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post #1 of 9 Old 05-13-2011, 09:02 PM Thread Starter
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Trip 04 - 2011 FriDAY the 13th

I went on another day ride today. I covered parts of Québec, northern Vermont, through the White Mountains of New Hampshire, then back home to Mount Desert Island, Maine.

I will post a story with a short video, and some photos in a day or two.

Here are today's numbers off of my Acewell instrument cluster.

I left at 5:15 AM this morning.
I arrived home at 8:30 PM this evening.
Total Elapsed Time: 15hr 15mins
Total Ride Time: 12hr 49min 25sec
Average Speed: 49.4 mph
Total Distance: 635 miles

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Here is a map that illustrates fairly closely where I rode yesterday.


The photo below is a composited image of six photographs, that I took yesterday morning, of Mt. Megantic, located in Québec.

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WOOT good opener

ANY BS at the borders?

My proposed routes seemed to be 450 miles google says 12 hours

Were you going "fast" or just cruizin and would have done 450 in about 10 ?

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WOOT good opener

ANY BS at the borders?

My proposed routes seemed to be 450 miles google says 12 hours

Were you going "fast" or just cruizin and would have done 450 in about 10 ?

Thanks
Your last question I already answered in my first post. My average speed was 49mph.

I have lost count of how many times I have crossed the border into Canada. But, it has been enough times that some of the customs agents recognize me and I recognize them; on both sides of the border! I have been on a first name basis with two of the US agents.

Last year, I was detained for about 20 mins while a Canadian agent wanted to ask me a bunch of bogus questions. To me, he was in a bad mood and he needed someone to vent on. I was okay with that. I wanted to ride and that wasn't going to happen until he was satisfied he was done. So, I let it all go. Other then that, I have NEVER had an issue at a border crossing. I have never been searched. I breeze right through. On this trip, as I came back into the US, the very nice customs woman whined to me that she wanted to be doing what I was doing. Most often, I can have the agents laughing before I leave their station.

As to mileage and routes, I don't plan them. When I leave my home, all that I have in my mind is an idea in my head; a general direction that I would like to ride in. I am no longer riding with a GPS. I use maps. I change my route, on-the-fly as I ride. There is NOTHING set in stone; it all unfolds as the miles pass beneath my tires.

Because I have ridden so much in this region, I know how long it takes me to get from "point A", to "point B". I use that information to make assumptions of, "Well, if I can get from here to there in a day, it looks like it is about the same distance from this point to that point. I can do that." I have done enough of this type of riding that I "string together" the "I can do that" scenarios.

I do not calculate mileage before I leave, nor do I map out directions. I do the directions part at stops along the way, (during a fuel stop), and I only tally up the mileage at the end of the day.

What you are trying to do with your Vermont gathering is, to plan trips for multiple people riding in different groups. You are making the assumption that they are going to ride like you do. They don't. 450 miles in 10hrs for you, could be a two day ride for someone else. My third trip this season, up through Fort Kent, then back down through New Brunswick, I did in one day. I knew that I could do that before I left home. A former co-worker of mine does that ride in three days.

When trying to plan what you are planning, for other people, you are stepping into a mine field of assumptions about riding skills and styles. I personally don't like putting myself in that spot!

Where I have gotten to with my riding is; I load up the bike, put my gear on, turn the key and ride. I let my imagination do my planning for me. It may be likened to; giving someone a blank canvas, a large box of pastels, or watercolors, and tell them, "Do whatever you want to do, between right now and Sunday evening. When Sunday evening comes around, you have to stop doing what you are doing. And, what you end up with is what you end up with."

My ever continuing hope is, I get to "paint" again the following weekend.

It's a "one-on-one" experience for me; my bike, me, the roads and wherever they lead me, and the people that I meet along the way.

B.L.

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James Baldwin "Across Islands and Oceans"
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My proposed routes seemed to be 450 miles google says 12 hours
Time estimates on Google Maps tend to run fairly high. 300 miles for me is five hours, 600 miles is 12. Highway riding, solo. Other people slow you down.

-Tom (DL650AL2) (KA1TOX) (E-I-E-I-O)

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I know that I am not going to have the time to write a proper story for my last trip of nearly a week ago. Just too many other things that I need to focus on!

However, there are over 125 photographs in a Photobucket account that will give you an idea of where I went and what I did. Unfortunately, without my words to round out the photos, to view them is to see them out of context.

But, I took the time to process and upload them, so I figure if I provide a link to them, I can kind of say "goodbye" to this trip and thread and begin to focus on Trip 05, 06, 07, 08.......

Here is the link: Trip 05 2011

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Those cops in Perry's Nut House parking lot are waiting for me...

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Those cops in Perry's Nut House parking lot are waiting for me...
I thought you would appreciate that!!!

The photos are arranged in chronological order. So, by the time I was passing them, I was literally talking to myself in my helmet, "Don't be stupid, Barry.", "Don't be stupid, Barry.", "Don't be stupid, Barry." It was the end of the trip, and I was tired. I wasn't too far from home and I didn't want to make any mistakes; like get a ticket, (I have never gotten one while riding a motorcycle.). So, I was "talking myself" through each small town as I climbed my way back up the coast to Mount Desert Island.

I thought I got another decent "over the shoulder" shot of the Verona Island bridge as I departed it.

In the section of the photographs that has a closeup of a gouge in the road, I revisited my crash spot of last November along Rt 112.

What is missing is, the video footage that I shot of riding the Kancamangus Highway. I didn't take any photographs in that section of the trip. I shot video instead. The reason I shot the video was, to show how boring it is, (I know that I am going to get beat on for this!). But, if you are not riding that road in the Fall, when the foliage season is in high gear, or riding that road in the dead of winter like RandyO does, to me the Kanc is one of the most boring roads I have ever ridden. (Just want to share my opinion having ridden the thing many times over the past several years.).

I had really good border crossings going into Québec and back into the U.S.

Stopped at Rancho du Spaghetti in Magog for an obligatory shot. (I really wish I could have stayed there! I enjoy that place!).

Before crossing into Québec, I scored a Cantons-de-l'Est map from Pepins General Store in Coburn Gore. It shows ALL of the dirt roads that I have been riding on for the past four years!!! NOT on a tiny GPS screen, but on a BIG fold out map. This one is a keeper; worth its weight in gold!

I know where trip 5 is going to take me.

Trip 6 will be a long weekend for me. I've got ideas......... I have just got to get through Trip 5 first!

B.L.

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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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In the section of the photographs that has a closeup of a gouge in the road, I revisited my crash spot of last November along Rt 112.
I caught that. Road looks much better without frost on it!

I really have to start taking pictures while riding. There are too many trips where I didn't take any because I don't like to stop.

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