07-17-2011, 12:10 PM
Joined: Dec 2005
Location: Central MA
pukin, tagin & riding..a few days with OSJ's in New England
Puking..now thats not the best way to start a few days of riding, but I guess it wasn't up to me. Mother nature put something bad in my stomach on Thursday night, and well it had to come out
Friday was gonna be a great day of riding with Mrs OSJ....
the kids were gonna be with grandma in Boston for the day and we both are self employed so taking mid week days off are easy. My buddy Phat Pat who is a school teacher had the day off as well. I told him to be in the driveway at 9:30am Friday morning.
The problem was I was up riding the porcelain bus between 1:30 and 6 am so I was in no shape to ride at 9:30. Mrs OSJ had to go out to inform Pat of the bad news...he went off riding alone :(
I woke up around 10am feeling a little better, Mrs. OSJ made me some scrambled eggs and toast and I fugued if I held that down maybe we could still get a little afternoon riding in. By 11;30 I was feeling much better, my stomach felt fine, but I had a massive headache..I figured some wind in my face would do me some good... so off we went...
Our original plan was to ride around central CT, collecting some Ride New England stamps and also snagging some tags. I didn't know how long I could ride so we just pointed the fender south and rode. Riding thru Holland MA something caught my eye...I did a quick u turn while Michelle says "what did you see?"
You see some of the tag games I play allow you to use a file photo for the placement of a tag. So on many rides I stop and take random photos which end up getting used at some point. This was the case for this spot.
You can also see the little tree provided some shade to sit under. Michelle had packed a few snacks and drinks in the tail bag so we sat under that tree and relaxed for 20 min...
she takes such good care of me!
From here we took New City road south into CT then a few more back roads over to TSI Harley in Somers. We could kill two birds with one stone here.
1. Its on the Tour New England program so we got our stamp
2. I needed a fat boy for the Theme tag on NER
Michelle says every guy working there came up to her to ask if she needed any help...I wonder why?? Could this shirt have something to do with it?
Okay back to the trip. After our stop in Somers we were getting hungry. Right down the road is the Chuck Wagon Restaurant, we've had breakfast here before and it was AWESOME...
so we figured lunch would be good too. Its just that they close at 2pm and it was 2:30 :(
One place I know Michelle has never been, but I have and I know she would like it was Reins Deli. So i yelled back, I got a place in mind, and then we can run over to Gengras to get another stamp..
So off to Vernon CT we go.
It was just about 3pm when we got here, and I was feeling great...and really hungry! I ordered a corn beef Rachel, and Michelle got a roast beef on a bagel. Both were delicious
After lunch we slab it down to Gengras to check out the bikes and get a stamp. I was surprised to see they dropped the Ducati line, I asked a few salesman if someone else picked it up in the area, but no one knew. Or they just didn't want to tell me.
I didn't take the camera in with me but we did get a chance to check out a few new bikes. Michelle surprised me twice here. 1. She didn't like the new K1600 and 2 she loved the new Tiger. See we sold the Multistrada this year so the only two bikes we have that we can ride two up are the SS and the KLR. Both bikes she doesn't mind riding, but not for 500 mile days. Because we don't have any bike trips planned for this year we are taking our time looking at a new sport touring bike.
We didn't stay here for too long, we wanted to head north. I had the gps but we've spent so much time riding in that area we just followed the road where ever it took us. Which was here...
Cupcake was good, Michelle says the cake was very good...and the Latte was awesome! Michelle's weakness is coke in a glass bottle...wanna get on her good side, bring her a case of that when you come by
Okay, so our belly's were full, and we snagged two stamps and one tag. Our last stop was the NER CT tag, which was this location taking by ChevyPC
We found the location just a few miles up from the bean.
From here we took the long way home, back roads thru Southbridge, Charlton, Spencer, Paxton and finally home. Just as the kids were getting dropped off by grandma we pulled into the driveway
After all said and done we ended up burning a tank and half of fuel, and snagging some tags...oh and no more..
Tomorrow the girls are at a shower all day and I will be riding the Trans MA trail for the first time...more to come...