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Old 08-25-2008, 07:22 PM   #1
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'...and then there were three' - Vermont Puppy Dog Ride Campout

A few weeks ago, after months of discussion with a buddy who'd been wanting to do the Puppy Dog Ride, we finally just picked a date to go before it fell into the crack of never ever really happening.

The email went out to others who may be interested announcing the date and in the end, as many as had to bail ended up going.



Final preparations to the bikes were made in the week leading up to the ride and the four of us made a plan to meet up.



We couldn't have picked a finer day! We were to meet at Dodge's store.



At 6:40 Ken rolls into the parking lot of Dodges store.



Minutes later Rob shows up.



Banana muffin tops carefully stashed for safe keeping...



...we mount our trusty steeds and head up to Hillsborough to meet Mark and have breakfast at the Hillsborough Diner.









Mmmmmmm...bacon!



Mark's trying Micatech's new top case out on the KLR mount.



After a hearty breakfast we're off for what I call the 'Kansas' portion of the ride - the ride to Greenfield, Ma where the PD ride begins. It's actually not a bad ride but compared to the roads in Vermont it's a bit less exciting.



Mark is slightly excited about this ride.



The ride over is uneventful. We stop to top off the tanks before we get started.

The first dirt road on the route turns into Green River Road.







It's a blast as it winds along - you guessed it - the Green River.





We stop at the cover bridge to regroup.



Large grins all the way around!



We cross slowly to keep the costs down. After all, three of us are on KLR's.

The ride continues through the woods of Vermont until we reach the first reset at the Dover Free Library.



I snap a picture of the bike that nearly made me go Guzzi.



A local reader rides a scooter. Nice top case.



Across the street there are bikini clad girls washing cars. No. Not really but there must've been something going on there.



We continue on our way.



Don't look down!



We make it to the dam at Townshend Lake. Well some of us do. Our MO is we wait at every major intersection for the rider behind us before continuing so that everyone can do their own thing but everyone gets to the final destination.



Marks rolls up behind me. We wait for Rob and Ken. After a few minutes Mark decides to go back. He was sure Rob saw him make that last turn but maybe not.



A group of bikes show up while I'm waiting for Mark and the rest of the crew.

Mark shows up again - empty handed. Hmmmm...we decide to do a bit more investigation and head back to the last intersection. Our plan is for Mark to go past in the event they missed the turn and went straight. I was to wait there for him and anyone else who may show up.

No sooner than Mark pulls away and the blue lights are flashing behind me. The video of my ride across the dam replays in my head. "I don't recall being too much of a hooligan..." Right about then he goes around. Whew!



Uh oh, now there's an ambulance, too.

The sinking feeling that these two are looking for the same people we are hits. I decide to leave my post and see what's up. Up the road a bit I find what I didn't want to. There on the roadside is Ken laying on his back wrapped in a blanket. Rob is there with him. The medics are now attending to Ken who apparently is having issues with his shoulder. The officers are trying to get the info they need as we try to sort it all out. Eventually they let me slip away to find Mark while they continue working on Ken.

I catch up to Mark back at the intersection I was to wait at, tell him the short version and we make our way back to the scene.



By now Ken is tucked into the back of his new ride - the ambulance. He's going for a ride.

The three of us briefly stare at each other with that "Now what?" look on our faces. They've got Ken covered but we need to do something with the bike. We quickly come up with a game plan. Get it towed and in a secure location then worry about getting it back to Ken.

The nice lady who lives right there at the scene lets us use the phone. Actually, she makes the call to a dude down the road with a towing company. BTW, she and her family also had Ken wrapped in a blanket and made the call to 911 right away. Good thing as our cell phones were worthless in this location.



As Ken rides away Mark gets his bike out of the road and into the driveway to safety while it awaits the hook.



We look the bike over while we wait. 'Darth' got a couple of black eyes.



Something back here doesn't look right either.



Scott shows up with his truck in a relatively short period of time.





He gets the bike loaded and we follow him down the road so we know where to go when it's time. It gets logged as a way point.



Bike all safe and secure and we're off to the hospital to see how Ken is doing.







Ken's new ride.



Ken is at least awake and able to speak but he chooses to use hand signals.

We're still a bit perplexed. "What do we do? How do we act?" This, fortunately, is not something any of us have gone through before. Ken, obviously under the influence of heavy medication insists we carry on.

Before we leave the crew at the hospital tells us he'll be transfered to another hospital that offers a higher level of care. They're not sure where yet so I give them my number to call when they do know.

After we leave Ken to their care we decide to find a spot for lunch and regroup. Rick's is recommended by the staff. We head out in search of it but never do find it.
Something tells me the sign may have said something else but the locals know it as Rick's.

Oh, well. We find a local deli shop and grab a shared table outside. The others around the table ask where we're heading and we all start pointing at the map kicking around good roads we shouldn't miss. Still a bit flustered we don't get any shots.

One of them decides it would be better if our map was covered in Coke and tips his over on it. Sponging off the Coke with a couple of napkins he continues with a list of good riding.

A couple of BMW's roll in. We all slide down and two ladies join us at the table. More riding discussion ensues. At some point one of them produces her medivac insurance card and proceeds to give a glowing endorsement. Not a bad concept actually. Thankfully Ken isn't in that bad of shape...we think.

With the map nearly dry we fold it up and head on our way.



Ken would want us to continue so we do. We get back to the end of the dam road and recalculate the numbers for the roll chart.

Each.

And.

Every.

One.

Of.

Them.

AND there's no reset for 127 miles or so!



My favorite sign.







Another favorite road name.





It don't get much better than this in Vermont!



We find a bridge is closed for replacement. We look for a way to cross. I tell Mark I'll follow him over this bridge. He's wise beyond his years and doesn't accept the challenge. We eventually find a detour.









Hay!





My KLR hits 47000 miles. It takes me a half mile to get a crappy shot of the occasion.





Have I mentioned we couldn't have picked a better day for this ride?





The bridge that was closed last year is now open and there's a group enjoying summer in Vermont down below.



Horses and cows living in perfect harmony.





We reach the floating bridge which is still closed.



We contemplate crossing anyway but the fishermen and swimmers deter us. We would have walked them if you're preparing to cast stones.

Instead, Mark announces he had to switch to reserve a few miles back so we detour to fuel before camp.

We finally make it to camp. Ranger Laura is waiting for us. She points us towards our site and gives us her advice on local eateries.





We set up camp...



...get a bundle of firewood...



...then head off to Randolph to find vittles.



I'm pretty sure that tree was featured in 'Go, Dog, Go!'



We wait for the train...



...and find this up the road.

We head into the Mexican side of the two restaurants. The sign should have given it away but we wait for an eternity without so much as a "We'll be right with you." Others are waiting as well for the 4 or 5 tables. Eventually we decide to bail. A guy behind us says the Chinese food back down the hill is better so we take his advice.



Forgetting to take the obligatory food shot we try to save it by getting a shot of the appetizers that finally show up after we're done eating.

We take them to go and skip across the street to get supplies before heading back to camp.



Back at camp we discover the leftovers and the supplies didn't fair so well. That didn't stop Rob from eating the crab rangoon though - wood chips and all.

We unload the supples and build a fire.



Sitting around the fire we toast Ken and review the day. Somewhat bizaar but despite the whole incient it was a good ride otherwise and the campsite and the weather perfect.

Eventually I call it a night. According to my traveling companions the next thing they heard was, "Z-z-i-i-i-p!" Immediately followed by a rather loud, yet soothing (I added that part) "ZZZZZZzzzzz."

I still don't believe them.
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Old 08-25-2008, 07:55 PM   #2
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Bummer about Jim.

Great RR so far.

Really sorry I missed it
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Old 08-25-2008, 08:03 PM   #3
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Psssst...it's 'Ken'. And yes it was a very large bummer.

We missed you! Hope your camping trip went well, Kevin.

See you at Cromag!
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Old 08-25-2008, 08:10 PM   #4
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Psssst...it's 'Ken'. And yes it was a very large bummer.

We missed you! Hope your camping trip went well, Kevin.

See you at Cromag!
Aw crap, I suck at remembering names in cyber-space as well as in person

My apologies to Ken. Any news on his condition (or are you getting to that

Roll on Cromag

Camping trip went very well thank you - first day back at work today
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Old 08-25-2008, 08:17 PM   #5
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Aw crap, I suck at remembering names in cyber-space as well as in person

My apologies to Ken. Any news on his condition (or are you getting to that

Roll on Cromag

Camping trip went very well thank you - first day back at work today
Names are tough - particularly when we all carry two of them (ADV and a given)!

Getting to that but...he seemed much better Sunday afternoon. Broken bits in the collar bone area along with 5 ribs. Went over and collected the Guzzi today. Stopped at the scene since the bike was stored just down the road. After having a chance to study the scene lets just say Ken made me proud.

Here's to a quick and full recovery! Get well, Ken!
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Old 08-26-2008, 05:09 AM   #6
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cool RR!
Bummer about Ken...

keep it coming

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Old 08-26-2008, 06:21 AM   #7
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Oh man, that SUCKS.

Get well soon, Ken!!

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Old 08-26-2008, 07:25 AM   #8
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Eek You boys should be more careful! ;~)

Damn! This isn't the best of news. I hope Ken and the Quota are right side up again really soon.

That Puppy Dog route is A+. I'm moving to Vermont.
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And now ... for my 2 cents on day 1:
(great stuff so far Mike - spot on!)

Cheers to:
The lady that lived on the corner. She and her family heard the crash and acted quickly to secure Ken, the roadway, and call for help - before I even got back to the scene. (and Ken was only gone from my sight for less than 10 min). Things would have been very different if they were not there, since we had no cell phone signal, and there was no other houses for miles.

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The Cops. I know they were only doing their jobs, but they seemed bent on placing blame, and grilling everyone in their quest to "recreate the event".
Sure - Ken was going a little fast for conditions. DUH. But the attitude was more like "somebody is going to get a ticket and pay us for SOMETHING here".

Fav quote of the day:
Lady on the corner: "where yall from?"
Us: "New Hampshire"
LoC: "Well yeah, but WHERE"
Mike: "Goffstown"
Mark: "Laconia"
LoC: "Laconia?! Why thats where I get my tatoos ! "

(really she was very nice - I guess you had to be there)

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Old 08-26-2008, 08:17 AM   #10
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Have you guys seen the Trans Mass Trail thread in the East GPS forum? Someone has created a mostly dirt route from northern CT through MA to the start of the Puppy Dog route.
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Old 08-26-2008, 10:17 AM   #11
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Man that sux.......get well soon Ken
Thank goodness for Lady on the corner.......
Where's the pretty lady on the corner pics?
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Old 08-26-2008, 10:49 AM   #12
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Great report, makes me want to run the Puppy Dog...

This is less than a mile from where I grew up (and where my parents still live):



And this is just down the road from my high school:



Have fun in VT, it's a beautiful place.
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Old 08-26-2008, 06:50 PM   #13
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Hey, I recognize that place!!! They make a good sandwich.

Good ride write up. Hope there's more soon!
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Old 08-27-2008, 04:51 AM   #14
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Great RR Mike.

Ken - Hope you're up and about soon...
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Old 08-27-2008, 05:02 AM   #15
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Nice ride.. too bad about your budd's biff.. thanks for the report and pics
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