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Old 10-22-2010, 07:47 PM   #61
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I'll be there as well. It's close to Arcadia.

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Old 10-22-2010, 07:59 PM   #62
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Looks like sunday's weather is only going to be cloudy precip 20% with lows in the low 40's high of 61 better than 35 degrees this morning at 7 am. Will see you as well.
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Old 10-22-2010, 08:10 PM   #63
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Yup, I will be there. Rain or shine.
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Old 10-23-2010, 04:35 AM   #64
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I just found this thread a couple days ago but I thought I would be tied up on Sun. It now looks like I'm free so I might show up for this. Not sure if I can make it for breakfast at 8:00 though. Is there a pit stop in Voluntown?
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Old 10-23-2010, 03:12 PM   #65
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I just found this thread a couple days ago but I thought I would be tied up on Sun. It now looks like I'm free so I might show up for this. Not sure if I can make it for breakfast at 8:00 though. Is there a pit stop in Voluntown?
I'd say this is our tentative schedule from akarob's post above.
8:00 - 9:30 am: breakfast at Middle of Nowhere Diner (Exeter, RI)
9:30 - 11:00 am: riding in Arcadia led by tmlee
11:00 to 11:30 am: Voluntown Dunkin' Donuts / Mobil station (fuel / coffee / latecomers): Map
11:30 am: riding in Pachaug led by akarob
then HeyDoc takes us up to Natchaug

Another food/drink/pee stop at some point?
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Old 10-23-2010, 05:02 PM   #66
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THE plan (?)

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I'd say this is our tentative schedule from akarob's post above.
8:00 - 9:30 am: breakfast at Middle of Nowhere Diner (Exeter, RI)
9:30 - 11:00 am: riding in Arcadia led by tmlee
11:00 to 11:30 am: Voluntown Dunkin' Donuts / Mobil station (fuel / coffee / latecomers): Map
11:30 am: riding in Pachaug led by akarob
then HeyDoc takes us up to Natchaug

Another food/drink/pee stop at some point?
I just got home from surveying a route through Arcadia. The "official" RI DEM motorcycle loop has a few parts that are unsuitable or unusable for this ride. The unsuitable section has a gate that I had a real hard time getting my V-Strom around, almost got stuck there, as well as some deep sand sections beyond the gate. I was able to eventually get through, but almost dropped the Strom a few times thorough the sandy stuff. The unusable part is where a bridge on the loop has been closed in the last week or so. The barricades blocking the bridge from traffic are so tight together a starving chipmunk would have difficulty squeezing through.

So I rode and found what I think will be a nice ride. The ride, including the paved roads from the diner and to the Mobile gas station/Dunkin Doughnuts, is 33.7 miles, 12.9 miles paved/20.8 miles dirt. I rode them all tonight on the V-Strom with street tires, so it should be suitable for most.(?) If that is too long there is a loop of all dirt that can be bypassed. This reduces the ride distance to 26.8 miles and about 1:00 - 1:15 in duration.

I estimate the full ride time from the Diner to the Mobile station in Voluntown to be 1:15 to 1:30. So kickstands up at as suggested at 9:30 AM at the diner and arrive at the Mobile station around 11:00 AM for fuel, break, and meet up with anyone joining there. I guess akarob takes it from there about 11:30 AM?

There is no fuel available along the route, but plenty at the end.

I will arrive at the diner between 8 and 8:30 for breakfast and look forward to seeing you all there.

Let me know if the plan is not what we had in mind. I'm flexible

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Old 10-23-2010, 05:06 PM   #67
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I will be there tomorrow at some point as well..

I was goign to head out tonight to stealth camp in Arcadia until I remembered it was hunting season and I don't want to get shot at while brushing my teeth in the morning.

As of now the temperatures don't look THAT bad for the morning and I already dug out my snowboarding gloves... I'm hoping to leave the homestead by 7am to get to the diner around 8:30.. However if I pussy out or just get lazy (I'm NOT a morning person) I may roll into the DD/Mobil in Voluntown early (around 10:30-11:00) and hang out till some ADV bikers arrive..

How about this idea for potential late comers?... If anyone is going to try to meet up with the pack at the gas station in Voluntown post a message here in this thread before 11am... Then, assuming at least ONE person in the group has an internet capable phone, someone in the group can check the thread when they get to Voluntown, CT and hang around a little later if they get there early... Although nothing ever gets done early on a group ride.. That person could also potentially post a reply to this thread earlier in the morning saying the group was running behind schedule if that's the case..

EDIT: tmlee posted literally while I was typing. His post sounds perfect.. If he can get the big wide V-Strom (1000cc, not the smaller 650cc) through the "unsuitable" section with street tires it should be doable for ANY dual sport oriented bike.. Or any bike that you don't mind riding in an area it could get a little dirty... Ride what you have! I'm trying to get my sisters husband to come out on his new to him 1989 FJ1200 sport bike.. He might lag a little in the loose stuff but he would love it..
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Old 10-23-2010, 06:49 PM   #68
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Thanks for the scouting efforts and report tm! Sounds like a good ride. I will be at the diner for coffee and a bite @ 8-8:30. I hate to disappoint anyone, but if the Pachaug leg of the ride runs too late, I may have to head back home. I have a 3:00pm meeting. If I do need to bail on the Natchaug leg, I have detailed notes and a map anyone can follow. Or we can do a separate ride of the Northeast corner in coming weeks! See you in the AM
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Old 10-24-2010, 06:31 AM   #69
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Heading out now. See ya in Voluntown around 10:30
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Old 10-24-2010, 03:44 PM   #70
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I had a great time today and look forward to next time!

Click the link for a Google map of the Arcadia ride, from the diner to the Mobile gas station - http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UT...44fdbf0960074c

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Old 10-24-2010, 04:06 PM   #71
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it was definitely a fun ride today and great to see a good size group in the end of October! Thanks to tmlee and rob for leading the way! I have a short video with a moderate amount of vibration (hand held camera on dirt road) uploading now.. I'll add that in a little while..

here's a gas stop pic of most of the attendees...



and much like tmlee's image above here's the track from my GPS.. The gpx file of the track is below it if anyone wants it..



http://www.albarkley.com/temp/adv/Ar...de%20track.gpx

video up in a couple of hours..
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Old 10-24-2010, 04:17 PM   #72
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try to edit out the katana and 30 year old R75/5 so we look like we are actually riding off road
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Old 10-24-2010, 04:21 PM   #73
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try to edit out the katana and 30 year old R75/5 so we look like we are actually riding off road
More like 40 year old R75/5.
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Great fun and nice meeting up with everyone! Just about perfect mix of roads/terrain for the group of bikes involved. And some of it was legitimate off roading.........certainly no place a normal rider would take a street bike Say like, a Katana or a classic R75 . Great going everyone, lets do it again before the snow flies.
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Old 10-24-2010, 05:14 PM   #75
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More like 40 year old R75/5.
I guess I failed math for Marines once again.
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