Last year I read an article in an Adventure Motorcycle magazine about an Adirondack loop. I took a picture of it. Recently I hand traced that picture using gpsvisualizer and made a gpx track and loaded it on my phone for navigation.
Friday…up at 4:30 on the road by 5 to work at the track in Monticello, 100 miles
Finished work at @6 and noticed a strong storm coming in. Switched my helmet visor to my clear one and quickly added a fresh coat of rain-x. Right as I’m driving out the gate it poured. I kept going and soon realized I forgot my gore-tex balaclava so water was getting down the back of my neck and eventually gloves were wet. I was getting cold with the temps in mid 50s but didn’t want to stop to get warmer stuff…just wanted to get there, another 100 miles or so.
Checked in at Saugerties koa for an overpriced $38 tent spot and thankfully it was no longer raining. Set up tent in the dark and rushed to find some food. Had a great meal at the bar and the bartender asked where I was coming from and I said Monticello. He said “the track”? And as always I thought he meant the horse track…so I said the “car” track. He said yes. Turns out he is huge car guy..almost savant level. He knew all about it. We talked cars for the next hour. He was so happy to have someone to talk to who actually knows about cars. One thing he did not know was about Preston Henn’s 100m Ferrari. Back to the site and bed,
Saturday…when I got up, no coffee…just pack up and go. Had an ok breakfast at a local diner then went shopping for an external battery since I needed to recharge my helmet audio system at night. Got that sorted and on the road. Another 100 miles up to Lake George to the start of my 473 mile gpx track. As I began North I sensed I was leaving civilization and might not find gas so I headed back into Lake George…wow what a mistake. Turns out that day was the “Adirondack Nationals” and the streets were lined with people and maybe 1000 muscle cars doing burn outs on both sides of the road. I ended up having to go through all this and finally found gas on the other side of town…this cost me almost 40 minutes but it was interesting.
Finally got going and it was very nice…especially from Keene to Lake Placid…amazing visuals. Rain off and on all day but this time all gear was on so I was fine. I wanted to make it half way through the track by dark and I was behind so I did not stop until Saranac Lake…found a hippy restaurant for an excellent late lunch. Called ahead and found a state campsite in the park that seemed like I could get to by dark.
You might not know this but Adirondack State Park is the biggest state park in the nation. There was no cell service through most of the remote areas of the park and I was using an offline gps system but did not have the ability to use Waze for its police warnings so I decided to try and keep it at 70. Only one state trooper in the middle of a high plains section was going the other way and 70 didn’t bother him. I do have emergency satellite communications with sos if I really needed it.
When I checked in at the Cranberry Lake camping gate the girl had me sign 6 forms one of which was a “you have been warned that we have bears” form. I set up in the dark again and took off looking for food. Made it to a small restaurant bar that had a high rating on google and it sure was not what I expected when I pulled up..looked like a redneck place where if I wore my “Ready For Hillary” hat I would have beaten
(this is a joke...I own no such hat) People were very nice in there but I did get the sense they were looking at me like I was a flatlander. My riding suit is all goretex, some parts high-vis yellow and reflective…the lady who owns the place was like wow…that’s impressive. She said right as I was leaving to watch out for coyotes and especially Moose…one of her friends hit one recently. I drove a bit more cautiously back to the site…right to bed 10. I think it was 330 miles on the track.
Sunday…44 degrees pack up got out at 9 and way better than normal breakfast right next to the park. The owner said the snowmobile trail goes behind the restaurant. Beautiful sunny day and I got going knowing I wanted to get home that night and there were many miles to go.
Went through many small towns and visually this was the best part of the trip heading South then East towards Old Forge. Great day and 99% of everyone out was in black Harleys wearing all black…no high viz…seems dopey to me but that is what everyone does. I noticed maybe 7 BMWs and one very trick KTM adventure bike.
Old Forge to Speculator was visually stunning with the lakes and mountains. Personally, i think a third of this loop could have been removed because the most North Western part near Watertown was very flat plain farmland.
Grabbed a sandwich in Speculator and some Harley guys told me a great place to ride is Ticonderoga. Next time. I also wished I took more pictures but I wanted to keep going to make up my late starts and delays.
Blasted down to the end of the track and a brief stop to clean bugs from my visor I was on the highway 70-90 towards home. Traffic, as usual, was miserable getting on the Hutch to get over the bridge. 476 miles.
“Emi” my ride…performed flawlessly. I’m pretty sore and my legs are cramping up today 9/11. Great run 906 all-slab miles total in about 22hrs of riding.