Thanks to John Durkin, Dewey Heichel, Dave Carlson and the Tri-State Trail Riders for putting together an epic dual sport ride today. A nice mix of dirt roads, two-track and 2 lane tar meandering through the best scenery the Monadnock region has to offer. A good turnout of riders despite the weather forecast. The rain on Saturday made sure the ride wasn't a cake walk in the two-track sections. The start area quickly filled up with riders from all the New England states. And riders started heading out right after the riders meeting. Orange is still the predominant color even in a DS event. We took the by-passes due to the all the rain and the fact that I was riding a 400 lb bike with 70/30 tires. Not a good combo in the greasy stuff. These riders stayed on the main route. The back roads were fun now that fog was burning off and the sun was coming out. The woods roads offered up some great fall scenery. There was this guy riding 2-up on a stealthy Suzuki. They would just woosh by with both sitting down over some nasty terrain. Incredible rider. The beauty of these types of events is you get to ride in areas that would take years to find. Nothing better than local knowledge. This section had a little jump over a stream made out of logs. We caught up with the guy riding 2-up at the gas stop. I thought the only rider who was that fast riding 2-up was Tom Canning. Guy must have been an A rider back in the 70's. After the gas stop it was across the street to the pizza place. This is the Tri-States contribution to the economic stimulus plan. LOL! Then it was on to The Covered Bridges Tour. Then up a hill for some long distance NH views. The temperatures were pushing 70 at this point. Then down a greasy logging road. And a few more covered bridges. And then into a remote section called Monument Rd. It was in here that we came upon this monument out in the middle of nowhere. We were miles from the nearest road or house. This is the site of an old home as there were small remains of a cellar hole. A woman by the name of Eliza Ballou was born here on Sept. 21, 1801. She married Abram Garfield and gave birth to the 20th president of the United States, James Garfield. OK, back to the ride. This is the road leading into and away from the monument. Not many tourists find this site. Mt Monadnock could be seen in the distance. At the end of an old woods roads we came to this guy checking out the trail riders. The leaves are beginning to cover the land mines. Before we knew it were back at the start and the chicken barbeque which was part of the entry fee. We didn't know the local Harley crowd would be having a live music concert when we got back. Maybe they heard about the chicken barbeque.There was some woman trying to sound like Janis Joplin. Another Tri-State event, this time a Dual Sport ride, has lived up to it's reputation for putting on well organized and fun events. Great job guy's. See you next year.