Fall colors and friends in the Northeast

2E8007A8-B3D4-463B-8272-02D1C8E74832I’ve been able to stick to my route to see the colors turn  this fall. It has been really spectacular!
It started in eastern Ohio with Steph and Mike in Columbus, there I was lucky to attend the AIMExpo to see friends in the motorcycle industry. Thanks Erik from Twisted Throttle for the pass!  Meeting Long haul Paulwas a highlight as was seeing John again from Heidenau USA. (Really looking forward to those Scout II’s!)




I made my way east to ride with Mark in Parkersburg WV who is an old AF riding buddy. He showed me his favorite curves in Eastern Ohio (555) and WV. Those were some great roads, the covered bridges and HUGE “Musky” bucket were a nice surprise to roll up on.  Getting me hooked up with Bob Wark at the Warkshop for those nights was very kind.  THANKS!




Continuing Northeast through West Virginia and into Pennsylvania, I had to stop at the Flight 93 memorial. I had come within 3 miles of it back in 2016 but there wasn’t enough time in my day to make it. I promised myself I’d get back.  Quite a somber place, we need not to forget what happened that day.




That night was at my second “Harvest Host” stay. I gotta say sipping wine looking over the Starr Hill Winery was quite lovely ☺️




Passing through Pennsylvania and into New York is where I started to see the colors change,  just a hint of what was to come! I stayed with my old boss Glenn and his wife Donna Owen then went into New York the next day. That morning I had breakfast with a friend from the Internet, Ms Jennifer Steele who’s following my journey and is ready for her own adventures as soon as possible. GOOD LUCK JEN!




The next few nights was with Gary and Susie Rankins in Upstate New York. Gary is a PNWSTOG member that stationed out here for a few years finishing out his enlistment and looking forward to retirement soon(and warmer weather). He’s recovering from shoulder surgery from a Hare scramble crash on the DRZ earlier this summer, so we hopped in the truck to go see some of the sights. I was blown away at the beauty in his area!



After multiple trips through the Adirondacks, I had never seen any chairs🙄 well, I finally found some!


Making my way east into  Vermont and New Hampshire , the more beautiful it got. 😍😍




My goal was to make it to New Hampshire and ride Mt Washington before it got too cold.  I picked a beautiful sunny day but the gate keeper said they had frost up on the gravel section and weren’t allowing motorcycles. My van was also too tall so I wasn’t making it up this trip. 😔 I did however, set my GPS to “walking”  for a route less traveled and was not disappointed!  Finding Jefferson Notch on about 10 miles of dirt road and it being the highest through road in New Hampshire was a nice surprise! Returning back to the parking lot at Mt Washington I was “greeted”🙄😳 by more than a mile back up on the highway to go up the mountain.




I packed up my bike and being so close to Maine, I couldn’t resist passing through to get to my next night back in Southern New Hampshire with Super Tenere owner Kate Murphy. Kate took me for a nice little ride into northern Massachusetts.  She’s also a contributing writer for RideApart, its an online motorcycle blog/magazine with a very large following. ( see my previous post for the link😉😁) THANKS KATE!



Other then not making it up Mt Washington, it’s been an amazing trip so far! The old and new friends I’ve seen plus the fall colors sure make this life so enjoyable!

Author: PNWTenere

It's all about going for a ride with friends on the Yamaha Super Tenere, on road or off in the Pacific Northwest

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