Archive | October, 2013

” a rather blustery day today “

22 Oct

We had a very windy cold ride from the Finger Lakes NY area and a wicked crossing over the grated deck of the Thousand Islands bridge where we blown sideways. For anyone who hasn’t seen this bridge here is a good picture.   http://www.flickr.com/photos/jj8rock/2955647580/in/pool-22798623@N00/lightbox/

I’ve been over this bridge many times before but today in the winds, of approximately 25kts and gust to over 30kts, I was stressed. Being blown around riding 2-up and trying to keep the loaded Vstrom in my lane and avoid the oncoming trucks was a challenge, The steel decking reminds me of a cheese grater and I expect it’s an awful surface to fall onto and go for a slide.

Perhaps the highlight of our day was for lunch and the great food at the Sackets Harbour Brew Pub.

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Homebound

20 Oct

Back Mountain Road though Cass to Durbin is a narrow paved roadway about 50km of the best 1st and 2nd gear Vstrom rides that I’ve had.

The Coal burning steam powered Cass Scenic Railroad engine gets hand oiled daily with about 5 gallons of bio-degradable oil.
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Lunch in Durbin
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After lunch we enjoyed hwy 250 to Monterey Virginia, then 220 north then Patterson Creek Rd. A great day of riding; a visual overload. There is so much to see, although we missed the peak colours by about a week, todays sunshine made it fantastic.
We stayed in the Diplomat Motel in Rawlings, south of Cumberland. It’s handy to our route on hwy 220, and cheap, but it’s a poorly maintained dump and no eateries close by. The bed was fine, we slept. Enough said, don’t come here.
Winter weather temperatures are closing in on us; hopefully we get home with no icy road surfaces.

Marlinton and Area

19 Oct

Saturday started out cool and overcast.
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Rode through beautiful Watoga State Park where you can rent very rustic cabins (with fridge and stove) for a reasonable price. It would be great for a group of bikers to use as a home base and tour around scenic WV.

Then on to Beartown State Park
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which has fascinating rock formations.
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Had a great lunch in Frankford at Over The Top Bakery. Not a very fancy place but good food and good conversation with some locals, typical of everyone we have met along the way.
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Had to get back to Marlinton to check out the local hardware store which has been around since 1912. Gord was in heaven!

Old Clark Inn -Marlinton WV

17 Oct

We arrived, somewhat damp from two days of drizzle, fog and wet roads; occasionally serious rain and rarely any bright skies. But the scenery on the back roads is still great. Two days of twisties !

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Today we rode from the Inn to New River Gorge
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and rode underneath
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and then had lunch at the Secret Sandwich Society in Fayette.
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Back in Marlinton there were some FJR bikers in the parking spot.
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Brookside Inn – Aurora WV

17 Oct

Lodging, restaurant, bar and retreat. A step back in time into a spacious frame summer home built in 1899. Beautifully finished with some custom furniture made from lumber on the property, both the couch and table.
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We arrived just as Michele the innkeeper was about to leave to enjoy a social evening out with friends. We’re the only guests and she quickly but graciously checked us in and left with her son in charge. He started a fire for us in the huge air-tight woodstove in the downstairs living area and made us welcome. We stayed in room 4. Checkout photos at http://www.brooksideinnwv.com and also checkout http://www.auroraproject.org
We took over the living area by spreading out our wet riding gear and expect that It will be dry this morning. The weather forecast tells me that we will get it soaked again today. It’s shamefull to ride the twisties being gentle on the throttle, bit rainwetted roads covered with leaves offer poor unpredictable traction. The Vstrom has no abs brakes or traction conyrol system.
Instead of backtracking our route all the way west on hwy 50 to where we left off hwy 72 we will hopefully find our way along Stemple Ridge Road and Location Road and connect with hwy 72 near hwy 38 northwest of Parsons. Hopefully it’s all paved because we not keen on riding 2-up on a loaded Vstrom along rainsoaked dirt or gravel.

Coudersport PA

15 Oct

Long day’s ride to Pennsylvania, cold foggy start in Kingston but it cleared as we entered NY state. Went through the Finger Lakes and had a great lunch at The Downtown Deli in Seneca Falls. County Rd 10, the Cameron Rd from Bath going SW towards Jasper is very scenic with long steep hills and some twisties. Westgate Inn at Coudersport has great covered MC parking.
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Light rain all Wed morning. This bridge crosses Little Mahoning Creek.
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We snacked and got fuel at Punxsutawney(didn’t see Phil). It continued to rain until 3:00 when we stopped in Ohiopyle for a break and another snack at the Falls Market restaurant.
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The good news about the rain and cool temperatures between 11 and 14 degrees Celcius, is that we got a chance to test Sam’s new gloves; dry hands and adequately warm.

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We stayed at the Brookside Inn B and B. Its an awsome huge summer home built about 120 years ago. Great for a group to have a workshop or retreat.
Now for you Austin because we know you are following the blog, you must get to Austin PA. Here’s today’s route of a days worth of twisties. Most of today at moderate speed because of wet roads – here are the details: Coudersport, 872, Austin, Emporium, 255, Dubois, 259, Ligonier, 381, Farmington, cross state line into WV, 26, Albright, 72, 50 E to Aurora.
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Motopak GT-Mini

5 Oct

I’ve worn out two tank bags and decided to get a new larger one that is expandable.
Motopak luggage is very competitively priced and easily available in Canada. Although the supplied strap and buckle will work I modified them to be much better. I cut the strap and sewed it creating a simple and easily removable bag.
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Earlier this week we rode to Ottawa and got some warm and waterproof women’s gloves for our upcoming fall colour ride to West Virginia. We have three nights booked at the oldclarkinn.com in Marlinton.
The best fit were of course also the most expensive. Rev’it Kelvin H2O have some high tech insulation properties and a water barrier. They are mostly a leather exterior, complete with lots of typical safety features found in Schoeller motorcycle.
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