Today I was sitting around my apartment at 11:30am or so, and I realized that it was a beautiful day and I needed to go out for a ride. I took some pictures and thought Id put together a little ride report. <o> </o> I printed out the directions for the Puppy Dog Ride on the BMW owners of <st1:state w:st="on">Vermont</st1:state> site, and lit out from <st1lace w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">New Britain</st1:city>, <st1:state w:st="on">CT.</st1:state></st1lace> <o> </o> Heres the result of 5 minutes of preparation: You can see the folded up directions taped to the tank. Turns out, I needed a lot more duct tape, when they started to flutter off on 91N in medium heavy traffic. I crammed the directions into one of the pockets on that moon suit in the picture above. It took five minutes to find it once I stopped. <o> </o> On the way there, it started to rain. No pics for this, because I have yet to master the take pictures while riding in interstate traffic skillset. <o> </o> <o> </o> Got off the highway and stopped at a McDonalds to re-attach my directions. When I went to get my roll of duct tape that doubles as a toolkit, heres what happened. http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2271/1519928486_2a824347e9.jpg?v=0 I got a little bit frustrated. http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2170/1519928502_659ee4ef9c.jpg?v=0 [FONT="]But I freed the tape, and reattached my directions. http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2204/1519928512_687e025c26.jpg?v=0 [/FONT] Who needs one of those fancy tank bags with the clear map pocket? Not me. At this point, Im hoping that it doesnt start raining right after I stop knowing where I am. <o> </o> Anyway, here I go. http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2357/1519928542_00ef995a87.jpg?v=0 The directions are working great ( only about a mile into the ride), but Im wondering if its all going to be lined two laned blacktop. <o> </o> Im not disappointed. http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2148/1519089079_9640880c2b.jpg?v=0 The bank on the right is really steep, and about a 20 foot drop, with trees. The road was still kind of greasy from the rain earlier, and Id never been here, so I assumed that there would be pickup trucks careening around like no one else would ever use these roads. Later on, I was proven right about the trucks. http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2141/1519089087_b31cbb4d3e.jpg?v=0 The foliage was beautiful. The idea of falling into that creekbed was terrifying. http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2252/1519089099_20521edfd1.jpg?v=0 More foliage. This is someones driveway. I bet hes going to have a really great bonfire soon. http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2177/1519089139_8bd6bcee6a.jpg?v=0 Some really great VT scenery. - Well, minus the ratty XR. Up to this point the ride made me miss central PA, but when I saw this scene, I had to give credit where its due. VT is really beautiful. http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2203/1519152855_23e59f32a0.jpg?v=0 More foliage and dirt roads. http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2267/1519152883_a921558998.jpg?v=0 Even more foliage and dirt roads. <o> </o> I was getting ready for a change of pace, and this view opened up. I thought the cloud around the mountaintop was pretty great, so I stopped. http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2020/1519152891_979a453ade.jpg?v=0 I had no idea it would open up into this: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2247/1520013674_7452e2bcf6.jpg?v=0 At this point, I realized I only had about 25 miles worth of gas, 2.5 hours worth of daylight, and no map of <st1:state w:st="on"><st1lace w:st="on">Vermont</st1lace></st1:state>. I took a look at the maps at this dam, which is a state park ( I think) and picked a direction on the road at the other side. <o> </o> It took me back into town, I found gas and a map, and beat it back to CT. <o> </o> Ive printed out the rest of the route and think I might be able to do it all in a weekend in two or three weeks before it gets much colder. ....after trying for a while, I can't figure out how to get the pictures to come up in the post. I don't want to retype it, so i guess I'll come back and edit it if some kind soul will explain how to post multiple pictures.