I wasn’t expecting to spend this much time in Pennsylvania but I’m sure glad I did!
Making my way up the east coast, I had been invited to 2 different events in central Pa., a week apart. The 1st was the Yamaha side-by-side ATV demo event at the Rock Run in Patton Pa. The 2nd was the Touratech rally east, not far away in Huntingdon Pa. that next weekend. Both were a blast and I was very fortunate to meet some great people at both.
After making my run up to corner number 4 in Madawaska Maine, I had to traverse Pennsylvania one last time.
From one of my postings on the Tenere forum, Jon Polay reached out to me to ride some of the best roads in his state, plus he’s a Tenere owner so who would pass the up……..right?
I pulled up to his place just outside State College Pa and into his 3 “car” garage but it wasn’t filled with cars, but 8 motorcycles! One for every day of the week 😉 There were some from Yamaha, Ducati, Suzuki, Honda, Buell, and Kawasaki. He’s not too picky.. Actually one of the bikes was for his wife and another for his son, even so, it’s a dream garage for most of us.
Jon had set up a ride with his two buddies David Dix on a watercooled GS and Greg Lang on his “wee-strom” to join me as I ride from State College southwest into West Virginia to get on US 50 West. What laid before us was 200+ miles of the curviest and most scenic roads I haven’t seen since Northern California back in May.
David and Greg had to peel off earlier in the day so Jon and I continued on into West Virginia for a bit. I will say Pennsylvania has much better quality pavement but both offer excellent curves and vistas. Pennsylvania will be high on my list if (when) I get out this way again!
Having a local to call on to show you around weather on or off road is a huge bonus! 😉 Thank you Jon, David and Greg for a great day!
It’s taken 105 days but I finally made it to corner #4 in Madawaska Maine! I had started Friday the 26th early( 0400) with “Mr Twisted”Erik Stephens,the founder and CEO of Twisted Throttle as we headed up Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park to be the first in the US to watch the sunrise.Unfortunately it was cloudy but it was a perfect time to try out our LED’s. Erik was on his Twisted Throttle LED demo R-1200GS with every light Twisted Throttle makes, while I have Cyclops LED headlights and 3000 lumen light bar. We didn’t have any issues getting there 😉
After our goodbyes , Erik headed back to Rhode Island while I got back on US 1 to Fort Kent Maine. It’s the start ( or end depending on your POV) of US highway 1. If you remember back on July 24th, I was in Key West Florida at mile marker zero of US 1. Well now I’m at the other end. I crossed it a few times on my way north, I’ll have to admit the last few hundred miles in Maine are a lot more scenic then the first few in Florida, a LOT cooler also 😉
I also looked down at my odometer while in Ft Kent and saw that I had just reached 60,000 miles on my 2012 Super Tenere!
After my stop was well documented 😉 I headed the 20 miles north to Madawaska and the reason I was there in the 1st place. There is a really cool park dedicated to the riders that make the journey. It’s called “Four Corners Park”
I had the distinct pleasure to spend the last few days with a few celebrities in the ADV world. 1st was someone that I’ve been following for a few years now,and it was a treat to finally meet her in person! Leslie Saforelli (aka ADVgrrl) just moved back to the east coast from Vancouver BC where her extremely popular blog chronicled her adventures to the Artic Circle and more than one cross country trip( US and Canada). Unfortunately,Leslie is still recovering from a crash last year on her R 1200 GS with her partner Pam. I’m sure she will be back on those trails soon enough! Thank you and Pam for hosting me.
After leaving Leslie and Pams place in Connecticut, I headed for Rhode Island by setting my GPS to “walking” which is always fun because you never know what will show up. I was pleasantly surprised to find a few miles of nice dirt at the Rhode Island state line. 😀
My destination was 570 Nooseneck Hill Rd, Exeter, RI 02822, which happens to be the address of one of the largest designers of parts and accessories for ADV bikes in the world….
It was a reunion of sorts when I met up with their founder and CEO Erik Stephens. Back in 2014, several members of the PNWSTOG and I traveled to Mariposa Ca. for the Horizons Unlimited meeting where Erik needed a bike to do his demo talks 😉
I had half jokingly asked Erik if wanted he to go for a ride (thinking he was way too busy running the company) and was REALLY surprised when he replied sure!, ever been to Bar Harbour Maine? This is was something I totally wasn’t expecting! It would just be the two of us for a couple days on the road up to Bar Harbour. It was nostalgic for him as well as this was the same ride he and his brother did many years ago and was the reason they started Twisted Throttle when he needed “farkles” for his 2002 1000cc Suzuki V-Strom
Sadly the V-Strom wasn’t in the best shape for this ride so he picked the new R1200GS LED demo bike. Twisted Throttle has about 6 or 8 special edition bikes for him to choose from…. 😉 I know, right? :-p
We headed out a bit after noon up through Rhode Island, around Boston traffic, through the bottom corner of New Hampshire and into Maine on US 1.
Dinner was of course a “lobsta roll” 🙂 overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, really hard to beat!
Day two took us up US 1 through small towns and villages along the coast up past a cool looking bridge and into “Bah-Habaa”
Day 3 started really early as we were headed up Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park. It’s supposed to be the first place in the US to see the sunrise. Sadly, it was cloudy but that didn’t stop over 100 others from joining us up there in the windy mountain top.
Thank you Leslie and Erik for hosting me during my travels . I feel very lucky to be hanging out and getting to know y’all on a personal level then just what I see on the Internet. Y’all are both really cool!
It was a great turnout for the 2nd annual Touratech Rally EAST in Huntingdon Pa. Touratech is a huge international company that make parts for Adventure bikes. Their only shop in the US is in Seattle and when they told me they were hosting an eastern rally in central Pennsylvania about the time I would be passing through, I couldn’t miss it. The Touratech western rally outside Leavenworth Wa is in it’s 5th or 6th year and had 600-700 attendees this year, since this is only the 2nd year in the east, about 250-300 made it out.( up from last year)
It’s a big camp out with special guests and vendors plus great riding for everyone weather you are a novis that sticks to the pavement or the hard core single track rider. This year Jimmy and Heather Lewis from the Jimmy Lewis off road riding school and GS Giant woman rider Kim Krause were presenting and doing riding demos.
I also ran into a few Teneres out and about 😉
In camp one night a GS rider got a little too intoxicated and belligerent, after he passed out, his buddies did the only thing they could think of to get him back…. I think it worked! LOL
The majority of my time in camp was spent as a Mosko Moto nomad, It’s a program Pete Day and his team set up at the events they can’t personally make it to. A few loyal customers with Mosko Moto luggage gather at these types of events to show off the excellent luggage they make. It was a great time!
It was a great weekend, I was glad to meet up with old friends and make new ones.
I was in need of a tune up of new spark plugs 15,000 or so miles into my trip last week and my friends at Yamaha said to head to 5 Star Powersports in Duncanville Pa. So off I went.
Josh Mazzei is the General Manager and has a young but very competent crew with Dalton behind the counter and Justin working on my bike.
Josh was telling me that they are one of the largest Yamaha side-by-side ATV dealers country. Yamaha has the new YXZ 1000 out now. I got to take one for a spin later that afternoon, but I’ll tell more about that in my next blog 😉
Josh went out of his way to make sure I was taken care of, something I find that’s rare these days… Personal service, I didn’t feel like a number. The guys in the shop all wanted to hear about my trip and would ask me questions about it.
Thank you Josh for your time, your crew is top notch!