Friday, April 15, 2016

Great North American Adventure - NYC to Lake Placid

Time of departure - 915 am
Time of arrival - 445 pm
Distance covered - 292 miles

Morning of any motorcycle trip is always hectic. Despite all the pre-planning there is something always missing. In my case that was my motorcycle pants without which I couldn't really go! After looking frantically for my pants I found out Amina had taken it out of the bag where I keep all the motorcycle gear and put it in a random closet. I don't think it was her way of stopping me from going, just her way of making me feel stressed out.

 After having successfully located and putting on my pants as I do wear the pants in my house :-) I headed out to meet Vishal on the next block. Vishal and I have riden together for almost 8 years now. In that time he has lived in NJ while I was living on UWS, then him living in London and me in São Paulo but still managing a trip to the Swiss Alps from London, then I was living in São Paulo and he was back in NYC and we rode to Shennendoah national park. Now we are literally living one block from each other so logistics are a little bit easy. However, one thing never changes... He is always late. After texting me he was ready to go he still took 30 mins to come down blaming it on his boss.

Anyway, we finally took off and one the first light while I was trying to fix my head set, I dropped my glove in the middle of 2nd avenue.  So had to pull over, and do a frogger type of move to get my glove back from on coming traffic.  When we finally got on the road the first hour was super uncomfortable.  My hands were cold since I was not wearing my winter gloves. It is April after all. My new shoes were hurting my feat and most importantly my playlist stopped working on my headset. So we ended up taking a break pretty early.

Our goal was to do half way to Albany by lunch time and we actually made it

there around 12 40 pm. We had lunch In downtown Albany at a pretty nice pub but the service was Slowwww. We ended up spending almost 1 1/2 hour for lunch. Post lunch the riding was relatively easy although Vishal complained I was going too fast. His sweet spot is 75 MPH and mine is more like 85 but we compromised and settled at 80Mph.

The trip was uneventful and the road was non exciting as we always planned to take the fastest route to Lake Placid which was I87. Once we reached Lake Placid we checked into a very old Best Western which made me nervous about the sheets and bed bugs but so far so good. Dinner was at a very local restaurant called Liquids and Solids which made me wonder what they were talking about.

For those who don't know, Lake Placid and the nearby white face mountain are the home to the USA ski team and has hosted two winter Olympic Games. Perhaps the best known one is the USA versus Soviet Union Ice hockey final on which the great movie Miracle is based on. I highly recommend it.

Anyway, it's almost 10 pm. I just finished writing this and now it's time to rest. Next up ...Montreal. 

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