Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Big Spring Ride: Part Eleven: Upstate NY

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.


Memorial Day Parade in Cooperstown.

Passing one of the parade firetrucks heading to Ithaca.

Beautiful countryside around the area.

Taughannock State Park.

Big Spring Ride: Part Ten: New Friends

We went looking for a place to eat last night.

Our first stop was a wine shop where a nice couple was finishing their wine.

We didn't stay there but headed to the local Oyster House, where the couple arrived just after us.

We talked a lot with them and found out that they were from Miami, but had bought an old estate in Albany.

I told them we would like to drive by and they invited us for a tour.

We rode by today and they were so kind to show us the house and continue the nice discussions we had at the restaurant.

It is a spectacular piece of architecture. Very nice couple too.

Traveling is always made more fun when you can meet new friends.


Elaine and Mike in front of their fine old house.

Of course, we had to have a shot with a scooter.

At the front door.

Beautiful woodwork inside.

Big Spring Ride: Part Nine: Lostboater

With Kylie off to New York and Paris, I needed a pick-me-up.

So I met up with Ken in Troy, NY, where we walked thirty miles ( felt like it but was only one and a half miles) to the local oyster bar.

Had a fine dinner and conversation with an interesting couple from Miami who are restoring an old estate in Albany.

Great oysters too.

My kind of evening.


Dining on Oysters, of course, in Troy, NY.

Big Spring Ride: Part Eight: Departing

Sad day for me.

Five wonderful days riding with Kylie.

Probably the most time I have ever spent with just her.

I loved every minute.

Dropped her off at the Portland Airport this morning.

So sad.


Off she goes to Paris.

Big Spring Ride: Part Seven: Portland

Today, Friday, Kylie and I rode from Thornton, NH, in the middle of the White Mountains, to Portland, ME.

The best part of the ride was on the Kancamagus Highway, 35 miles through the White Mountain National Forest.

It was a great road, but today it was cold and windy. 49 degrees at the pass, 22 mph winds with big gusts. It could have been more comfortable.

The remainder of the ride was uneventful, other than the wind, but we made it to the hotel in Portland at 1:00.

We heeded wbdvt's advice and had lunch at Eventide Oysters.

The server got us two each of six different oysters. They all were perfect.

Then I had the Lobster Stew. It was even better. What a fine restaurant.

We then walked around the old port area and had beer at Gritty's followed by a lobster dinner at Portland Lobster Company.

A very good day.

I am going to be very sad to drop off Kylie at the airport tomorrow.

But meeting up with Ken will help.


Cold along the way

Kylie at a stop.

Eventide Oyster House

Not a good photo in general, but a good one of Kylie.
She liked the oysters too.

Big Spring Ride: Part Six: Vermont

Today, Thursday, wbdvt (Barry) came to visit and ride with Kylie and me for a part of our trip to Thornton, NH.

He came bearing gifts, that Kylie and I are enjoying as we sit in the little cabin motel room while it drizzles outside.

We got an early dinner and am enjoying some quiet time.

We had a good ride today with a late breakfast in a little diner in Woodstock, VT, a town I would come back to visit anytime.

After that, the New Hampshire roads were all rough with very low speed limits, so it drew out the 120 mile ride.

After checking into the little motel, Kylie and I headed for a mountain road and found a good one.

Tivoli Road was freshly paved, no guardrails, signs or electric power lines. Just a smooth road through the forest.

We got to the top and returned back down. Nothing but beautiful.

We had dinner at the Covered Bridge Restaurant down the road, then headed back in the drizzle.

Another fine day.

Me and Kylie leaving Hunter, NY

Kylie and Barry

Following Barry on 11

Selfie of Kylie with no chins this time.

Vermont's finest, a gift from Barry. Thank you!

Big Spring Ride: Part Five: Windiest Day Ever

Everyone had a very windy day on day 7 of the 2014 Cannonball in Eastern Colorado and Western Kansas heading into Ulysses, Kansas, but not as gusty as today. We got pushed around a lot. Not a great first day of riding for Kylie, but she did great. No complaints from her.

I had been concerned about packing ever since I was preparing for the trip.

But this morning, I shifted items, putting the good stuff in my big bag and placing it is the protected area under the seat.

I took my clothes and put most of them in my back pack and secured it in the space in front of the seat,

Kylie had all of her stuff in a back pack that she wore while riding.

We didn't look like the Beverly Hillbillies at all.

It took an hour to ride the 10 miles to get out of New York City, then headed north on the west bank of the Hudson River.

On the Manhattan Bridge we felt the heavy wind, a steady 25+ mph with significant gusts.

This wind followed us all day. It was quite cold too.

But we had fun on our 4+ hour ride to Hunter, NY in the Catskill Mountains.

I had detours on the route, the best one into Piermont where we had lunch at a little cafe/deli/grocery store.

Once in the Catskills, we looked for a place for dinner but almost nothing was open.

We settled on a beer at Ronni MacGregors Pub, then were told that a nice restaurant would be open five miles down the road so we headed there only to find out that they were closed for the week.

We ended up eating at a diner in Windham that served enormous portions. We each ate less than half of our decent dinner and were unexpectedly served cake as a dessert. Not bad.

Nothing else to do so we came back to the empty small hotel so I could post these notes.

I am so lucky that Kylie wanted to do this ride with me. It is simply wonderful.


Kylie at the start of the day. I was relieved that everything we brought could be carried on Max.

A brief stop on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River to take in the skyline.

A quick stop to check out a waterfall as we approached the hotel in Hunter, NY.

Kylie and the waterfall.