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Every three years Kay grows a big canning garden and this was the year.Now once Kay gets in canning mode,the best thing for me is to stay out of her way and out of her kitchen,cause this is her thing.So I loaded up on a sunday afternoon with no destination and headed north.First state to pass into was

Stayed on 2 or single lane roads,didn't matter if they were paved or not.Only rule I had was North or east and into the mountains.Tried staying in the upper elavations the whole trip.


Looked down into the vally below and saw this
farm with a huge corn maze
 

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Because of the late start,I didn't travel very far the first day.Storms were looming in the horizon,and time to find a place to camp.Saw an old road going along the side of the road up over the mountain and thought,why not?

Just as I started up the road,it let loose with a pretty good downpour.Got set up and fell asleep listening to the thunder storm and rain the first night

The next morning the rain let up long enough to get on the road.Next stop

As soon as I get into Pa. the rain starts again,and continued to rain the rest of the day.Didn't dampin the spirits any,full set of rain gear,no problem.The fog set in for awhile,check the clock on the klr.12:30 in the afternoon
 

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Dropping down into the vally,the fog cleared alittle but the rain continued.Didn't bother this little guy.Either a six or eight,couldn't tell

Got back up into the mountains on some cool back roads


Notice the amount of water running down the road.Raining hard,but I was loving every minute of it.Gotta love an adventure.Rolled thru the mountains and came to a small camp ground in the middle of nowhere in the national forest.No fee.Home for the night

I should mention,that I took all of my supplies with me,food,stove everything to self contain the trip out of the panniers and water proof bag on the back.
 

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That night was one heck of a storm.When I stopped for gas the next morning,the guys were watching the local news and said that they had up to two inches of rain that night.I think I heard every drop hit the tent.Got rolling north into

Did a little jaunt on a side road up the mountain

Dropped back down onto rt 14 and headed north.Got above Elmira and the rain let up to a little drizzle the rest of the way


Traveled on up 14 to the finger lakes region thru the wine country of the east


Stopped on one of the lakes and a fellow couldn't belive I rode a dirt bike from Virginia all the way up here:)

More to come in a little bit
 

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At this point I turned east to split the finger lakes and head towards Vermont.Lotta nice area around the finger lakes and plenty to see.But I wanted to get up into north east corner of New York before dark.Looked like alot of open space on the map.I believe this is an osprey on her nest



and this little advertisment for a local establisment

Finally up into NE NY.A nice little valley

Nice little beaver dam
 

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Started looking for a camp site,and ended up at Moffit lake for the evening.Nice camp site with all the amenities.

Up the next morning,overcast but dry,and headed NE

beautiful country

A little low on water,but nice shot of typical creeks in the area

Traveled on up to Champlain and crossed over into Vermont.But this caught my attention

Alot of history here,but didn't spend as much time as needed to give a good report on the point.
Crossing over to Vermont

 

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Once in Vermont,I had already traveled further than expected,but with no destination and no time line,I thought I would go ahead and shoot for Maine.The klr is running as smooth as could be expected,not using any oil and plenty of rubber left,plus the weather was cooperating,so east we went

I tried to do alittle dirt or unimproved road in every state,Vermont was no exception


popped up oner this rise on top of a mountain

to see this

The camera,or my photography ability cannot do it justice,but it was absolutely beautiful
Found a camping spot along a small stream for the evening and enjoyed a hot cup of coffee and time to reflect on the beauty of the North East.Didn't get a pic of this spot for some reason.The next morning around seven,it was a pretty good climb up out of where I had camped,as I just pulled of off a rural road about 200 yards down along the stream.I was flogging on her alittle to keep the speed up and when I popped up on the road there was an elderly gentlemen getting ready to go down to the creek.Needless to say,we both had a good little chuckle over that meeting
 

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On into

First trip to Maine,and what a state.I didn't have any travel destination anywhere,so I kept going east

I just have a thing for pure mountain/trout streams

Maine backcountry



I bounced back and forth on the Maine/Vermont border for alittle bit enjoying that area .When coming off of one of the steep switchback roads my rear brake pad delaminated eating into my rotor.Now i'm down to just the front brake.I get down into a little crossroad and am looking at a map for the next largest town that might support a bike shop when a fellow pulls up and checks on me.Told him the situation and says,not a problem.I'm about 20 miles from a Kawasaki dealer,so off we go.
 

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So now I'm riding,fully loaded,with one working brake and I see this

Now that will snap ya out of it
Arrived at the Kaw shop and met Mike and his wife,owners of JEM Motosports in S.Paris Me.

Very nice people who are also very civic minded.They sponsor,including there two children,twelve racers.No small feat for any shop,big or small.Told Mike the situation and he promptly made room in their shop and started work on the rear brake and rotor

I also wanted to replace the front brake while we were at it and he didn't have one in stock.But,he did have an 07 on the floor and pulled that one and got me back on the road.All for minimal cost.He has 2 07's on the floor marked down substansually and an 08 sittin there also.Very good people to deal with.
Back on the road,I begrudgingly started my return trip home,but not directly.
I continued on into Maine alittle further before heading now southwest.
 

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I now start heading west into

Gotta love those New England stone walls



some more of the northern rivers

forgot a couple of pics from Vermont that I wanted to post


 

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Now I head alittle further south and make it back into New York across the hudson valley crossing the Rip Van Winkle bridge

I'm now headin south and getting ready to go around Albany when I go by a bmw shop that looks familiar.But I have not been to this part of New York and can't quite understand why I reconize this place when it hit's me.It's maxbmw.I see it alot on the adv site.Well I stop and check it out.Very nice shop and great people.Max was there and we talked 1200gsa.I was getting ready to leave and he walks out with me to check out the klr.We have alittle more conversation about traveling when he notices my backtire.I feel fine,it's a mefo with at least 1000 miles left on her,but Max is concerned enough he offers me a free tire to get me home.I decline,but was nice to meet fellow adv'ers always willing to help.Nice people and nice shop.
a pic of Max with his lean,mean,racing machine.

I leave Maxs and skirt Albany using Maxs directions,a nice country ride around the big city and make it on down to pa around 6pm
I go sothwest untill I hit rt6 and take this over to Troy pa to camp to see if my dad would happen to be there.Arriving around 7:30 my dad pulls in right behind me.The first night in a bed in 6 days

Had a great visit with my dad who was up playing golf at three different courses in three days,he was having a ball.One course was in Elmira,one in Wellsboro,and I can't come up with the third.
Up the next morning and hit a few backroads on my way south



headin thru rural pa




Headed on down into valley to Antietam
 

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I camp just outside of Antietam for the evening,again with a thunderstorm and rain after dark.I stay at Caledonia state park and they have an outdoor amphitheater where their film that night is on Lewis and Clark.Was a nice twist on camping.

Make it to The battleground the next morning and spend not near enough time there





Sobering.Being a vetern and on a battlefield with such end results leaves one with a sad feeling for those who were there.
Leaving there and heading south I enter

Just a short stint here before I'm back in

Still had to take a few side roads before home




Last fuel stop before the last 95 miles to home

Arriving home around 7 pm sunday afternoon

All in all,a very good trip.A little over 2400 miles.Minus the small maint. bill for the brakes,total trip cost was around $250.The most expense was fuel.I did,on the last day buy breakfast and dinner on the road.I had alloted $350 to do this trip as cheap as possible just to do it.I arrived at home with $43 bucks in my pocket.The only thing I missed this trip was my Kay and dry feet.Kay and I are headed back up in 08 for at least three weeks of touring the same areas I went thru and more.There is sooo much to see and do.The people I met were all very friendly and accommidating.Hope you enjoyed the thread.

Happy Trails

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Man, what an awesome ride. I truly wish my back and butt would allow me to do rides like that, but a man has to know his limits. WV is just a short distance from here, are there any forest maps available of some of those great back roads in WV? I was looking at the New River Gorge National Recreation Area but am not sure if it is bike friendly or not. Would love to do some motoring around the mountains there sometime.
 

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DXKLR,pm sent
 
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