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#1: Summer Road Trip (Part 1)

Posted on 2006-07-23 00:14:45 by Sc hmoe

Awhile back, Easy regaled us with a fine series of road trip reports. I
enjoyed reading them a great deal. It's one of the things that rmh should be
about. So I figure to put finger to keyboard for a series myself. They won't
scratch near the quality of Easy's but hopefully it will be a decent enough
take-along. My wife and I departed from 1 hour's ride north of NYC a week
ago last Thursday and walked into the house yesterday afternoon.

Trip Stats
2,194 miles
9 days
$149.80
48.2 gallons
45.5 mpg
Avg. Price/Gal - $3.11 (92 oct.)

Day 1 Thursday
Departure day. It was hot. Didn't think much of it at the time but it
shirley was a sign of things to come. Sometimes on a long trip, unexpected
traveling companions come along for the ride. So it was to be for this
midsummer trip that a heat wave would join us, at times an unwelcome shadow.
But as we look back on events, the good, bad & ugly, sometimes the ugly
recalls as good because of the feeling that we've overcome a bit of
adversity to obtain great pleasure.

The bike was loaded to the hilt. Topping the Ultra's saddlebags, tent on 1
side, mesh jackets which would go unused on the other. These were
strategically held on by new $130 Lid Hauler's that Yo! helped me snag from
eBay for $30. They worked pretty well throughout the trip. Atop the tour
pack was a huge black sports type bag barely containing our sleeping bags
since I insisted on taking our full size flannel lined bags because I sleep
so much better in them. We were fully loaded.

Our 1st stop was Campmor, a legendary camping store in Paramus, NJ to pick
up 2 super lightweight backpacking chairs someone recommended. Riding south
and then west over the long span Tappan Zee Bridge, the traffic started
picking up on the Joisey border. We ass-tested the chairs at the store and
decided they were uncomfortable making the stop and the bad traffic
completely unnecessary. Riding into the sun, the 92 deg. exit of the NY
metro area became a traffic snarled nightmare. The heat of the now out-dated
'06 TC-88 engine scoured our legs while the afternoon sun made us feel like
pan-fried cotton balls. Finally breaking out near the PA border, we rode on
quietly until dusk, enjoying the rolling Pennsylvania hills and stopping for
the night in the chocolate city, Hershey PA. We elected to crash at a
Holiday Inn Express. I approached the local yokel desk guy. I bore the
typical road weary, hot day, need a shower badly look and nicely asked for
their best rate. Being in a tourist hot spot, he kindly offered us a $179.99
room. I snerked & told him this would need approval from the boss waiting
patiently outside by the bike. Before I could walk away he quickly wrote
down a new number and furtively pushed it across the counter toward me, as
if the document contained nuclear secrets. He said it was a real good deal
considering it was late and we were tired and stuff. Harumph. $130. If you
say so. Too tired to shop around. We had already grabbed a bite earlier.
Inside the tour pack was a metal travel bottle purchased a few days earlier
from a Sports Authority. I somehow managed to fill it with 1 ½ bottles of
Bowmore Legend, a favorite single malt. A coupla glasses later each and the
night was over. The next day was to be somewhat busy. We were heading into
West Virgina to Marvin's Mountaintop. There were are to camp out at the All
Good Music Festival, a 3 day extravaganza of music, camping and general
mayhem, the likes of which I've never seen before. Details to be scribbled
in part deaux...


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#2: Re: Summer Road Trip (Part 1)

Posted on 2006-07-23 00:33:10 by Swede

Schmoe wrote:
&gt; Awhile back, Easy regaled us with a fine series of road trip reports. I
&gt; enjoyed reading them a great deal. It's one of the things that rmh should be
&gt; about. So I figure to put finger to keyboard for a series myself.


&gt; Trip Stats
&gt; 2,194 miles
&gt; 9 days
&gt; $149.80
&gt; 48.2 gallons
&gt; 45.5 mpg
&gt; Avg. Price/Gal - $3.11 (92 oct.)
&gt;
&gt; Day 1 Thursday
&gt; Departure day. It was hot.

Oh, I know the feeling!

Purty report.
And I admire you figuring out the math, regarding the MPGS!
I never went through that when I made my coast to almost coast and back
trip report.

I think it's those details that count.

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#3: Re: Summer Road Trip (Part 1)

Posted on 2006-07-23 03:43:31 by billg_nospam_

&quot;Schmoe&quot; &lt;<a href="mailto:schmoe&#64;schmoeville.net" target="_blank">schmoe&#64;schmoeville.net</a>&gt; wrote in message
news:prxwg.204$<a href="mailto:Sc7.47&#64;fe12.lga..." target="_blank">Sc7.47&#64;fe12.lga...</a>

Thanks for the ride along.

&gt; There were are to camp out at the All
&gt; Good Music Festival, a 3 day extravaganza of music, camping and general
&gt; mayhem, the likes of which I've never seen before.

I have...Grateful Dead in Highgate, VT in an old air field. 130,000 of my
closest friends parting for 3 days.


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'82 Yamaha Seca (crunched)
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#4: Re: Summer Road Trip (Part 1)

Posted on 2006-07-23 13:40:25 by Kickstart

&gt;&gt; There were are to camp out at the All
&gt;&gt; Good Music Festival, a 3 day extravaganza of music, camping and general
&gt;&gt; mayhem, the likes of which I've never seen before.
&gt;
&gt; I have...Grateful Dead in Highgate, VT in an old air field. 130,000 of my
&gt; closest friends parting for 3 days.
&gt;
&gt;
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&gt; Bill G. AH#125 BS#233 - <a href="http://billg.cc" target="_blank">http://billg.cc</a>


prob more Banjo music at WbygodV fest than @ a Dead concert.
know what I mean Vern ?


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#5: Re: Summer Road Trip (Part 1)

Posted on 2006-07-23 13:46:06 by Chilly

&quot;Kickstart&quot; &lt;<a href="mailto:cwalker7773&#64;tampabay.rr.com" target="_blank">cwalker7773&#64;tampabay.rr.com</a>&gt; sed:

&gt;&gt;&gt; There were are to camp out at the All
&gt;&gt;&gt; Good Music Festival, a 3 day extravaganza of music, camping and
&gt;&gt;&gt; general mayhem, the likes of which I've never seen before.
&gt;&gt;
&gt;&gt; I have...Grateful Dead in Highgate, VT in an old air field. 130,000
&gt;&gt; of my closest friends parting for 3 days.
&gt;
&gt;
&gt; prob more Banjo music at WbygodV fest than @ a Dead concert.
&gt; know what I mean Vern ?

I dunno, that Jerry Garcia was one hellofa banjo picker.


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