Wandering around New York

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by selkirkswamper, Aug 17, 2012.

  1. selkirkswamper

    selkirkswamper hellbilly

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    here's the first of possibly more installments
    Having been awarded some unplanned time off (read laid off) I took a break from the job search to hit some State Forests in the northeastern Catskills.
    The ride 2012 Honda XR650L not much in mods, just a larger gas tank (Clarke 4 gal) a skid plate, rear rack, crf230 front fender and seat cover.
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    headed to the Rensselaerville State Forest
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    some decent dirt roads and a bunch of trials, I was heading Southeast of there near Preston Hollow
    the views
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    the roads
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    next was Bates State Forest
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    then onto

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    I rode mostly the main 2 track roads as I was alone (I had a crash by myself back in May on a single track I've decided to take it easy for awhile and do "trials" with someone else around.....just in case)
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    Leonard Hill State Forest I came across this cemetery out in the woods
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    this gentleman had a heck of a life revolutionary army and lived to be 95....
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    it was a nice day to be in the woods
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    all told about 100 miles in a few hours, a good way to take the mind off of troubles.......
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  2. ADVCoop

    ADVCoop Long timer

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    Good stuff.
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  3. selkirkswamper

    selkirkswamper hellbilly

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    Thanks, I'm planning to add to this thread as I go exploring some more.

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  4. gpthis

    gpthis Been here awhile

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    Looks like nice roads!! need to explore NY a bit.
    Am planning a ride to Niagara falls,leaving from western Mass.
    Have you ridden up in the Adirondacks at all??
    Just askin.
    Cheers
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  5. pmacb

    pmacb Been here awhile

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    Swamper,

    I love that part of the Cap Dist area. Are the dirt roads do-able by a noob on a V-Strom?

    pmacb
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  6. selkirkswamper

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    Thanks for the replies folks,

    I've ridden in the Adirondacks a little but mostly paved roads, real nice rides, I tend to head to the Catskills as it's closer to the house.

    The roads I was on could be ridden on a veestrom, there was only one section on Leonard Hill Road where it was slick mud, I was exploring and making mental notes of the trials off the main access roads for future rides with another rider or two.

    Hopefully I'll be down there again soon, checking out a few different areas.
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  7. motorcity62

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    Cool pics, I live in Elmira NY and I ride the seasonal roads when I get a chance. Fall time is my favorite time in the forests . Look me up if your ever down this way
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  8. selkirkswamper

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  9. selkirkswamper

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    well as unemployment continues I headed back to the Northeast Catskill once more today's destination was the Mt. Pisgah and Manorkill State Forests it's in the general Ashland Conesville area.
    ready to depart "the swamp" Pelican 1450 top on today
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    a quick run to Rt 81 and into the hills through
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    some scenery along the way
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    made to the destinatio.....
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    not much of a ride just a gravel road that dead ends
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    one nice little side road
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    next up South Mountain it's CO Rd 32C turns into a CCC Road two track dirt
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    some views from the top
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    down South Mountain at the end of the dirt road it's called Bluebird a left turn heads you to Conesville, I took 990V to the Gilboa area for a lunch stop, no food pics here's the place I stopped
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    it's an OK little place nearby is The Waterfall House they do bbq known with the v-twin crowd I used to play there back in the 80's when they had bands, headed back to South Mountain Road here's some shots from the other side....
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    found this road nice dirt it comes on out on Rt 145 above East Durham...
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    headed back down Rt 81 after hitting some 2 lane blacktop you pass through these places...
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    all total 130 mile run great weather fun roads.......to be contd...........:evil
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  10. selkirkswamper

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    mixing it up this week, went on a ride with a few folks, jumping off point Selkirk, home of mosquitoes and a rail yard....
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    there was 4 of us today on 2, DRZ 400's, a WR250, and the ol XR650L
    here's Keith and Christian
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    and Eric
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    a quick trail shot by Rennselearville, the photo doesn't do the elevation justice
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    not a lot of photos as we were riding, Christian had the GPS and we were moving, I brought up the rear as I'm "old and slow"
    went a little to hot in sharp left and gave the 'ol XR a little character, nothing
    harmed but my pride...
    here's a shot of the Foxenkill near West Berne
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    a couple more pics, one tree stump thanks to Irene and the other showing how low the water is this year
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    to be contd......
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  11. selkirkswamper

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    having ridden a bit in the Partridge Run area, after our stop in west Berne we headed through Huntersland, on to Middleburgh on some great dirt roads, crossing through town we headed up to Vroomans Nose the pavement turned to a trail with one hell of a washout, here's a photo of house moving Irene style.....
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    on the way to Cobelskill we came across an old cemetery....
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    a few shots on a headstone
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    an old soldier laid to rest
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    a member of the Grand Army of the Republic.....
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    this last name gave me a chuckle
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    lunch in Cobleskill, I split off from the guys as I needed to be home
    to be continued..............soon :evil
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  12. bklynz00

    bklynz00 Been here awhile

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    Hello selkirkswamper,

    Nice day ride report. I am originally from NYC living in DE. I ride a dual sport as well. I never had the pleasure of riding upstate NY. I plan on riding from DE to NYC then to Schenectady, NY then travel to Cooperstown with-in the next week or so. Keep the pic's coming.. :D
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  13. selkirkswamper

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    Thanks,

    That's a good ride Schenectady to Cooperstown, if you look at the map we were riding in the Middleburgh/Schohaire area just south of I-88, I have more photos from the other guys I'll post them soon.
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  14. selkirkswamper

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    thanks for the pics Christian :D
    again the start Christian and Keith I'm on the left in pumpkin jacket.....
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    on the trials Eric in front of Keith, I'm bringing up the rear
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    a "rest stop" after my low side dirt mod to the XR....:D
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    Eric in good form...
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    highway crews were out...grading the dirt
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    washout on the trial by Vroomans Nose
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    ya gotta know your limitations, thanks for the assist Christian...
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    picking through the rocks...
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    the guys continued after I split off after lunch.....
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  15. selkirkswamper

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    as I mentioned the guys continued here's a few photos of their ride...they found a few wash outs...
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    sometimes your bike just needs a rest...
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    what's a ride report without a food pic???? :D

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    until the next ride....:wink:
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  17. OutDoorMoto

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    Hey Frank, it was great riding with ya, thanks for posting up the pics! Looking forward to riding with you again!
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  18. selkirkswamper

    selkirkswamper hellbilly

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    wow I didn't realize it's been almost two years since last I posted, work has been keeping me busy but I did head over route 2 (The Mohawk Trail) from NY to MASS Saturday (Aug 08) great riding, started on the XR650L....ended with a new ride the journey continues.....photos here... 100_0701.JPG 100_0702.JPG 100_0704.JPG 100_0708.JPG 100_0709.JPG .


    more to come
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    Very nice!
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  20. selkirkswamper

    selkirkswamper hellbilly

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    thanks, the XR650L was good but the Scrambler fits me better for what I ride (roads; paved, gravel, dirt, no trails really), I'll be posting me as I get out there with the new ride
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