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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by molochnik, Aug 17, 2019.
Lots of deer here in the east. I usually try to park before it gets late. I'm sure you already know this so be careful.
I’ve not been a big fan of Virginia; mostly because I 81 is as infuriating as CA 14.
Having said that, this is a very pleasant morning. We have even remained above the dew point here - no wet seat!
As I mentioned, the trail has taken me on some very nice roads here. They meander back and forth over Appalacian ridges with good surfaces through idyllic settings. Even a middle weight sport bike would be too much for a good time. Despite the fact the 606s display surprisingly good road manners, a healthy shock and some street tires on an enduro bike is near perfect for these roads.
Having said all of that, three weeks on the road has been plenty and I can get to the home of my youth within the day, albeit on the slab. After some contemplation and seeking advice from my darling wife and Yamajoe, I think that’s what I’m gonna do.
Without putting too fine a point on how pleasant these sections have been, and not wanting to be dismissive, I grew up riding very similar roads in similar settings. Being much older now, I can appreciate it. When younger it was simply how it was.
Stallions must run free, my friends, but alas, I’m just a gelding who wants to be back in the pasture.
More updates after I hammer up 81; gotta start getting my thing together and on the road.
Yes indeed. It was a startling reminder when a young buck jumped onto the road and decided to escort me a short way. He was missing his right set of antlers.
I’ve hit a couple in a car, years ago, certainly don’t want to on a bike
Very well said @molochnik
Safe travels as you slab up the interstate, hope you make it to the old homestead without any issues and it's a refreshing break from being on the road.
I hear ya and it's your ride but ugh 81 is just brutal on a thumper especially with all the 18 wheelers. Welcome back to the Keystone State!
I think of trucks like my own farts. Sometimes there are a lot and can be inconvenient, but they don’t bother me that much.
It certainly got more and more crowded as I got further north though.
81 is brutal; it would suck a lot of joy out of my trips to Deal’s Gap and/or Road Atlanta.
Are you also a keystone?
No DC but several of the guys I meet up with for camp and rides are in PA. My plan this summer was to ride the MD/PA sections of the MABDR this but just did not get to it.
@molochnik - been meaning to ask in one of my replies, but keep forgetting. Being an ex-track rider/instructor and seeing your avatar with a number plate - you race with Moto A on different circuits? Or maybe with WERA? Have always wanted to visit Road Atlanta, as well as Barber. Spent ~14 years with PSSR instructing in the PNW with tons of fond memories of Thunderhill.
Anyway, glad to hear you made it to PA - keep the knobby side down!
Yes sir! Welcome back to PA. Lancaster for me.
I raced with WERA in the 90s; vintage 6 on an 86 GSXR750 and then an 87 GSXR 750.
The avatar is a shot from a track day at Buttonwillow in 2016 or 2017. I just ran my WERA plate to cover up removed headlights.
When I lived here in PA I primarily ran at Nelson Ledges and Putnam Park. I got my license at Slippery Point but never went back.
Loved Putnam and I really liked Nelson. Never felt comfortable on Road Atlanta...or the big track at Willow. Never made it to Thunderhill but I’ve never heard a bad word about it.
All of my actual racing in CA was flat track and supermoto. Wish I had the supermoto experience before the road racing. SM changed everything for me.
It’s a challenge section on Sam’s route from last year
Really? It isn't on his tracks this year. Seems he changes his tracks regularly without indicating that anything has changed or what has changed. I know that he also changed his Idaho tracks this year compared to last and apparently they got quite a bit more boring as well.
I once owned a DR and it was a fine motorcycle and did lots of highway miles with a Seat Concepts saddle and Cogent suspension. Kind of miss it now.
That’s what I was thinking and it’s been confirmed with the freeway miles on this trip.
I bought the Procycle seat and it is infinitely better than the stock seat.
I dunno if it’s the bigger gas tank and/or the hand guards but this bike provides a decent bubble for high speed hammering.
Alright my friends, I’m a little smashed and in a good mood... having done a little cyber drinking with my former boss Mustafa Monde.
I’d like to bookend this trip with a photo of my trusty DR in Times Square but that may or may not happen. I’ve gotten very comfortable in the home of my youth. I’ve had a cheesesteak hoagie ( not a Philly cheesesteaks but a PA Dutch style) and rode my chopper today to visit my favorite aunt.
Yesterday I reconnected with a former work colleague who has parlayed his experience and knowledge into a fantastic job opportunity. I’m very happy for him.
All that said, for all intents and purposes the trip is done.
Before I start rambling on my perceptions I want to thank everyone who has followed this thread. Sappy as it may sound, those of you who have been engaged were on this fandango with me and I appreciate the support and curiosity more than you’ll know.
This goes for the numerous lurkers who have accompanied me too, some of you interacting via text... and those of you who haven’t but said you’d be following just the same.
I don’t want to list names for fear of leaving someone out although a special thanks goes to Kaspilo who just happened to find me when I was ready to pack it in. I typically tell folks who ask if I’m ok that I am but Kaspilo decided to have a chat and my trip was saved due to his help. I’m not natured that way for better or worse but it’s necessary to have folks like him out there for those of us who “don’t want to be any trouble “.
Much as I would like, no man is an island.
I conceived this endeavor from a very dark place that nobody really wants to read about.
I keep thinking of the Easy Rider movie poster that said “A man set out in search of America and couldn’t find it anywhere “
I disagree; it’s out there if you forgo your agenda. I talked to a guy in Arkansas for about half an hour and while we didn’t agree on every subject we still found common ground even where we disagreed.
I embarked on this to see if I would survive it and in all candor, I didn’t care either way.
I wish I had some sort of inspirational or eloquent way to finish that admission but I don’t.
The risk was the draw - the unknown unknowns. So for good or ill, I made it.
Thanks for coming along.
I’m gonna take some time to contemplate what I have to say about the riding/ track itself for those who are interested in a succinct summary.
Oh I also need to add that if I came across as prickly to Yamajoe, it’s because he understands my sense of humor and is an all around good guy.
I like to give Boxerbreath a hard time because I started picking his brain about this adv business and despite my balking at some of his advice, he has been proven right time and again. He raced enduro when men were men, helmets were open faced, and gas tanks were steel. I actually used gear he suggested “for starting out “ and it’s proven solid throughout this endeavor.