Earth, Wind and Tires

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BluNozr, Aug 27, 2011.

  1. motoged

    motoged Been here awhile

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    That is certainly no way to greet an intrepid traveller....

    Welcome home, Len :clap :freaky
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  2. MoToad

    MoToad Been here awhile

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    Perhaps it's time to start bribing officials.:rofl
  3. nocashnosplash

    nocashnosplash n00b

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    Didnt know you were coming near Montreal,I could offer you bed and garage in northern suburb of Mtl.
  4. crashmaster

    crashmaster ow, my balls!

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    You cant camp here. Welcome back to Canada eh. :lol3 :rofl
  5. BluNozr

    BluNozr Been here awhile

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    I agree. I didn't need anything fancy. A couple tickets to the F1 race and a room at the Hilton would have worked. :wink:

    That's a tricky skill that's best left to professionals like Crashmaster. :rofl

    Late plans. Thanks for the offer. I really didn't think I would get up there but when weather pushed me north I figured a look at the track this weekend would be nice.
  6. BluNozr

    BluNozr Been here awhile

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    It is nice to be back but the stay will be short lived. I'm gonna head south after a look around in Montreal to take a look at the shiny iron at Laconia.
  7. BluNozr

    BluNozr Been here awhile

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    I had gone to Montreal to see cars.* Fast, seductive, over the top F1 makes like Ferraris and McLarens.* Hearing one of those eight cylinder engines scream scream at 18,000 rpms would be a nice change from the rattle and hum of the boxer that carried me so far. *But in the end I settled for a sandwich&#8230; a great sandwich but one more akin to my mode of transportation then the sleek million dollar cars in town.<!--more-->

    The late night getting settled pushed my start back and I rode the short 45 minutes to Montreal from Granby in lunch hour traffic with my fingers crossed.* I had heard in the days before my arrival that the open house at the F1 event would be cancelled due to protests but thought organizers may have reconsidered and went ahead with the highly popular open house.* I was wrong and getting anywhere near the track before the weekend was going to be tough.* I could have waited a day or two but tickets to see the event were sold out so I had to settle for a self guided tour of Vieux Montreal and a smoked meat sandwich at Schwartz&#8217;s Deli.

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    Vieux-Montreal, Quebec

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    Outside Schwartz's in Montreal, Quebec

    The old city was charming, well kept and easy to get around but I had my fill of cobblestone streets and old churches months earlier.* When I got up to the deli it was well after lunchtime and I was surprised to see the line up was still half way down the block.

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    1PM and still lined up at Schwartz's in Montreal, QC

    I settled into the take out line for twenty minutes before getting a look inside and ordering up what has made the tiny deli so famous.

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    Inside Schwartz's in Montreal, Quebec

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    Smoked meat sandwich from Schwartz deli in Montreal, QC

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    The sandwich lived up to its reputation and at seven bucks was a bargain compared to the nine and a half dollar cheese steak in Philly.

    Stomach laden with a pound of tasty smoked meat I rode back over the Jacques Cartier Bridge for my only view of the F1 track on the island below.** I surrendered to a case of the meat sweats and pulled over on the highway just south of Montreal to make a plan for the evening.* I decided to cross the border to Vermont and find a place to camp along the shores of Lake Champlain.* Lesson learned from a night earlier I found a state park in Grand Isle and sprung for a lean to on the lake.

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    View from my lean to in Grand Isle, VT

    The Park Ranger in charge of the park saw my Nova Scotia plate and came over to say hello.* It turned out he had married a girl named Karen from Nova Scotia a week earlier and they were living in the house at the park.* He and Karen came back to chat and let me know where I could pick up a few things for camp that night.* I rode out to get some supplies and came back to the lakeside site to set up camp and sip bourbon by a small camp fire.

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    Small fire in camp at Grand Isle, VT
  8. Delilama

    Delilama weestrommer

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    :clapWhen are you heading down to N.H.?
    Looking on going down for a day trip on Fri,you are welcome to come back and chash here in V.T.:freaky:freaky
  9. BluNozr

    BluNozr Been here awhile

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    Monday in Laconia the off on a quick side trip before heading back to Canada via New Brunswick. If you are in town then drop by the Margate. I'll be at the beach bar.
  10. BluNozr

    BluNozr Been here awhile

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    I was meeting a friend in Laconia in several days and a quick check of the hotel situation online had me worried. *I new it would be a long ride today so I could take a first hand look at the area and find myself a place for the coming week. *If I got an early start, ate lunch on the road and kept a careful eye for speed traps I would get there with time to spare.*<!--more-->

    It was another one of the camera in the pocket type of days. *The backroads were as wide as major highways in Chile and the sharp corners were replaced by long sweeping corners. *The only thing that kept me from falling asleep on the run from northern Vermont to southeastern New Hampshire was the unpredictable traffic.

    Motorcycles were all around as at least two major rally's were taking place in the area. *That meant all of the small diners were full and a meal would take more time then I had. *I pulled into a small vegetable stand, picked up a few things and rode a couple miles before finding a pullout to make a pot of soup.

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    Lunch on the road near Lebanon, NH

    I got into Laconia in the late afternoon and rode around a bit to scope out the area. *The looks I got pulling in to the rally on a dirty Beemer were second only to those which I received by the same bikers while making lunch on the side of the road. * I thought I saw them to start passing the hat to get me a bike wash but I think they were taking a collection to get me a place to shower.

    I looked at a few motels in Weirs Beach were the epicenter of the rally is but all the places were full. *There were a few spots open on the way to Laconia but I managed to get the last room where my buddy and his better half would be staying.

    From there I picked up a few things for camp and headed to a State Park nearby. *When I arrived shortly before dark I learned it was an RV only site and my big beast didn't qualify for a spot. *I roamed around a while and found Gunstock Ski Hill. *The lady at the desk first turned me down saying it was a three day minimum at $170 to stay during the rally. *She put me on the phone with a campground in nearby Meredith but they didn't allow motorcycles. *She must have felt bad about sending me out in the dark because she changed her mind and offered me a site at the typical day rate with the agreement I would be gone before nine.

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    Camp at Gunstock Ski resort, Laconia, New Hampshire

    The tent was up quick and I rushed to get through supper in the dark as the thunder crashed in the distance. *I was five minutes tucked into my tent when the skies opened up and the light show started. *The rain lasted most of the night and I drifted off thinking how good my timing had been.
  11. BluNozr

    BluNozr Been here awhile

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    As the day draws closer to when the journey will end there are thoughts and ideas swirling around in my head. *At times I will lose track of where I am and I find it necessary to pull over and things things out in an area where less attention to the road is required. *So the ride to Lake George was perfect as it snaked along rivers and by lakes through the Adirondacks and a long running bike rally.<!--more-->

    I had met Saratoga's Tony in the hotel lobby on the night I lost my wallet. *He overheard my story as I explained it to the manager and he jumped into the conversation to help me get a room. *The next morning we had a good chat over breakfast before I headed off into the rain. *During that conversation he invited me up to his summer place near Lake George and had been following my progress in the northeast. *He knew I was in the area and again offered up a place to throw the tent so I took him up on the offer and rode to Lake George.

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    Afternoon break in the Adirondack's

    I could see the appeal of the big Harley's as they effortlessly thundered through the long sweeping turns with their riders enjoying the sun and cool breeze. *I on the other had was geared up as usual and had to take the time on the pullouts to enjoy the great weather.

    I got lost for a few hours exploring back roads that showed promise of some off road riding but it never materialized. *It would be late afternoon when I pulled into Lake George to take in the sights of Americade and the puzzled stares of onlookers more accustomed to chrome and a paint.

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    Dirty girl parked with the shiny iron in Lake George, NY

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    I didn't hang around for much more then a few hours. *Things at the rally seemed very tame and I would later find out from a person familiar with the rally's history that in an effort to make things safe police may have suffocated the fun on the event.

    I had received another email from Tony earlier that day confirming I was coming to town and he gave me directions to his summer place and said he would arrive later on. *When I got there Tony had yet to arrive but his wife and nieces were around and they showed me around their spot on the Hudson River.

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    Tony's spot by the Hudson River in Luzerne, NY

    Tony arrived later on, as did his brother. *They are motocross guys and each ride dirt bikes on the single track trails all over the area. *We talked bikes and the journey over beers and I waved off countless offers for food until it was time to do the night time set up of the tent.
  12. Dan Man

    Dan Man ex-adventurer

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    Hey Len!

    I am finally getting around to reading your blog. Good stuff man, I wish I was still riding.

    FYI, the Belize and Tikal photos arent loading, bummer I cant see them.
  13. BluNozr

    BluNozr Been here awhile

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    I'll take a look but it should be easy to view them on the blog site at www.earthwindandtires.ca

    BTW, are you still in SA? If you have some time you should post some of you own pictures. I took a look at a few on FB but a little RR would be nice.
  14. BluNozr

    BluNozr Been here awhile

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    Tony had joked the day before about his wife’s reaction when I arrived.* She called him after the ugly, smelly guy with the funny Canadian accent landed in her yard and told him to get back right away.* Megan was tough and helped me feel welcome the entire time while Tony said he had no worries about inviting the drifter to stay.* Just more remarkable hospitality from strangers helping me out along the way.<!--more-->It had to have been one of the most secure, easy places to camp on the entire journey.* The yard was pool table flat and covered in thick lush grass, I had access to a *port-a-potie on the edge of the property and a WiFi signal to boot.* That said it was a devastatingly long night waiting for daylight to come as the unmistakable smell of a skunk poking around outside the tent was wafting in the air.** I slapped the wall of the rainfly a couple of times but the smell would only get stronger so I adjusted my* strategy and battled the urge from the three beer I drank earlier that night.

    Morning came and with it the generosity of Tony and his family.* He and his brother asked me to stick around for breakfast, do a bit of tubing on the river and leave the next day.

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    Breakfast time at Megan and Tony's in Luzerne, NY

    I would have taken them up on the offer but I had decided the day before to make my way back to the White Mountains near Laconia to try a couple of back roads. *So after chatting a bit and getting packed up I said goodbye and thanks to my hosts from Saratoga, NY. *From Luzerne I took a direct route to Laconia but traffic was heavy and I struggled to be back at a decent hour.* When I arrived I grabbed a quick bite to eat and headed northeast to the countryside near Sandwich, NH.

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    Old barn near Sandwich, NH

    I made my way over to the Sandwich Notch Road that was recommended as a good ride but found it to be a well groomed gravel lane with little in the way of excitement. *With no thrills and few views I stopped in at a farm and chatted with a Donald Sutherland look a like named John.* We talked for a half hour about his travels in Europe and his daughter’s travels in Nicaragua before he told me a great place to camp where I would be out of sight and out of mind.

    I went to check out the spot and as promised it was just what I needed.* A quiet spot where the bike would be close and it even had a brook nearby to get cleaned up.

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    Camped on a trail near Smarts Brook, NH

    I got camp all set up early in the evening and cooked up my best creation of the journey which sent me into reeling towards the tent for a short nap that would* last the night.
  15. Dan Man

    Dan Man ex-adventurer

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    I am still in SA. I fly home to the states in 9 days! Kind of excited to get back to my own land.

    I have made it to your Christmas shoe steaks haha. Reading along with your journey, does make me want to create a ride report. However I am not sure how to go into so much detail.... I didnt document as well as you, just took photos when I was inspired.

    It may happen. I have just put together a bound photobook with 400 photos, maybe I can move those to ADV one of these days.

    Am really enjoying reading along Lenny! I love your sayings from time to time haha:

    One person's gear can really do a number on the place but three sets of wet gear had the room smelling like the south end of a north bound camel

    Keep on keeping on!
  16. Loutre

    Loutre Cosmopolitan Adv Super Moderator

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    Seems that you have learned a couple of thing during your journey! :lol3
    I'm wondering how bushy your beard would be if you had stopped shaving during your whole trip :lol3 How far away from home are you now? How many miles/km does your bike have right now on it's oddometer?
  17. BluNozr

    BluNozr Been here awhile

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    You try everything to get the ride but sometimes it just ain't gonna happen. It was probably better that way.

    The bike has about 125,000 kms on the clock with about 90,000 kms from this trip.
  18. BluNozr

    BluNozr Been here awhile

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    When someone mentions a motorcycle rally and specifically Motorcycle Week in Laconia, New Hampshire I envision thousands of bikes, big crowds and a great party.* As imagined, all of these things were happening when I arrived in the small New England town but the realities of living from a small dry bag put the bash on the backburner till the chores were done.<!--more-->I woke up to the warm sun on the rain fly of the tent and packed up quick hoping to get into my hotel room a bit early.* I decided to go south and back over the Sandwich Notch Road towards Laconia.* I figured that after having a good look at it the day before I knew what to expect and rode quick stretching out the suspension as I passed over the rollercoaster like terrain.* I arrived in town well before noon and after doing some blog updates at the usual haunt I went across town to work on the laundry.

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    Getting aquainted with the washing machine in Laconia, NH

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    Untold story of life on the road (laundry in Laconia, NH)

    I managed to get a bit more work done offline while I waited and when everything was dry I went to the hotel.* The staff helped me out and got me into my room early which in turn got me down to Weirs Beach in the mid afternoon.

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    Monday afternoon in Weirs Beach at Laconia, NH

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    Bike parked on the strip at Laconia, NH

    As advertised there were plenty of bikes around and Harley’s were certainly the dominant brand.* That said there were other types of motorcycles in the mix including dual sports, racers and everything in between.

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    Paint and chrome in Laconia, NH

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    Boston bagger in Laconia, NH

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    Antique BMW with side rig at Laconia, NH

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    Monday evening of Motorcycle Week 2012 in Laconia, NH

    I took a walk around the tents taking a look some of the projects by the some well known builders...

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    Arlen Ness creation in Laconia, NH

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    East Coast Irish creation in Laconia, NH

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    Arlen Ness creation in Laconia, New Hampshire

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    White Knuckle Kustoms work in progress at Laconia, NH

    ...and moved back to the strip to view some of the modifications done by some of the less talented owners.

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    Stars and stripes trike in Laconia, NH

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    Yeah, that's right. *Harley farkles.

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    Just before leaving the beach for the day I got chatting with a couple of other riders. *Brazil's Eduardo came in from Boston where he was now living and New Hampshire's Terry C had ridden up on his Street Glide. *Terry got asking a lot of questions about the trip but they weren't the usual questions. *He seemed to be asking about logistics and budget and I wouldn't be at all surprised to find a ride report or blog involving his travels in the near future.

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    Brazil's Eduardo and New Hampshire's Terry C in Laconia, NH

    Afterwards I found my way back to the hotel to find the two friends I had come to town to see.

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    Andy and Amber in Laconia, NH

    They had ridden up the day before on Andy's Road Glide and when I found them they were enjoying a few beers with the rest of the crew that had ridden with them. *We pulled up a bunch of chairs on the lawn in the back of the hotel and talked bikes as they tried to bring me over to the Harley side.

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    Riders from Nova Scotia's Fundy shore in Laconia, New Hampshire

    In the end I staved off the draw of the chrome and decided to run the remainder of my trip with the 'Ol Girl. *Andy, Amber and the rest of the crew decided they would do a ride around the lake the next day but when I told them I had to go up to Mt Washington Andy set it up for me to ride with a couple of the guys in his group that were going that way as well.
  19. Loutre

    Loutre Cosmopolitan Adv Super Moderator

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  20. BluNozr

    BluNozr Been here awhile

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    The journey was supposed finish after exploring Northern Maine and New Brunswick's remote wilderness. *I figured a quick run up Mt Washington in the morning before heading into the bush was a great way to pass the day... but the bike had other ideas. *The 'Ol Girl protested the plan with big tears of hydraulic fluid from the rear shock and after one final climb we limped our way back to familiar territory.

    <!--more-->I leisurely packed and rode over to the other side of the hotel complex to say goodbye to Andy and Amber. *I also wanted to meet up with a couple of guys who rode with Andy's group from Nova Scotia and ride with them to Mt Washington. *When I found Jaime and Gary they were packed and ready to roll. *We were off well before nine and found ourselves at the top of Mt Washington well before noon.

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    After the leisurely, scenic ride up the mountain we went for a look around the site that had some interesting records and stories to tell.

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    Strong winds at Mt Washington, NH

    The cloud cover would occasionally break for some nice views of the Appalachian Mountains to entertain us while we waited for other tourist to take their photo on the summit. *When things thinned out a bit on top I scrambled up on the rocks to get my own photo as well.

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    The summit of Mt Washington, NH

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    Photo from the summit of Mt Washington, NH

    The trip up with Jaime and Gary was a great and they were a lot of fun but there was something on my mind the entire time. *Shortly after we had left Laconia I had noticed a problem with the bike and confirmed it after a quick stop at a fuel station.

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    Leaky rear shock

    The rear shock had finally quit and my plans of exploring Northern Maine's back country had gone away along with any fluid that was in the shock earlier that day. *I took my time from that point on and after a cup of coffee on the summit with the guys I crept back down the hill to work out a route that would take me back to Canada right away.

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    ...and the goof on the seat is taking all the credit.

    I said my goodbyes to Jaime and Gary set a course for Calais, Maine and hit the road. *I knew it would be a long slow ride but I figured it was better to start making my way home. *I crossed into Maine a short time later bypassing the opportunity to load up on cheap liquor and fireworks and instead choosing to keep things light on the suspension.

    Five hours later I was crossing the border into Canada at St Stephen New Brunswick and after a quick burger pushed on in the dark to Moncton, NB.

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    I pulled into Moncton, NB shortly after 11PM and pried my frozen hands from the grips and found a room near the local BMW Motorrad dealership. *In the morning I will drop in and check out my options on the rear shock before riding to Halifax to touch base with my employer and meet with some friends.