Friday, April 15, 2016

The Great North American Adventure- Pre Planning

Hello everyone, it's been a while since I published this blog. I won't use the lame excuse of being lazy. The truth is I had done nothing or visited anyplace interesting on the motorcycle in a while.  My last great trip was in Brazil to Serra do Rio Rastro in September 2014 and since moving back to NYC it's been rather dull as it comes to trips. So V Man and I decided to break the inertia and started planning a real trip.  I was intrigued by going and visiting our neighbors up north, the ones Donald Trump doesn't hate.  Initially, the idea was more ambitious, ship our bikes to Seattle and the ride to Vancouver and Whistler and all the glorious twisties. But work ruined that plan as we both quickly realized taking 2weeks off would be tough so we settled for something closer. Ride to Montreal and visit Mountains north of Montreal.

Montreal is approximately 329 miles from NYC and not something we wanted to do in 1 day so we have planned to spend the night in Lake Placid and the ride to Montreal the next day. The night before a big trip is always full of anxiety and excitement.  Making things more complicated is packing for 6 days in one bag that will go on the back seat and be evenly balanced. It requires skill!! The anxiety stems from looking at riding 300 miles on two wheels at 80 mph against the wind. It may not seem like it but it is actually a test of your endurance, concentration and of course balance.

Anyway, the packing is done and I need to get a good night's sleep to be on the road at 9 am sharp.

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