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Old 07-22-2011, 07:20 AM   #1
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western MA / eastern NY... on the road again

and so it begins:



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...HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 6 PM EDT THIS EVENING... ...AIR QUALITY ALERT IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 11 PM EDT THIS EVENING...

* HEAT INDEX VALUES...UP TO 104. * TIMING...TODAY...MAINLY FROM NOON TO 6 PM.

Today: Widespread haze. Sunny, with a high near 96. Heat index values as high as 100. West wind between 11 and 16 mph.

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 68. Northwest wind between 4 and 7 mph becoming calm.
I guess we'll need to drink a lot of water!

anyway, a half day at work, Sprint all packed up, and westward bound this afternoon. Hope it's cooler in the mountains.



meeting up at the Vanilla Bean, Pomfret CT

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Old 07-22-2011, 08:09 AM   #2
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Old 07-22-2011, 08:17 AM   #3
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Old 07-22-2011, 08:25 AM   #4
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Old 07-23-2011, 06:06 PM   #5
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http://spotwalla.com/tripViewer.php?...b4e2abb0aa5b09

Todays loop. Pics to follow.
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Old 07-24-2011, 03:24 PM   #6
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back home!

so.. it was pretty damned hot on the way west Friday. I saw 104 F at a bank sign in CT on the way out.
met up w/ the merc at the Vanilla Bean, and headed west. So damned hot just wanted to get it done. We took a nice "backroads" type trip out, and were pleasantly surprised to fine rt 8 in MA freshly paved

set up at Tolland


obligatory "phone home"


went back in to town and had a nice pizza (that'd be our theme for the weekend) and then a night of BS'ing and a night of not drinking (it is a state forest after all....)

just kidding....
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Old 07-24-2011, 03:41 PM   #7
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for Saturday we had a couple of possible loops.
a 200 mile Dutchess county loop (in red) or a 300 mile Catskills loop (in blue).


being as the merc's tiger was exactly two weeks old we went for the long loop
(I have the files if anyone wants them, shoot me a PM).

ready to roll!

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Old 07-24-2011, 03:50 PM   #8
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we headed out of Tolland on MA 23 west.
that took us through Great Barrington & into New York. Eventually we got to a water crossing.... the merc isn't big on water crossings that involve bridges

of course you'd never know it by watching.




after we made it to the park, we got stuck in a bit of traffic, people were just doing weird stuff (stopping on the side of the road, making U turns, etc), but we cleared through it pretty quickly. Anyway Bono said it was a beautiful day... and he was right.



so as I came around the last hairpin I found the tiger had been transformed into a cruiser... nice.
damn tiger dropped me like I was hot.
ah well... I'll catch him up soon!
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so since I gave the route to the merc... and funny enough his GPS worked as planned... I spent most of the day chasing him through the Catskills

I saw a lot of



and



finally some



not even breaking a sweat tho





and we stopped for a great sandwich here:



by the time we got back to Otis we decided that (even though I wasn't hungry) we should get some food....

PIZZA!

let the tying commence





it did not fall off!
and I ate half of it before merc realized what had happened

quick swim in the lake was just the ticket after a long day of riding and then relaxation

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trip home afterwards.. very uneventful.
bit of drizzle on & off, and a moderate blast down 23 to 20 with a bizarre loop around Springfield before we finally got pointed back east on 20.

I split south at 146 and merc carried on east.

all in all a fantastic weekend.
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so Merc is a stunta...on a bridge no less, or does the Tiger have that bad a seat
love the random people on the side of the road, it's a park I get it
looks like a great trip
nice video too
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so Merc is a stunta...on a bridge no less, or does the Tiger have that bad a seat
love the random people on the side of the road, it's a park I get it
looks like a great trip
nice video too
As people I ride with will tell you....def not a stunta The seat on the Tigger is actually pretty good - I have a sheepskin on there and I did 300 miles or so on Saturday with no problem...I do have plenty of padding in that area though...
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Old 07-26-2011, 06:20 PM   #13
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Was wondering how you guys were holding up as we headed out 2-up Saturday afternoon. That area right over the NY border in red has some fantastic roads.

Good to see the Tiger out there!
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Old 07-27-2011, 07:26 AM   #14
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Old 07-27-2011, 02:04 PM   #15
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