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post #1 of 48 Old Aug 23rd, 2007, 7:46 am Thread Starter
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Since I missed the ride thru VT earlier this season, I was hoping maybe there would be a "Leaf Peeper" ride this fall. Any interest? Recommendations for a route and stops? Hoping I'll be able to make it this time. I'm retiring December 1st and things are getting really hectic at times in my job.

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I would like to participate as well since I have not done anything lately. Hopefully, I can arrange for someone to cover me at work to do the weekend ride.


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Count me in. And probably the wife unless it is a guys only trip.

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Hi Jim:
I'm hoping it's not going to be a guys only ride as my wife and I haven't done much riding this season and I would like her to come along.

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Uhh, can we call it an Autumn Ride instead.

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If you're going to come up from NC to ride with us, we'll call it an Autumn ride. Hell, I might do it just because we share the same birthday!

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Hello there!! I am in and possibly my wife also if you guys do not mind her driving her HD. No loud pipes It would be nice to ride with all of you and this includes yellow poppy men


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I just came back spending a few days at the Gray Ghost Inn in West Dover VT. This inn is motorcycle friendly and I highly recommend it. How about you BBD'S stepping up and let's do it. Curtis as you know this is right out of your back door. How about Sept 14, to Sept. 17th, or any other date this century.
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I am also interested in do an Autumn ride. Keep me in the loop please.

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If sept 14 to sept 17th is a good date please get back to me and I will call the Gray Ghost Inn for availability and post their rates.
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I have been working 14 to 16 hours every day so have been completely off the grid. I am afraid I will not be able to do much this fall, but if you post a trip I would love to make at least part of it.

There is a great Italian Bike show on September 9th in Mass.

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Hey Guys,
This sounds awesome. Count both myself and the SO in for this one, and right now the 9/14 weekend is looking good.

P.S. Gerard, all work and no play....

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Cool Northeast Autumn Ride

Here is an update. I and some members of the LIBMWRC will be going to Lake Placid NY on Sept. 28th thru the 30th. We will be staying at Art Devlin's Olympic Motor Inn 2761 Main St. 518-5233700. Please post your response on this site so I have an idea of how many people will be attending. Please make your reservations directly with the hotel. Let's hear from the BBBs'
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Unfortunatley The hotel in lake Placid is sold out. I will be looking into the Lake George Area.
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We are entering what I consider to be the best riding weather of the season.

Mid Sept is a little early for color, see a forecaster here:
http://vermontvacation.com/seasons/forecaster.asp
We just spent two days on the road and there is only a touch of color but that's good. Leafpeeper season clogs the roads and congests the lodging.
I presently have Sept 14,15, 16 open as potential ride days.

The ride pace may have been a little too aggressive during the last ride of the Beemer Biker Dudes, sorry if it wasn't quite right for everyone; we can work on making the group ride comfortable for everyone. If there is interest, I'll try my hand at picking some roads for 14th and forward. Not sure I'd participate for all of 14-17 but Hiromi and I would probably go for a ride and at least one overnight.

Maybe: Friday night for out-of-staters at the Ghost and Sat night somewhere up north so that the northern notches and the Northeast Kingdom are ridden.

So if the group has interest, I'll try to link together some roads that will fit into a proposed itinerary.

jvalny, sorry to have missed you during your recent visit to the Ghost, turns out work got in my way.
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We are entering what I consider to be the best riding weather of the season.

Mid Sept is a little early for color, see a forecaster here:
http://vermontvacation.com/seasons/forecaster.asp
We just spent two days on the road and there is only a touch of color but that's good. Leafpeeper season clogs the roads and congests the lodging.
I presently have Sept 14,15, 16 open as potential ride days.

The ride pace may have been a little too aggressive during the last ride of the Beemer Biker Dudes, sorry if it wasn't quite right for everyone; we can work on making the group ride comfortable for everyone. If there is interest, I'll try my hand at picking some roads for 14th and forward. Not sure I'd participate for all of 14-17 but Hiromi and I would probably go for a ride and at least one overnight.

Maybe: Friday night for out-of-staters at the Ghost and Sat night somewhere up north so that the northern notches and the Northeast Kingdom are ridden.

So if the group has interest, I'll try to link together some roads that will fit into a proposed itinerary.

jvalny, sorry to have missed you during your recent visit to the Ghost, turns out work got in my way.


The 14 thru 17 works well for me and the SO. Would love to take a nice leisurely ride with all.

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As it turns out Lake George is booked solid for the last weekend in Sept. Boat Show and some other event. Curtis if you can put together some dates I will be up there in a NY minute. It does not have to be well orginized as you did before. Very informal works for me and the other BBDs'
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I had forgotten family plan to climb Camel's Hump Mtn. on Sept 14th.

We will ride Friday AM north up rte. 100 to the mountain, rendezvous with the daughter, and hike. That will put us in the Waterbury area Friday PM. So we could potentially meet up with the group on Friday afternoon/evening or Sat morning depending on where the group is.
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Me too. I should be in the Waitsfield area Friday night staying with a friend for the weekend, so I could meet up Friday night and ride Saturday.

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Green Mountain Rally

I don't know why I didn't think of this earlier. For those interested in riding in Vermont Sept 14 -16, consider the Green Mountain Rally. This is the annual rally of BMW Owners of Vermont ("Movers") which is a chapter of BMWMOA.
Located in the heart of some of the best riding, there are sure to be rides guided by local BMW enthusiasts. Check it out at:

http://www.vtbmwmov.org/gmrally.html

For more information, email Ray Atwood, Muriel Farrington or Bob Emery, email addresses are in the page linked above.
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Ok what is the plan for the 14 thru 17th ride? Is there a certain place we plan to meet? My wife and I are going as well as Kevin and Ngan. IS the plan to meet at the ghost Friday night? Kevin and I will not be leaving CT until about 630 pm friday night. So our plan would be to meet up Saturday.

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Me too. I should be in the Waitsfield area Friday night staying with a friend for the weekend, so I could meet up Friday night and ride Saturday.
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Want to meet up on Sat morning and do a few of the notches with us as we head south for home on Sat? Sounds like some of the southerners may be headed out from the Gray Ghost on Sat morning and you could make arrangements to connect with them.
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My plans may have to be switched to the following weekend due to work commitments, but I'll have to see. Is everyone heading home on Saturday or Sunday?

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We were planning on Sat Sun rides head home Sunday afternoon.

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Jim,
It looks like we could possibly leave a little earlier on Friday, maybe around 5:30ish. Let me know about the hotel reservations, I'll be traveling for work today - thurs, so give me a shout on my cell if you don't mind.

Just got back from a quick blast through PA and the bike ran great, just gotta wash all the mud off from riding some firetrails by accident (who knew firetrails have road names that show up on GPS?) in the rain.
I was introduced to some really nice riding areas in NE PA - maybe we could get another weekend in later this season

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Kevin, I will make a reservation for you and Ngan for Friday and Saturday night. I figure we could ride north for the day and head back to the Ghost for Saturday night. Then Sunday we could meander our way back to CT. Sound good? Good!

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Hey guys, I can't believe I started this thread and now have to back out AGAIN! I hate being responsible to my job, can't wait till 12/1, then my time is my own. Anyway, have a great, safe weekend. I will be in VT the following weekend for some riding (I hope) up into the Northeast Kingdom.

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Thats not nice. Screw work! Well, I have already booked 2 rooms for Kevin and Ngan and Amy and me so we are going. We leave on Friday and comeback Sunday.

We are looking forward to a nice autumn ride.

Any suggestions for routes?

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Thats not nice. Screw work! Well, I have already booked 2 rooms for Kevin and Ngan and Amy and me so we are going. We leave on Friday and comeback Sunday.

We are looking forward to a nice autumn ride.

Any suggestions for routes?
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Do you have MS Trips and Streets? I can attach a file with route suggestions.
Or I could do a route suggestion in Garmin MapSource if that's better for you.
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either way is fine. I do have the GArmin Mapsource and gps so that might be the best. Thanks

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either way is fine. I do have the GArmin Mapsource and gps so that might be the best. Thanks
Some back tracking on 100 but a variety of the "main drag" (rte 100) and 3 notches with some secondary roads thrown in. Ridden leisurely it will fill Sat I think.

Attached file created with Garmin MapSource 6.13.2 and City Navigator North America v7

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Thanks but I can not open it with version of Mapsource. Can you send as MPS file?

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Thanks that worked. Much appreciated. Wish you and the misses could join us.

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Well CharlirVt, you have done it again...The ride you posted was just fantastic. We added a little detour to it but otherwise what you sent was great. Once I download the track from the GPS I will post it. Magnus at the Gray Ghost told us to add a particular road to our ride and we did and it was great. He also took a copy of the map we used to outline the ride and I believe he is going to put it into his book of rides. He seemed very excited about it. I do not know the exact mileage yet but I believe it was around 300. We left the Gray Ghost at 9 and returned at 730. We stopped a few times for rests and once around 330 for lunch.

The weather was OK. It was wet when we left the Inn but by the time we got to Killington the sun was out and it started to warm up. We hit some dirt did the Middlebury Gap twice and just had a blast all day.

I want to thank Kevin and Ngan for joining us. Amy and I really had a great time.

I also would like to thank Magnus and Carina for their hospitality. When we left the Inn it felt like we were leaving a family members home. What a great place to stay and discover the VT roads.

OH yeah, Kevin next time you get pulled over I am not coming back.

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Thanks and welcome

Glad to hear you had a good ride.
Thanks for saying you enjoyed the route, I am always happy to be able to share the roads I am lucky to have in my backyard. I'm curious to see your track and what you added based on the suggestions of your host.

Sat AM did look a little grim but it did clear nicely.
We rode Friday for the Camel's Hump climb, and again on Sunday to go to New Hampshire for family visit. Saturday we stayed home and hoped that you folks didn't get rained on too much and found some dry road surface.

You must have seen a few BMWs on the road because of the Green Mountain Rally going on.

Some one got pulled over?
So it wasn't entirely all that leisurely, huh?
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Tons of BMWs all day. Coming into Wilmington Friday Kevin got pulled over for doing 43 in a 25. He clocked me at 40 but I never saw the lights come on or anything. So I kept going. I realized he was not behind me once I turned onto 100. So I turned around to look for him and found him pulled over a block before the light where on turn onto 100. No ticket issued however. I'll let Kevin tell that story.

Other than that incident we had no incidents. Just nice roads and pretty nice weather. The new tires handled everything flawlessly.

I hope to pull the tracks from the GPS tonight but I may have to finish the dining room floor first. We will see how it goes.

Thanks again For the route.

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He left me like a rat leaving a sinking ship!!!
The cop was SUPER nice, was very pleasant to us and then let us go with a promise to slow down.....I had my toes crossed, so it doesn't count....
We were joking around about Jim taking off and laughing about the really cool street sign that shows your speed on it as you approach... LOL... really nice cop...
Charlie, thanks for the route/lodging suggestions, that was a great day of riding, although I really felt like a wuss after saying it was cold out and then meeting up with some riders doing a GIRO race riding on 50cc bikes with NO wind protection, no heated gear and OPENFACE helmets!! Buuurrrrr!!!!

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......then meeting up with some riders doing a GIRO race riding on 50cc bikes with NO wind protection, no heated gear and OPENFACE helmets!! Buuurrrrr!!!!
When we rode past the Gray Bonnet on Friday there were a bunch of little old bikes in the parking lot. I almost stopped but we had had a long day and were headed for home.

Did anyone stop in there to see what was going on?
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When we rode past the Gray Bonnet on Friday there were a bunch of little old bikes in the parking lot. I almost stopped but we had had a long day and were headed for home.

Did anyone stop in there to see what was going on?

We did not but here is their website, according to the couple we ran into they said it was a race. Something like 80 miles on these single cylinder bikes.

http://www.motogiro-usa.com/

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Jim & Kevin,

I wish I could have made it, sounds like you had a stellar weekend! I hope to see you guys soon, before Kevin stops riding for the winter!

If you know anyone looking to buy an LT, send them my way.. I can't keep 2 bikes and the RT is just too much fun.

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I wish I could have made it, sounds like you had a stellar weekend! I hope to see you guys soon, before Kevin stops riding for the winter!
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HEY... I resemble that remark!
I will honestly say that I did have my (Harley ) heated jacket on, and was cycling the grips on and off as the rain dictated on Sat.... it was cooooold.... saw 49F for a minute of two in one of the passes....but with the gear on, I was warm as buttered toast.... mmmmmmm.... toooaasstt.........

See ya soon, ya workaholic!

R1200GSA Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It's off to Alaska I go!
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Thanks for the link

Now there is an interesting group of enthusiasts!
Pre-1968 bikes.
I gotta go find one

Anyone have an old Honda 305 Dream rusting around somewhere?


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We did not but here is their website, according to the couple we ran into they said it was a race. Something like 80 miles on these single cylinder bikes.

http://www.motogiro-usa.com/
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Here is the route we took. In total it was over 300 miles.
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I wish I could have made it, sounds like you had a stellar weekend! I hope to see you guys soon, before Kevin stops riding for the winter!

If you know anyone looking to buy an LT, send them my way.. I can't keep 2 bikes and the RT is just too much fun.

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Does that mean the RT is back in CT?

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Yes, I made the trip back at the begining of August. Came home via Chicago (work) and Canada. Longest day was 800 miles. Saw a lot of interesting things and had a lot of time alone with myself... thinking.

'07 - R1200RT Slippery Silver

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'03 R1150RT - MAXed out
'03 K1200LTC - Gone to the Darko side
'00 Kawasaki Concours - Buzz
'71 Honda SL350 - The original dual-sport
'72 Kawasaki 250 triple - The smoking gun
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That sound s like trouble. Lots of time to think. HOpe everything is good with you.

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