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OK, I take back most of the nasty things I've said about New York in my life.
(Except for the despicable-ness of the Yankees, and the horrible-ness of NYC.)
I found a really nice place to ride over Columbus Day weekend in the Adirondacks.
Fellow Stromtrooper Andy (riding his '74 CB750), myself and my friend Chris on a Shadow Sabre headed out from Boston at mid-morning on the Friday of Columbus Day weekend.
Our destination was Clemons, NY- midway between Whitehall and Ticonderoga.
Rte.2 to Orange, then 78 to NH, we eventually made our way to Rt.9 in Vermont.
Along the way, we found some dirt roads to try out, and typical Vermont villages.




















We pushed on thru the day, and arrived at our rented cabin just before dark.
The next morning, we headed first, for Ticonderoga, then it would be onward to Lake Placid where I was to meet a couple guys from Montreal that I had met when coming back from my trip to the James Bay over the summer.
Ticonderoga:










After a very inexpensive breakfast in Ti, we asked a local Harley rider for the "best" route to the town of Saranac, where we were to meet my canadian friends. The Harley rider pointed us toward C.R. 7, which was an awesome motorcycle road! No traffic, twisty turny rural roads, passing over causeways crossing lakes, and countless scenic vistas.










We missed my friends in Saranac, but headed down toward Lake Placid. Our new plan was to meet at Mount Whiteface and ride the Veteran's Memorial toll road up to the castle at the summit. The tollbooth lady warned us that the temps at the top were about 25 degrees a few hours earlier, and since dusk was approaching, would likely drop.
The rocks at the summit parking area were covered in icicles. There are two ways to the summit, walk from the parking area, or go thru a 400 foot long tunnel carved into the mountain to a 200 foot elevator. Chris and Chris took the tunnel, while Andy and the Canadians took the walk.














 

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I was at Fort Ticonderoga yesterday!!!

I passed through there on my way from Lake George to Milton Mills, NH. I took the same photos at the waterfall.

Perfect riding weather and colors, wasn't it?

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So close and you probably missed the best road in the northeast

when you got to Moriah, shoulda taken a left and taken CR 6 (the infamous Tracy Road)
Randy,
The Harley guy that put us on to CR 7 told us about CR 6, but we missed it and turned off on CR12 which looked entertaining on the paper map, even tho the garmin said it was unpassable. It was unpassable.

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Nice pics frostypuck. Looks like it was a good ride.:thumbsup:
 

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Randy,
The Harley guy that put us on to CR 7 told us about CR 6, but we missed it and turned off on CR12 which looked entertaining on the paper map, even tho the garmin said it was unpassable. It was unpassable.

Chris
Bwwaaaa, I've been thru CR12, 2 years ago, met up with Tom (Stromexpolrer on this board) at The Bridge restaraunt early in the morning for a day of exploring. we stopped at the corner where they stop maintining the road and pondered going further. My (old) paper map showed the road going thru, Tom's didn't. A local stopped and asked if we needed help, we told him what we were considering. Coinsidentally he was a Wee owner, his responce was "I'd ride my DRZ thu, last time I went thru was in a Jeep, and I'd never ride my V-strom over the mountain"

We decided to attempt it anyway knowing we could always turn around. About 6 miles in, we met a GS & Tiger flying our way they didn't stop, but it gave us the indication we could make it the rest of the way. about 10 miles in we hit a ½ mile or so section of road that was all rocks the size of helmets. I had to be careful with my lowered Vee with no skidpan:yikes: but I picked my way thru no problem, then we came to a steep (about 20% grade) downhill, loose rock surface about a ¼ mile long, I quickly made my way to the bottom, when I get into a situation like that, I quickly commit and go, Tom's method of riding down the hill took a bit longer.

When I was waiting at the bottom of the hill, I met up with 4 Canadian riders coming toward us, a BMW K bike, Speed triple and 2 full dress Harleys, their GPS told them to take that road, we talked a bit, advised them to turn around but they kept going. ONe of the Harleys had already dumped twice within the previous half mile or so, but they described it as 5 miles back (no sense of distance for them on that type of road, they were in for a big surprise ) the K-bike & S3 made it up the hill no problem as did one of the Harleys, they were all very experienced riders, the other Harley rider, not so experienced , he made it about 100 feet before he got stuck up to his axle in loose rock trying to ride up a 20% grade. His buddies walked back down the hill, the other harley rider got on the bike. Tom & I helped push, we got him going, only to get stuck again in another 50 feet ot so, with the second push he managed to get enuf traction to keep going, that was the last we saw of them



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A few more pics from the ride...including CR12..

The back roads (Higgley Hill Road) of Vermont



Ticonderoga back in the day..



with movie theatre that was to end its life with a collapsed roof..



Downtown Ticonderoga on a bustling Saturday night..



On CR7



Following Frostypuck up CR12



Turning back at this point on CR12 as the "road" ahead disappears into the bush



Heading back..



Bikes parked at Whiteface Mtn



and the top..



Sunday morning and freezing fog..



Heading home via the Kelley Sand road over the Green Mountains - closed in winter..



I had done the Kelley Sand road on the VStrom a few weeks before and it was much easier on the CB750 (lower center of gravity).

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I'll be camping off kelly stand road this weekend. I've spent many nights up there in a tent; but this weekend with the temps in the lower thirties, I'll take the car or truck and a load of firewood. If you want a more challenging road closer to home, try pleasant street, to old stage road, to loring hill road, off 122 in Barre, Ma. It's only a half mile or so of hard going: but when I went through I had no idea where the road was taking me; and a few times I walked ahead a few hundered feet to see if I could at least get to where I could turn around!
 

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If you want a more challenging road closer to home, try pleasant street, to old stage road, to loring hill road, off 122 in Barre, Ma. It's only a half mile or so of hard going: but when I went through I had no idea where the road was taking me; and a few times I walked ahead a few hundered feet to see if I could at least get to where I could turn around!
Thank you I will try that! Will the 750 make it ok? No huge rocks?

I always enjoy going out to Barre.

Have a good camp this weekend - looks like good weather!

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There are lots of stones to dodge. I wasn't worried about bottoming out, but you do have to pick your way through loose softball size stuff here and there. It could be a problem covered in leaves! There were several puddles and four wheeler troughs I was able to skirt on solid ground.
 
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