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Old 08-23-2013, 05:59 AM   #1
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It's that time again. Time for a ride. We've improved the kit, been practicing our craft, and are making one (hopefully) final test trip before quitting our jobs again and setting out around the world.

This time we're staying a bit closer to home. We're heading from Boston up to Nova Scotia. Dachary's been pondering it for a few years now, and while it won't be a dramatic adventure in exotic lands, it will be beautiful. Its relative location it offers us something that not many other destinations do: the ability to take our time.

The Ural isn't built for speed, and bringing dogs means you need to take more breaks. Last years Colorado trip was... less than optimal with its constant pushing for miles (and withering heat), but it was educational. In addition to learning how to keep dogs alive, and cool in that crazy weather we learned that we hate having to make miles, and we like how bringing the dogs makes you stop, take a break, and look around.

If only we could get people to stop trying to pet them...

16 days on the road, 2 dogs, one Ural, and one BMW 650 GS, starting August 24th. Stay tuned for scenic views, some food experiments that will likely go horribly wrong (Solomon Gundy), actual camping (as opposed to our mostly theoretical camping), more video (uploaded whenever we find decent net), and of course, gear reviews.

Camping,



Dogs,



And the Ural

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Old 08-23-2013, 07:13 AM   #2
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Brilliant thread....love those dogs !! Great pics.
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Old 08-23-2013, 07:19 AM   #3
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good to see you guys on another trip. I was just thinking about you and the ural the other day...wondered what was happening with that concept.
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Old 08-23-2013, 07:36 AM   #4
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Awesome

you guys on the road again , and with dogs now.. this is gonna be interesting and cool, have fun.
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Old 08-23-2013, 01:48 PM   #5
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ZOMG my head is exploding!

You know how crazy everything is the day before a multi-week motorcycle trip?

Imagine you're a freelancer so you don't have vacation time and you have to get all your work done *before* you can leave!

Happily, this isn't my first time at the rodeo so I planned ahead several weeks ago and gave myself a reasonably light week this week. (This was particularly good as I came down with a nasty bug on Sunday and have spent much of my week vegging - still not 100% better.)

It's a little after 4:30PM on the Friday before the trip and I can't work anymore! AHH! HEAD WON'T FOCUS! So I'm calling it quits to work on those last-minute trip details (mainly packing, but we've gotta tweak the Ural setup a bit and mount a new camera!) before we head out tomorrow.

Can't wait to hit the road - and looking forward to sharing it with y'all!

(And this year's trip should be more filled with TMI than ever before ;)
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Old 08-23-2013, 01:50 PM   #6
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Old 08-23-2013, 01:58 PM   #7
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I am literally just about to leave Nova Scotia after spending a week up here, and I've absolutely loved every minute of my stay. Some great roads, especially the coastal two loop roads south of Halifax that take you along all of the coves. Enjoy your trip! Perhaps I'll be passing you heading in the other direction tomorrow!

My dad had a Ural "Deco Classic" years ago and it was an amazing machine, I miss it!
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Old 08-23-2013, 02:04 PM   #8
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Awesome! Y'all's trip south was a lot of fun to follow. Good luck with this one!
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Old 08-25-2013, 07:13 PM   #9
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How is it that with weeks of prep, detailed packing checklists and days of nothing but trip-related stuff after work, we still manage to be unprepared at the beginning of a multi-week motorcycle trip?

This time, I blame the SPOT tracker. I had a note on my checklist weeks ago to have Kay renew our SPOT tracker subscription - largely so that the family could follow along and not worry about us - and I feel like I have a vague memory of Kay ranting about having to get the physical tracker to find a number on it in order to renew our subscription. So I just assumed the physical tracker was sitting next to his chair, and we could just grab it and add it to our kit when it was time to pack. We even ordered new Lithium batteries for it.

Last night, when we were packing, I got to "SPOT tracker" on my list - and Kay paused and looked at me. "I have no idea where it is." I look back. "Isn't it next to your chair?" Kay shakes his head. "I feel like I've seen it recently - maybe in the camping bins?" (We have a bin system where we organize our gear when we're not using it, ostensibly to make it easier to see and grab the right stuff when we pack...)

Long story short, we spent 45 minutes looking for it last night, and another hour looking for it this morning, and the SPOT tracker is nowhere to be found. That's also nearly two hours when we weren't packing or otherwise preparing to head out today. Plus the time I spent checking online to see if there's somewhere we can buy one on our way out (we can get the 2nd gen, but if we're buying a new one, Kay insists it be the newer 3rd gen - and there's nowhere nearby we can get it). So. No SPOT tracker, and suddenly we're running way behind schedule.

It was after 1pm before we got out of the house, thanks to the delay with the SPOT, and another unexpected lengthy delay getting breakfast from a local cafe.

No big deal, we thought. We've given ourselves a TON of time for this trip, and have intentionally tried not to build in deadlines like having to get to X location by a certain time, just so we weren't pressed for miles and we could enjoy it more. Plus I'm still getting over a nasty cold, and Kay's starting to come down with my nasty cold, so we're determined not to stress about it or overtax our bodies when our immune systems are trying to fight something off.

We made a side-trip to Woburn to see a friend's new house (well, the new foreclosure she bought that is about to undergo massive renovations - we'll get to see it before and after and after something like 4 months of her fighting to get it, we couldn't miss the chance to see it!) So. Now it's right around 2pm when we're leaving Boston.

I still don't feel bad about leaving so late, but it's definitely later than I'd prefer to be getting on the road at the beginning of a trip.

Traffic was icky leaving Woburn. It took us way too long to get out of the traffic and start making tracks into Maine. At this point, we're starting to get hungry for lunch, but we just want to get some miles under our belt before stopping again. We run through a tank of gas on the Ural, which is a bit over 100km before we start looking for a place to fuel up, and I made a decision to stop just outside of York, Maine for gas.

We ended up at a place that advertised "Anthony's Food Shop," and I suggest to Kay we may want to just grab a gas station lunch. He goes in to scout, and Lo! and Behold! it's practically friggin gourmet food! They have an honest-to-goodness brick oven for brick oven pizza, and they have the most amazing-looking pastries, so we go for it. Kay asks me to get him a chicken caesar wrap, and I get myself the Jack Wrap (delicious marinated steak, pepperjack cheese, onions, bell peppers, and mushrooms - all fresh and sooo tasty) and some fries that I can share with Kay and the dogs. And as a bonus, I got us a M&M cookie the size of a dinner plate, since the pastries looked FRIGGIN DELICIOUS but I just wasn't in the mood for something really rich.



The dogs enjoyed a nice lunch at a picnic table in the shade, and we share some fries with them, and we conclude that the M&M cookie is perhaps the most delicious pre-made cookie we've ever had. It's crispy on the outside and almost cakey on the inside, and nearly an inch thick, and it's so big that we each just break off a small piece and we still have delicious cakey cookie left for a snack at some later point.

Back on the road at around 4:30, and I'm feeling much better after a break (nearly an hour!). Slab for another 30 miles or 50 miles or something... it all blends together... and then we're on US 1 which goes through some Maine towns before becoming a bit highway-ish again, but there are at least interesting things to see along the way.





Oh - and for those of you who have wondered what the dogs do all day in the sidecar, and how they both fit - we've mounted a camera in it so we can show you!



Dogs enjoying a Ural from [Corporate Runaways

No trouble staying awake and alert through this stretch, although it's getting along toward 7pm by the time we reach our destination - visiting an old family friend of Kay's who lives in Rockland, Maine.

Sadly, we discovered that whatever tool Kay used to export our points from our Nova Scotia HO! Google Map and import them into our Garmin GPS didn't copy over the address information. It's got the point marked, but it doesn't tell us the street number. So we can get to the general vicinity, but then we don't know what number we're looking for... so now we're going to have to go into Google Maps and physically write down the addresses in my Moleskine so we'll have the appropriate street numbers when we're looking for our points of interest. This is why you should always check your map imports before you leave on a trip, kids.


Had a lovely visit with Kay's friend Skye, who kindly fed us dinner and let us camp on her living room floor (dogs, too!) The dogs highly approved of her place - it's a beautiful house in the country just outside of Rockland, with a few large grassy meadows in which the doggies happily frolicked. It's a beautiful place, and if I wasn't so attached to Vermont, I'd seriously consider looking for someplace like this in Maine.



So we got a late start, but the drive went smoothly and we had a lovely visit with a friend. I call that a successful first day of vacation!
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Old 08-25-2013, 07:21 PM   #10
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Oh - and a minor life update for the folks who may remember us from our prior trips: we finally got hitched!

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Old 08-26-2013, 05:06 AM   #11
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Day 2 Rockland Maine to Saint John, New Brunswick (Canada)

Day 2 Rockland Maine to Saint John, New Brunswick (Canada)

We made a conscious decision about this trip. We were going to spend time where we felt it important to do so. We weren't going to stress about making miles. We were just going to enjoy.

Skye made us popovers and saussagey eggs, then we chatted in the grass outside, shared some great music finds (her's was Lhasa which I think I actually turned her on to years ago, mine was [Daniel Waples

There was one critical decision made... when we left, due to our colds, we said we'd make a call sunday morning... were we healthy enough to continue on, or should we call it, go back home, and re-start the adventure a week later?


We rarely get to spend time with Skye and part of me was wishing we could stay a couple days there, but there's only so much time in this trip, and "damn it, we're gonna have a trip!", so we suited up and headed out.



(Yes, I've gone with the 'Stich for this trip... more on that later I'm sure)

We passed through many miles of pretty Maine lands, eventually stopping for a Lame Lunch of Lameness... The Chicken Salad wraps were so bad we went back and bought pre-made turkey and "cheese food product" sandwiches, and the delicious cookie from yesterday was actually the best thing we ate.



We've posted an instructional video on how to rip an unrippable sandwich but we are completely in the dark as to what the magic incantation is to embed Vimeo videos here. I know it can be done, so if any of you folks can point us to some instructions it'd be appreciated. Here's a link to the vid in the meantime.



Lunch would have been a total write-off except for the Harley Riders. When we pulled into the place there were a couple of ladies in full Harley regalia, but each riding their own bike! Turns out they were from New Brunswick and suggested we be sure to spend time on the south coast (of Nova Scotia).

Then, after partially consuming the lameness I struck up a conversation with a man called Harley, about his Harley. He'd only had it for a couple years, because he envied seeing the friend he rode in with passing his house with a smile and a wave from the back of his harley. Now they ride around locally, not venturing more than a hundred miles or so from home, but still just enjoying being out on their bikes. While he wore a Harley jacket, I got the impression he really just rode because it made him smile, not to be part of "lifestyle". That made me smile.

As we were about to cross the border we made sure to take advantage of the Duty Free Bronze Man



...because you should never pass up an opportunity for a cheezy tourist photo.

Eventually we made it to


Canada!

Put our shades back on





And hit the road.

Our Goal was to make it to Saint John, for the Chocolate Museum, even though it would be closed by the time we got there, but there was confusion and the Chocolate Museum was actually a little ways back. But, Saint John's was big enough to have real ATMs so that we could withdraw some Canadian dollars and not suffer the outrageous international charges whenever we use the cards.

Just one problem, Dachary's still sick. I'm still fighting off what she has and she spent half of last night hacking up a lung... The board was convened and an executive decision was made. Hotel!

Yes, I fear this is going to become a running joke....

As much as I really wanted to camp, I think this was the right call. For her to have a better chance of getting over it, and me to have a better chance of fighting it off.

Also, internet and net connection so that we could write up yesterday's post, and today's post, and upload some video, and and and .... Where to get food? Papa John's delivery please! Turned out to be a good idea, it was 7 PM home time (8 pm NB time since we lost an hour crossing the border) and Dachary started to have a sugar crash shortly after getting out of her gear and sitting down.

Unfortunately, Dachary managed to spew tomato paste onto her fancy new tourquoise shirt, repeatedly... in at least five places. Even the latest addition to our kit (a Tide Pen

Hopefully your weekend was as good as ours. Now, keep your fingers crossed for a lack of sickness, and a healthy dose of camping.
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Old 08-27-2013, 06:00 AM   #12
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Day 3 - Saint John, New Brunswick to Amherst Nova Scotia

Guess what?

We're in a hotel.

sighs

Despite that, the day was great.

Started out in New Brunswick



..after buttoning up the dogs against the chill and wet in the air.



Made some pit stops at the ATM and Wall Mart for drugs (NyQuil and Tylenol with Codine! ), and got the first drips of the day whilst waiting in the parking lot. So, we dug out the rain gloves, and Dachary grabbed her FroggTogg rain pants, just in case some real rain set in, which it did just a few miles down the road.

Some boring highway riding until we turned off into the Fundy National Park which was gorgeous, and the Ural ran out of gas (had to switch to reserve) before we made it to Alma with damp hands, somewhat chilly cores (Dachary moreso than me) and a pressing need for fuel in the bikes, and our tummies.

We found a picnic bench with a roof over it, and while I was ordering food, she noticed the water rising visibly during the handful of minutes I was in there. "Go take pictures" she ordered, and I did.



...and we proceeded to eat our $50 lunch. Credit where credit is due, it was really good, and the Seafood Chowder was full of various bits of seafood, but still... not $50 worth.



Now, for the real pictures she sent me to get:























During this time I acquired British Rocker Hair



and my dog looked stoic for a moment.



We got back on the road for a bit, and Dachary saw a sign indicating the scenic road went off to the right "Should we take it?" "Yeah sure, why not?" And then another sign revealed that it was the road to Cape Enrage, which we absolutely couldn't miss because of the name.

Turns out the road there is great, and filled with hairpin turns marked out at 30kph because they are just that sharp, with steep uphills thrown in on some too. It was great. Barely kept the sidecar from flying. I had to really lean in to it.

Cape Enrage was great, with a dry(ish) wind blowing in off the sea. We let the dogs out, and Bandido was ecstatic. This is probably the first time he's seen the ocean since he lived on the beaches of Puerto Rico.










We, of course, made the required Rage Faces whilst there.





And then compensated with a kiss



But then Dachary had to make a Bonus Rage Face as were about to get back on the bikes.







Behind all that gorgeous sea was a ... marsh? Tidal plane? ... Something pretty.



Whilst suiting up I turned to Dachary an announced in a declarative tone, "I have discovered the Spot Tracker." She turned to me with such a look... "This must be some sort of a joke. I'm just not getting it." her face said. "Are you... serious?" she asked, tentatively. I tapped my tank bag in response.

It had been hiding under a map from a campground in the Catskills.

I pressed the button and it had enough power to send a tweet to our twitter account and track us for ... well, not far... Our Spot Tracker Page is here.

We continued down the road a mile or so to the lookout, where they charge you $5 per person to stop... which I did exclusively so I could pee. But, we made the most of that $10. "I'm gonna photograph the shit outta this place"... or something to that effect.

Which I did.









And acquired insane hair in the process



We met a man and his wife who had driven up from North Carolina, who rode an Electra Glide back home.... or some similarly comfy sounding like that.





Afterwards we made our way towards Nova Scotia, by heading away from it, and stopping on the shores of the Chocolate River, next to a Tidal Bore, which we didn't see (wrong time of the tides I'm sure) in Moncton, got our bearings, filled up with Gas and somehow managed to purchase a KitKat which cost $3.75... I came out of the gas station with this bewildered look on my face I'm sure.



We found a campground we thought we could make, but it was still a ways away, and it would be pushing it, but the rain had let up. So, we headed out, and the rain came back, more, and more.... We're back at highway speeds getting drenched upon. Dachary's thighs are soaked (we don't know why her FroggToggs failed her), all of our hands are damp (rain gloves only do so much) we're both starting to feel exhausted, we've gone to long without eating and I say "This weather is making me think a hotel is a good idea too." She asked me if I was sure, since I'd really been pushing for us to camp, and I said "We're both tired, your still sick, we still need to eat, it's wet, setting up a tent in the rain will be miserable, and you've been cold all day."

So, we got a hotel.

And then, unable to find anywhere nearby that had food that involved vegetables other than french fries (which don't count) we walked across the street and got Wendy's.

Still, it was a great day. You know it's been a good day when there are nearly 200 photos to go through. ;)

P.S. Fresh batteries are in the spot tracker.
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Old 08-27-2013, 06:04 AM   #13
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A quick note

Because of the process we're using to post this to our blog and to the forums the images don't have links to full sized versions. Not normally a big deal, those panoramas really are better in the full sized version. If you read this post on our blog or check out our photostream on Flickr you can see them in all their glory... or mediocracy.
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Old 08-27-2013, 06:10 AM   #14
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From one dog-carrying-Ural rider to another... Woohooo!

Bringing along mans best friend, surely does make for some awesome stories and experiences.
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You could have posted that sooner! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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Oh - and a minor life update for the folks who may remember us from our prior trips: we finally got hitched!

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