer say, and they needed to breathe.

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    I live on the West side of the Hudson River, and decided my goal would be to try an get to the where New York, Conneticut and Massachusettes meet. This would also be a test flight for my proposed Circumnavigation of New York State ride.

    First- I needed to stop in Poughkeepsie-just errands- It may be a day off, but I still got stuff to do--Mid Hudson Bridge:

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    A quick cruise from there up the Salt Point Turnpike to the Taconic State Pkwy North.
    To Gallatin:

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    I grew up all over the area I just traversed. Dont live over here anymore, and its funny to see how it all changes. Getting very built up.
    Course I say that, and this is what I mean:

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    Ouch. :eek1 I have done about 80 miles, so far, and hit reserve about 30 ago so I fill up. Would like to see if I get any better mileage out of the Brothers.

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    Copake, NY and I'm gettting pretty close to the goal:

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    GPS takes me a little north of target, and into Massachusettes. Just inside the border, fimds me here:

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    I'm the only one about.

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    Walked down to the stream that feeds Bash Bish falls and ate lunch. Running Clear and green like glacier water. BBrrr..

    Soldiering On: A little further south brings me to the Massachusettes/Connecticut Border.
    Mass on this side:
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    Conn this:
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    And this sign, pointing me Right, to my intended destination:

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    Man, If I could get to Salisbury in 6 and a half miles from here, I'd be home Quick!

    Even the GPS says its doable. I'm thinking "I could take it" :lol3

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    Ah. I better not. dont want to give the concrete a some kind of inferiority complex.

    Thats ok. I can still find an interesting way home. I really love it out here. the trees, rolling hills, the way the rocks poke out of the ground. Its all really incredibly beautiful, in a way that 6 megapixels and lousy photography can never capture.
    It'd be Good Livin out here.

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    Reentering NYS:

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    Wound my way down Rt 22 through the town of Northeast,

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    and Millerton,

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    and out over near Kildonan School:

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    and saw a whole slew of really awesome barns. This one's closer to Rhinebeck:

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    and finally (finally) two totally crap views of the Hudson River, the first looking North, and the second, South, while riding over the Kingston Rhinecliff Bridge. West towards home.

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    so there you go. A brief tour of whats near my home.
    Thanks for coming.
    See you out there.
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    Jason
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  2. anatinae

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    Nice!! :thumb
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    Nice
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    moto mike who needs a front wheel ?

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  7. GB

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    Looks like a nice little adventure you had yourself! Thanks for the pics and the report :thumb
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  8. Stagehand

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    pretty sure I saw Sasquatch somewhere, like maybe up around the ADK region... but i couldnt get the camera out in time. :evil
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  9. anatinae

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    come on up. I know where you can find 'em:beer
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    heh-- been too long, Nate-- have to get together sometime soon.
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    you know cars have heaters and cup holders in them plus you can smoke a cigar while you drive and listen to music. ever hear of summer?
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  12. Stagehand

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    heated grips, camelbacks, I DONT SMOKE ANYMORE DAMNYOUREYES and ipod inthe helmet. I've Heard of summer, but global warming has apparently made it swap places with winter./me waves hello
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    Used to be my stomping grounds, before I moved to the West Coast. Looking at this makes me nostalgic.:cry
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  14. Stagehand

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    I bet the names are familiar, but I barely recognized it myself. Times they are a changing.
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  15. TengaiJohn

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    Nice report, great bike!!

    I know the area, hiked over to Bash Bish many times (winter and summer).

    I'm glad someone is enjoying this weather.. .hahaha
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  16. Cordless

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    In my 10 years of living in Troy NY and Hoosic Falls (puns welcome on that one) I never rode the border south towards the City. Thank you for posting this ride and pics.

    Your plan for a circumnavigation of NY sounds great. Further north up rte 22 and even on the little gravel side roads that meander over the Vt border are some of the best riding my r80g/s and I have had outside of Idaho.

    If you find a good backroad route on the northern border of NY, post it. But waiting for Nachtflug's summer might be wise.

    I'll watch for it.
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  17. richc

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    Really nice - I liked that barn near Rhinebeck. My parents used to take us to a small store in Rhinebeck where they would buy smoked eel. It was quite a treat.
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  18. Stagehand

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    Yeah, I go up to that Vt area for the better riding, too. :wink:

    I have a goofy idea to run the border of NYS all the way around... GPS says its about 1000 miles, (very roughly) and does not include Long Island.

    I'm thinking Battery Park to Battery Park.. counter clockwise. Rt 22 should take me most of the way to Canada.. I expect to make about 200 -250 miles a day if I'm lucky.

    On the way back home from this I tried surfing the NY edge to see how it would go... should be much easier around the lakes! Between the City, and the flat Northern reaches, and the far western mountains of NY, this state probably has every extreme.

    In prep for that trip, and as a sequel to this one, I'm going to hit the NY/NJ/PE border, and then the NY/VT/MA corner. Will try for the NY/VT/Canada border on the big trip. The New York Border Run Series.
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  19. Stagehand

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    I was trying to be conservative on the camera. out of batteries at the time, but there are a veritable buttload of awesome farm architecture along this whole route. I could find it satisfying just riding around and taking pics of barns.

    Hudson River Eel. I know they're good, but who'da thunk it? You know they are born in the Sargasso Sea and swim up here to breed? Thats the craziest thing.
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  20. Deadly

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    That was a pretty cool report. I have never been that far east on a motorcycle or anything else so it was great looking at the photos.

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