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Old 09-23-2010, 08:29 PM   #1
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My not quite ride to Catskill Mtn. Thunder.

OK.... Here it goes..... I got up early that morning kinda psyched about a long ride day but also to make myself a good breakfast and eye the weather a bit. As I bummed around a bit I finally decide to hit he road by 10 am. The weather looked to be a sunny day with a forecast into the high 70's possible low 80's. I decide to ride with my mesh gear knowing that the morning part of my ride will still be a bit chilly. Well... that will be a bad decision and will enlighten you more on that in a bit.

I had decided my route, on the night before, would consist a majority of state route back roads. I finally get myself fueled up and on the road at 10 am. For a warm up I head to New York SR 299 to do the Mohonk Rd. run to get myself to SR 213 at High Falls. Traffic was already a problem in New Paltz at 10:30 and so the run over Mohonk was just that. But I knew once I cleared New Paltz it would get better and I was right. Over the mountain onto SR 213 to SR 209, taking a right, which will lead me to the other section of SR 213 off of SR 209 making a left there. I continue on SR 213 to SR 28A of the Ashokan where I find that they had mainly chip sealed most of SR 28A to give the road a very coarse and uninspiring feel. Check out the corresponding vid posted that will give you an idea.




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Old 09-23-2010, 08:34 PM   #2
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The road isn't all that bad but does make me check my speed and continue to SR Rte. 28 in Boiceville, NY. I turn left onto SR 28 to my next destination of Phoenicia, NY for a pee break and to jump onto the next road of my mental GPS route.

When I arrive in Phoenicia I decide to stop at the Valero gas station across from Brio's Pizza. At about this time is also when I realize that mesh gear was not a good idea and a hot coffee and a pee break was a better idea and that the Valero had what I was looking for. But one of the 2 ideas will get shot down here........ And oh yeah... The sun is gone, it is overcast and chillier than when I left.......

Here is the Wee at the Valero.
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Old 09-23-2010, 08:37 PM   #3
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When I walked into the Valero store I bee line it to the rest room when....... A fucking old nasty female woodchuck of a manager tells me that bathroom is out of order! Funny, I don't see a sign on it......? I buy a cup of coffee any way and go back outside to sip it's warm goodness and decide where to go to bathroom. Instead, I start fuming on the fact that the woodchuck was rude and was a liar and didn't want a motorcyclist to use the bathroom even though I was a paying customer. I go back into the store to tell the ugly bitch that she was rude and could have been more respectful and polite and pointed me to a bathroom I could use. Alas, she has slipped out and so I tell the pleasant old lady cashier how I felt about her manager. But not as nasty as it would have been if it was the Woodchuck. She tells me she would have let me used bathroom but can't now because of the consequences that would come from the Woodchuck. She tells me of a porta-potty next to the ice cream shop. I thanked her and went across the street to use it.

Relieved and warmed from my coffee I saddle back up to continue my adventure.........................
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Old 09-23-2010, 08:42 PM   #4
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My next plan of action is get on SR 214 from the village of Phoenicia to SR 23A and Hunter Mtn.. SR 215 is another good Catskill road with the only glitch being the traffic light that is used for the construction zone. You'll see that in the following vid.


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Old 09-23-2010, 08:43 PM   #5
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When I finally reach SR 23A I take a left and connect with SR 296. I make the right onto SR 296 which will bring over to Windham Mtn., NY and SR 23. I find SR 296 to also be a delightful road and I admire the scenery as it goes by. I can really see how much the leaves are already starting to hit their fall colors and reminds me of how much chillier it has gotten since I left Highland. Burrrr..... . Nevertheless, I enjoy my ride and look forward to the other roads to explore. This next vid is of SR 296 going towards Windham. Towards the end of the vid I, unfortunately, catch up to a couple of pirates. Watch as they try corner their chrome laden steeds.

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Old 09-23-2010, 08:45 PM   #6
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After having to deal with pirates I finally reach SR 23 I make a right and head to a direction that should bring me to Greene Co. Rte. 20 and to the rally. Once I clear the Windham area of SR 23 I notice that it becomes a busy thoroughfare for this area and goes from 1 to 2 lanes at times. Traffic was good and moving rapidly as I was following a line cars that were averaging 70 mph. After few a minutes or so I find my road, but instead of stopping to turn left and fearing of getting rear ended by a high speed land torpedo, I turned right into a gas station to come out onto the side road and cross SR 23 to get to CR 20.
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Old 09-23-2010, 08:56 PM   #7
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I finally get onto CR 20 and start looking for a sign that will point me to Black Thorn Resort and the rally. CR 20 turns out to be a really nice road of mixed topography of straights, curves and roller coaster hills. I definitely would like to come back this way again and explore the connecting roads off of here. But I digress. After a few miles and no signage I finally come to a 2nd intersection with a STOP sign (see vid). When I pull over a pick-up truck happened to come by with a friendly farming local. He asked what I was looking for and told him that I was looking for the Black Thorn Resort. That's when I get the news. He says "You may not want to go there as it blew up last night." I say "What?!" He says "Yup. It burned to the ground." That's when I decide to continue riding more of CR 20 and explore a little more of the road. The Farmer points me to a direction that I now wanted to go and tells me to take the right at the farm I see, which he owns. And that right at the farm will lead me to another good route......... But not until I stop to check this out............................

Farm raised deer! This is not something I see commonly around me locally. Cows, goats, sheep and pigs? Sure, all the time. But deer? Unless it's the murderous suicidal night stalking ones that is always looking to take out another motorcyclist, not so much


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Old 09-23-2010, 09:00 PM   #8
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I saw a sign that said it was a natural meat farm or something of the sort. I took my pics of the deer, saddled back up and continued down the rest of CR 20 till I reached CR 21. Now CR 21 was another delightful road that took me to some great views of the area and of Windham Mtn.. This road was like SR 20. Full of straights, curves and roller coaster hills. It is at this point that I notice that I have been failing to capture on video the best parts of a road I'm on. It seems that when I get to a good part of road I get so excited I forget to turn the camera back on and record. And when I finally do remember and get the camera on the good part is over and no one gets to witness. Oh well. Anyway, CR 21 takes me back to the village of Windham, NY right onto SR 23. Perfect.

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I decide for a break so I make a right onto SR 23 from CR 21 to find something of interest to stop at. Well...... Just as it was meant to be, it just screams out my name.......





In case no one understands what I was referring to...... My last name is the same as the one above the door of this beckoning coffee shop.....

I decide to go in and see what they offered. It's a nice quaint place of what used to be a bank. You can still see the remnants of the vault behind the counter. I ask what they offer besides coffee and they tell me they have pretty much just pastries, cookies and homemade french onion soup. I decide on the soup and a cranberry lime seltzer as I wasn't much hungry but wanted something that would warm me up and the soup was just right. I also bought a mug with the place's name on it. So I hung out a bit, spoke with the owner to see if we may be related (we're not) and determined her family was of the fair complexion, red haired Irish and mine are of the darker complexion, darker hair Black Irish (yes, there's such a thing, just ask a real Irishman).
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Old 09-23-2010, 09:07 PM   #10
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After enjoying my soup and taking in the atmosphere it was time to get on back. I decide to just back track my route home but still enjoy the day and take my time. I made 1 stop on my way home and that was to say hello to a friend who happened to just finish some of his Daddy Duties. Thanks Matt!

All in all it was a great day. The Wee is a great bike. It's comfortable, it handles and it's just plain frugal on gas as I only topped it off in the morning and still had enough gas left over for another 70 miles or so. In total I did.........
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Old 09-23-2010, 09:12 PM   #11
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Great report.

The Catskills Region is my favorite place to ride by far. It doesn't have the twistiest roads, or the biggest mountains, or the best anything...but it's peaceful, quiet, beautiful, and the people there are (usually) great. There are also so many little towns that seem to not have changed at all since 1960.
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Old 09-25-2010, 05:31 AM   #12
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Great report.

The Catskills Region is my favorite place to ride by far. It doesn't have the twistiest roads, or the biggest mountains, or the best anything...but it's peaceful, quiet, beautiful, and the people there are (usually) great. There are also so many little towns that seem to not have changed at all since 1960.
Thanks! But there are some good twisties, though they may be short in length. I like the diverse roads and topography of the Catskills. It has a little of everything one could want.
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