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Fri May 24, 2019 5:06 pm quote
My ride north should meet up with Ken's ride north tomorrow.

Mine began with the Spring Gathering with photos posted in that thread.

But between the two I have had another adventure.

I left Maggie Valley on Sunday morning.

I had mapped out a ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway, but bad weather was between me and my destination, Brooklyn, NY.

So I hopped on I-4 just a few miles into the ride and tried to get as far as I could.

Big clouds and rain found me in Hagerstown, MD, where I headed to a nice Hampton Inn for the night. I watched some of the last round of the golf tournament until a bolt of lightning killed the cable signal in the entire town.

The next morning I headed out after doing laundry and made it to NYC at around 11:00. I missed a turn, then got stuck in traffic trying to get into the Holland Tunnel ($15.00 for motorcycles too). Then lower Manhattan and Brooklyn traffic. I was a half hour late getting to Kylie's.

We toured Brooklyn and headed out the next day to the Catskills.

Then the Green Mountains of Vermont followed by the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

The last day with her had us braving the cold and wind to get to Portland, where we had a great oyster lunch at Eventide Oysters, beer at Gritty's and lobster at the Portland Lobster Company.

Looking forward to seeing Ken tomorrow. (Sad to see Kylie off)

Bill

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Holland Tunnel

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Kylie in Brooklyn

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Brooklyn Bridge

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Manhattan Bridge

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Kylie as we head off.

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A stop in New Jersey to see Manhattan.

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Checking out a waterfall in the Catskills

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Kylie and the waterfall.

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Kylie and wbdvt leaving the hotel in Manchester, NH

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Selfie of the two riders

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Cold this morning

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Oysters

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Sat May 25, 2019 2:26 am quote
What a nice way to spend quality time with Kylie. It was nice to see you again and to meet Kylie. Safe travels to you both!
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Sat May 25, 2019 2:37 am quote
Great trip! Thanks for posting about it!
Ossessionato
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Sat May 25, 2019 5:48 pm quote
Kylie rode 600 miles with me over the last five days.

Two of the day’s rides were cold and very windy.

Not the first complaint. What a trooper.

She is special.

Bill
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Sun May 26, 2019 10:43 am quote
Ken and I met a nice couple at dinner last night.

Today they showed us their project house in Albany.

Always fun to meet cool people on these rides.

Bill

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Mon May 27, 2019 4:06 pm quote
Today, Ken and I rode to Ithaca from Troy.

We caught a five minute parade in Cooperstown, then made our way into Ithaca.

It is a beautiful area that reminded me so much of the Wisconscoot rides in southwest Wisconsin.

Waiting to go get a steak dinner at Texas Roadhouse in a few minutes.

Bill

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The start of the five minute parade.

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Part of the parade.

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Dairy country, just like Wisconsin.

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Passing a parade firetruck.

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Along the route.

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Taughannock State Park.

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Mon May 27, 2019 5:03 pm quote
Nice pictures... thanks!
Ossessionato
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Thu May 30, 2019 6:26 pm quote
I just got home after a scorching hot 782 mile ride from West Virginia.

3900 miles total in 15 days.

Highlights were two great riding days in the mountains of NC.

Then five days riding with Kylie.

And five days riding with my favorite riding partner, Lostboater.

It was all good,

Now, back to work.

Bill
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Fri May 31, 2019 3:56 am quote
Well done! And a special trip as it included quality time with Kylie. Now back to the real world of work but if it were me, I would find my thoughts wandering back to times spent with my daughter! I enjoyed seeing you again, meeting your daughter and following in your tail wind for a few miles!

Thanks for posting while traveling

Barry
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Fri May 31, 2019 5:39 am quote
WLeuthold wrote:
I just got home after a scorching hot 782 mile ride from West Virginia.

3900 miles total in 15 days.



If this keeps up you'll need a tire change....
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Fri May 31, 2019 6:02 am quote
fledermaus wrote:
WLeuthold wrote:
I just got home after a scorching hot 782 mile ride from West Virginia.

3900 miles total in 15 days.



If this keeps up you'll need a tire change....
I go through tires quickly, so I am prepared.

My garage looks like a motorcycle tire store.

I already have the new tires for the Xmax.

And several fronts and rears for the Vespas.

Bill
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Fri May 31, 2019 6:17 am quote
WLeuthold wrote:
fledermaus wrote:
WLeuthold wrote:
I just got home after a scorching hot 782 mile ride from West Virginia.

3900 miles total in 15 days.



If this keeps up you'll need a tire change....
I go through tires quickly, so I am prepared.

My garage looks like a motorcycle tire store.

I already have the new tires for the Xmax.

And several fronts and rears for the Vespas.

Bill
Can't match you, but I'm in about the same boat. GTS needs new rubber ASAP, tires on the BV aging out, so have two pair in the wings....
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Sat Jun 01, 2019 5:46 pm quote
I can't get over how much Kylie looks like her mom. Does she have the same sense of humor?
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Mon Jun 03, 2019 6:04 am quote
wmak wrote:
I can't get over how much Kylie looks like her mom. Does she have the same sense of humor?
Yes, they are like two peas in a pod.

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Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:36 pm quote
You can always tell a real long distance rider. "Made our way into Ithaca". from Cooperstown. What? About a hundred miles , or so. Not a bad days ride by itself.
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