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Old 08-06-2013, 05:30 AM   #436
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Did you notice the front end loader on Beech Hill Road right before you enter RT 23 by the bridge construction? On my Sunday ride the back end of the loader was sticking out quite far and the oncoming traffic from RT 23 was right in your lane heading North to the intersection.

Just a reminder to be careful in this area and be very aware of the traffic
coming towards you. NOBODY STOPS!!!!
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Old 08-06-2013, 05:59 AM   #437
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Did you notice the front end loader on Beech Hill Road right before you enter RT 23 by the bridge construction? On my Sunday ride the back end of the loader was sticking out quite far and the oncoming traffic from RT 23 was right in your lane heading North to the intersection.

Just a reminder to be careful in this area and be very aware of the traffic
coming towards you. NOBODY STOPS!!!!


They were working and had a traffic cop there that waved us through.

Nobody tried to run me off the road yesterday. Very little traffic. Well one dual wheel pickup with Florida plates that didn't want to pull over on a narrow dual track road. He pulled over after I got in his face though.

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Old 08-06-2013, 06:04 AM   #438
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Old 08-06-2013, 06:06 AM   #439
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We hit a whole bunch of dirt roads with orange "Road Closed" signs posted at their beginnings

The only really closed road that we hit was from 8A in Hawley, Hallockville Rd was gated closed for some reason. Little sign said something about forest conditions? Also Old River Rd in Cummington (on the official TMT) is barricaded.

In any case, if you are looking to make the TMT into a loop, I highly recommend Mr Bill's TMT alternate.
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It was great riding with you again! I fixed up the map to take out the closed sections. I don't know why, but I seemed more sore than riding 200 miles in VT on the PDR. Are the roads smoother in VT?

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Old 08-09-2013, 02:59 PM   #440
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What type of GPSs do you guys use to guide you along this trail? Is there a way to load it on to a Android phone somehow?
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Old 08-09-2013, 03:28 PM   #441
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I have a (relatively old now) Garmin zumo 550. I still believe it is the best GPS that Garmin ever made for use on a motorcycle, but that could start another whole debate. I await a (better) replacement with bated breath.

The TMT (and VT Puppy Chow) routes will run on any garmin GPS running the North America series street maps, except in a very few short and insignificant sections. I happen to also have the NA topos running on my zumo when needed (another long discussion no doubt) but I would imagine that any semi-enterprising techno dweeb with a 'droid or iPhone would be able to navigate these routes with relative ease.

These are not off-piste, bushwackin' routes. They are just a series of pleasant dirt roads, some more well maintained than others, but the vast majority are easily navigable in a Buick Roadmaster Convertible (at the right speed).

The fun, my friend... is in the speed.
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Old 08-14-2013, 12:52 PM   #442
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I was along for the day with Mr Bill yesterday. I'm actually one of the 4 in that picture, praying to the GPS gods that Mr Bill didn't get us too lost to be home for dinner.

I've got to pipe up to say here that the return leg (the alternate to the TMT) that we ran yesterday to make it a loop was every bit as good as (maybe even better than, in some sections) the "official" TMT.

We hit a whole bunch of dirt roads with orange "Road Closed" signs posted at their beginnings, but being old and stubborn we'd press on and the roads would turn out to be somewhat maintained (locally no doubt) and quite nice for a dual sport bike. We were thinking that they may post the "Closed" signs to limit liability or something? They were definitely not closed.

The only really closed road that we hit was from 8A in Hawley, Hallockville Rd was gated closed for some reason. Little sign said something about forest conditions? Also Old River Rd in Cummington (on the official TMT) is barricaded.

In any case, if you are looking to make the TMT into a loop, I highly recommend Mr Bill's TMT alternate.

River Rd in Cummington is no longer barricaded. While I did not ride the TMT today, River Rd was part of my ride. Is Hallockville Rd on the TMT? It's not on my TMT routesheet, but it may have been updated at some point.

Mr Bill: Do you have a route sheet of your TMT Loop Ride? If so, would appreciate a copy.
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Old 08-14-2013, 01:09 PM   #443
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Is Hallockville Rd on the TMT? It's not on my TMT routesheet, but it may have been updated at some point.

Mr Bill: Do you have a route sheet of your TMT Loop Ride? If so, would appreciate a copy.

Hallockville Rd is not on the TMT. You won't be crashing any gates on this ride. Hallockville is posted no vehicles and state park? We turned around at that gate.

I don't do route sheets.

So there is no tree blocking River Rd now? That is good to hear.
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Old 08-14-2013, 02:14 PM   #444
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So there is no tree blocking River Rd now? That is good to hear.[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/QUOTE]


There is nothing blocking River Rd.
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Old 08-18-2013, 02:52 PM   #445
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Yeah sorry... It was a downed tree not a barricade on River Rd. I had my road closures confusdicated
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Old 08-26-2013, 03:53 PM   #446
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Anyone on here with a Husqvarna TR650 riding near the TMT in Otis on Sunday?
I ride various portions of the southern-ish section of the TMT probably more than once a week (I live close), and I NEVER see any other bikes on it. I saw the Husky a few miles away from the TMT, so thought maybe it was someone on here.
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Old 08-27-2013, 04:40 PM   #447
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Quiet on the TMT this summer ?
Come on fellas, lets have some pics and ride reports
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Old 08-27-2013, 04:58 PM   #448
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I ride various portions of the southern-ish section of the TMT probably more than once a week (I live close), and I NEVER see any other bikes on it.
On weekends I've seen riders who appeared to be running the TMT.

It's been a concern of mine when I used to trailboss for our club that we used a lot of the same stuff for dualsport rides and we didn't want the route to get overloaded and generate hatred toward motorcycles riding too fast past people's houses. In particular there are at least two home that have horses that they like to ride on the road. One family is friendly and while they want bike to stop are not hostile.

The other woman has yelled at me and other riders during our events. When I found out the TMT when right past her house I thought it was funny in a way. But if she gripes to the town enough about speeding or loud motorcycles, she might manage to get the road closed and barricaded just past her house, which would cut off that part of the route.
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Old 08-27-2013, 05:36 PM   #449
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Yes. Absolute respect must be given. Just imagine if it were your home. I don't blame them for the concern.
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Old 08-28-2013, 06:31 PM   #450
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have horses that they like to ride on the road.
Horses, hikers, bicyclist have the right of way. I've fallen off a lot of horses. Seems to always hurt.

If possible I stop the bike and take off my helmet to calm the horse. Especially if little kids are riding. Otherwise I slow way down and look for the rider to waive me by. Don't go flying by horses!
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