NYCFF Berkshire ADV Ride planning thread May 20, 2012

Discussion in 'Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carp' started by Lil' Steve, Mar 13, 2012.

  1. Lil' Steve

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    For those not familiar, the Berkshire Trail Riders put on an awesome annual adventure ride every May. This year will be the most memorable yet because the founder of the ride, Vince (aka viverrid), despite having advanced pancreatic cancer, is trail bossing this ride once again.

    This ride is a great way (even for first timers) to have fun on your Adventure/Dual Sport bike, and help to raise money for this year's charity, Home/Hospice care in the Berkshires. I got my first taste of the dual sport bug on this ride a few years ago.

    As in years past, I'll be renting a cabin at Prospect Mountain Campground, in Granville MA for Saturday night. There are cabins, tent sites and full hookup sites to choose from. I've reserved cabin #5 same as in previous years. It's sort of become the "party spot" where lots of people come to socialize on Saturday night. I'll be bringing a gas grill, a couple of coolers, and my cabin has a full kitchen and toilet for anyone who needs it. You are all welcome to come hang with us.

    Feel free to use this thread for planning on how to attend, sharing trailer space or meeting up with local in your area (doesnt have to be NYC) to ride up.

    So join me to celebrate Vince's "I'm not dead yet" ADV ride this year, it's one not to miss.



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  2. TengaiJohn

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    I'm heading up on Sat with a buddy of mine but we don't have a cabin number yet. I'm trailering and will be bringing some firewood.
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    Make sure the firewood is dry, the stuff the camp sold us last year had too much mositure and was a bitch to get lit. :D
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  4. rgb2cmyk

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    Not familiar with the rules around here, but is it safe to bring your own firewood? I know some areas forbid it because of the migrating pests within?

    I'm looking forward to this ride, now I just need to get my act together and get organized and get a camp site, etc.


    Is there an area at the campsite that people try and get close to. Should I look for a site near cabin 5? Does anyone want to share a site? I'm new to this group thing, but I look forward to meeting you all.
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  5. viverrid

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    The party's at vfr870's cabin. Or outside it at least.

    BTW, dunno what the situation is with late checkout at that facility. In previous years when people camped at the state forest (no cabins!) I had suggested that campers might consider taking Sunday night too, so they have a place to return and wash up, change, etc. after the ride. Even if they don't actually stay over until Monday morning.
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  6. Gargoyle

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    I will be there Friday and Saturday night.

    Will be near you Steve ... campsite #8 with my toyhauler. We will have tee shirts for sale and most likely do event pre-registration from there in the late afternoon Saturday as well.

    I think bringing dry firewood is a good idea ... because I am not sure if brandy breath Arron will be there this year :D

    And for sure I be cooking something on the grill to bring to the party.

    Let me know if there is anything specific I should bring to the party.

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  7. Gargoyle

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    Last year the owner let me "check out late" because he didn't have the site rented for Sunday night. Hopefully they will be good to us on this because we are bringing them a bunch of early season business. Campers should ask about this when you are signing in.
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  8. Looksgoodinblack

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    We'll be in the Cabin # 7. My wife, ten months old kid, and a couple of friends. We plan on arriving early Saturday or maybe even late Friday. Some other LI FF's will probably chime in soon as well. We've been having so much good time in the past years we're not going to miss this one.:clap

    My favourite DS Video from last year:

    http://youtu.be/ij_BNJ0GZ_E
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    Yeah, nice vid to capture the Berkshire ADV ride experience. In fact, let me embed that just in case someone missed it.


    <IFRAME height=315 src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ij_BNJ0GZ_E" frameBorder=0 width=560 allowfullscreen></IFRAME>



    I dont recall the campsite having any issues with people bringing their own firewood, but you can contact them directly to make sure. 1-888-550-4PMC / info@prospectmtncampground.com


    No, you dont need a site near our cabin, that's just where the hang usually gravitates towards. The people who value their peace and quiet reserve a site far enough away from us riff raff, but still come get drunk with us. Then they stumble back to their site. :lol3

    While the cabin was cleaned & locked when we got back, they've always let us leave our vehicle/trailers at our sites as long as they werent booked.

    Prospect has been a great spot because we can enjoy adult beverages openly, and as long as we're not too loud, they dont mind us enjoying ourselves. The one thing they DO NOT LIKE is ANYONE driving or riding their bike above their 4.5 MPH speed limit. Yup, that's right 4.5 MPH. If that's all they ask of us then it's pretty easy to comply. We'll have plenty of opportunity to crack the throttle in the woods during the actual ride.


    I know Vince has scouted some snow still on the ground, but this early spring is giving us a real good chance of having a (relatively) dry May ride. I can hope, anyway.
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  10. rgb2cmyk

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    As a noob this video is both exhilarating and freightening at the same time. But I'm not afraid of getting the beast dirty, dropped, or broken, but I still will likely be going a little slower.

    I'll call the camp site and get things set then.

    Thanks guys.
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    www.prospectmtncampground.com/FAQ.htm

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    Don't get discouraged. Last year was little more technical because of the rainy days before the event. Some sections of the video were taken at the hero sections and going little slower will help just remember to keep the momentum and look ahead where do you want go. It really is big bike friendly ride.
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    Ross, I think the best way to handle it is to treat it as a BYO. I had to throw out a good amount of ribeye last year since I over planned a bit. If everybody brought a little something there should be plenty.


    +1 on what Peter says about not being discouraged. No matter what type of problems/difficulty you might encounter whether a noob or AA rider, someone will help you. I've been on both the receiving end, as well as helping others. That's what these rides are all about.
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  14. alskee750

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    Do you have to reserve if your just camping/pinching a tent?
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    You could probably get a site the day you get there if you didnt want to do it in advance. Or you could share a tent site with rgb2cmyk. Tent sites are only $25 (for the first 2 adults) so if you guys split a site it would only be $12.50 each for the night. You can cancel any reservation 14 or more days prior without penalty.

    http://www.prospectmtncampground.com/rates.html

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    I booked cabin #3 Friday through Monday, but will be leaving Sunday night hopefully by 7:00 pm.
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    Do check with campground about bringing firewood from outside the area. Boards are OK, but because of things like Asian Longhorn Beetle and Emerald Ash Borer, the bringing of "raw" firewood is frowned upon. (possibly illegal)
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  20. alskee750

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    Cool, I'm ok with sharing a tent site. rgb2cmyk, you down? I'm just not sure what bike to bring? Beemer 650 or the DR250? Will there be any riding Saturday? If so I can do one day on the DR and the other on the Beemer :evil.
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