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Way to go John! We missed you at the Meet n Greet, but was a smallish turnout. Glad your spirits have been lifted, yeah, life can be good.
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Some really nice pictures and a nice looking lady, who is that old guy with her?
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Nice John, thanks for sharing.
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Yep, you should be well pleased to be involved with the parade. Good job!
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Yesterday, I got an e-mail stating that my Application for HELP was approved, and the county was going to pick up 30% of my balance for the water line replacement. That makes it possible for me to be able to come up with enough dough to pay for it. It’s really going to hurt me financially. I’ll have nothing in the savings account and I’ll only pay the minimum on everything, and food money will be tight for a while, but I’ll be able to do it. Assuming the estimate was accurate, that is.

Anyhow, that bit of good news pushed me over the edge. I’m going to make my trip to Massachusetts. I won’t be able to buy and ship a lot of local foods back here like I’d planned, but I’ll get to see the Weedsport Short Track (I bought my ticket a couple of months ago), meet a bunch of friends at the Troy, NY Dinosaur and see my friends in Massachusetts. I’m hoping that when I go to the shop, they have pizza from Nana’s for lunch, but even if they don’t, it’ll be nice to see everybody and trade some insults with Jimmy and Guido and do an oil change on the cuff. I know my credit is good with them.

So I think I’ve got a route planned out. I’m going to camp in the Allegheny National Forest on the first night, then camp at the Speedway. It’s under four hours from the Speedway to the Dinosaur on roads without tolls, and I really hate tolls, so I can easily make it to the Troy Dinosaur in time for lunch. And it’s only four hours or so over the Taconic Trail and Mohawk Trail to Hudson. I’ll easily make it there before sunset.

I was on the fence about going, right up to yesterday morning. But knowing that I got the Poor Old Farts discount makes all the difference. Now, I’m excited. I’ve checked the extended weather forecasts for here, Weedsport, Troy and Hudson and all I can see is Nothin’ But Nice for the next ten days.

I haven’t camped yet, this year, so I wonder how badly I’ll sleep on the first night. I never sleep well the first night out when I’m camping and I expect that will be the case on this trip. I’m still debating whether to bring my coffee making gear. I won’t be using it a lot, but I’m sure I’ll be wanting some coffee in the morning. Most places, though, have a Golden Starches or a Drunkin’ Donuts not too far away. I’ll see how full my saddlebags are with my other gear, then make my decision. If there’s room, I’ll go for it.

I really need this trip. It’s going to be fun!
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Good for you, John. Have a great & a safe ride. Good for the county picking up some of the cost of your water line. Hope your contractor gets it right the first go.
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I had planned to be on the road this morning, but I changed my mind. There are strong thunderstorms forecast for my entire route for this afternoon as a cool front comes through. After checking several sources - Intellicast, Accuweather and Channels 12 and 19 - I decided that it would be more prudent to wait a day. I’ve got almost everything packed and just waiting to go on the bike. I did that last night. Both saddlebags are full and my tent and sleeping gear are all strapped together, the windshield is on the bike and the Roc Straps are installed in their customary places. I can have the bike loaded and ready to hit the road in just a couple of minutes. I just don’t want to deal with heavy rain and lightning.

Still; it’s a beautiful morning and I’ve got the itch. If I hit the road by 9:00, I could be camped in the Red Bridge campground in Allegheny National Forest by mid-afternoon.
(I just checked the forecast again and it’s still supposed to rain heavily.) No; I don’t want to set the tent up in the rain. And it’s supposed to start raining by 2:00. I’ll wait and get an early start tomorrow morning.

I was going to wear my mesh jacket, but it might be wiser to wear the First Gear or the Darien. I think the First Gear has better venting and is more water resistant, so that might be a better choice. Both have more pockets than the mesh, and that’s a good thing. Yeah; The First Gear is a better choice.

Maybe this one day delay is a good thing. I have a little more time to think things out. If I had left this morning, I would be wearing a jacket that didn’t have enough pockets and I might have forgotten my ticket to the race. It was still clipped to the fridge; I noticed it when I poured my second cup of coffee.

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I would suggest getting a small tank bag. I have one on the Sportster and it holds about as much as a saddlebag. Also I just picked up a mesh jacket with a removable waterproof membrane liner. I can configure it with just a T-shirt and mesh to membrane, + long underwear + long sleeve shirt to accommodate the many different weather conditions. I've retired my leather jacket to fall, winter, and spring.
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