Sunday, October 04, 2009

Color in the Catskills Rally

I got my toes in the water, ass in the sand
Not a worry in the world, a cold beer in my hand
Life is good today. life is good today.

- Lyrics from Toes by the Zac Brown Band

Good Evening All,

For your evening reading pleasure, I share with you today's adventure to the Color in the Catskills Rally.

I met up with our VP, Jim Dubarry at the Park and Ride at exit 58. As I pull in, I'm great by some great classical music emanating from a van own by Eric. He decided to wish us good luck on our ride before heading over to the Club's breakfast get together.

After a an update on the restoration of Eric’s Bumble Bee, Jim and I head off to exit 37 to meet up with Harold. As we pull off, we are greeted not only by Harold but by Lloyd too! Good thing too- not only does he have a home near the Rally, but he knows some great roads to get us there! NICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

After a pitstop for our VP (who was just getting over a bad battle with some Chinese food) we’re off!

Cross Island to the Throgs to the Cross Bronx to the Bruckner to the Taconic (I think). While I'm not sure how we did it, the Taconic was a great ride! We battled some foggy conditions only to be rewarded with some great colors on the trees and on the mountains in the Bear Mountain Region.

We stopped at this dumpy looking diner in Red Hook off of Route 199. The place was really very busy because of the great food and quick service. The spple cinnamon pancakes were very tasty!

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After a great meal, we took off on a bunch of great roads that Lloyd knew.

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The fog played games with us most of the morning. I guess a lot of people were put off by the weather because we really had the road to ourselves.

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We ended up taking in the views near a reservoir (23A??). Here’s the four of us taking a break:

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We got into Hunter Mountain just before noon. There was a ton a bikes but really not a lot to see.

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DSCF0393Lloyd, our Road Captain for the day!

The Rally was not much of a Rally but rather a more like a Get Together. There was maybe 5-6 Vendors and then the Oktoberfest Fried Food Fest. The one highlight for me was being able to purchase a set of P3 lights from Skeendesign. These LED Brake lights are similar to Hyperlights but much brighter and are programmable to modulate and flash when activated. The set I bought even works as a voltmeter. Given my history with battery drains, I think this will be lifesaver.

From their website on a K1200RS

These suckers are bright!!!!!!!!

Here’s a pic of P3 versus Hyperlites:

I can’t wait to install these bad boys! Okay, commercial over!

We even ran into another club member- Lech! Turns out, his house is just over the mountain about 20 miles away! He was oogling the badges at Helen’s Badge Boutique. We didn’t need no stinkin’ badges so we were outta there!

After about an hour or so, we were back on the road again!

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Yup, those are rain clouds. 30% chance of rain my ass! Just kidding, a few sprinkles and were fine.

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The colors of the leaves were just starting to change. With the big blue sky and some great tunes blasting from the radio, it was a great day to be riding!

Just before we headed south, we stopped for lunch at this nifty little diner. The pastrami ruben and raspberry ice tea were worth the trip!

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Cool sign!

Home for 5:30 pm dinner as I promised my beautiful Wife!

Not a worry in the world, a great 300+ miles tucked away
Life is good today!

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