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Old 05-02-2013, 07:03 PM   #376
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nice HBN, btw what model Nuvi is that?
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Old 05-02-2013, 08:11 PM   #377
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Nuvi 500. It doesn't have Canada. DAMHIK
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Old 05-03-2013, 04:46 AM   #378
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FRIDAY
Sat in some terrible traffic until it finally opened up and I sailed out 66 the whole way to get some mental distance between myself and the hustle and bustle of the city.

I often ride with others but just wanted to get some miles in under my belt and not have to stress about others keeping up or following me, Captain U-Turn around on some aimless photo safari.
I almost always slab out of town... Get that crap behind me as quick as possible.

Hey.. I thought I was Capt U-turn? It's hard to reconcile all the stopping and turning around with the riders along with you. I like the freedom to make no fwd progress in my "aimless photo safari". (well put)

Thanks for the documentary work, as always, I enjoy your reports and photography very much!
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Old 05-03-2013, 06:22 AM   #379
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Nuvi 500. It doesn't have Canada. DAMHIK
Put a massive card on it and buy Canada. I shelled out the money and bought France for a trip and it was worth every penny for one who does not speak French and hates to ask for directions.

Helped find this place.

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Old 06-07-2013, 01:40 PM   #380
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Man I've really been slacking on the RR's but making up for it with riding. Time to update some Ride Reports. A nice rainy night like this is just what I need
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Old 06-07-2013, 02:29 PM   #381
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Ontario on a whim...

Friday:

Leaving work and sitting in I-66 usually looks just like this for an hour until past Gainesville. I have no clue how folks can do this each and every day!?!


Once out of the traffic, life was good. Stopped in at High on the Hog BBQ in Sperryville for a sandwich. I almost choked when she told me it'd be $9! That is craziness. it was good but not $9 good. I won't be returning.


The view of Masanutten Mountain and the River from this rise is one of my favorite views of the South Branch of the Potomac.


Made it to the BWDR cabin just as the sun was setting. Hung out with Bloochdog, Macorell24 and Gastone overnight until morning.


Saturday:

The fog hung low on the river surface


I cruised outta camp early before 6 and made my way NW through the valley.


The apple blossoms up near Gore, VA


second or third U-turn of the day for this shot


En route to Paw Paw


Went for a short walk on the C&O canal to the Paw Paw Tunnel












From here, I checked out the GPS and noticed the Green Ridge State Forest was just to my NW. That seemed like a neat place to check out with those ridgeline roads so I went exploring through there. It was wet from the recent rains but there was nobody around.


At one point on the ridge road I passed a slow-moving car. A minute or two later I looked over my left shoulder to discover I failed to secure my case lid and it was sitting WIDE OPEN. The only casualty was a half eaten bag of chips that disappeared. I picked up some trash later in the day to sorta make up for my mistake. Woops.


Twists and turns looking for ramps


Continuing north of Green Ridge into PA is a nice ridgeline road that travels for miles in the NE direction


What a classic




Any road with grass growing in the center is worth a visit in my book...even if it is a dead end that the GPS doesn't know about


I saw Alan up on the hill and waved while taking this shot. He waved back







Spotted this neat Ural in the town of Everett


Fruit trees in bloom






My impromptu destination was the Elk Viewing area in PA.






SEEN IT


What are YOU looking at!?


I went searching for Elk but found none maybe another trip in the future is in order

I made a break at this roadside spring to fill my camelback and change out of the long johns and layers underneath my riding gear. Much cooler, I resumed my trip. Where to go...?


Cruising up along the beautiful rivers and mountains of Northern PA


Spotted these deer. Unfortunately they spotted me and crossed the river


Ramp Success just near the NY border


Picking and a-munchin on some ramps. Way better than gum when nobody else has to smell your breath


and shortly thereafter...


With blue skies and plenty of daylight yet, I figured I'd continue riding north. Why the hell not.




One funky wind turbine...somewhere 20 mi west of Letchworth St. Park


Spotted this old Huey painting on the side of a shuttered bar and took a snap for pops. I think the artist came outside in the dark after a long night at the stool and worked on it






The height and angle of this church built out of local stone was impressive.


Ahh the Erie Canal...we meet again




Well I rode until I couldn't go any further. Lake Ontario...I made it.


The campgrounds were closed and nothing nearby seemed very busy. I was a month or two early for "the season" and it was still perceived as winter up there despite them not having had "real" winter in three or four years. I found someone's outdoor pavillion used in the warmer months. It had clearly not been used all winter and I thought they wouldn't be coming tonight this late. Home sweet home and a sunset.


I made a dinner of quinoa and garlic herb rice with tuna, some whiskey and a chocolate bar. Life is good. Bed comes early. The moon was bright.

Sunday:

The following morning I awoke before the sun, packed quickly and set out to roughly follow the lake. About three miles down the road, I rolled over a lucky number.


By chance I happened across the Shoe Tree once more. I made a visit here during my last trip along the lake shore.


Time for sunrise!!!




Just so I remember, I gather rocks from the various places I visit. I took one of these soft rocks to go with another from my last weekend trip.






CANADA!!!


A little illegal parking never hurt anyone...


Rainbow Bridge and it's stupid toll. Whatever...Canada here I come




Mini-Vegas as I like to call it.


This guy eye-raping my motorbike while I sit in Timmy-Ho's and have coffee and a doughnut.


Them-thar's big buildings


and space needles




Wimpy US Side


Almost brought this home for Mom.


Heading back over the bridge. The customs official asked the nature of my visit: "To get some coffee and a donut from Timmy Ho's" He asked me again...then chuckled. "You drove all the way from Virginia for a doughnut!?"


The industrial wasteland of the Erie lakeshore near Buffalo was sad, desolate and made me curious for what the future may hold. What massive industry and commerce will be obsolete in my lifetime?


Other ways to Canada






Skew Arch. This thing was cool. Check out the shape of the bricks and how it curves through the tunnel.


Hanging out in a cemetery...you know how I roll.


Oh deer




Yup. Up North.


Moving on back toward home, the skies began to look ominous. I received a text message from Dr. Beard who was heading to NY at the same time I was heading home. It read: "You're going to get wet". He was in a car so I replied "You won't"


HELL YEAH - THE FUN STUFF!!!!


Gas country


Riding an old railroad track


Things got a bit muddier and squirrely


then they just became insurmountable


Folks, I present to you Kinzau Bridge. It was knocked down during a microburst thunderstorm a few years ago. There is a park here I just didn't know it was on the other side that was paved. This was decidedly much more fun












After retreating due to rain and having taken too many dang pictures...I came across this little bridge and a road to nowhere. I wonder where it once led.




Temps plummeted into the 40's and the skies opened up. I just set the GPS for home with shortest distance/no highway and let the good times roll. This couple on a Harley were riding at a quick pace with no helmet or gloves on through wet mountain roads and hard to see centerlines. Crazy.


hours of this


Around 6PM, I was pretty chilly and the constant 20mph wind was not helping matters. I sought shelter in a carwash to make a cup of Chipotle Rosa Pasta for dinner. Unfortunately the wind shifted and was blowing straight through the stalls of the car wash. Fuck it. Man up and make some dinner.


Warmed slightly from the meal in my belly, I set out again into the cold and wet mountains.


Spotted a ghost on this tree.


It grew darker as I approached 270. It was time to beat feet home after hours of riding and cold/wet conditions.




Hell of a weekend. Canada on a whim.
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Old 06-07-2013, 02:57 PM   #382
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From Wedding to Where-da-fug-ami?

I had to attend a College friend's wedding in Berryville. I dressed very nicely then made my way out there midday. It sorta threw a wrench into my weekend plans of riding all over the place but I enjoyed the time with him. Shortly before dusk, I made my exit, hopped on the bike and set forth to meet Dr. Beard at our agreed upon location: one of 165 campsites within a 300 acre nature preserve. How hard could it be!?

Rainbow


I passed this old Model A but apparently so did Matt shortly before me as he was somewhere up ahead.


To all those folks dancing at the wedding...you are missing this (oh and you probably have glitter on you - that just sucks)




Beard and I woke the following morning and hit some awesome twisties. In the middle of nowhere we came across this giant roadside figurine display in someone's yard. I have no clue...


Matt stopping to support AMERICA


We visited the Paw Paw Tunnel. Second time in as many weeks for me.


Green Ridge State Forest negotiating a stream crossing




much greener than last weekend!


Dr. Beard doing his thang


Yup...that'll do.


I loved the louvered hood and wheel arches on this really old school bus. I wonder if it once drove this old weather beaten dirt road.


Just one of many U-Turns for the day. GPS doesn't recognize closed gates very well.


TONS OF TORQUE


Windows Desktop in 3....2....1....


Some random covered bridge with fisherman




Raystown Lake


Stopped for lunch/snack


wait a second...what the hell is Beard doing!? That bike is a virgin!




I just liked the name


Opel GT in its final resting place


Big Valley




Amish


Spotted this cool power line cut so we rode up to see what we could




Then into a hidden valley on the other side of the ridge for miles and miles of gravel fun


Rest time. Weary bones and dehydrated muscles.






This section of road was fabulous.


Father and son fishing in their small town on a Sunday afternoon. M'erica




LIFE IS GOOD


Dusted Beard. Sorry buddy. They had recently graded the roads and the rocks were slippery and washy like crazy. Took some getting used to and had to stay really loose on the controls.


In Gambrill State Park for the night. This shit is crazy




Spotted this neat rock formation off the gravel road. I'm looking forward to hiking this area some more.


may sleep here:




I set up camp along a side road and had some Indian food along a stream. It was delicious and washed it down with the rest of my whiskey.


After camping out next to the small creek and hearing the voices of the water all night, I woke early and reminded myself I needed to be home at work by 9. No poblem.

Do I have a cure for the Monday blues...


Creepiest Van Award goes to this guy


I opted to ride the backroads through MD to get home to Arlington. I avoided most of the rush hour and never got on the highway
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Old 06-07-2013, 02:57 PM   #383
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Old 06-07-2013, 02:59 PM   #384
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oops tossed another one on there while you were posting. Check again

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Old 06-07-2013, 05:08 PM   #387
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Love it! SOOOOO much involved. I know cuz I just posted 4 photos in my thread.
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Old 06-07-2013, 05:11 PM   #388
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Ha thanks. I have a few more RR's in the works ...may make a cup of coffee
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Old 06-07-2013, 05:17 PM   #389
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Awesome as usual from you Mike. I think you have inspired me to take a ride to Maine tomorrow. My moving time versus stopped time will probably be a little different than yours though.
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Old 06-07-2013, 05:18 PM   #390
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Great Kevin! Enjoy the trip
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