Corporate Downsized - Screw it, I'm doing the TranLab
Alright, I head into work after a long weekend at the Outer Banks. Check my email and there's a meeting request from my manager. No big deal, happens all the time. Walk in the room, 10 other people and the HR manager are looking glum.
Most of you know whats next. Typical speech, business is down, blah, blah. Pack up your stuff and get out.
5 minutes later, I'm in the car headed home. Call the wife since she's on spring break with the kids - no don't come home, I'm just going to have a couple beers in celebration and go riding for the next couple days.
So what to do? We've got money saved up, since this isn't the first this has happened. With only two weeks vacation time, its hard to plan any type of decent trip.
What to do???
Luckily, I had just signed up for a track day at VIR in a couple weeks. Money's already spent, so better do that. First time on the track, so a big learning curve. Only got chewed out by the instructor once for being stupid.
The Speed triple ROCKS!
So what's next? Work on the resume, get a couple interviews lined up, which leads to the next opportunity for me. But there is no way I'm ready to get back to the grind. So I decide to head north for the Translab before its paved over and all the rivers are dammed.
I left on Memorial Day weekend and spend 2 1/2 weeks riding the Tiger. Quebec, Labrador, Newfoundland, NS(briefly) and Bay of Fundy. Met some great people, saw some amazing country and then spent another week and a half in Maine with my wife and kids.
Downsized! Hell yeah!
Lunch break is over. More later.
Good for you for not moping around, I would have been puking my guts out. :1drink
Awesome stuff, looking forward to the rest, and good luck with the job search....when you are ready to get back to the grind.
Day 1. Staunton VA to Jim Thorpe PA via 1st grade class field trip.
My family was headed to Jim Thorpe for the holiday weekend and my son had a field trip too. Since we were trying to minimize the cars I gave my wife a ride to school with her wearing my pants. Was funny watching her strip down in the school parking lot.
Chilly day but fun watching him run around with classmates. I really enjoyed my time off and being able to hang out with my sons. Went on a couple field trips and taught the youngest how to ride his strider bike :clap
Ended up leaving Harrisonburg around 3 PM and road balls out up 81. Really windy and kept getting colder as trip went. Hit some light rain once I got on 209 in pa. Made it to cabin but keys were not in lock box. Had to wait for cleaning lady to show up. 330 miles in 6 hours.
Day 2. Jim Thorpe to Bennington vt.
Nice ride traffic wasn't bad for holiday. Followed 209 up thru ny then kept heading north till hit rt 7 in vt.
For some reason, I did not take any pictures of the ride. I used to carry my camera on a next strap so I could take moving pics, but the new camera doesn't work for that. Its seems that once I get rolling, I don't like to stop.
Stayed at Woodford State Park just east of Bennington. Bugs were thick and I was tired. Got a big beer and some chocolate, made supper and crashed about 830.
Fell asleep listening to the owls.
Congrats on your first track day, they are addicting, take a good look at your checkbook because that is the last time you will see it at that balance :D
Rock on Paul!
Lookn' forward to the next installments.
And how's that Tiger treating you? I've got about 20k relatively trouble free miles on mine now.
Please continue! The TransLab is on my list.
The stair tread mud flap is still hanging tough!
I'll try and get another update during lunch today. Started the new job last week, so still getting adjusted to things.
Hey Paul I am in for this, glad the bike is treating you good.
Day 3 Bennington to Quebec City
I like Vermont, but the 50 mph speed limit sucks. For some reason, I was really cold when I woke up. Thought I had enough clothes on, but it took me awhile to wake up and get going. Left camp at 7 AM and stopped at the Bennington monument then hit scenic 7 north. 40-50 mph the entire way to Burlington.
It was my sons birthday, so I stole his green ninja figure for some company. He was my little mascot for the trip.
Space - time vortex in Bennington. I remember reading about ability of the Tiger 800 to bend time and space and now we have proof!!
Bennington Monument - this things was huge.
Pretty country lots of garden centers and it was gas sale day!!
I passed a number of renewable energy installations in Vermont
Because I grew up on a farm. Used to spend the entire month of June riding/ driving a John Deere tractor
Made it to Burlington around 1030 Found some breakfast and walked around downtown a bit. After camping last night I decided to get a hotel in Quebec since I was pretty beat this morning, I got that reserved. Also found some capri long johns at the Gear Exchange store. $20 for nice merino wool!! I ended up wearing them for the next 2 weeks.
Headed north on Rt 2 thru Grand Isle and crossed into Canada at a lazy border crossing.
I think this is Whiteface Mt. Yes, that is snow. The guys at the Gear store said they got a couple feet 2 or 3 days ago.
With no big welcome sign so took a pic of French stop sign.
I originally planned go thru Sherbrook and Thetford Mines, but ended up wondering around the local farm roads, then just followed the freeways to Quebec. I guess I was tired of only going 50 mph.
Ninja was confused by all the strange writing on the trucks.
I hit rush hour traffic in Quebec city and no pics.:huh Found the hotel and got settled. Hit the subway across the street for some dinner. Think I surprised the guy behind the counter when I asked him "parlez-vous anglais".
Spent the rest of the evening trying to figure out how long it would take to get across Labrador. I thought I spent enough time laying out the routes, but somehow, I forgot most of that stuff. I also did it on purpose. Usually I layout the route, drop it in the GPS and follow it. I didn't do that for this trip since I wanted to make up a lot of this as I went.
Tomorrow - Manic 5
Day 4 Quebec to Manic 5 Hotel Lenergie
Got a good jump out of the hotel then spent longer then I thought getting gas, cash & breakfast. Tim Horton's is good stuff but twice in a day got old.
Great ride along the shore of the St Lawerance River. Some how I did not take pics of the big waterfall just outside Quebec City. Crazy scenery and good roads til Baie Comeau.
Came around the corner to what I thought was an accident, but the cable guy just needed to pull a cable over the road.
Crossing the Saguenay River
Got to baie comeau about 1230 had lunch at Tim Hortons again then headed out to Manic 5. My original plan was to try and make it to Reis Gabriel, but the 200 km of twisty, bumpy roads really kind of took it out of me. It was hard to keep eyes on the road from trying to look around. The ground is either rock, sand or bog. Thought I caught air on a couple of frost heave bumps.
Got to Manic 5 around 5 so not especially good time. Got gas and asked about a room and just decided to call it a day. Last section was really took it out of me and since the next section was 100 km of gravel, seemed like a good decision.
Power company vehicles
Tomorrow - Goose Bay - Happy Valley
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