Greetings fellow riders,<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comfficeffice" /><o></o> <o></o> Time to start planning for a third trip this year.<o></o> <o></o> The Run Down: Ride up the eastern shore of VA into Delaware and keep to the east in order to see the Mid-Atlantic and New England coast. Ride west to visit the Lake Ontario and return via the Appalachian Mountains. <o></o> The worst part of hurricane season will be over. Plus, the urban jungle will start to cool down a little. One the way back it will be about 3 weeks before the first snow in VA. It will be a little chilly in Maine the first couple of weeks of October. There will be a good amount of tourist during this time of year. It can’t be helped. At least the tress will be awesome. <o></o> <o></o> <o></o> Departure:<o></o> Monday, 22 September, 2014<o></o> <o></o> <o></o> Back ground:<o></o> First and for most, this is a New Hampshire trip, with the bonus of going to states I’ve never been to. <o></o> I have only been north of the Mason Dixion Line a couple of times. Visting D.C. and a short lay over in Maine on the way to southwest Asia.<o></o> <o></o> I am still transitioning from 6 years in the Navy, so after drafting the next 3 year outlook, it looks like this fall will be the best time to make this tour. <o></o> <o></o> Mount:<o></o> The Mighty DR. Seeing how there are going to be a lot of urban assaults on the first leg of the tour, a small vic with a spongy suspension would do fine. <o></o> <o></o> North of Mass, I will enjoy her mild off roading abilities. <o></o> <o></o> South of up state New York, she will do well in the backs roads in the Appalachian Mountains. <o></o> <o></o> The 3.4 gallon gas tank will offer plenty of range. With the weather cooling down, the air/oil cooled engine should not be too taxed on the first leg up the coast. The highest elevation will be 7,000+ feet at the most, so the carb engine will be fine. <o></o> <o></o> Attitude:<o></o> Lastly, the tour will be about 30-40 days, so that will be about 100-75 miles/day. Classic thumper mileage.<o></o> Things will be fairly fluid and spontaneous. <o></o> <o></o> Basically about 10 days to get there. 14 days in New Hampshire and in Maine, 10 days to ride back to the Old Dominion State.<o></o> <o></o> On the way back down keep to the west in order to visit Lake Ontario.<o></o> <o></o> <o></o> Route:<o></o> VA: Just back roads to Virginia Beach. Will slab it out and get there in one day. I should stay two nights or so there visiting friends and family. <o></o> <o></o> Maryland: After riding through the under water bridge I will cruise through the Eastern Shore of VA and be in Maryland in no time. <o></o> <o></o> DE: Just ride straight north and hook northeast at Wilmington. <o></o> <o></o> PA: I may go into Philly if the atmospherics are looking good. <o></o> <o></o> N.J.: At some point I have to cross over to the Garden State. No other way to get to New York City from the south. <o></o> <o></o> NY: I do not have anything special to do in New York City. I am not a big city guy. So like Philly, things will be fluid and spontaneous. It would be neat to ride through Times Square during a lull in traffic (0245 in the morning?) Riding out to Long Island and taking a Ferry to CT sounds kind of neat. <o></o> <o></o> CT: Will just make a B line to Rhode Island. Seeing some old colonial stuff would be swell. <o></o> <o></o> RI: Being a Anne Hutchison fan, I will tour a much of RI. After visiting Providence, I will go down to Portsmouth and then cross into MA<o></o> <o></o> MA: will ride out to Cape Cod and then hug the coast toward Boston. I would like to visit this big city just to see how things look after the Big Dig. Will ride straight north from Boston. <o></o> <o></o> NH: Interested in as far north as Coos County and the surrounding Great Northern Forest region. Of course the White Mountains and the Presidents will be toured. As typed above, I will spend a good amount of time here. Should do some hiking and such.<o></o> <o></o> Maine: Starting in northern New Hampshire, do a arc to Acadia National Park. Spend a couple of days there. Work my way back to New Hampshire!<o></o> <o></o> NH: Kind of work my way north west so that I spend at least a couple of hundred miles in Vermont.<o></o> <o></o> VT: Set things up so that I can ride from southern VT to Lake Ontario<o></o> <o></o> New York: Maybe ride the Lake shore for a spell before making a B line to Gettysburg, PA.<o></o> <o></o> PA: Nothing planned in the northern and central regions. Will see the Civil War Park.<o></o> <o></o> Maryland: Could go by Antietam to see the battle grounds. <o></o> <o></o> West Virginia: Quick stop over to see the Appalachian Trail H.Q.s and see some Jim Brown history. <o></o> <o></o> Virginia: Marshall (Fauquier County) to possibly see a college buddy. <o></o> Maybe Fredericksburg, to see the Civil War History.<o></o> <o></o> Depending upon how I am doing with moral, and how the DR is doing, and lastly how the weather is looking in late, late October, I could ride down to Williamsburg to see some more colonial history. Yorktown would be neat. <o></o> <o></o> On the way back west, stop off at Appomattox Court House and see how things are going for the 150<SUP>th</SUP> anniversary next year. Do the same in Bedford and see how the Bedford Boys are doing at the National D- Day memorial. Finally back to the base camp. <o></o> <o></o> <o></o> <o></o> <o></o> <o></o> Logistics and Planning:<o></o> <o></o> Unlike the west where there are plenty of national forest to camp in, I will have to network and stay over at houses (back yards camping). Fortunately, there are plenty of opportunities here.<o></o> <o></o> Looks like north of MA things start to get woodland; so I should be good. I will need to give the Moose a good amount of distance when out and about. It is their mating season.<o></o> <o></o> <o></o> I do not plan on doing much off-roading on this trip. The first leg will be damn near all tarmac. As typed above, opportunities will arise north of MA. Up state and western NY could offer some dirt roads and forest roads.<o></o> <o></o> If anyone has any recommendations for places to go, please let me know. <o></o> <o></o> Thanks for reading.<o></o> Lots of luck to you and yours.