Mid October Ride

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by a fellow K1600 rider who is making a 50 state tour on his BMW.  We wanted to see if we could meet up as he passed through Upstate NY and ride together for a few miles.  After a few emails to coordinate the meeting, I took the day off from work and met Chuck in Wilmingtom VT at about 9 am on 10/17/13.

After introducing ourselves, Chuck took a quick photo to document our meeting and we headed out.  We took some nice back roads towards North Adams MA and then into Williamsburg MA where we stopped to take some pictures of the Williams College campus.  Williams College has plenty of well beautiful and well maintained colonial buildings.  It’s a great place to see classic New England architecture.

We left Massachusetts and headed Southeast toward Catskill NY.  When we arrived in Catskill, we stopped stopped for gas and planned the next part of the ride.  The weather was warming up nicely by now and it was into the low 70’s – quite warm for mid October.

We set out towards Kingston to get on to Rt 209.  At about 3:00, we stopped at a nice little Mexican restaurant for lunch and some more relaxed conversation.   Chuck ‘is another rider who had previously been riding Harley’s before switching to the K1600.

After lunch, we continued down Rt 209 toward PA.  We reached Port Jervis at about 5:00 pm and soon after crossing into PA, I decided it was time for me to head back home.  We pulled over to the side of the road near a small motel to say goodbye.   As we went to shake hands, my bike rolled backwards a little bit, my foot slipped, and I dropped the bike over onto its right side.  Chuck quickly helped me to get the bike back upright and we parted ways.

If you’re reading this Chuck, it’s OK to laugh, I certainly did.  What a memorable way to say goodbye!  I hope the rest of your journey is safe and snow free.

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3 thoughts on “Mid October Ride”

  1. Mark, what a fun day!! Yea the hand shake. Sorry man but glad u could laugh about it. Thx for the tour through some great roads. Just crossed into ohio and making time. See you in Cali!

  2. Emded up hitting snow (and riding in it) for about two hours on my way from Minneapolis to North Dakota… I got a snap in front of the ND Welcome sign and high tailed it out of there!! Got back to Cali Thues even just on time for a PERFECT sunset… 27 days, 48 states, 14.513 miles, 537.5 miles per day average, 9:22:15 avg riding time per day, avg speed 56.2, max speed… Ummmmm. 🙂 Thanks again for being part of it Mark!

    1. That’s an awesome ride Chuck. Snow is tough … Obviously, it’s cold but the worst part is that it sticks to windshields and face shields.

      Those are good stats too. Most people don’t realize how difficult it is to average aver 50 mph each and every day for a long period of time.

      Congratulations on completing and incredible ride. Thanks for allowing me to be part of it!

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