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Three Clydesdales and a Zebra - An Unlikely Herd

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Hondarider, Aug 10, 2016.

  1. Hondarider

    Hondarider Hero of the Stupid

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    The Taconic State Parkway...that windy ribbon of 4 lane goodness that flows over hill and dale as you travel south towards NYC...is quite picturesque. The scenery is, for the most part, unmolested by human hands and the wildlife is abundant. The downside, of course, is that wildlife is abundant...DEER!...and lots of them. You're lucky if you only hit one...some folks have been known to hit an entire herd. Couple that with no breakdown lanes, no lighting, and the typical New Yorker's propensity to travel at ridiculous rates of speed and the resulting carnage can be found all along the roadside. However, we were fortunate in that we only encountered a flock of turkeys on the way south.

    We got off at Rhinebeck and started wandering in a south-westerly direction. For the next hour, I had no idea where we were going. The route was what I would describe as "unintentionally circuitous". I finally started to recognize some landmarks in Port Jervis and I came to believe that the intent was to ride the Delaware River Scenic Byway. That would be OK with me. I like that road. I once paddled a canoe 50 miles on that section of river and riding along the banks is very nostalgic for me.

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  2. Hondarider

    Hondarider Hero of the Stupid

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    Sadly...we missed the Delaware River almost completely. My faith in the officially authorized HArley Davidson GPS is quickly fading. I'm not sure how people can blindly follow the directions that the GPS spits out when it clearly doesn't agree with what you're looking at. If you think you're riding the Delaware River Scenic Byway, and there's no Delaware River and no scenery, your GPS is lying to you. That's why I prefer to study maps, learn route numbers, and actually have an idea of where I'm going. If there's one thing I've learned from a lifetime of working in electronics, it's not to trust electronics. They will fail you and it will be at the most inconvenient time possible.
  3. Golden955

    Golden955 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Isn't planning the route half the fun? I spent half the morning checking out my route for an upcoming four day and I know most of the roads already, still had to look at them and "know" them.
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  4. Hondarider

    Hondarider Hero of the Stupid

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    Day 1 (placeholder)

    Ehh...not great...
  5. Hondarider

    Hondarider Hero of the Stupid

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    At least 3 times today, I decided that I was going to break off and go take a solo trip. I don't think we're on the same page for this trip.

    I'll get into more details later when I have time and a real keyboard.

    I did, however, take a solo ride after we arrived in Nags Head since nobody seems interested in seeing the Outer Banks. They were headed for the bar.

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  6. hoser54

    hoser54 just havin' fun

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    I feel your pain, I had the same type of ride a few years back. Not fun
  7. CharlestonADV

    CharlestonADV I do my own stunts. Supporter

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    Life is short...ride your own ride.
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  8. kickstandsup

    kickstandsup Devout Atheist Supporter

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  9. chudzikb

    chudzikb Long timer Supporter

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    And this is the reason my wife and I have NEVER done joint vacations with friends. If it goes south, which it is most assured to do, you may just lose the friends in the end. The 2 joint vacations I have done in my life were with family, and they were not so good either. Choose your riding friends carefully. (just found out my riding buddy listens to country music, almost a deal breaker)
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  10. LudemJo

    LudemJo Iron Butt Dreamer

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    If it is heading down the tubes this soon, you better bail and save the friendships. Have your wife call, and need you to come home. I'm telling you, this will not turn out well. Time to cut your losses. I am speaking from experience.

    John
  11. Koko

    Koko Been here awhile

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    I say make the best of it and break off for your own sights when you can. Show them the pics and they may want to to do what you're doing once they see what they're missing.

    I still can't wait for our Vermont trip with me on the smoker.

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  12. Vrode

    Vrode Not going there Supporter

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    Unfortunately, it sounds like you are in Hog heaven which is probably hell for you. There is entertainment value for sure ( for us followers) but maybe not so much for you. If you have to bail, a timely phone call from the spousal unit would be in order.
  13. Hondarider

    Hondarider Hero of the Stupid

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    Today was a much better day despite starting in the rain. We hit some cool roads along the coast and the pace was quite comfortable. HOT, HOT, HOT. I'll elaborate more about the things that transpired throughout the day ( I took some notes) but we ended in Myrtle Beach at an amazing hotel that Dave lined up. Penthouse suite that occupies the entire top level with decks on 3 sides. We got a late dinner and they headed out for the bar afterwards. I walked back to the hotel to sit here and post on the Internet. Who's to say which is a bigger waste of time. I'm pretty sure that my view from the balcony is better than the view from a bar stool, but I'm trying to be less judgmental. Besides, I want to get up and hit the beach before sunrise so I need to turn in early. I was going to break out on my own tomorrow and meet them in Greenville,SC via Georgia and maybe Florida, but I think it'll be too damn hot to be enjoyable.
  14. Hondarider

    Hondarider Hero of the Stupid

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    The Slow Adult Super Friends

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  15. Hondarider

    Hondarider Hero of the Stupid

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    Our digs in Myrtle Beach... image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg
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  16. 51%

    51% ReadyToRide

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    Glad to hear things are looking up.
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  17. Hondarider

    Hondarider Hero of the Stupid

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    Myrtle Beach...so far so good. Of course, I'm the only one awake. I think they were up way past midnight. I wanted to get up early enough to see the sunrise. Mission accomplished. image.jpeg
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  18. GeorgeK

    GeorgeK n00b

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    Nice pics!
  19. Hondarider

    Hondarider Hero of the Stupid

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    I was definitely the only one amongst us to watch this. image.jpeg
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  20. chudzikb

    chudzikb Long timer Supporter

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    Nice! But, you should have been down there walking with the other people. Can't beat a walk on a beach at sunrise.
    Carry on sir, and make the best of what cards you have been dealt.