Western MA / Southern VT on Columbus day.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by CrashCarson, Oct 8, 2007.

  1. CrashCarson

    CrashCarson n00b

    Aug 1, 2007
    Today I was sitting around my apartment at 11:30am or so, and I realized that it was a beautiful day and I needed to go out for a ride. I took some pictures and thought I’d put together a little ride report.
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    I printed out the directions for the “Puppy Dog Ride” on the BMW owners of <st1:state w:st="on">Vermont</st1:state> site, and lit out from <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">New Britain</st1:city>, <st1:state w:st="on">CT.</st1:state></st1:place>
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    Here’s the result of 5 minutes of preparation:


    You can see the folded up directions taped to the tank. Turns out, I needed a lot more duct tape, when they started to flutter off on 91N in medium heavy traffic.
    I crammed the directions into one of the pockets on that moon suit in the picture above. It took five minutes to find it once I stopped.
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    On the way there, it started to rain. No pics for this, because I have yet to master the “take pictures while riding in interstate traffic” skillset.
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    Got off the highway and stopped at a McDonalds to re-attach my directions. When I went to get my roll of duct tape that doubles as a toolkit, here’s what happened.


    I got a little bit frustrated.


    [FONT=&quot]But I freed the tape, and reattached my directions.


    [/FONT] Who needs one of those fancy tank bags with the clear map pocket? Not me.
    At this point, I’m hoping that it doesn’t start raining right after I stop knowing where I am.
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    Anyway, here I go.


    The directions are working great ( only about a mile into the ride), but I’m wondering if it’s all going to be lined two laned blacktop.
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    I’m not disappointed.


    The bank on the right is really steep, and about a 20 foot drop, with trees. The road was still kind of greasy from the rain earlier, and I’d never been here, so I assumed that there would be pickup trucks careening around like no one else would ever use these roads.
    Later on, I was proven right about the trucks.


    The foliage was beautiful. The idea of falling into that creekbed was terrifying.


    More foliage. This is someone’s driveway. I bet he’s going to have a really great bonfire soon.


    Some really great VT scenery. - Well, minus the ratty XR.

    Up to this point the ride made me miss central PA, but when I saw this scene, I had to give credit where it’s due. VT is really beautiful.


    More foliage and dirt roads.


    Even more foliage and dirt roads.
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    I was getting ready for a change of pace, and this view opened up. I thought the cloud around the mountaintop was pretty great, so I stopped.


    I had no idea it would open up into this:


    At this point, I realized I only had about 25 miles worth of gas, 2.5 hours worth of daylight, and no map of <st1:state w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Vermont</st1:place></st1:state>. I took a look at the maps at this dam, which is a state park ( I think) and picked a direction on the road at the other side.
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    It took me back into town, I found gas and a map, and beat it back to CT.
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    I’ve printed out the rest of the route and think I might be able to do it all in a weekend in two or three weeks before it gets much colder.

    ....after trying for a while, I can't figure out how to get the pictures to come up in the post. I don't want to retype it, so i guess I'll come back and edit it if some kind soul will explain how to post multiple pictures.
  2. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

    Aug 16, 2002
    you need to use the insert image icon to copy and paste the address of the picture.. which adds the image tags, like this:


    but flickr doesn't support hotlinking.. try smugmug.com and you'll be able to hotlink your images and more.. and you support this site.I hope you can fix your image tags so we can see your pics!! :thumb