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post #1 of 11 Old 03-18-2012, 04:37 PM Thread Starter
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Backroads from Bolton to Quabbin, up and around

What a great day for a ride --70+ degrees!

My pillion and I took our second pre-planned Zumo GPS ride today, and what a success it was! I plotted in a 170 miles of backroads, with an additional 20 to get home quick. It was awesome.

There is no way we could have done this ride otherwise. There were literally hundreds of small left and right turns through the most back country of country roads. The GPS worked flawlessly, and the trip was glorious.

We stopped half way in Petersham --they have a nice country store -- and ran into a couple of a Vee (from Sterling MA), and we stopped a few other times just to stretch our legs. In the end we tallied up about 195 miles in a little over 5 hours.

I can't wait to do it again. Might be fun in a group!

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Nice route. It's almost 5PM and 74 degrees in Braintree. I spent the day adding parts to the 2012 bike, and swapping a few things over from the '07.

I know I'll get a few days riding in this week. Temps are forecast to be near 70 the whole week.

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Nice ride!

I need to invest in one of those routing GPSes. Dialing in 50+ waypoints and squinting at the screen trying not to miss a turn just isn't working out for me with my hand-me-down auto one.

I've never been out to that part of the state. I need to..

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! I plotted in a 170 miles of backroads, with an additional 20 to get home quick. It was awesome.
There were literally hundreds of small left and right turns through the most back country of country roads. The GPS worked flawlessly, and the trip was glorious. In the end we tallied up about 195 miles in a little over 5 hours.
I can't wait to do it again. Might be fun in a group!
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Hopefully sometime this summer we can all get it together for a group Strom ride. So far, I've ridden with guys on FJRs and a bunch of dudes on Ducatis but no Strommers yet.
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Nice route. It's almost 5PM and 74 degrees in Braintree. I spent the day adding parts to the 2012 bike, and swapping a few things over from the '07.

I know I'll get a few days riding in this week. Temps are forecast to be near 70 the whole week.
Each thing you take off of the '07, to put on to the '12, drops the price on the '07 a little bit, right?

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Hopefully sometime this summer we can all get it together for a group Strom ride. So far, I've ridden with guys on FJRs and a bunch of dudes on Ducatis but no Strommers yet.
We should try to find a weekend day some time this summer -- though it's amazing how the calendar get so full so quickly.

The pillion and I got off for an 800+mile, 3-day up to VT, Canada and NH. Great stuff.

We took backroads to Brattleboro VT, then up Rte. 100 through the Green Mountains, and hooked over to Burlington via 125 and 7. We spent the night in the Champlain Isles. Here's a pic when we crossed the causeway over to Grand Isle.



The next day we cruised around Camel's Hump then up over Smuggler's Notch and over to Jay Peak, crossing a sleepy board just to the north. It was fun being in Quebec for a while as we worked our way back to Lake Champlain.

We spent the last day coming back through central NH on backroads. We can't wait to do it again soon! We want to test out our camping gear on the next trip.

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Nice. Here's a day loop I took with a friend not long after I got V-Strom #1.




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I did a loop something like that today myself.

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Yeah! Westernish central Mass/southern NH has some great riding roads! A particular favorite of mine is Route 62 between Lancaster and Barre; we got ripping eastbound on Saturday on our way home from farther west. Intending to head out to North Adams, eventually, and ride the Mohawk Trail east (heard it's been recently repaved), we rode down out of NH on 10 to 63 but got sidetracked by a "bridge detour" through Turners Falls and ended up on 5 south to the outskirts of Northampton (5 sucked - s-l-o-w cages), cut through Florence and rode 66 up into Huntington to visit my good friend who is the land steward at Fare Thee Well. From there we continued on down 66 to 112 and headed north. Nice ride until we ran into ferocious windblasts that were rolling ahead of ominously dark thunderclouds. Had some white-knuckled moments on some hilltops so we broke our route and fled east on back roads hoping to beat the rain. We didn't. Eventually found our way up over to 47 up through Sunderland, crossed back over 63 and rode up into Wendell where sunny blue skies reappeared. Up 2A for a bit, down 122 and onto 62 and home.

Never saw the Mohawk Trail, this time. Maybe we were better off not getting to it. A weekend day [I]probably[I] means lots of slow cagers, anyway.

If any of y'all are interested, New England Riders (NER) is organizing a ride out of Orange (meet at the DD intersection routes 2 and 202) on Saturday 7/28. Ride goes out through Wendell, Leverett, Charlton, etc. to North Adams, the Mohawk Trail, up 100 into VT to Brattleboro. It'll be my first ride with these folks so I'm unsure of the pace but I suspect it'll be somewhat leisurely as frequent stops are planned for schmoozing and grazing.

I'm still up for getting a Strom ride going some weekend but, as pmk mentioned upthread, the damn summer calendar is pretty much filled up.
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My map is inaccurate. I was on 62 through Lancaster as well.

No shortage of law enforcement activities out that way. I got tips for a statie and a local in the weeds and returned the favor to a few riders headed the other way. I also got the 'slow down' wave by a statie motor cop on his harley. What bugged me is I was doing 25 in a 25 at the time... in second gear.

No lights, no conversation, and no award ceremony. So all ended well.

Almost as soon as I got west of 140 I got waived 'slow down' by another rider headed eastbound. A mile or two up the road I came upon what I think was the scene of a motorcycle accident. There was a local PD cruiser pointed east and a young kid dressed head to toe in black leather walking up a hill towards the cruiser with the LEO. In front of the cruiser was a super sport next to a nice gouge in the greenery. Pilot looked well equipped for the crash, and he was walking around.

Hope everything worked out there.

Went for miles without seeing so much as another vehicle on the northern edge of my ride. I enjoyed Warwick Rd/ Northfield Rd/ Tully Rd a lot.

47 around Amherst was advertised as a good road. I found it wanting.


Now I want to get west of the Connecticut River.

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