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Sorties in the Socialist Syrup State

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by tomdubz, Mar 24, 2021.

  1. tomdubz

    tomdubz getting there Supporter

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    Next weekend is the big u-haul push. This weekend was the first 70 degree days. After making the trash disappear, and in the midst of packing no less, a quick rip was had.

    There's big pharma and big sugar, but then there's big maple.
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    Dandy Loins at Sunnyvale.

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    In other snews, my mom came up to help pack and see the new place. We haven't seen her since last August.

    Highlights from the DIY escapades last week included disabling and draining a fire sprinkler system. It's just unsightly, in the way, and not original. Now I've got free 240 in the garage. Anyone want to buy a big boy pump or a 500 gallon poly tank? I never knew that many fire sprinkler systems have antifreeze loops, but duh. Now I've got 12 gallons of pink hazardous waste to get rid of. Huzzah!
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  2. Kahoona

    Kahoona I’m just sortin' some stuff out. Supporter

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  3. BMgreenmt

    BMgreenmt Long timer

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    Great thread and pics in my backyard. Maybe we will cross paths at some point, I’m on either a 500excf or 1290r
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  4. tomdubz

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    Feeling like tits on a bull today at work. Teachers who are jumping districts are often left feeling like lame ducks at the end of the year. What better way to feel useful than by jerking off and writing some nonsense for you ff's.

    Sold the aforementioned 500 gallon poly tank to some maple head from New Hampshire. Dude had a "LUV2TAP" license plate that gave me a chuckle. Finished the move and the WR wouldn't fit in the truck, so you know what that meant: move the moto part 2. For anyone paying attention to the words and the pics here you might be wondering: wtf, how did he move that WR twice? Well, I took the 990 for a burn up to the empty house to empty the dehumidifier after work last Wednesday. Magically, got a flat in the last 1/4 mile and limped it into the garage. I thought about changing the tube, but then I saw the WR. Only place to get a flat better than at your house is your house when you have a 2nd motorcycle. So that's how.

    Of course, I went a different way this time. Mostly big bike friendly except some mud bogs on the Taylor Valley & Chelsea Roads. I passed a troop of side x sides with one dude on a KLR bopping along in the middle with his jeans and work boots on. I know the buddy system is a good thing, but I don't think I could tolerate that snails pace.

    If'n you're unfamiliar, there's lots of old stone walls all over the woods up here. If you ask most people if they think there were more trees in VT in the 1800s than there are now, they would likely say yes. Not true. Thanks to the lust for wool that the textile industry demanded, VT went through a sheep craze in the late 1800s. Where there are old stone walls now there was once cleared field.

    Note the old stoner:
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    Some deer camp somewhere.

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    Not a bad view to come home to.

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    You'll see a little spur on Caper St. in Pomfret. Maybe there was a trail there that pushed through to Howe Hill. Anyone know? I didn't see one and it felt like I was sitting in someone's driveway casing their shit, so I scurried back.

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  6. mntdawg

    mntdawg NOT FRAGILE OR GREEN

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    Great read for a western mason, the only town I know is Barre for the Trow and Holden company, having purchased thou$ands in stone tools.

    Sure would like to see more pictures of new world old masonry from the region.
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  7. Thunderbutt

    Thunderbutt Been here awhile

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    Great read and thanks for taking the time to stop for photos. Brought back memories of a bicycle ride my brother and I did back in 2007. FedEx our bike from Fl to Bar Harbor then ride them to our hometown southwest of Buffalo NY. Vermont back roads were beautiful and we ended up taking a couple rest days at a working dairy farm outside Rochester, Vt. which the family also used for a bed and breakfast. Traveled thru Brandon Pass and took the ferry across the Lake into Ticondaroga. If my brother didn't have all the maps with the routes and dirt roads we traveled I would pass them along for you.
    Safe travels
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  8. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams Supporter

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    Do flour Mills count? My friend builds them for us up in Elmore, vt. His stones come from Barre. I bought my air hammer and chisels from trow & Holden for dressing stones.


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  9. JimRidesThis

    JimRidesThis Local celebrity

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    Enjoying the photos and words Tom. :thumb Looks like you’ve bought a fantastic place in such a beautiful area.
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  10. tomdubz

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    Some of the coolest evidence of Flintstone style work are the old grist mill constructions you can find out along remote streams. Nothing made of wood left standing from the actual mill, but the sluice and foundation live on intact. I'll have to take some pics of a few I know of. That and the buttresing for old covered bridges make me marvel at the ingenuity of the old timers. There was a bit on VPR a few months back about a bridge that burned. https://www.vpr.org/post/memoriam-troys-only-covered-bridge#stream/0 I remember a maintenance man saying something along the lines of, "we had some fancy engineers out here and they don't know why it's working, but it's working just fine."
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    Stoney Baloney at the edge of my lot of ledge. Likely overgrazed and eroded in the sheep craze.

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    Best time and place to change a flat? During a deluge day in your own garage.

    Yes, she calls it the peen fleet.
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    And yes, you can run an E805 backwards. Not any better in the mud but not any worse either. Perhaps I shouldn't test that 99mph speed rating. Perhaps.
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  13. cteunuch

    cteunuch Been here awhile

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    As a fellow New Englander who gave the west a shot, this thread is making me feel better about my upcoming move back east. The west is beautiful, but those old New England backroads just look like home. Keep the good stuff coming!
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    For those that feel it's not an adventure until you're off the mapped roads, here's a little after work power hour action. Doable on a big bike as long as you're not afeared of mud.

    Sweet beaver action on the "Dead End" portion of Bear Notch Rd. Thankfully the industrious little bucked tooth fuckers thought to leave the road from getting muddy. Alas, they just approved it in committee and have it on next year's capital projects agenda.

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    Weekly highlight from DIY land: yes, you can fit a 14' split rail and a behemoth of a 15 year old stair chair in an Impreza for delivery. Fuck a truck.

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    Don't think it was. It's not part of the Charlestown to Boston road and it's definitely not the one is Syria. Maybe it's just a bibical reference. I like looking at the collection of old town maps to be found here: https://vtrans.vermont.gov/content/planning/maps/town-maps/highway-maps, but I was unable to make any logical connections. The current ones are also useful to check because delorme and locuspro are often confused about some of the more obscure routes. I don't think it was old rail grade from looking at this:

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    I think I'm overthinking this. Nothing like quoting yourself to epitomize the masturbatory nature of public journaling.
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    SRTie4k Northeast Explorer

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    https://oldroadsuppervalley.weebly.com/home/traveling-along-the-old-kings-highway
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    Nice! I stand corrected. Maybe I'll go over to upside down VT to check things out on the other side of the river sometime. Thanks for the linkage.
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    Here's a nice full-ish day haul from VT-113 up and around Lake Willoughby via mixed terrain.

    Big bike friendly
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    In truth, there were only a few small sections of suffer fest. Of course, this 1st drop occured in the last ten minutes with a full tank of gas and the second drop occured 30 seconds later.

    Obligatory over dramatized signage for a 3 season Camry trail.
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    Some masonry shit as requested:

    Ye ol' Kellogg Mill is kinda hard to find. Look for the brook at the low point on Kellogg Mill Rd. Park in the tiny little spot. Barely discernable path 50 feet into the woods. Nice place to take the boots off and dangle the tootsies in, or smoke some smokables, or both.

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    Peek a boo

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    Not from this ride but this is the Chelsea Town Hall & Library. Does anyone make slate roof anymore?

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    A couple days ago I saw $200,000 worth of Jersey BMWs wallowing on the common living their best ADV life following the blue line of the NEBDR.

    And the reward.

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