Trans-Mass Trail

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Northeast, Southeast & Florida' started by Hulked Up, Aug 10, 2008.

  1. 1 Wheel Drive

    1 Wheel Drive Flatus Antiquous

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    I have a (relatively old now) Garmin zumo 550. I still believe it is the best GPS that Garmin ever made for use on a motorcycle, but that could start another whole debate. I await a (better) replacement with bated breath.

    The TMT (and VT Puppy Chow) routes will run on any garmin GPS running the North America series street maps, except in a very few short and insignificant sections. I happen to also have the NA topos running on my zumo when needed (another long discussion no doubt) but I would imagine that any semi-enterprising techno dweeb with a 'droid or iPhone would be able to navigate these routes with relative ease.

    These are not off-piste, bushwackin' routes. They are just a series of pleasant dirt roads, some more well maintained than others, but the vast majority are easily navigable in a Buick Roadmaster Convertible (at the right speed).

    The fun, my friend... is in the speed. :ricky
  2. ctoldie

    ctoldie Been here awhile

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    River Rd in Cummington is no longer barricaded. While I did not ride the TMT today, River Rd was part of my ride. Is Hallockville Rd on the TMT? It's not on my TMT routesheet, but it may have been updated at some point.

    Mr Bill: Do you have a route sheet of your TMT Loop Ride? If so, would appreciate a copy.
  3. Mr Bill

    Mr Bill Old Dog

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    Hallockville Rd is not on the TMT. You won't be crashing any gates on this ride. Hallockville is posted no vehicles and state park? We turned around at that gate.

    I don't do route sheets.

    So there is no tree blocking River Rd now? That is good to hear.
  4. ctoldie

    ctoldie Been here awhile

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    So there is no tree blocking River Rd now? That is good to hear.[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/QUOTE]


    There is nothing blocking River Rd.
  5. 1 Wheel Drive

    1 Wheel Drive Flatus Antiquous

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    Yeah sorry... It was a downed tree not a barricade on River Rd. I had my road closures confusdicated :huh
  6. Earthscape

    Earthscape Have ya got a helmut?

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    Anyone on here with a Husqvarna TR650 riding near the TMT in Otis on Sunday?
    I ride various portions of the southern-ish section of the TMT probably more than once a week (I live close), and I NEVER see any other bikes on it. I saw the Husky a few miles away from the TMT, so thought maybe it was someone on here.
  7. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Quiet on the TMT this summer ?
    Come on fellas, lets have some pics and ride reports :lurk
  8. viverrid

    viverrid not dead yet

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    On weekends I've seen riders who appeared to be running the TMT.

    It's been a concern of mine when I used to trailboss for our club that we used a lot of the same stuff for dualsport rides and we didn't want the route to get overloaded and generate hatred toward motorcycles riding too fast past people's houses. In particular there are at least two home that have horses that they like to ride on the road. One family is friendly and while they want bike to stop are not hostile.

    The other woman has yelled at me and other riders during our events. When I found out the TMT when right past her house I thought it was funny in a way. But if she gripes to the town enough about speeding or loud motorcycles, she might manage to get the road closed and barricaded just past her house, which would cut off that part of the route.
  9. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Yes. Absolute respect must be given. Just imagine if it were your home. I don't blame them for the concern.
  10. Mr Bill

    Mr Bill Old Dog

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    Horses, hikers, bicyclist have the right of way. I've fallen off a lot of horses. Seems to always hurt.

    If possible I stop the bike and take off my helmet to calm the horse. Especially if little kids are riding. Otherwise I slow way down and look for the rider to waive me by. Don't go flying by horses!
  11. Carrs Garage

    Carrs Garage Adventurer

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    Just got home from the TMT and the TMT Alternate. My girlfriend and I hopped on our Ural and left Kingston, NY at about noon, yesterday. We took the alternate route north from Connecticut and spent the night in Greenfield. We were back on the trail this morning at 9:00. It was a little rainy yesterday and pretty foggy this morning, but we stayed rather dry. Trying to find gas anywhere near Becket was interesting. The Ural gets about 35 MPG, so I started to pucker a little. We headed up Route 8 and found a Cumberland Farms in Dalton. Then we looped back onto the TMT and got a chance to re-ride one of my favorite segments of the trip. There is a 90 degree, left hand, downhill turn onto Becket Rd. that was fantastic to slide the side car around!

    I can't thank you guys enough for putting this route together. We're sore, tired, and a little damp, but we had such a blast!
  12. 1 Wheel Drive

    1 Wheel Drive Flatus Antiquous

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    Pretty crummy weather this weekend for dirt road riding. Though the TMT is more sandy/gravelly than the clay back roads up in VT. The Puppy Dog gets pretty snotty with a few inches of rain on it.

    Neither the TMT nor the Puppy Dog are very challenging or demanding in the dry weather. Just some nice, mostly smooth dirt roads to do some back country touring on. Hell, I could ride my FJR down either one no problem, but it wouldn't be nearly as much fun as sliding the Vstrom or Pegaso around all those corners. It is no problem maintaining an average of 30 mph+ on either of them. BTDT (got the sticker) :deal
  13. Mr Bill

    Mr Bill Old Dog

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    I find the TMT much more fun when it's a little wet to slide around on.

    Our moving average seems to be 36.5 or so. I think on our FJR's it would be half that and very expensive to fix the FJR after a fall like you know who did on our TMT ride. Some day these young guys will learn it can hurt falling down. :rofl
  14. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    I saw you guys Monday afternoon. I was on Silverbrook just in from RTE 57.

    I was in a Silver Honda Ridgeline. Had to move over a bit so we could pass each other. I was out laying out part of the Dualsport loop for the Berkshire Triple

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=906568


    C'mon back for a fun time.
  15. Carrs Garage

    Carrs Garage Adventurer

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    Thanks for moving over, Rusty! I was surprised how many really nice cars were out on some of those roads. We passed a Fiat 500 Abarth on a road that I figured was only for Jeeps. It's tough, too, moving over enough for oncoming traffic while not putting the sidecar into the ditch!

    I wish I could make it out next weekend, but I'll be in the opposite direction on a different bike. Maybe next year!
  16. mass-klr

    mass-klr Been here awhile

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    After we got the closed gate on Hallockville Rd last time, I re-routed the alternative route to catch up with the other TMT route on 116 and split off in Ashfield again. In the process I found a really nice piece of road off of 116.

    East St in the first 1:45 of this VIDEO


    Here is a screenshot of the changes I made
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  17. 1 Wheel Drive

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  18. mass-klr

    mass-klr Been here awhile

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  19. Mr Bill

    Mr Bill Old Dog

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    Thanks for showing us! That section of 116 West of 112 is pretty boring and your dirty section will make it a lot better.
  20. Undercover Poe

    Undercover Poe Been here awhile

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    Looking for someone to ride this trail with me this season before the snow starts falling one weekend?