|06-24-2010, 03:47 PM||#1|
Joined: Nov 2006
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The Vintage Tour, Atlanta to Acadia National Park
Vintage guys on Vintage bikes.
My brother Dave and I have been wanting to do a long (for us) trip this year and after seeing Ken Burn's series on the National Parks we decided that we needed a National Park destination. Having never been to Maine, we decided on Acadia National Park.
We called it the vintage tour since we are both closer to vintage than we would like to admit (55 for me, 51 for Dave). Our bikes weren't the latest (but we still think they are the greatest). Dave was on a 1989 Honda Transalp with 56k on the meter and I was on my 1995 R1100GS with 55k. Vintage depends on your perspective, and in all honesty, in spite of what our friends and family said, we didn't see ourselves or our bikes as being old.
Dave started from Jackson Michigan and I left from Atlanta, GA and we were going to meet in our home town near Pittsburgh PA. The plan from there was to do all back roads.
There was going to be a fair amount of slabbing for me, so I make sure I at least got some southern backroads in, starting with my favorite, the Blue Ridge Parkway:
Never can figure out why they call them the Blue Ridge Mountains...
Anyway, after a restful night at the Blue Ridge Mountain Motorcycle Campground in Cruso North Carolina I headed up to Asheville North Carolina, one of my favorite towns, and started hitting the interstates up to Pittsburgh. No photographic documentation of slabbin it, but the ride went without incident.
Next morning, Dave and I packed up the old horses...
After an early start we headed to Wellsboro Pennsylvania, home of the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania. After some initial slabbing, we hit some great rolling back roads and began experiencing what we came for.
One of the things we wanted to try to do was seek out old diners to get some old timey food and hospitality.
While we ate in several, for the most part we were dissappointed. Mediocre food, suprisingly expensive, and less than friendly service (usually not all three at the same time, but usually two out of the three)
Still, going through the country towns was a real eye opener for us.
This first building looks like red brick, but Dave noticed it was actually pine boards with slots cut make it look like brick.
Very interesting old architecture, great old courthouses that were well maintained, clean, and picturesque.
Wellsboro in particular had a vibrant downtown.
Our only mis-judgement on the trip, aside from possibly too much mileage per day, was that this was Memorial Day weekend, and who knew the Grand Canyon of PA was so popular? We managed to find the last remaining campsite at a crowded but quiet campground. Not our most picutresque spot!
But the evening views of the Grand Canyon were great...
The next morning, another early start after a mediocre breakfast at another very pretty but dissappointing diner..
Next...New York and the Finger Lakes!
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|06-24-2010, 03:54 PM||#2|
Joined: Jul 2007
Location: Port Kennedy, Western Australia
Well done guys. Pity about the Diners (surprised).
Just noticed the bottom of your post. Check out: http://www.ulyssesclub.org/
Canada closest branch to you! Maybe a new branch could be in the making!?
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