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post #1 of 17 Old 05-17-2010, 09:16 PM Thread Starter
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Not sure I can top this commute

So I am always looking for the "Extended Commute" and this morning I've topped all previous ones. . .

I was up at 4am and left at 4:55 for a 4 hour tour of NH.



(If you connect the points from 'A' to 'D', that is what my commute is like on 4 wheels, where's the fun in that?)

Total miles: 223.7
Just shy of 4 hours (there were 3 stops, one photo, one gas, one McDonalds).

It is a commute as I arrived at work (a few minutes early), worked 10 hours, then took about an hour ride home to charge my battery (I had my liner on almost full this morning, it was a bit cold in the mountains).

As expected, the motorcycle enthusiasts at work were all envious, the non-riders thought I was crazy.

I am forming a new class of riders, the "Commuter Tourers". We are the the crowd that justifies the purchase of their motorcycle to lower our carbon footprint, cut our fuel bills, and then make up for all of that by riding the #@$ out of our bikes (and enjoy every minute of it).

I'm working on the commute that will top this one now.

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Looks good but I have to ask why all the interstate on the South-bound leg?

Quality over quantity! :mrgreen:

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Looks good but I have to ask why all the interstate on the South-bound leg?

Quality over quantity! :mrgreen:
I had to slab it to make it in time.

I'm not a huge fan of the interstate (my wrists can attest to that, I really need a throttle lock), but it served it's purpose this morning.

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When people make a comment like, "Wow, using the bike, you must be saving a lot of money on gas."

I laugh and respond, "No. When I am not riding, due to Winter conditions, and I want a cup of coffee, I jump in the van and drive the 5 mins to our local Mobil On-The-Run gas station. When it's riding season and I want a cup of coffee; that's a trip to Camden 1 1/2 hrs away. A rider will think of any excuse to make the trip longer."

Looks like a nice commute!!!!

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So I am always looking for the "Extended Commute" and this morning I've topped all previous ones. . .

I was up at 4am and left at 4:55 for a 4 hour tour of NH.



(If you connect the points from 'A' to 'D', that is what my commute is like on 4 wheels, where's the fun in that?)

Total miles: 223.7
Just shy of 4 hours (there were 3 stops, one photo, one gas, one McDonalds).

It is a commute as I arrived at work (a few minutes early), worked 10 hours, then took about an hour ride home to charge my battery (I had my liner on almost full this morning, it was a bit cold in the mountains).

As expected, the motorcycle enthusiasts at work were all envious, the non-riders thought I was crazy.

I am forming a new class of riders, the "Commuter Tourers". We are the the crowd that justifies the purchase of their motorcycle to lower our carbon footprint, cut our fuel bills, and then make up for all of that by riding the #@$ out of our bikes (and enjoy every minute of it).

I'm working on the commute that will top this one now.
I can't top that but often ride 220/250km [140/160miles] to get home if I finish work early, the normal ride home is about 32km [20miles].

Does that qualify me to be a "Commuter Tourer"?

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When the cow runs dry, my wife often sends me to get milk at the corner store, a quarter mile up the road. She knows to give me at least a couple hrs notice. Kinda along the same lines as Norms mail run and Black Labs coffee run.
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post #7 of 17 Old 05-18-2010, 12:02 AM
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Does this count as a commute? I was working a trade show in Vegas and decided to rent a bike. I got up at 4am and rode from Vegas to Zion National Park and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. It was about 800 miles roundtrip and I got back to my hotel just in time to take a shower and work the opening of a tradeshow at 5pm.

Butt was sore but had to stand at the tradeshow. Would do it again in a heartbeat!
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I would have skipped boring I-93 and made a beeline from Conway to Squam Lake and then come down Rt 106 to Rt 107. Much nicer ride and most likely empty roads for the same time period (~3 - 3.5 hrs).
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+1 106 is not a bad ride, but neither is the top end of I93. I would have hopped off at Plymouth.

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My family has property on Lake Winnipesaukee....such a nice place. I've never ridden a bike up there, but would love to someday...
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