Originally Posted by CharlieVT
Here's a link to the meeting place:
The plan is to be departing from this location at 9 AM so if you want breakfast plan on getting there around 8 AM. Directions to the diner are found on the link above.
Rain date: If the weather looks really bad I'll make the decision to postpone one week to the weekend of June 2-3.
We'll swap cell phone numbers by private msg as we get closer to the ride date.
I was oblivious to the fact that I proposed Memorial Day weekend.
Would the previous weekend (19-20 May) be better? Probably less traffic on the roads, maybe fewer conflicts for folks with other holiday weekend plans. It is all the same to me but if you have a preference, voice it here in reply to this msg.
Not planning on a camping trip. I figured on finding a motel or inn somewhere mid-state for Sat night. Here's one possiblity: http://www.greybonnetinn.com/content/home/
My thoughts for the ride would have a route meandering around some of my favorite roads in southern Vermont, perhaps even dipping south into Mass. for a little. These will be secondary roads chosen for road surface, twisties and sweepers, scenic roads with some vistas. There maybe short stretches of dirt road (a mile or two); however if we are still into mud season I will avoid these. (VT dirt roads are generally very good surface, hard-pack, not loose gravel, and can be ridden comfortably at speed, unless it is mud season. You think the LT is top heavy, try riding in mud :O )
I would then head north up using mostly rte 100 with use of some other roads along the way I prefer. Saturday afternoon would probably get us to some of the "notches", Brandon Gap (rte 73), rte 125 through Ripton, and rte 17.
Check this site for comments on these roads: http://www.motorcycleroads.us/vt.html#gm
Depending on the pace and stamina of the group we could then find lodging for Sat night and consider what might be done with Sunday. Smuggler's Notch is very touristy, and I am not sure when the road through the notch will be open for the summer, but it is an interesting place so that could be on the list. If we are really motivated, Sunday could find us in the Northeast Kingdom which has more in the way of rolling hills and less mountians but has some very nice riding.
I expect that people will break off and head for home on Sunday at a time depending on where we are and where they need to get by day's end.
More thoughts on the ride: This would be a BMW "group" ride, meaning a small gaggle of bikes, each riding their own ride, not a formation. I enjoy riding point, and by some accounts I am not bad at it. This, of course, is very subjective and dependent on riding style and preference. I do mirror checks on the group behind, look out for the entire group when pulling out at stops and lights so riders don't get cut off from the group, and I try to flush out the speed traps
. I may be riding two-up, but riding may still be sporty or spirited, not aggressive or reckless. I understand every rider will ride their own ride, and I will stop as needed to keep the group together. You can expect that the average speed when not in towns will be in excess of posted speed limits, if you are not comfortable with this, this is probably not the group ride for you. I expect that this will be primarily a KLT group but I may have a friend on a K75 or a MotoGuzzi. So non-KLTs may be welcome, but loud pipes are most definitely not welcome.
If you have FRS radio capability bring it along. I am not much for chatter while riding, but radio does help with communication within the group.