Thursday, October 30, 2008

Johnson City Ride Day 2

Day 2: Gettysburg

The sun! Yeah the sun!
Off to Gettysburg proper. I only had a half a day. To maximize my time I dropped by the visitor’s bureau where I found a helpful woman who instructed me on where to spend my time most efficiently.Gettysburg Visitors Center

Cool train station across the street
Gettysburg Train Statio

Off to the new museum first
Gettysburg Museum

I watched a great presentation on the battle and then it was upstairs to a 360 degree cyclorama painting of the battle. They do a real nice job of telling the story.
Gettysburg Cyclorama

I walked through the museum that is laid out chronologically then it was off with my map and new knowledge to ride around the battlefield on my bike.

A view from Little Round top
View from Little Round Top

There are monuments everywhere!
Gettysburg Monument

I really enjoyed my visit there. It was pretty emotional. I wish I had more time but it was noon and the road was calling.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Johnson City Ride Day 1

I had a plan, kind of. I wanted to stop in Gettysburg, check that out and I needed to be in Gray TN on Friday at 4-5ish. I wanted to leave predawn at 4 ish so I could get into Gettysburg early afternoon and play tourist. Then ride some more. I had a mind that I wanted to ride the mountains as much as I could manage. That was it. That was the plan.

Day 1

Well the improvisation started early. I woke up to a hard rain and a forecast of snow at higher elevations. Predawn was out, I’m sleeping in. When I finally hit the road there was cold drizzle that dwindled to a raw overcast. The conditions were a little bleak but my spirits were high. I’m on vacation with many miles of new roads to ride, people to meet and places to see.

I ran into some snow on my approach to Bennington VT. The road was clear and the snow accumulated on non asphalt surfaces. My electric clothing was on and I was quite comfortable. I decided to stop for a photo op near Woodford VT.

I rode through VT and upstate NY down Rt88 to 81 into Pennsylvania All slab all the way to Gettysburg for about 500 miles. It stopped raining and the sun broke out late in the day. It was uneventful. I found a fleabag motel to shack up and a local bar with the World Series on. I had a couple of cold ones, some buffalo wings, watched the game then called it a night.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

I'm off tomorrow on my solo trip. I'm going to try to make Gettysburg for my first overnight.
I'm going to leave real early. Probably around 5AM. Maybe earlier if I can pull it off. Hopefully that will get me in around 3ish. The weather is looking a bit sketchy but I have my Electrics and my desire for the open road. I'm packed and ready to go.

Here is a map of my first day. It comes in around 500 miles.
After that who knows? I know I'll be doing skyline Drive and probably DC on the way back. There is going to be quite a bit of improvising in between :) I'll post a report when I get back. Until then Speed safe!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Foliage in New Hampshire

Here are some pictures from Sunday's ride up Route 31 in NH. The foliage is real good this year.A little waving going on up ahead

We find some dirt in Pillsbury State Park

We stopped at Mount Sunapee and rode the ski lift to the top. It was a little hazy but otherwise absolutely beautiful

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Party At Poland Springs

Last spring I was at our HOG Road Captain's meeting to fill out the summer riding schedule. One of the other road captains asked if anyone was interested in going to Poland Springs Resort and Inn for a fall event. He mentioned it was pretty cheap. All told it would cost us about $100.00 each for two nights 4 Meals and entertainment each night. It sounded like a bargain to me.

Out front there is this cute gazebo on the edge of the golf course with peak foliage close at hand. Little did I know that this place is a classic style inn (Dirty Dancing like) and filled to capacity with some fairly old guests. In the end it didn't really matter as we just partied by ourselves. It certainly is not a place I would go for a romantic get away but as a group we made our own fun. There were a few complaints from the elderly guests around us about noise but the staff was pretty understanding and accomodating.

You didn't want to miss meals. If you did you went hungry as there was no other food available on the premises besides popcorn. I rode in late Friday and went hungry. I had to have beer and popcorn for dinner.The inn was actually ok if you don't mind bringing your own towels and soap. Apparently old people don't need these things (who knew?) but I had heard this was the case so I was prepared unlike some others that had to go foraging.

The weather was a ok with sunny mornings and cool overcast afternoons - Camden Maine There was a good turnout. I didn't count but I'd say there were over 50 of us there.

Hangin in the lobby waiting for dinner We certainly brought our own fun with us. There were moments I was laughing so hard I couldn't breathe. Many an adult beverage was drunk and someone brought cherries soaked in 151 rum. It wasn't pretty but it was damn funny. There was some pretty good riding with peak foliage about a week away. All in all a very good weekend.

The ride home