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Old 08-06-2011, 09:06 PM
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Just completed a once-in-a-lifetime trip IMHO. Plan A was a bike trip with just the GF and I (she rides her own), ended as a Tahoe trip (renting bikes 4 times) AND..... her 10 year-old grandson. Some trip finals: 64 days, 15,482 miles, 17 states, 31 National Parks, 1,000 gallons of gas, 56 different hotels, ate at over 200 places, 49 animals in the wild you can't find in Florida, 3 alignments, a tie rod end & idler. Oh, we did under 1200 miles total on the interstates.. Florida to CA up to Montana down to Oklahoma, then East to NC and south.. I'll throw up a couple picts.

Now we want to do New England & NY (just her and I on our Harleys) but this time I have to plan it (the above trip was on a 33 page spreadsheet with links to maps and websites).... We love scenery & architecture the most. Thinking we'll do 4 Mon-Fri trips, we plan be in South Jersey for every weekend (but not in granite). So I'd appreciate some suggestions.
Budget $300 a day (see if it works this time ), we vist the fancy places and stay in $75 rooms down the road somewhere.






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Old 08-07-2011, 05:56 AM
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So you'll leave NJ every Monday and plan on being back on Friday? You're looking for suggestions on 4 out and back trips, correct?

I would think 1 trip would be the Adirondacks and back. 1 trip should be the CT & RI coast to Cape Cod and back. 1 trip should be Boston and the North Shore up to Gloucester and back. And 1 trip should be a loop through VT & NH and back. You don't really have time to get up in to Maine with only 4 nights.
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Got any 'down' photoes from the Grand Canyon overhang?
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Old 08-07-2011, 09:13 AM
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Cape Cod is a must. Just make sure to go all the way to Provincetown. You can tour the Pilgrim Memorial. Many people don't know that the Pilgrims first landed in Provincetown and stayed there for a month before going to Plymouth. Dinner in Provincetown would be a fun experience too. Lastly, sunsets at Race Point beach are awesome!
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Old 08-07-2011, 11:00 AM
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a nice monday morning start, go out to montauk, cut back to shelter island, then on to orient. catch a ferry and your in ct.
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sounds like a helluva trip. Who looked after your dog or did she go with you?
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Is that the durango silverton train?
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Old 08-17-2011, 05:14 AM
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Originally Posted by r.waddill View Post
sounds like a helluva trip. Who looked after your dog or did she go with you?
Profinitys dog Sophie up here in NJ

Not coming back every weekend guys... Doesn't work...
Riding 201 in ME, doing Acadia, Barharbor, Cadillac Mountain
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Hi Mike, good to see you back, sure does sound like a once in a lifetime trip you had. Where's the place with the animals wandering down the middle of the road? Love the look of the train ride. Does the GF have a sister?

As for the fall excursions, consider adding a swing through Lake George area. As a SJ seashore guy who lived in the Albany area for awhile, I found the similarities vs differences of the lake experience vs beach experience pretty interesting. Not to mention the area's beautiful. Hardwood forests alongside the roadways so dense you can barely see more than 25 ft into them one moment, soaring Adirondack backdrops the next.

I'm stuck working today, pls post a report of the airshow.
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Old 08-17-2011, 10:21 AM
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Upstate, NY:

Day 1 up 87 to Saratoga Springs (catch an afternoon at the track - closed Tuesdays).
Day 2 over the ADK's to Lake Placid - lots to do and see.
Day 3 route 3 to 56 to 68 to Ogdensburg, NY - follow the Seaway Trail (St Lawrence - scenic river views to Alexandria Bay.
Day 4 - south on 81 (or better yet Rt12) to utica and on to Cooperstown.
Home day 5
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Mike, glad to see you made it back from your road trip. I've been hearing bits and pieces of your trip from Diane. Your pics look incredible but I expect a lengthy write up with tons of pictures once you finish the trip!! Have a safe rest of the trip!
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Having just gotten back from a ride through the Adirondacks and Vermont and living in the Boston area it thought I'd throw my two cents in. First with all due respect to the person who suggested the Cape it isn't a great place for a bike, boring roads and lots of traffice.

I would leave Jersey head for Lake George and then the second day head down 9N west to the ferry across Lake Champlain. Once on the other side quick left then right onto Route 17 this road once past Bristol is just a great ride with lots of twistys. Then you would head up to Stowe or hop on the highway and to Burlington.

Enjoy the ride!
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On the way up to the Adirondacs try and travel thru the Hudson Valley region. If yo like architecture stop in New Paltz - see the dutch settlers architecture. Try biking the variou sroads thru the Mohonk mountains. Visit the Mohonk mountain house but don't stay there ($$$) we stayed nearby in one of the less dear hotels. Also in the hudson valley is the Olana Estate - incredible moorish 'castle'. Built by Frederic Church founder of the 'Hudson Valley School' style of painting. In nearby Hyde Park there is one of the Vanderbilt mansions. A trip to Woodstock New York is also fun for a trip back to the 60's. On to Lake George, I like the less populated northern end - Hague I think is the town we stayed in. Do a boat tour of the Lake. Then hit Fort Ticondaroga before crossing over into Vermont. I second a trip to Burlington VT - a little left leaning politically but a neat town. Vermont in 'leaf season' can be difficult to find lodgings so book early if you plan this. ROute 100 thru Vermont is a popular road for leaf viewing. Lots of B&B's to stay in VT, south out of VT can put you on a trip eastward on rt 2 towards Boston. Boston is worth a page on its own and a must visit on a trip like this. You could then go south to the cape, I too like Provincetown. Or you could go North and stop in Marlblehead or for some nautical site seeing, Gloucester too and Salem - house of the 7 gables and wich fame. On up to Maine for the usual spots as mentione earlier. You'd then have to travel back south to NJ - maybe then yu hit the cape or go further down the road to Newport RI to see the coast and the mansions of the gilded age. Tennis Hall of fame, International Wooden Boat restoration School. Yo could swing by me if you need a plce to crash on the way to Newport.
Lots to see and do....
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Old 08-18-2011, 06:36 PM
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If you feel like getting open space and riding the bikes;

Take Highways to Williamsport PA then head west towards Jersey Shore PA to pickup route 44. Go to Hyner Run State Park and travel to Hyner View area atop the ridge. Continue the ride along 44 & 144 heading north. There are no better motorcycle routes relatively close to NJ. Once you get to Rt 6 head east a few miles and pickup 15 North then split back onto 414 in NY State. Lands you in Watkins Glen at south end Seneca Lake. Lookup all the wineries in the fingerlakes and go do some lunches on the water, wine tasting, whatever. Hammondsport great little town on south end Kueka Lake. Canandaigua and Skaneateles good stops while touring around. Rent a small boat do some fishing. Lots of Bed & Breakfast options or relatively cheap but decent Inn's.
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