Two up stay-cation Vermont style.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Vt-Stromer, Jan 3, 2021.

  1. Vt-Stromer

    Vt-Stromer Long timer Supporter

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    This year started off well enough. Anticipating a year full of long weekend camping trips. Some with friends some just the two of us. By mid March it was clear that this was not going to be a normal year. I spent a couple of months playing local photo tag games and keeping occupied with projects in the garage. By June it was clear that the Vermont medical system had not been crushed, State parks were due to open on July 1st and with few out of state travelers the back roads were empty. We made the decision to strike out on some camping trips. The goal being to see how self-sufficient we could be while exploring new areas in our tiny state.

    My wife has some ex-inlaws that have some property that we could make home base in the Northeast kingdom. So that settles it. We are off the Cannan. We loaded up with some canned and dehydrated food, packed a cooler with an ice block and hit the road.

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    The next morning we took a hike around this property. There are several cabins that have been built over the years. I have heard stories about them but to see them... the creativity in the construction is impressive.
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    I had to look this guy up on the Google. Interesting side bar. Check it out.
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    Once back from the hike we work on breakfast. Canned potato’s, Vienna sausages and eggs.
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    Armed with the Gazetteer we headed out to explore the surroundings.
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    Cannan Hill road to Norton is pure ADV gold. Some interesting road side 'art'.
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    Forrest Lake. We stumbled across The Quimby Country Lodge
    This place has been welcoming city folks to the Country for over 100 years.
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    It was pretty hot this day. Found some shade at the Island Pond train station.
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    When it's hot, take plenty of breaks.
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    After a 'yard shower' we really enjoyed not having a schedule and not doing anything except thinking about the next camp fire and meal.

    'The camp'
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    Is it time for dinner already?
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    Time to head south.
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    The Guzzi does pretty well. It takes all we throw at it while happily cooking you out of the saddle.
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    Well that was quick. What should we do now?
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  2. Vt-Stromer

    Vt-Stromer Long timer Supporter

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    Well, Covid is still a thing. It has affected my work to the extent that the old Monday through Friday schedule is no longer necessary. Coupled with the fact that everyone else likes the Parks on the weekend, State Park reservations were near impossible. Time to adjust our schedule. So for this three day weekend we take Sunday - Tuesday and head North again to Lake Carmi.
    Sure would be nice to fish for dinner.
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    I was able to get one of our fishing rods into this tube. We will see how it goes.
    Another Guzzi? We really thought we were in the boonies. Turns out we were on the NE BDR route.
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    One of the navigation challenges on this trip was to get through Chittenden County (not a place we like to go on the bike) with the minimum of traffic interference. It worked, we crossed Route 2, 15 and the interstate with the minimum traffic.
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    Anther stellar day in the Green Mountain State.
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    Vermont's highest peak, Mount Mansfield.
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    ...and the second highest peak, Camels Hump.
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    We really did seem to hit a great route. Lots of dirt.
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    The topography chanced quite a bit up here.
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    The Adirondacks to the west.
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    Made it!
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    Roughing it this weekend in the leen to.
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    Fancy canned Tuna and packet rice.
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    New kit for this trip is the Ortleb sink.
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    Lets put this tackle to work.
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    Just because you have a hook does not guarantee a fish.
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    And that is pretty much how this day ended.
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    We awoke to some rain but we were still able to get the fire going. We cooked the rest of our meals with the wood fire.
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    Hash & eggs.
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    Day two tends to be an exploration day with no luggage. Pretty sweet!
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    We headed for the Champlain Islands. A little island life style influence compared to last weeks Woodland camp.
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    The Railroad causeway
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    If this place doesn't have it, you don't need it.
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    Isle Lamotte. Settled by the French in the 17th century.
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    Of course they put up a statue.
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    Isle Lamotte has a lot to offer. Beautiful stone buildings Island living and the fossil deposit from a 70 million year old corral reef.
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    The also have this abandoned gas station that is perfect for a lunch break.
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    The view.
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    Vermont's 100 + year old drawbridge is getting replaced. Cool stuff.
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    St. Albans train station.
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    We went through some of the heaviest rain of the summer. A quick little lake storm. Then it was sunny again.
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    This place was our grocery store.
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    Got back to camp just as the rain did. Got the fire going in the wet. The fire kit is working well.
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    It was a warm rain.
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    What a shit show.
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    The best way to end a night.
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    Special thanks to Upper Pass, my home town beer.
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    A little cooler this morning.
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    Another great weekend getaway. Had to deal with some weather, didn't catch any fish handled it all just the same.
    Lets keep this up!
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  3. Vt-Stromer

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    We love heading north but Covid resulted in State Parks operating at 50%. This limited the options for our favorite type of site. Mainly secluded. We found that the Townshend Park fit the bill.
    Typical food that we bring with us.
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    Vermont is pretty small It doesn't take long to get just about anywhere from our central location.
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    Hit the Jamaica General store for a few things. Beer mostly.
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    We had the entire area to ourselves. Pays to start the trip on a Sunday.
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    1930's lodge house. The park employees stay here.
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    Several hiking trails around.
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    Antique wood cart.
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    New kit for this trip was our old tent ground cloth. Some rain is in the forecast.
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    Fire fueled breakfast.
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    The eggs made it safely. A few dead solders from the night before.
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    Studying up on the roads down here.
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    Thais should last a while.
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    Just above our site was the original CCC camp from the 1930's. It burned in the 1960's.
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    The Townhend Dam IS the access road to the park.
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    Looks like another perfect day.
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    Lots of great dirt roads but then you all know that.
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    Very pleasant day, dinner and a fire.
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    Another day, more classic Vermont.
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    Here is where things went a little pear shaped as they say.
    This road looks nice, it's close to home and I ran it a week earlier on my small bike.
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    I was aware that there were a couple of good water holes on this road but I was feeling pretty whooped and figured I would just give it the beans. The front tire is pretty toast and it immediately washed out. I forgot the rule that you need to get a quality photo of the napping bike.
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    We were able to rite the ship as it were. Thanks to a FortNine video about getting the bike up. Thanks Ryan!

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    This one went better.
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    She still likes me and wants to go again. :)
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  4. EvilClown

    EvilClown Standing by to standby for a possible disregard Super Moderator

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    You can't make a wrong turn in Vermont. :deal

    Of course you two know that already.

    Keep it coming, Jon!

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  5. doppler94

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    Great trip under the wonderful weather! Nice
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  6. Vt-Stromer

    Vt-Stromer Long timer Supporter

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    The next few weeks were spent dealing with two separate no-start events that we had on short day trips. I checked every connection on the bike, built a starter relay and found lots of mud packed in the front wheel sensor. Nothing seemed to help. It could just have been a bad battery connection. The point is that for the next three day weekend camp we had no confidence in the bike. But the show must go on. We picked a State Park and loaded the car with all the bike camp kit and hit the road.
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    The luxury the car afforded was a large water bladder and a real cooler.
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    More camp fire cooking. This time with green beans from our own garden!
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    Some tuna added to some shell pasta.
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    A cooler. Felt like cheating.
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    I got up early the next morning to try to catch breakfast. Through this little guy back.
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    Success!! Couple of nice rainbow's.
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    Potato's from our garden. Much better than the can. This was possibly the best breakfast of the summer.
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    One thing that has developed with these short trips is my wifes continued creativity in the food department. She is a total prepper at heart and has been doing a lot of dehydrating of food from the garden.
    This is 'tomato leather', chicken and a minestrone based soup. All from our garden (except the chicken).
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    We let that soak while exploring the back roads.
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    When we return, heat and eat.
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    I spent some time with the sewing machine as well. Created some camp kit improvements.
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    Even though we used the car, some important improvements were tested out in the camp kitchen department. Really what these trips are all about.
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  7. Long Trail

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    Cool stuff, thanks for posting these trips.
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  8. pitbull

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    Great pics of my favourite State. Thanks for sharing.
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  9. Vt-Stromer

    Vt-Stromer Long timer Supporter

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    It's not over yet. Everyone in these parts knows that the last New England camp out is Recompence in Freeport Maine.

    I / we have been to most of these over the last decade and beyond. It's usually a bit of a slog across the center of N.H. and ME. This time we wanted a more rural route so headed straight north to Colebrook, got on Rt 26 and rode it all the way to the coast. This route was going to be a long one so we better start early.
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    Kathy made some pre-made sandwiches.
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    A bit foggy this morning.
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    The foliage didn't disappoint.
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    Very little traffic on this route.
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    Our typical travel day lunch is some sort of canned fish and crackers. Fancy Salmon today.
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    Between Colebrook and Errol. Some of my favorite New Hampshire.
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    The Balsams
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    We set up camp.
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    We saw people.
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    Then we put the camera away and enjoyed the rest of the weekend.

    Thanks for coming along.
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  10. Vt-Stromer

    Vt-Stromer Long timer Supporter

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    So what would we change? We both are really happy with the functionality of everything. You may have noticed a different tarp on the last trip. It's a Paria.
    One of us got a firebox stove for Christmas. Should cut down on the amount of fire wood we used to cook with.
    We also need to ween ourselves from the Kermit's. Two of those is a bit ridiculous. It would be nice to get our roling weight somewhere south of 900#.We plan on upping the size of the tank bag and getting a Comm unit. We both have always said we would never go there but there have been several times when a quick warning would be helpful when hitting the brakes hard or making a unscheduled turn.
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  11. NxtGoRnd

    NxtGoRnd This Time Around, Wearing Out Tires Supporter

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    Awesome! Great pics beautiful riding area thank you for taking us along!
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  12. gs1200rider

    gs1200rider n00b

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    I enjoyed your travel pics and stories, thank you. I also traveled to Townshend Dam, Vt from southern Maine two summers ago and loved that area. Look forward to seeing more of your trips. Enjoy and stay safe and healthy!
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  13. Essbee

    Essbee Been here awhile

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    Lovely rides and pics, thanks for sharing.
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