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Old 09-14-2010, 07:27 PM   #76
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We bit farewell to KLR Dave, then Chromer and I took off towards Appalachian Gap. I've heard that AppGap is one of the famous twisty bits of Vermont, along with Smugglers Notch. I was looking forward to the ride .
One thing about VT is the traffic seems to move at one speed. It doesn't matter what the speed limit is, 40 mph is about all I ever seem to go. I was stuck behind a long line of cars until the junction of route 7 and 22A. Finally everyone turned onto 22A except me. I was thrilled

The AppGap starts in Bristol. It just kind of sneaks up on you. I guess I figured there would be warning signs or something, but there's not. Or I missed them...

So the sign showed a curve with an arrow, nothing special. Next thing I knew I was going around a hairpin turn with a chicane immediately following I figured this must be it and I was right. Next corner was pretty tight with a chicane following. From then on I just planned for a chicane on every corner. Yep, I was looking through all the turns.

Once again I was glad I had spent the money on track day. Having some experience with chicanes was certainly was helpful

Sorry to say I didn't stop for any pictures. There was a guy on a Ducati standing in one of the corners judging folks as they went by. I hope I got good marks

Pretty soon we were stuck behind 4 bikes with full dressers, so Chromer and I held back to give them enough time to get a head start. Finally we were able to twist the throttle a bit We were even happier when the full dresser crowd stopped at the top to check out the view. Chromer looked at me, I shook my head no. We both knew how lucky we were to have a run on the AppGap with no traffic in front of us

Not many signs marking the corners on this road. Not many guardrails either. It would be really easy to bite off more than you could chew here.

Finally our 6 miles of joy came to an end. We decided we'd have to come back next year and do it again

We popped out in Waitsfield, home of "Mad River Glen, Ski it if You Can" I drove thru town and found a shopping plaza with a few empty picnic tables. We decided to stop for lunch.

Here's a funky BBQ'er and funky building



Last night's leftover pizza tasted pretty good



While it was parked in the lot, three people stopped to ask Chromer about his VStrom. Good thing his pizza was already cold



We enjoyed our lunch break. Soon it would be time to get back in the saddle and make the final ride to home.

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Old 09-15-2010, 07:04 PM   #77
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The temperature warmed up to the high 60's by the time we finished lunch. It felt like the tropics compared to yesterday Back on the bikes we headed east.

Route 2 can be painfully slow at times, so we decided to skirt around St. Johnsbury to avoid all the traffic and stoplights. Chromer found a network of dirt roads that were perfect.

VT dirt roads are in better shape than a lot of Maine tarmac
Here's Chromer



We went through a maze of corn fields. Acre after acre it continued for miles.

The Road of Corn



More dirt




We made it across NH in record time. Not much traffic at all for Labor Day weekend. We stopped in Skowhegan for a coffee at Tim Horton's then took the back way northeast.

I pulled in the driveway at about 6pm. My body was glad to be home
I was definitely ready for a beer

I'm happy to report that all the Yuengling made it home safe and sound




1785 miles is a long way to travel for a beer It sure was a fun ride though

Thanks to all you inmates who offered advice, and to all who checked in on the ride report


I'm already looking forward to next years beer run, I just need to figure out where to...

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Old 09-15-2010, 07:42 PM   #78
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I don't care what anyone says, Yuengling is always worth the trip! American Lager, not watery Flemmish Pilsner!
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Old 09-16-2010, 07:52 AM   #79
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Great report LG!

I kept flashing to "Smokey and the Bandit"...
1800 miles doesn't seem that far for a Yuengling!

I'm sorry I missed you guys this summer. Health issues prevented travel.
We are planning to come to Maine in November. Will bring lots of Yuengling...


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Old 09-17-2010, 06:24 PM   #80
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I don't care what anyone says, Yuengling is always worth the trip! American Lager, not watery Flemmish Pilsner!
Hard to find a good lager up here these days...

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Old 09-17-2010, 06:27 PM   #81
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Great report LG!

I kept flashing to "Smokey and the Bandit"...
1800 miles doesn't seem that far for a Yuengling!

I'm sorry I missed you guys this summer. Health issues prevented travel.
We are planning to come to Maine in November. Will bring lots of Yuengling...


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Thanks!

I wondered what happened to you this summer. Hopefully you're feeling better. Drop me a line when you folks make it up this way. I'll be ready for a Yuengling by then

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Old 09-17-2010, 06:42 PM   #82
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The Driving average and overall average would have been faster, but Chromer forgot to turn the GPS off on the ferry rides.

Four long days in the saddle. The two 380 mile days were about perfect for riding. The 500 mile days were too long. I'd rather get to where I'm going around 5 or so, then have time to shower and go out to dinner, come back and soak in the hot tub.

Guess that means I'm getting old

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Old 09-18-2010, 03:08 PM   #83
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Old 09-19-2010, 06:46 AM   #84
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great read LobsterGrrl

(come try some beers down HERE!)

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Old 09-20-2010, 04:56 PM   #85
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I can't carry beer in my top box for long. They always explode.

Excellent report LG. Thanks for taking us along!
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Old 09-21-2010, 04:38 AM   #86
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great read LobsterGrrl

(come try some beers down HERE!)

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I very well may. NZ is on my list of places to ride someday.

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Old 09-21-2010, 04:40 AM   #87
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I can't carry beer in my top box for long. They always explode.

Excellent report LG. Thanks for taking us along!
Thanks T.

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Old 09-21-2010, 08:33 PM   #88
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the deer in front of the gas station..... was that at the Byrne dairy in Old Forge, NY?

Hey! just answered my own question -- Google street view has made it all the way to Old Forge, NY;



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we've got a place in Old Forge -- 355 miles one way -- last two times I rode up there, I arrived wet (and cold) in the dark in August.

thanks for the great report, you guys just added a few more things to my to do list
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Old 09-22-2010, 04:53 AM   #89
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wickedgood report

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This one reminded me of MZ and GoodOlGuzzi, two Maine inmates who are currently riding in a hack to the SkiBum Soiree in Labrador

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Old 09-22-2010, 07:20 AM   #90
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I was in Lake Placid on the 7th and 8th including dinner at Lake Placid Brewing, then headed down to Wellsboro, PA on the 9th and 10th. If our paths didn't cross, they must have come pretty close. Nice report, great scenery.
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