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Heading North and East

Once again, Iím sitting in a McDonaldís eating a sausage McMuffin and drinking a Senior Coffee with 4 creams and hacking out my babblings. Iíve really missed this. I didnít know just how much until this morning.

I stalled leaving yesterday because all the weather forecasts were calling for strong thunderstorms all along my route. I watched the radar off and on throughout the day and I think I would have dodged the bullet if I had gone. Oh, well; I canít live my life shoulding all over myself.

Last night, I got an e-mail from AFT telling me that thereís going to be a big shindig at the track tonight. Meet the racers, buy food, listen to loud second rate bands; that sort of thing. However; it kind of appeals to me. My thinking is that maybe I should push on to the track today and camp there for both tonight and tomorrow night. Or maybe I should stick to my original plan and camp in a national forest tonight and ride into Weedsport tomorrow morning. I donít have to decide for a few hours; Iíll see how tired I am when it comes to decision time. There are plusses to doing either.

One reason I stopped for breakfast now is to let rush hour traffic ease up around Columbus before I get there. Getting out of Cincinnati was a royal PITA. Itís late enough now that I donít think itíll be a problem. The road construction probably will be, but hopefully the traffic wonít be crawling when I get there.

As is usual, I had a bunch of ideas about what to write about while I was riding and forgot all of them as soon as I fired up the laptop.

Well, Iíve gotta get back out there. Later.
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Lunch break.

I'm out of shape.

My butt hurts.
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I am familiar with the butt hurt.
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John, hurt or not you’re on the road, yea!!! Enjoy and keep it safe.
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Weedsport


Iím sitting in the Dunkiní Donuts in Weedsport, NY having my morning cup. The weather is flawless and Iím hoping that the racing will be both fast and competitive.

My original plan was to have left Thursday morning and taken two days to get here. However, on Wednesday, all the weather forecasters were calling for strong thunderstorms all along my planned route, so I decided to just hold off a day. That turned into a wasted day because all the forecasts turned out to be wrong. Sort of. It did rain all along my route, but it didnít rain when I would have been there. If I had set out as planned, I would have had smooth riding. Maybe next time, Iíll pay a little less attention to the forecasts. Thatís when theyíll be 100% spot on. Like the weather men love to say, ďItís not an exact science.Ē

So I set out yesterday. I was feeling a little bit of pressure to get here and my plans changed as I rolled along. First, I decided to use the Interstate to get up past Columbus, then head east on secondary roads. Then, I decided to use the Interstate, but to head east into Pennsylvania and take secondary roads up to Weedsport. Then, when my butt started hurting, I decided, screw it. I went up to I-90 and paid the tolls. Itís an hour quicker to take the toll road and I just wanted to get here. I wouldnít have enjoyed the secondary roads; I just wanted to arrive.

When Iím traveling, my instincts tend to revert to the way I grew up. My family would take regular trips to North Carolina to visit my Dadís family, and it was always, Point & Shoot. Whenever we went down or one of the relatives came up to see us, one of the first questions asked was, ďHow long did it take?Ē I have to really apply a lot of pressure to not travel that way. All it took to revert was a sore butt.

Anyhow, it was almost 600 miles from my house to the Speedway, and I was happy to arrive. I rode over to the camping area and set up my tent. Before I was finished, a lady in a golf cart came by and told me I had to register, so I went over to the office and did. Wow. In years past, I camped here for free. This trip, itís $24.00 per night. Now I know why my butt hurt; it was anticipating the price of camping. Well; I hope thatís the last major unexpected expense for this trip. It probably wonít be, but I can hope.

To add insult to injury, when I went to take a shower this morning, there was no hot water. I was hot and sweaty all day yesterday, and I was stiff and sore from using muscles that havenít been used in a while this morning. A cold shower was not what I was looking forward to. But I got used to the temperature and I got clean and thatís the important thing. The funny part is the guy who came in after me had no problem; he got a nice hot shower.

Practice is supposed to start at 2:30 this afternoon, so Iíve got a little bit of time to kill. Maybe Iíll ride into Syracuse and say hello to Iron Mike. Or maybe Iíll find a Maccaís and get my standard Road Breakfast. I could go to the Original Dinosaur for lunch, but I'll be at the Dinosaur in Troy for lunch tomorrow. I'm not sure if I want to eat at the dinosaur two days in a row. The idea does have its appeal; I could get brisket today and ribs tomorrow... The more I think about it the more I like the idea. Why not?
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Rolled out of Columbus OH Thursday morning after a two week trip to NOLA. Checking weather the night before, we were prepared to suit up for what looked like an extended wet ride. We got ZERO rain the whole way to Rochester NY.

Can't always believe them weathermen!

I no longer use my Sporty for touring as I have a Road King for that. I have parade fans on it for when I'm stuck in stop and go summer traffic. They make a HUGE difference in engine temp. They are small and black and blend in with the black cylinder/heads.

No one has ever commented on them which means to me, they aren't very visible.

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The races were good, but I doubt I’ll return to this track.

I really hate tolls.

I’m going to take US RT, 20 east, then take I-87 north to Troy.

Drunkin’ Donuts has gone to hell.
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On The Ides of July


Iím in Hudson. It feels both familiar and strange to me. One thing that I enjoy is that it was light at 5:00 AM. Iím on the eastern edge of the time zone here and the sun rises an hour earlier than it does in Cincinnati. Of course, it also sets an hour earlier, so itíll be dark by 8:30 tonight.

I left Weedsport yesterday morning and headed south to US Rt. 20. I stayed on 20 across the state until I got to the Northway (I-87) then went north to Troy. Upperstate New York is very beautiful in the summer. Lots of rolling hills and farms with occasional towns along the way. Not too crowded, but not the least bit desolate; as close to the term idyllic as I can think of. Definitely worth skipping the Throughway to check out. It took me an hour longer to reach the Dinosaur by going that route, but I got a much better view of the countryside and I didnít have to shell out $$Nine Dollars$$ for the toll. However; even if it cost more to take Rt.20 than the Thruway, it would be worth it. Itís that much prettier.

Taking Rt. 20 across New York is like taking US RT. 36 across Kansas, or Rt.2 across Nebraska; until I took those roads, I never knew just how beautiful both states really were. If you really want to see this incredible country, I highly recommend taking the secondary routes. The Interstates will get you to your destination a lot faster, but youíll miss a lot. Then again, if youíre really in a hurry, take a jet. You wonít see much between airports, but youíll get there a lot quicker. I saw a lot of beauty yesterday.

I also saw some really good friends at the Dinosaur. I got there a little early, but then everybody started arriving. Steve(Johnnylunchbox ) and Sue, Nate (NateXL1000), Frank (Froggy), George (Griffmeister) and Jim (Damnut ) arrived and we all sat and stuffed ourselves with very enjoyable food and talked about all things Motorcycle for a couple of hours. Jim brought a bunch of EBR hats and gave them out to everybody. I guess he found a dealer who had bought a bunch and was willing to let them go for cheap, so Jim had a bunch of them. I now have a nice new hat!

After lunch, we all set out for different destinations. Steve, Sue and Frank all live in the Hudson Valley, so they were headed south from Troy, while Jim, Nate George and I headed east on Rt. 2. Nate had warned us that the pavement on the New York side of the Taconic Trail was rough, and he didnít exaggerate. Once we crossed over the summit and were in Massachusetts, it improved dramatically. I was feeling a bit of envy for George and the suspension of his Uly over that stretch of road. I also was feeling envious of Steve and the updated suspension on his new Roadster (Heís got Emulators in his forks and Ohlins shocks on the back). Heís also got a new Roadster, though mine is a good one.

George dropped off at US Rt. 7 and headed south for Connecticut. Jim, Nate and I continued over the Mohawk Trail. Nate broke off at Rt. 122 and Jim took the exit for Rt. 140. I continued to Hudson.

There have been changes in the 3 years Iíve been gone. I saw a new gas station and a Drunkinís on RT. 70, as well as another new car dealership on Mechanic Street in Lancaster and thereís a bit of housebuilding happening on Rt.85 between Bolton and Hudson. Not major changes, but changes, nonetheless.

Gas is considerably cheaper here than in Cincinnati. When I left, it was $2.99 for Regular and $3.59 for Premium. Here, itís$2.59 and $2.99 respectively. Cincinnati had the highest gas prices I saw, though Pennsylvania, near Erie matched them. New York was cheaper than Ohio by a good bit and Massachusetts is even cheaper. And I havenít gone by the cheap station yet. Iíll hit that when I go over to Fitchburg, later this morning.

I donít have the WiFi password for the house on this laptop, and Iím not about to disturb Ernie this early in the morning to ask for it. Iím thinking of riding over to either Mickey Dís or Drunkinís to see whatís on the internet and maybe send this out. I took some pictures in Syracuse and in Troy, but I wonít download the camera until I get back home. Iíll share them then.

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