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Old 08-02-2010, 11:32 AM   #1
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DC to Gaspe, Quebec - 85 K100 2up

After finishing my last ride report earlier this summer, it put the urge in me to take another trip. This time there would be a lot more constraints. I had two weeks of vacation, a 1985 K100 (in Ironman garb), girlfriend, and a 30th birthday to celebrate.

We started this trip on July 16th and finished the 1st of August 2010.

Where to go, where to go... My train of thought went like this:

I had a friend down in Mexico City which would be a proper adventure down and back. Its 2500 miles each way, I had just been to Mexico City in the fall, and it is hot as hell in DC this summer. The long miles and hot weather didn't sound appealing.

So perhaps somewhere out west or to the north. Out west would have been good, but its a lot of miles and would have eaten up a good chunk of time just getting out to the good stuff.

North then, Canada! Now where in Canada? Somewhere a bit more different than the states, more international flavor? Quebec then. I envy you guys living in Europe, drive a couple hundred miles and get into a completely different culture. Quebec would do.

Cindy took high school French, has been talking about studying it a bit more. A 30th birthday celebration in Montreal sounded pretty promising. I've heard they have some pretty good clubs there. Getting into the wilderness would be good, further up as well. The Saguenay, a Canadian Fjord with whales, ferries, and moose. Where to then, Gaspe, ride out to the end. Its not quite the same as hitting Panama, but its as good as I was going to get this trip.

Here is the route more or less.


We had a wedding to go to up in Erie, PA so that took care of where to go in the beginning. I'm from Pittsburgh, so it was a logical first night stopping area. In between we hit up Fallingwater as Cindy hadn't been there and the scenery around Ohiopyle is quite good.

Here is Cindy getting ready the morning of the trip, nothing like waiting till the last minute.


Her guns if I got out of line. (We were at Bob's BMW the day before buying some random things and they had temp tattoos. The roundel wouldn't be my first choice, no offense to those that have a bmw tat.)


Cindy would be badass if she could handle this bike looking like this.


Here we are getting the bike packed for the first time.


A bit of off roading around Ohiopyle to get to a scenic view.


A wedgie in Ohiopyle. Basically a pizza sandwich filled with sausage. It was damn good!


The mighty Youghiogheny River (yock-a-gheny at least in pittsburghese) "Yinz guys going dawn der to the yocka-gheny in ohiopyle?"


We stopped at Falling Water right near Ohiopyle. Definitely worth a trip. Designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1935. Always makes me want to design my own house. Water plays such an amazing element in the house.


Didn't capture too much eye candy besides Cindy on this trip. Enjoy.


Iconic picture




Eventually we made it to Pittsburgh after getting pounded by rain for 5 minutes on the turnpike just outside of Monroeville. Some of the hardest rain i've ridden through, counting the Honduran tropical depression. It quickly stopped and we were nearly dried out before making it to my family's home north of pgh. The family wanted to celebrate so we went out to the Hofbräuhaus in the Southside of Pgh.

Beers in a liters. Yes please!


My nephew wanted to jump on the bike, a future ADVer for sure!


Here we are just before pulling out of pgh. I think this is where I crimped the centerstand in the limestone. It failed me, more on that later.



Next stop Erie.
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Old 08-02-2010, 02:45 PM   #2
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nice trip

good luck, man. looks like it's going to be good times!
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Old 08-02-2010, 03:59 PM   #3
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Good to see the old Beemer doing its thing. Well done.
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Old 08-02-2010, 09:11 PM   #4
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Old 08-03-2010, 07:50 AM   #5
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The next morning we had a mad dash to Erie for a wedding to attend. We got a late start as my nephew was playing swords with us and didn't want us to leave. Its about two hours up to Erie from Pittsburgh and we hauled ass so Cindy would have enough time to get ready. It was all pretty rushed as we got there, quickly changed into formal attire and then went to the wedding followed by the reception at the Erie Yacht Club.

Of note in Erie, it was Roar on the Shore. The local motorcycle rally in Erie. Lots of bikes everywhere, but we didn't really have a chance to mingle with the rest of the bikers.

View from the Erie Yacht Club


Winding down


We were pretty exhausted but there was beer to drink!


Packing up the next day. BTW luggage carts are a godsend. After hauling saddle bags up and down stairs in central america, the nicety of throwing it on a dolly is amazing.


After staying out late and drinking a bit too much. I'm not a man to turn down shots of tequila! We were on our way to the Canadian border via Buffalo. Cindy hadn't been to Niagra so we were going to hit that up and then continue up past Toronto and find a place to camp. A bit ambitious being hungover, but it wasn't the first time nor the last.

The border crossing. My last one was from Costa Rica to Panama. Which wasn't too bad but still two hours of dicking around with windows and computer networks being down. I found my anxiety rising as I had been conditioned in central america to getting bent over and asking for more. No crazy guys running up to me telling me they could help me, no bribing local officals, no copies in triplicate of every document I had. Just a really cute border crossing girl welcoming us into the country. Fantastic.


From there it was onto Niagara. Some token shots


Its still breathtaking no matter how many times you've been there.
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Old 08-03-2010, 08:24 AM   #6
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Wow, a RR from a local DC guy.

Who-would-thunk?
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Old 09-21-2010, 02:06 PM   #7
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great pics, i was up there over labor day weekend, didn't get as far east that you did.
the place with the chatel where was that?


btw cindy is as a real cutie,
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Old 09-21-2010, 03:58 PM   #8
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Great RideReport!! and yes your passenger is, Hummm...pretty HOT!!
Merci Beaucoup de visiter le Québec, Thanks for visiting the Québec Province!! Revenez nous voir!!! Come back soon!! Merci!! Serge
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Old 09-22-2010, 05:34 PM   #9
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nice report. we used to talk about doing the Gaspe back when the New England Chapter was active, but we never did.

looks like Cindy is well fed..
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Old 09-25-2010, 02:33 PM   #10
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Hmmm...I'm not sure how I should take that last comment...
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Old 09-25-2010, 03:44 PM   #11
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Nice report lukeman and speedcindy! Makes me want to visit up there as well.
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Old 11-12-2010, 12:13 PM   #12
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nice report. we used to talk about doing the Gaspe back when the New England Chapter was active, but we never did.

looks like Cindy is well fed..
Open mouth, insert foot.

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Hmmm...I'm not sure how I should take that last comment...
My best guess is that he was referring to the picture w/ 2 huge piles of food in front of you.. Lets hope anyway.
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Old 11-09-2010, 05:49 AM   #13
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Great RR . And tanks for visiting gaspe !!
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Old 11-11-2013, 03:35 PM   #14
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Great ride. You have to go back. The Maritimes area is chock full of great rides and great people.
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Old 11-11-2013, 05:34 PM   #15
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Great ride. You have to go back. The Maritimes area is chock full of great rides and great people.
What he said!
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