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Old 12-10-2010, 04:45 PM   #1
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two days of twenty degree riding in New England

I had to get some plow parts.

So whats a better vehicle to use to do this?

My Ducati of course!!

It didn't matter the temps were never gonna get above freezing, I wanted to ride. And the plow store was in Holden, only 4 miles away from my office. So off I went.


Along the way I took a little detour. The Warrior ( a member of the NER message board ) set the MA tag to a little deli I drive by alot when Im working. However this deli is in Grafton, about 15 miles in the opposite direction of the parts store.



After I snapped the photo for the tag I decided I wanted to keep riding. I remembered the NER and ADV Conn tags were pretty close to each other. I figued they were less than 80 miles from where I was. No problem...use some back roads I know to cut thru Millbury, Sutton, Oxford and Dudley and I would be in CT in no time.

Along the way I stopped for a few photo's




Once in CT I took route 197 from the MA line to I84. What a great road this is, fresh pavement and really nice sweeping corners. However it was pretty cold and shady so I took it easy. No peg scraping this time of year, just riding and enjoying my day.

I stopped at the junction of 197 and 198 to take this photo.


The new CT tag will be placed here, for both the NER and ADV boards. So go get a 2fer

When I reached 84 I took that for a few miles. I got off in Tolland and went up to the town common for this photo.



It was the ADV tag.
Right down the street I found a Dunkin Donuts so I pulled over and went inside to warm up, and have a little snack. I also posted up my tags for the ADV board. Those guys do alot of tagging, so sometimes it changes more than once in a day. I got bruced a few weeks ago on that board so I wanted to make sure I got this one.

After my post went up I got back on 84 and traveled north for a few exits. My heated gear struggled a bit on the highway to keep me warm. Some cold spots were obvious when the speeds were in the 75+ range.
Just off the highway I found the NER Conn tag.



I parked here for a few minutes, letting my gloves and jacket pick up some heat and warm me up. I decided to skip the highway for the ride home and explore some back roads.

Once back in MA I found a few more things to stop and take photos of.



Just as I was entering Holden from rt 31 in Paxton I remembered why I started this ride. Plow parts! It was later afternoon, maybe 3:30 and luckily for me they were still open. However they didnt have the part I needed.

I arrived back at my office, 5 hrs later and with 145 more miles on the odometer.

So tomorrow I have to go to another store for the parts I need...what should I take?

so the next day..
and I was home by 10:30
The truck was ready for winter.


But I wasn't, I still wanted to ride!!!
This time I took the KLR out. It would be the first really cold ride on this machine. I did have a gerbin plug so I would still have heated gear. I didnt think the KLR would be any colder than the duck. Boy was I wrong.
The KLR or Kowalski as Lizzy calls it..has limited wind protection.



I have a pair of Hippo hands that came with it, but I didnt think I would need them today. Heated grips worked great, I was amazed at how warm these are. I didnt bring my regular gloves, only my gerbins but I could still feel the warmth of those grips.

I headed north from home and stopped in the center of Princeton.



Then took a little ride down by the ski area. I was surprised to find the place open and people skiing.

;
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Just down the road from the mountain is this place


These people have been doing this for as long as I can remember. I will try and get out here late in the winter so you can see how big this becomes.

From here I took a few back roads up into Sterling than Leominster, riding by Vachon's Wilidlife sanctuary I thought I had the video camera running while on these roads, turns out I didnt.

Then at the bottom of the hill I stopped here for some photos.



I thought I was switching the camera off video and wanted to do a timer shot...this is what I found when I got home.


;



I had to stop a few times between home and here to let myself warm up. But while I was leaving the little school house I noticed no heat on my right foot. It didnt take long for that foot to go numb. I toughed it out and kept moving.

I rode up thru Leominster and into Lunenburg and planned on going thru Groton and littleton working my way to Moto Market. However at some point I must have blew a fuse because I lost all heat and even lost my heated grips.

So instead I pointed the fender south on Rt 70 and started to work my way home. I took some nice back roads thru Lancaster and came upon this place





ah Lara...



And just down the road from them I found another one of these.



Then stopped here for a quick photo,



By this time I was freezing, and my sides were really killing me. I sent Mrs OSJ a txt and told her I was coming home, and turn up the HEAT!


As I approached my driveway I noticed I had only done 92 miles..I had to do at least 100 to consider it a real ride...so I blew past my house and went for a quick 4 mile ride,

;

then turned around and came home. Tripping the meter over at 100 just as I rolled to a stop.




My feet were like ice cubes and my face was pretty cold, but my torso was the worse, I had huge red marks all over and it really hurt to the touch. It almost felt like I was burnt. Mrs OSJ gave me a big hug and wrapped me up in a blanket and warmed me up! I was happy!
The Kowalski did a good job, just gotta find out why she blew the fuse and make sure I carry a few spares with me on the next ride.
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Old 12-10-2010, 05:49 PM   #2
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Comical

Thanks. I enjoyed this. Probably because i can identify with the cold. Spent a little time in Rhode Island a looong time ago.
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Old 12-10-2010, 07:30 PM   #3
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Sounds like you had a good ride, thanks for the report and pics
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Old 12-11-2010, 01:49 AM   #4
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THANKS o the read.
You do like RED... rides..:)
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Old 12-11-2010, 05:21 AM   #5
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Makes me cold just thinking about it.
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Old 12-11-2010, 05:40 AM   #6
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BRRRRRR...
Just look what the cold can do.

Thanks for the chilly ride and warm pics.
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Old 12-11-2010, 06:53 AM   #7
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BRRRRRR...
Just look what the cold can do.

Thanks for the chilly ride and warm pics.
can you please post up a full sized photo of that!
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Old 12-11-2010, 06:54 AM   #8
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THANKS o the read.
You do like RED... rides..:)
yup...even married a red head!
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=629040
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Old 12-12-2010, 02:18 PM   #9
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Nice RR Jim.
I was riding as late as Wednesday, but the 10-20 overnight temps and sub-freezing day temps had me parking the ST.
+1 on the cold spots in the heated gear at speed.. Brr...

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Old 12-12-2010, 02:48 PM   #10
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Wow excellent. There are still some real New Englanders left to show how it is done.
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Old 12-12-2010, 07:00 PM   #11
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Okay.... not only is that COLD.... it's Wicked Cold....

I just got my first piece of heated gear.... a Vest... and it's awesome I will be adding to it...

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Old 12-13-2010, 03:20 AM   #12
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cool thread
love the pictures and videos (even the one you DIDN'T intend on making... )
glad you went riding
never let a little cold stop you from enjoying life (sounds great coming from someone in florida.... )

thanks for taking us along
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Old 12-13-2010, 02:47 PM   #13
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Little warmer today....rainy, in the mid 40's

I still LOVE to ride










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