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Old 09-03-2011, 05:18 PM   #181
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Day 21 Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont

I had a glorious day today. Blaster not so much, which is strangely intriguing since he was was the route master for the day. I figured since we were crowding the Harleys for tarmac, the roads were the best scenery in the area. The area of White Moutains is very beautiful, and I would consider looking further into a White Moutain area trip only, with the glimmer of hope there are some nice dual sport areas.

For Blaster, who was in the "homing" mode, the roads ate too much time up. We spent nearly 12 solid hours in the saddle, and ended up mileage wise the same distance from home.

We did get a very nice impromtu tour of the hurrican Irene damage. And boy she unleash some fury. While the White Moutains got 20 inches of rain, vs the 13 inches in Maryland, the hilly terrain did focus the monsoon. Here's the only photo we took, but there was much more. It even closed 2 stretches of Interstate I-91!

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Old 09-03-2011, 05:28 PM   #182
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Day 22: And home!



Just like the sun sets on the ocean at Meat Cove, this Ride Report is coming to a close. We've got some housekeeping to add to the front pages (e.g. cleaned up routes, suggestions, highlights, etc), but for the most part this should be winding down.

I will say the only thing I hate more than I-95 in the Northeast, is the New Jersey Turnpike. I will remember to avoid both at all costs in the future, as they were just.pain.ful today with the labor day traffic. Nonetheless, everyone got home safe and sound. Thanks for following (especially all you lurkers--We know you are out there!)

Here are some mental stats:

5878 Miles covered
22 days duration
6 Team Turtle Recovery Units (TTRU) events occured
5 Nights camping/3 free hotel nights using points/14 paid hotel nights
4 SMIBs completed the Translab
3 Natural Disasters at home (Buffalo Stampede, Earthquake, and Hurricane Irene)
2 Riding Days in the Rain
1 year until the next epic journey begins!
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Old 09-03-2011, 06:19 PM   #183
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Thanks for taking us along. Checking this thread has been on my to-do list everyday. I admit I worried a little on days when you didn't post.
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Old 09-03-2011, 07:39 PM   #184
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Hey Dorito!

I go to Maine quite often and I despise New Jersey so I have routes that keep me off the Turnpike and away from 95 until I hit New Hampshire and it only adds 30 miles to the trip. I'd be happy to elaborate next time we meet.
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Old 09-04-2011, 04:22 AM   #185
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No problem, it was a lot of fun for us as well. We really did our best to keep the ride report up to date in real time but sometimes locations just didn't have connectivity. Did you follow along with the SPOT link?

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Thanks for taking us along. Checking this thread has been on my to-do list everyday. I admit I worried a little on days when you didn't post.
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Old 09-04-2011, 04:45 AM   #186
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Here is the final mileage for the trip with 1000+ miles of dirt/gravel

1200GSA tires
Front

Rear

F798 tires
Front

Rear


Overall I am very pleased with the tires I chose, I probably beat them a bit harder than I should have considering I needed them to last but it was a good test of gravel/off road and high speed asphalt. I would use this combination again if going on a similar trip. TKC fronts and K60 Scouts on back in case you were wondering.

Finally arriving home picture...actually we both have a lot of mixed emotions about getting home. Its good to be home, but I would rather be somewhere else. The sites we saw and the things we experienced and the people we met were awesome! The people were great everywhere except along the I-95 corridor/urban areas...imagine that! Every trip I take like this helps me refocus what I am working for and hopefully makes me a better person. Some day I will escape the rat race!!!!!


I am working on my SPOT adventures page at present so when it is complete, with pictures, I will let you all know. Also in the coming weeks I will be downloading the GPS tracks and making them available to anyone who wants them, I will post when they are ready for dissemination.
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Old 09-04-2011, 05:52 AM   #187
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Great Report, looks like a great journey!
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Old 09-04-2011, 06:27 AM   #188
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Welcome home Dana and Bruce, thanks for bringing us all along for the ride!
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Old 09-04-2011, 06:49 AM   #189
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Great RR! Really enjoyed following along. Thanks!
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Old 09-04-2011, 05:40 PM   #190
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Welcome home and thanks for the ride report
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Old 09-05-2011, 12:41 PM   #191
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Great ride report. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 09-05-2011, 06:23 PM   #192
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Old 09-05-2011, 07:35 PM   #193
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Great meeting you

Bruce, Dana,

It was great meeting you at the Ferry in Argentia. Was fun following
you up to Meat Cove, nice twisters.



I made it to Inverness, NS after I left you at Meat Cove and next day overnighted at Fundy NP, which is beautiful. Walked down to the sea floor at low tide which is always an experience. Tire change in Bangor at Bangor Motorsports next day who kept my Tourances from my way up to the TLH.
Very nice people at Bangor Motorsports, definitely the place to go for new tires before hitting expensive Canada.
The TKC80 on the rear was pretty much done after 3400 miles. Have to try the Heidenauers next time as Bruce did.
After changing tires I killed this guy at a restaurant near Ellsworth, Bar Harbor

Made it to Gettysburg today after spending almost two days in Vermont to find a way out . My GPS lead me without hesitation to Rutland, VT were most of the road closures currently are and I ended up in a maze with closed roads, running into the National Guard fixing bridges and disobeying many Closed Road signs to get out. Never in my life I stopped so many police officers to ask for the best way out.... wow.
People were extremely polite in Vermont despite of all the losses and damages. A beautiful state! I run up Mount Washington to make pictures in-the fog, yeah. Was fun but the stern lady at the toll booth was repeatedly saying: 20mph and no passing...sigh. I like the dirt road near the top.
Stephen at the Killington Motel on Route 4 East, which is closed near Rutland, was given me a Special Stranded Biker price (good location to stay), is roasting his own coffee and was extremely helpful. Thanks Stephen!

Rain most of the time today. Will try to get back to Florida tomorrow. Clocked 6800 miles today so far since I left Florida a couple of weeks ago.
So far the TLH500 killed my front left fork seal and it is leaking. Not a real problem though. Other than that the Bumblebee just runs and runs...
Thanks for SMIB sticker, will post more pics later.

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Old 09-11-2011, 12:55 AM   #194
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thank you

Bruce

I just wanted to thank you
I'm in Lab City this morning heading east.
I have been reading road reports for one year trying to prepare and learn what is needed to do this trip.
Your planning thread was the best of all of them, as far as detailed usefull infomation.

you also planned the timing of your trip perfectly
as Im getting ready to suit up for today's ride east. it is 39F degress (4 C) w showers
at least it will keep dust down.

I know, I know

"'SUCK IT UP " ( I wanted to be the 1st to call myseft out )

the trip has been great so far, the twisty, both on payment and dirt coming up from from Baie Comeau yesturday were a blast.

besides the grader berms , IMHO I thought the1st gravel section of road is in great shape ,
Alot faster then I ever thought t was going to be,

Thank You again
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Old 09-11-2011, 05:35 AM   #195
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Bruce

I just wanted to thank you
I'm in Lab City this morning heading east.
I have been reading road reports for one year trying to prepare and learn what is needed to do this trip.
Your planning thread was the best of all of them, as far as detailed usefull infomation.

you also planned the timing of your trip perfectly
as Im getting ready to suit up for today's ride east. it is 39F degress (4 C) w showers
at least it will keep dust down.

I know, I know

"'SUCK IT UP " ( I wanted to be the 1st to call myseft out )

the trip has been great so far, the twisty, both on payment and dirt coming up from from Baie Comeau yesturday were a blast.

besides the grader berms , IMHO I thought the1st gravel section of road is in great shape ,
Alot faster then I ever thought t was going to be,

Thank You again
have fun out there today
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