song's ride report and pics

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  1. SONG

    SONG Been here awhile

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    So after a few days in Indy, we were excited to hit the road again.

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    And we enjoyed some very fine WV and VA asphalt...

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    Blue Ridge Parkway is always a blast..

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  2. DougZ73

    DougZ73 Fading off.........

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    Missing some pics there Song? LOL
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  3. SONG

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    6 of us decided to do a w/e in the north/central PA mountains for this w/e trip. We planned to stay in cheap cabin in Coudersport, PA.

    For this trip, I decided to take my sport touring track bike R1. It's surprisingly comfortable and is as smooth as a Cadillac compared to my paint can shaker KTM 625smc. Well, it is a thumper.. Anyway, as you can see, the R1 still has track plastics. I slapped on a headlight, mirrors, signals, and tail light/plate. They were calling it a locomotive.

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    This guy cannot live w/o his phone.. I try to use my phone as little as possible on w/e bike trips. It's my time to get away from it all.

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    We had some unexpected roadside repairs.. Front cylinder was cutting out. The sparkplug got wet from all the rain.. Bad design for the SV. Luckily we found a Napa to fix it up in a couple hours.

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    no..we never laugh at other people's misery. we're laughing *with* you..

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    ...and finally the weather clears!

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    Pit stop at the PA "grand canyon".

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    hmm...no so "grand" if you ask me. Well, I did just get back a few weekends prior from a 1 week trip to *real* Grand Canyon.

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    Rt 6 is not the place for a spirited ride as a few of my buddies found out the hard way. They can't say I didn't warn them. Lucky for me and a couple others, we hung back enjoying the scenery. Rt 6 is not tight enough to really enjoy it unless you're doing stupid speeds anyway.

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    Otherwise, the ride was going smoothly...until...

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    We had another unplanned pit stop. One of the new guys on our ride target fixated and ran his nice shiny Ducati into a ditch going about 20mph around this turn. Luckily, it was a soft ditch on the side of the road and the damage was very minor.

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    And, moving on. We head towards Centralia, PA to check out the deserted town d/t an underground coal fire.

    Having some fun in the mud in Centralia, PA....

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    ...sort of.

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    Let's try that again..

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    ...oops.

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    TJ showed us this creepy memorial. It had a photo of the kid at the memorial when he was alive. MD was weirded out by it so naturally TJ snatched one of the little green toy soliders and hid it on MD's bike. LOL, seeing MD's reaction when he found it about an hour later after we left Centralia..

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    This w/e trip didn't go as smoothly as it could've, but it was still better than staying home.

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  4. SONG

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    First w/e ride for 2011.. Friday after work, we're heading out to Shawnee State Park. Then on Saturday and Sunday we'll focus on the twisty back roads. About 300 for Saturday, 300 for Sunday. :D

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  5. ClearwaterBMW

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    what an absolutely SUPERB thread
    incredible rides and reports
    fantastic photography
    thank you so much for sharing with us
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  6. SONG

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    Thanks! Glad you like it. :D
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  7. SONG

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    First w/e ride for 2011.. Friday after work, we slabbed it on i-76 until the Blue Mountain exit. Grabbed a quick bite and warmed up a bit. Then it was off to Shawnee State Park the rest of the way via backroads.

    The plan for Saturday and Sunday was about 300 miles each. Blue route for Saturday and Green for Sunday. Looking back, the Green route coming back was better than Saturday's route. In fact it was so good, that we decided to use this route next time to ride out Saturday morning and use the same route to come back on Sunday. We'll skip the semi boring Friday night ride.

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    Loaded up and ready to roll.. I ride it to work like this so I can take off directly from work.

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    Shawnee State Park

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    Probably not a good idea during moto trips...or ever for that matter. lol.

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    Traveling piggy

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    Beautiful weather today..

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    Sunday...

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    What's for dinner?

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    Close call.. TJ almost lowsided here.. you can see the tire marks. He felt the rear start to slide out. When he realized he wasn't going to make the turn, he stood it up and braked for a second and then slid on some gravel. From my view, his bike looked like a bucking horse that shook very hard trying to throw him off. Somehow he managed to stay up and pulled off to the side.

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    And.....moving on. More nice roads.

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    A nice break for lunch. The burger I had was great, but the sweet potato fries..not so much (they were not crispy).

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  8. DougZ73

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    Damn that KTM SM is ugly.....lol.....Dubb's is still uglier....or is it? :D

    Why are there two wildly separate tire tracks? Did TJ skid off road or did a car?

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  9. SONG

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    The other line must be from another car. TJ's track starts where he's standing.
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  10. SONG

    SONG Been here awhile

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    We leave in just one more week...! This is the planned route for my next motorcycle ride. Hopefully the weather cooperates and the pavement is smooth. I hear there are some beat up roads from the harsh New England winters. Most days will be about 250-275 miles of twisty back roads over 9 days and about 2500 miles total.

    We’ll ride up from Philly to Danbury, CT Friday night after work, then head north through the Green Mountains to the Canadian border and head east through the White Mountain area of NH. We’ll check out Mount Washington and stay there for a couple days to do a little sightseeing. Next we’ll head back west via the famous Kancamagus Highway and back through VT towards the Adirondacks where we’re renting a lake front house for a few days. Then we’ll continue south through the Catskills and camp for a night there at our usual spot near Big Pond (free primitive camping spot). Then we’ll ride home from there through some nice north Jersey roads.

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  11. DougZ73

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    Have fun and be safe. 9-10 day trip...that would use more than half of my vacation time. LOL:lol3
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  12. SONG

    SONG Been here awhile

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    It's not so bad. the 9 days includes 2 weekends so it's actually only 5 days vacation time.. you could swing that if you really wanted to! :deal i'm guessing you'd just have to clear it with the little lady. :D
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    Yeah, that would be the small hurdle. The bigger hurdle is how long I can spend in the saddle with the tailbone injury. Right now, I am ready to be off bike at about 1.5 hrs max. No way I am ready to do a couple day trip. :cry
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  14. SONG

    SONG Been here awhile

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    This is RR long overdue..finally getting around to it. Better late than never. This was our annual week long spring ride. Normally we head south towards WV, VA, NC and TN...but this year (2011) we decided to switch it up and check out New England.

    Our planned route: Ride up from Philly to Danbury, CT Friday night after work, then head north through the Green Mountains almost to the Canadian border and then head east through the White Mountain area of NH. Check out the Mount Washington area and stay there for a couple days to do a little sightseeing. Next head back west via the famous Kancamagus Highway and back through VT towards the Adirondacks to stay at a lake front house for a few days. Then continue south through the Catskills and camp for a night there at our usual spot near Big Pond (free primitive camping spot). Then finally ride home from there through some nice north Jersey roads.

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    Friday, we meet up after work in central Jersey.

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    Morgan's bike. At least one girl noticed this during our trip...she honked and yelled at my buddy "I like your monkey!!!" But he didn't hear her with his ear buds and music on.

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    my usual piggy passenger

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    just taking a quick break... we start on some nice NY roads.

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    dinner at a diner near our first night's hotel...new colony diner. good food, fast friendly service.

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    Day 2....!!

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    but first, a little breakfast..

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    nature calls.

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    perfect weather.

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    we make into Massachusetts... this area has some of the finest, tightest, smoothest roads I've ever ridden. there were many bicyclists riding pretty damn fast down hill.

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    vermont already..

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    matt's keeping up pretty well with his KLR.. we only have to wait a few minutes before he caught up to us.

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    riding is finally done for day 2... we settle in at a state park.

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    we were too lazy to set up tents...

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    Good morning Day 3...

    We got shushed out of the campground by some grumpy lady for being too noisy in the morning, and starting our bikes up to warm them up. Funny thing is, she was with a huge group of bmw bikers. I think most of them trailered their bikes to the camp ground. It was pretty lame one of the guys couldn't come over and ask us to keep it down, instead having one of their old ladies come over to bitch us out. Anyways...we didn't have much to pack up so we headed out not too long after that.

    This is just down the road from the state park we camped..we talked about eating a quick breakfast but they didn't have much options and we were still a little irritated by the grumpy old lady so we said fuk it and started our ride for the day...and it's a good thing too because we would soon find one of the best breakfast diners ever. It was another beautiful morning to ride.

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    time for breakfast..

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    i didn't get their waffle, but one of the other guys did and said it was the best damn waffle he's ever had in his life! so good that he ordered a second one!

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    a quick pit stop in a small VT town.. any guesses what this is??? lol.

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    we parked here a bit since we had to make a turn and was waiting for couple others to catch up. we were soon advised by the local leo to move along, that we shouldn't be parked on the sidewalk like that. i guess we were still in the philly parking mode...as long as pedestrians can pass, sidewalk parking is OK.

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    roads are not too shabby for having such harsh winters up here.

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    dinner time! we don't see much of these anymore. pretty good food, excellent service. we're in NH now.

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    we stayed at KOA tonight...we rented this caboose. it was an uneventful night. no campfire explosions this time.

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    Day 4...

    Morgan was messing around with my camera last night. He has a habit of messing around with camera settings and not putting them back.

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    breakfast.. steak cut fresh to order. he cut me an extra thick slice.. all this for about $7...!!

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    oh yes...just what we're looking for..

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    mt. washington!!! it was very warm down here at the bottom. the nice ticket lady advised of the speed limit, and no passing... we nodded to acknowledge. 8 miles to the summit.

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    it's gorgeous up here!

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    Capt'n Morgan..

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    some parts were under repair..

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    it was pretty damn cold up here...still leftover snow around the platform.

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    time to head back down...

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    one of my favorite photos Tony took on this trip. I have it blown up and hanging in my office. Good memories.

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    back to the KOA for dinner on the grill..

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    some potatoes too

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    omg this caboose started to stink up with our boots off...lol.

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    end of Day 4... with each day I ride my KTM 950SM, i love it more and more. such an awesome bike, perfect for the kind of riding i enjoy.
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    Day 5. back on the road..

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    he's paranoid about running out of gas so he tops it off all the way to the brim.

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    bridge repair.. lucky for us there's a ferry and not some lame ass detour.

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    our cabin for the next few days.

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    lcoal place for dinner. the adirondacks are a little run down in some parts.

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    I think this is Day 6 now. Funny how the days seem to go by so quickly while on the road.

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    dinner at home. some working harder than others. ha.

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    probably still drunk from last night. not a pretty night for captain morgan. that's all i say about that.

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    Day 7, i think.. after a long night of drinking, most of the guys were still groggy and wanted to bum around the cabin. i think they ended up watching some hbo movie about the stock market crash and crooked traders. no one wanted to ride so i went out solo.

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    saw a few others along the way.

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    most do not wave back. oh well, safe travels for you anyways.

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    didn't really need the radar out here, but just in case.. i've received enough gifts from local neighborhood officers.

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    almost the end of my loop.

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    dinner time!

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    nice little spot.

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    really nice way to break up the middle of a long trip with some r&r. but, it's time to ride again, i'm looking fwd to hitting the road again.
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  18. SONG

    SONG Been here awhile

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    Day 8... the end of our trip is near.

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    i like this bag, but it's little too big for what i tend to pack. it can expand even bigger from what you see. i try to pack light and bring only what i need for my moto trips. i ended up trading this for a smaller size, which is perfect IMO for week long trips.

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    unfortunately, one of us had an emergency back at home, so he had to break off and highway slab it back. matt head back with him to keep him company.

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    3 of us ride on to our usual primitive camping spot in NY.

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    really feels like home, we've been here so many times.

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    dinner at the lazy beagle. great little restaurant.

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    Day 9... it's a deary day, and rain was in the forecast. not bad for being on the road all this time this is the first sight of crappy weather. this combined with one of having very close to bald tires... we decide head back home...only a day's ride from here. a good trip overall. it was a nice change of pace from our usual trips with 300+ miles per day of twisty backroads of the south.

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