I spent a long weekend cruising around NH, VT and NY with my motorcycle posse. Before we go any further, I just want it on record. Yes, I was in Lake George on Sunday (morning) and No, I had nothing to do with any boats sinking. My bike doesn't possess that kind of a wake.
Anyway, the trip was slightly planned, in that we picked a meeting place for Friday and we know in what general direction we might want to head. Beyond that, the five or us made decisions on the spot, such as what road to take, when and where to stop for lunch, gas, dinner, lodging and who should lead and who should follow. Given that even the most anal/rigid ones of us were going with the flow, it all worked out well. I'll give some credit to the fact that it was an absolutely gorgeous weekend weather-wise. You don't really care when you stop or where you go when the sun is shining and there are twisty roads in front of you. The rest of the credit goes to the fact that we've all known each other for 35 years or more, and there are very few surprises in the group.
The images and impressions that stayed with me include:
- There is tremendous amount of farm land in western VT. We stopped for lunch at a little general store south of Middlebury and 4 out of every 5 vehicles that stopped in were trucks, real trucks not suburb trucks. There were also a good number of farms, especially dairy farms, in eastern upstate NY.
- New England doesn't hold the northeast monopoly on twisty roads through mountainous regions. NY holds it own.
- Man, those lakes in VT and NY are big, especially Champlain and Lake George. I've spent a lot of time on NH's largest lake, Winnipesauke and it may have more surface area than Lake George, but it's not as long.
- Lake Placid is a tourist trap.
- Lake George is a tourist trap with waterfront.
- Manchester, VT, is a tourist trap with "outlet" stores.
- Crushed beer cans make good holders for motorcycle kickstands on soft ground, so when you have four friends coming in on bikes, you'd better get busy.
- All the TFQ (too f'ing quaint) towns aren't in VT...NH and NY have their share.
I've managed to get some nice rides in with most of this posse over the past several years, and it's always fun. It's one of the reasons I own a bike.