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Old 06-27-2012, 04:43 AM   #301
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Nice pics/ride. I always enjoy your varied subject matter and commentary....
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Old 06-27-2012, 12:32 PM   #302
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What a weekend! Enjoyed your RR - as always.
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Old 06-27-2012, 05:44 PM   #303
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Old 07-25-2012, 12:06 PM   #304
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That's awesome, Mike... Glad to see you've still 'got it'!!
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Old 10-08-2012, 06:44 PM   #305
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Fall Colors Tour - NY and Canada

In July I moved to a new house. My housemate has a VStar 650 and recently mentioned riding up to NY for his friend's annual Oktoberfest party in Rochester, NY. Beer? Riding? Fall? YES!

Here he is geared up and stoked to get out on the road on a Friday morning instead of slaving another day at the office. Don't worry about the 5 hours of sleep you got because you were working


Cruising down 270
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Shortly after taking 270 we swing up 15 through the MD farm country bordering the Catoctin Mountains. Eventually this puts us out near Harrisburg, PA


We ride up the East side of the river and spot the Statue of Liberty on an old bridge support in the middle of the river.






Bridges near Sunbury, PA along the Susquehana


A sign posted said "Following Distance Two Dots". They should have this all over the place! Great idea.


Does not apply to the Amish though...


We took a lunch break in Williamsport, PA at the Bullfrog Brewery (seen in an earlier RR) for a chicken sandwich and a bbw sandwich




I had the Edgar


Good thing we parked beside the porta-potty!


Lycoming Creek Rd beside 15













We arrived in Ithaca just as it began sprinkling. Our first stop was the old Mechanical Engineering building where he checked in on some of his old professors and fellow grad/doc students. This is the Atrium


His bike took a nap outside the "Red Barn" - a hangout for all the grad students.


My bike just soaked in the colors:


$1 Sarnac!?




Afterward we hit up a delicious Thai restaurant


The night finished with us relaxing at the Alpha Gamma Science Co-Op - a 13 man group home just off campus. It had amazing architecture inside and a storied past - once holding 30 men in an open bay upstairs.



SATURDAY:

The following morning we woke up to the sound of rain on the roof. Time to go riding

We took a turn through campus


Picked up a side cover he left at the garage and had a friend pick up, then made our way to the Farmer's Market:










There was Cuban, Cambodian, Japanese and a whole other host of assorted dishes available


Brussel Sprouts










Justin's headlight mount had broken loose inside so I took care of the problem...


WORKING - you can see Ithaca along the lake behind him


Two Goats Brewery along Seneca Lake.






Finger Lakes Distillery


Football is clearly king








There is good business in shuttling drunk folks around the fingerlakes with all the wineries and breweries. This guy had the coolest rig and was his own mechanic.


I'll stick to being relatively sober and riding my dirt submarine




We rode along Lake Shore Dr down by the water. The road was gravel for a bit and Justin complimented himself for not falling over.




Seneca Lake


Most of the small towns in northern NY look like this for the mainstreet


Sunflowers not saying hello to the sun.


Windows called...they want their hill back!


The pumpkin patch was packed. Hayride was full!


We cruised into the Oktoberfest gathering and everyone waved. His friend's family were wonderful hosts and there were tons of wurst, potato salads, chips, Bier - etc. We partied late into the night



Then I called it a night. I was the only one camping but despire the temps being in the low 40's, I was comfortable and warm all night thanks to my Kelty Lightyear Down bag and a sleeping bag liner


These were on the dining room table as we played Asshole




SUNDAY

I woke up , said goodbye to my hosts and roomate and set off for Lake Ontario




And on toward the lake, I stopped at a crossroad and snapped this shot. Never heard of it


Lake Ontario


This bridge appeared on my GPS but after conferring with Google Earth, it was clear this swing bridge was not in operation until later in the winter.







Cruising along the lake near Rochester



Hey that's me!




Unedited. I Swear.




Apples anyone?


I took one off the ground. Shoot me.




I checked out my RoadsideAmerica App which suggested the Shoe Tree in Lydonville, NY






Some of these have been there a while...




Moving on to the next destination: The ONLY tunnel under the Erie Canal.




An old barn.


I stopped above the Erie Canal just as the locomotive was crossing the bridge. Interesting considering the train was the ultimate downfall of the railroad.


The old lock on the left and the wider one on the right:






Approaching Niagara Falls, I came up along the power facilities to the south.






Don't mind if I do!


View looking North from the bridge to Canada


The large hotels dotting the Canadian side of the falls:


Maid of the Mist









And the only reason I went to Canada:... TIM HORTONS


On my return trip across the bridge:


Waiting in line. Please let me back into my country


This Ice Cream shop was a giant soft serve.


There must have been 5 helicopters in the air the whole time I was riding around Niagara.


The fall colors were beautiful on this section of highway


I spotted this on the Canadian side. Interesting.


I set my path toward Buffalo and it began to rain.


Doin' my thang




The bridge to Canada from Buffalo


Some big building in Buffalo. Rainy, cold...I couldn't be bothered to go find out what it was.


Then a stop at Duff's, where I was told I could find a REAL buffalo wild wing. I don't know, wasn't crazy impressed - tasted like a bath of Franks with some butter and garlic. Good but probably not my fav wing.


After Buffalo I set out for the Allegheney National Forest. It rained the whole way and became colder as the elevation rose.






A coworker is from Bradford so I figured I'd snap a shot while passing through.


After Bradford I rode until the edge of the NF and turned onto 150 then some other side forest roads.


After a few miles I found a small fire ring along a creek. This would do for the night! Time to set up camp.




It poured rain all evening so I just got in my sleeping bag and fell asleep around 7 or 8.

MONDAY:

When I woke up around 7:30, it was in the low 30's, damp but not raining. I really did not want to get out of my warm sleeping bag and put on damp/wet gear but such is life on a bike. Off I go!


Lots of industry in this part of the state.




Elk Warning outside the Elk State Forest


I then stopped in at Rose's Diner for some breakfast. The small establishment with a full parking lot told me this was THE palce within 20 miles for breakfast.



I was right! $4.95 Special: One Banana Pancake, 2 Eggs, 2 Bacon strips. YES PLEASE!


Crusing off some mountain descending to warmer temps.


Just following the GPS set at "Shortest Route, No Highways" puts me on a number of out-there roads.




Paper Mill










I stopped at a stop sign and spotted a yardsale out front of this house. In the back I noticed a couple deer strung up and took a snapshot. It was only after I got home that I realized they were sharks, rabbits and kangaroo!



I know what I'm calling my ranch!


Then more of this the rest of the way home on 70 to 270.


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Old 10-09-2012, 05:17 AM   #307
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Killer RR, Mike! You're always into some neat adventures and come back with quality photos!
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Old 10-09-2012, 05:37 AM   #308
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Nice Mike!

Tour much?
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Old 10-09-2012, 05:40 AM   #309
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.......temps being in the low 40's, I was comfortable and warm all night thanks to my Kelty Lightyear Down bag and a sleeping bag liner
I would suggest you were comfortable because that's the normal temp INSIDE your house in the winter.

Hope to see you at BWDR.
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Old 10-09-2012, 05:52 AM   #310
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Wonderful photos as always Mike !!!
LOL ....In 08 we were on the same roads as you...
I have almost the same pic

But I don't see any pic of the Flower clock...

Thanks for sharing ...
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:08 AM   #311
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Thanks everyone! See you at BWDR this weekend
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:31 AM   #312
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Nice RR, loved the campsite by the stream.
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Old 10-09-2012, 08:25 AM   #313
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Mike nice to see this RR come out of dormancy and who else could ride to Canada and back 2x in 1 month
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Old 10-22-2012, 06:56 AM   #314
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Pennsylvania Leaf Peeping

Just to follow up with the trend...ANOTHER RR!

I went to visit family near the Lehigh River in Central Pennsylvania this weekend. These are the pics and stories from Saturday and Sunday.

My first stop on the trip was Bob's BMW in Jessup, MD for a new speedometer cable. After some busted knuckles and greasy fingers in the parking lot, I was all hooked up and ready to ride. I rolled out of Bob's around 10:15 and took the highway up to 695 to 83N. After escaping the Baltimore region, I turned off on some side roads which eventually put me on the Baltimore Pike headed for Harrisburg. This road brought me across the Mason Dixon line and shortly thereafter to the city of Hanover.

Home of...


The remainder of the trip to Harrisburg was your run of the mill PA farming communities and traffic was keeping me at 45mph so I was frustrated and took no photos. After passing through Harrisburg and moving up the river, I started to relax and turned toward Clark's Valley Rd to see some colors.


My friend who sold me the Stella is from Clark's Valley and recommended I ride through.






I stopped for some water and a granola bar alongside the country valley road. The wind picked up and ALL the leaves began to fall from then grand oak trees.


Continuing down the road, the colors were beautiful.


Peter's Mountain (I believe)




There is an awesome road here called Gold Mine Rd that twists up the mountain and back down a few other valleys and mountains headed South. I rode it to the top, turned around and came back. I made it a point to ride it again later.


View on my return down Gold Mine Rd.


View of Peter's Mountain from the roadside. It was hard to capture with a photo what you see moving through the trees.




No dudes around. Strange...


On my way to Centralia.






This church looked so picturesque nestled in the bright fall colors.


Just outside Centralia


Approaching Centralia, I couldn't tell there was anything of a town here. The highway then made an unusual bend and continued uphill. Once up the hill, I realized that this was a new section of road and the original Hwy 61 was above me and to my left. I turned around and made it back to the tank trap and closed highway portion. I rode over the low mound and was now on the old Hwy 61.

Here you can see evidence of the underground processes at work causing the highway to buckle and break in many locations.




I chatted with the locals on ATV's sitting in the crevice. The suggested I go ride behind the cemetery to see some more smoke burning from beneath the ground.


View behind the cemetery





The ridge to the North of town is dotted with wind turbines.


The locations where smoke is escaping have been discolored by the toxins


What appears to be an old Church sits lonely in the distance.



Downtown ain't so busy anymore...
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I've been to many abandoned towns this year and have seen a number of shoes at each of them. Still trying to figure that one out.


Here are some of the only houses left in Centralia




I think I read that these two houses were joined and supported each other.


I set out for my cousin's house near the Lehigh River about an hour away.




Coming down this mountain the view NE was expansive.
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A fall festival in Jim Thorpe and another in Lehighton assured that traffic would be miserable. It was. I took time to snap shots of the roadside.




This went on for miles trying to get into town.


I made a shortcut


Finally made it to my cousin's where he was installing a new oil pump and water pump/belt in a Passat TDI


We made a fire and cooked up some Portabello Mushroom sliders on it with asparagus as a side.


Washed it down with a 1363 Franziskaner Weissbier
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intense leaf peepin' colors, any of those tweeked in HDR or au naturale?
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