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post #1 of 18 Old 04-08-2011, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
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Trip 01 2011 - Mt. Washington

Today, I decided to ride through the White Mountains. I got up early, packed up and began my day with "Breakfast With Mindy".


What a way to jump start my day....

Afterwards, I headed up to Friend & Friend to return a couple of bottles of unused coolant, and to sign up for this year's "High Mileage" contest. I am looking for a "Three-Peat".






I took the easy route over to the White Mtns, following Rt 2.




I arrived in Gorham, NH around 1:00pm, fueled up, ate a danish, sent a couple of text messages, then headed south on Rt 16 for Pinkham Notch.








Tonight, I am in Milton Mills, NH at Scott Thurston's house, (But, he is not here right now.....more beer and fat cigars for us). Tom McGee has shown up as well on his bike.


Tomorrow, I will head back to Mount Desert Island. I am not sure what route I will take, but I will say that I am very pleased with how my bike is running! More on this when I get home.

(I am trying to type this post on a netbook,, and I am about to throw it through a window!!!)

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I'm thinking about making my 1st trip of the year to the White Mountains today. It will depend on how long it takes to get some errands done this morning.

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I'm thinking about making my 1st trip of the year to the White Mountains today. It will depend on how long it takes to get some errands done this morning.
Where are you located in Maine? I live on Mount Desert Island.

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I live in Gorham, just out side of Portland. You took a picture on my bike last spring when it was at Street Cycles for it's first service. You posted it here & asked who's bike it was, but by the time I noticed & answered it the thread was getting a little old.

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Hey Barry....Great ride brother! I did my first on Thursday. (On the wee that is)

Rode to Belfast, then down to Rockland, over to Augusta, up to China, then Hampden and home. I did stop by F&F, signed up for the long distance thingy, under protest that no one can beat Barry! Serviced and washed the bike yesterday. I am leaving for SoPaRider's in Chambersburg on Thursday next week. Going to get an early jump on the Civil War History this year

Hope we can manage a ride or two also. Send me an email with your number because for the life of me, I can't find it in my address book.....I know I had it!

Ok brother...Ride safe...No more black ice!

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Mindy looks great, as always, but it's funny to see her without hearing her. It's the soundtrack that gets me going. :mrgreen:

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with the sporatic paychecks I've been getting, I had the opportunity to work this morning and finished some spring house repairs this afternoon, Hope I get a chance to ride tomorrow



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with the sporatic paychecks I've been getting, I had the opportunity to work this morning and finished some spring house repairs this afternoon, Hope I get a chance to ride tomorrow
Barry and I were thinking of going over and looking for you last night since we weren't far away in Milton Mills.

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I am back home, and on my desktop computer. I have also eaten a nicely grilled steak, grilled potatoes, and steamed broccoli and mushrooms. I have even treated myself to a glass of merlot wine.........okay, two glasses of merlot wine. I also ate the new, State of Maine "approved" dessert; a "Whoppie Pie".

When the three of us woke up this morning, it was quite "frosty" outside!




The above images are very reminiscent of last November's photos!!! There was frost on my bike, and frost in the road, and I went down!

We wisely waited a bit for the sun to come up a little farther before we headed out to Lino's for breakfast.

A very special person has been very generous to me and has "donated" a VERY nice 15 megapixel camera to my "cause". Today was the first time that I was able to give the "beast" a workout. The rest of the photos in this thread come from this new camera. I have a lot of learning to do as to how to use it(!), and how to edit the huge data files. As to using it, I jumped right in with what I have taught myself with my old camera!

Here are a few shots of tmcgee just ahead of me and, Scud in front of him.






Front left to right: Black Lab, tmcgee, Scud


We ate breakfast this morning at "Lino's" in Sanbornville, NH.


I will post my route at a later date, (Roughly, Rt 117, Rt 133, Rt 156, Rt 140, Rt 43), through Western Maine, but what follows, in chronological order, are some random shots that I took with my new camera. Some of them are my usual "on the fly" shots from the bike. Some of them, I actually stopped, got off of my bike, and attempted to take a photograph. That's unheard of in the history of my trips!!!































Bald Eagle.








This area is a great place for working on your motorcycle. The sign lets you know that this is a "cow area". There are plenty of cow choices to choose from to lean your bike up against to say, install a centerstand.


My obligatory "over the shoulder" shot.


Getting close to home.


My obligatory, "trip end" shot of the ocean around Thompson Island as I come on to Mount Desert Island.


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1942, Beryl Markham: "West With the Night"
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James Baldwin "Across Islands and Oceans"

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On my way back to Mount Desert Island, I deliberately chose a route that would pass by my "dream home".

A barn.

A barn where, a few motorcycles could be parked and worked on downstairs; also an airplane could be built, and I could live upstairs. I would add some dormer windows, and maybe a skylight or two.


There is even room out back to build an airstrip..........


I really don't need much, do I?

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