Sometimes it's NOT About the Ride.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Laconic, Sep 11, 2010.

  1. Laconic

    Laconic Hapless Rube

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2007
    Oddometer:
    21,396
    Location:
    1984
    Sometimes it's about the destination.
    Note shamelessly stolen iDave format.


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Priority="67" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 1 Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="68" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 2 Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="69" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 3 Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="70" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Dark List Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="71" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful Shading Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="72" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful List Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="73" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful Grid Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="19" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="Subtle Emphasis"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="21" SemiHidden="false" 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mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} </style> <![endif]--> I moved away from home a long time ago. The rest of the family has stayed put. There's a lot to be said for that, but I could never sit still. Even as a kid, I always had to be going somewhere, and it didn't really matter where. As soon as I got out of high school, I hit the road. I tried to settle back home a couple of times, but it never seemed right. A life of naval service and field technical work kept me moving for years.

    Once or twice a year, I have to make that trip back home. I have roots, too. But my roots are in the people, my family. The place is beautiful, but that’s not what it’s about for me. It wasn’t too easy when I lived in Japan, and living in California didn’t seem any closer, but now that I live in North Carolina, it’s driving distance. No excuses not to go, and a perfect excuse for a ride.

    Those of you reading this that have that wanderlust, you know who I am, don't you?
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  2. Laconic

    Laconic Hapless Rube

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2007
    Oddometer:
    21,396
    Location:
    1984
    Day One


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It was looking like Earl was taking the same course to New England that I was, and we would be on the same timetable. I could sense he was going to be a flash in the pan and to be perfectly honest, I love riding in the rain. It’s almost like “back to the womb” or something for me. One of the best rides I’ve had happened a couple weeks ago on the way to work. It’s only 12 miles, and I wish it could have gone on forever. Raining, dark, and no traffic; absolutely fantastic and a great way to start the day.

    Anyway, I hit the road at 0500 Friday morning with the intention of putting well over 50% of the distance behind me before stopping for the night.

    I did a lot of thinking during the day; the interstate is conducive to that. My closest aunt has been diagnosed with cancer. It has started me thinking about my own mortality and that of my family. My folks always sheltered us kids from death; now I’m going to have to figure out how to face it. I don’t know if I got anything sorted, but eventually my brain shut off and it was just me, my butt and my stock seat in the wind at 80 +.

    Earl was the disappointment I thought he would be; he didn’t rain on me at all. A little sprinkle in eastern New York and some very humid weather to compliment the traffic jams in Connecticut was all he could muster. By the time I had 720 miles under my belt I was nearly in Massachusetts. I camped alongside I-84 (in a motel) and slept like a baby.

    No pictures this day, it was all about the miles and there wasn’t much to see anyway.

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  3. AZ_ADV_RIDER

    AZ_ADV_RIDER Demons In My Helmet

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    Looking forward to the pics!
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  4. GB

    GB . Administrator

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  5. Laconic

    Laconic Hapless Rube

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    Racing Earl


    I got off to another 0500 start on Saturday. When I'm trying to get somewhere, I like to get a couple hours under my belt before breakfast. Traffic is lighter and I like riding into the dawn.

    Earl had passed through during the night with minimal fuss. A couple hours later, somewhere along I-495, I caught up to him.

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    There was a very definite line of the storm's trailing edge working its way northeast ahead of me.

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    After a few hours, a milestone appeared on the horizon. This bridge is always kind of a "pick me up", no more state lines to cross (but still around 200 miles to go).

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    The first rest stop in Maine; look what's there in the sky, staying just ahead of me. I victualed here on an uninspiring meal of some kind, and the coffee was nasty, I actually threw it out.

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    Onward. Earl appears to be gaining ground. I'm going 80 most of the time...

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    I saw Garrison Keillor headed north. Maybe he was going to pick up some new boats.

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    Spotted this nice little rig. The guys over in the little camper thread should enjoy this.

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    I stopped at Toby's Market on Rt. 3 to get a snack and a Red Bull. While I was there I shot these pictures of the front.

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    Continued on Rt. 3...

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    and on down Rt. 1 to Bucksport. This was taken while crossing the new Penobscot Narrows Bridge.

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    When I got to Blue Hill, Earl was just moving offshore. I guess he won the race. That was OK with me, he left some fantastic weather in his wake.

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    BTW, I have decided to call my new bike Endurance. Any idea what inspired the name?
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  6. prometheus rising

    prometheus rising Ghost In The Machine

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    Looking Good , bring it on :thumb
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  7. gruney1

    gruney1 Been here awhile

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  8. Chub

    Chub Been here awhile

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    Grew up in Bucksport but moved before the new bridge was built. Nice report!
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  9. Laconic

    Laconic Hapless Rube

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    Thanks for looking in everyone.

    I'm struggling a little with this between work, work at home and a small case of writers block (or is it procrastination?). I have a few more pictures and more story to tell.

    Will get back to it as soon as possible.
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  10. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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  11. Laconic

    Laconic Hapless Rube

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    That's it. :nod

    I read a couple different books about the expedition after seeing a documentary on TV. I don't know what men were made of back in those days, but I'm guessing there are very few of us around today that could handle being marooned in the Antarctic for 22 months. Some of the pictures that survived the ordeal are absolutely fantastic.

    The story is worth looking into for anyone who has adventure in their soul.
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  12. Laconic

    Laconic Hapless Rube

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    The Pop-in

    I hadn&#8217;t told anyone I was going to visit. I get a bit of a kick out of surprising the family every once in a while. They seem to like it, too. I checked in with my brother and then went up to see my parents. Mother came out wondering &#8220;who the hell is driving up here now?&#8221; She hadn&#8217;t seen my bike before and I had my helmet closed. My aunt and uncle from Nashua were there and we all had a good reunion.

    Then I went to visit my aunt who has cancer. She had had a chemo treatment the day before and was asleep when I got there. My uncle was out in the yard and we caught up for a while and then went in to visit.

    What to say? She was always around when we were kids and always did stuff for us. Always remembered birthdays and took us places during the summer. I remember my cousins, my brother and I riding in the back seat of her Chevy Impala, standing up in the back seat, her always with a cigarette in her mouth. She smoked like a chimney in those days. I&#8217;m sure us kids were brats and drove her and my mother nuts&#8230; She let me sleep on her sun porch when my father locked me out of the house with nothing but a sleeping bag (in February). I deserved it, BTW. She still sends birthday cards every year, me, a 50 year old man. She quit smoking 20 years ago or so. She&#8217;s a great-grandmother now.

    We didn&#8217;t talk about specifics of her cancer; I just let her tell me what she wanted to. I had no idea how to approach it and I&#8217;m sure she had been asked the same questions 2057 times. I gave her a scarf my wife made for her. We decided she wouldn&#8217;t need it until this winter. I gave her a kiss.
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  13. Photog

    Photog Charismatic Megafauna Administrator

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    good soulful stuff.

    Endurance--good choice.

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  14. SRMN8R

    SRMN8R Down & Out

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    :thumb

    A picture may be worth a thousand words, but those words conjured up my mind's video files and photo albums of forty odd years of memories.

    Well said.

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  15. Laconic

    Laconic Hapless Rube

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    Family, Friends, Food and the Fair



    Since my aunt and uncle were staying at my folks house, I stayed at my brother's place. He and his wife were camping at the fairgrounds, as they have a pretty time consuming business obligation there. They were happy to have me to keep an eye on things.​



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    Everyone was tied up the next morning, so I went down town for some breakfast. First in line. :dg​



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    The next couple of days were spent having a little fun.​



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    Checking out the fair...​



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    This is one of my favorite places to eat, he's at the fair every year. :nod



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    I took a picture of one of his masterpieces, but it was out of focus. :rolleyes



    I always go to see some horse pulling with the folks. I like horses. :nod



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    We went out to "camp" for a visit. My father dragged the camper across the ice one year and up on to shore. Then he built the building around it. To get there requires some rough road and then some walking.​



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    There is one other "must do" when visiting during the summer. A trip to the Bagaduce Lunch for some fried clams. The best clams on the face of the earth and worth the thousand mile trip all by themselves.​



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    There's a nice view to take in while you eat, too. This place is not to be missed if you are in the area. ​



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  16. Loudo

    Loudo Pithy

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    The amazing thing about the Shackleton expedition that sticks in my mind is a few guys went through all that only to return home and be promptly killed in WWI.

    I'm not sure what to make of that, but I'm sure it's profound.
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  17. Laconic

    Laconic Hapless Rube

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    I know. They were so eager to get to it, too. They hardly took a day off when they got home.
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  18. dlrides

    dlrides 1:1.618

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    Going home must be in the air this fall.



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  19. Laconic

    Laconic Hapless Rube

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    The Ride Back

    All good things must come to an end, otherwise they wouldn't be good things. They'd just be ordinary, everyday things.

    Rather than running through Connecticut I took the Mass. Pike out to the Taconic Parkway and headed south from there. In the interest of saving miles, in all the trips I've made to Maine, I've always used I-84 as the east-west route. The Taconic (and the Mass. Pike for that matter) was a pleasant surprise. There is no commercial traffic allowed, so there's just the occasional passenger car. Picture the BRP as a divided four-lane with fewer curves. It's a great, smooth road and the speed limit is 55.

    I stopped along the way for a rest and some education.

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    While I was taking those pictures a car went by and I heard a crash. I looked around to see a pile of debris sliding down the road behind a minivan.

    I picked up these two bits...

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    and put them in the pile.

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    That probably ruined someone's day. :umph


    I saw this sitting on the wall where I was stopped; I wonder if it's still there?

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    Here's a couple on the fly shots of the Taconic Parkway. It looks like going this way adds about 100 miles to the trip, but it might be worth it.

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  20. Laconic

    Laconic Hapless Rube

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    The Last Day


    Any minor ability I may have had for introspection and getting some things down on paper seems to have vanished into the routine of everyday life.

    I had never ridden the section of the BRP from Waynesville to Peaks of Otter, so I treated myself to a diversion on the last leg of the ride home. The weather was overcast and sprinkly and I struggled with my P&S to get any good pictures, but here's what I managed to salvage.

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    I took a little ride down SR 43 from Peaks of Otter to Hwy. 29, if there are any Doof Clenas here, you can appreciate that. :D

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    Thanks for stopping by! :wave





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