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Old May 25th, 2018, 04:53 AM   #11
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usually, getting a group of riders improve the quality of the ride a lot....
i donīt usually go alone, because it is a bit boring...

itīs nice to stop, for a drink and coment the road, the bike, even swap bikes to test ride others...
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Old May 25th, 2018, 10:09 AM   #12
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I had this same problem. Being on the coast means I've got limited options compared to someone who's landlocked... The short rides after work became boring so I basically stopped doing them. Instead, I try to carve out at least 2-3 days at a time, I put a tent on the bike, and I get far away... NH to VT to NY to PA, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, etc. I find I'm enjoying riding even more now. I do more miles, in fewer days, and I'm nearly always somewhere new.
Yup - that's what I do. 3 days minimum out of Boston. It's about 2 hours to get to good roads and I like at least one full riding day. I try to enjoy getting there, but at some point I'm on a highway and apart from the pleasure of avoiding xanax influenced suburban traffic, it's pretty boring.

I've done about 30k New England miles, and do worry about getting bored, but I never do. On a bike, the road is never the same twice, and I seem to stumble on new routes using my patented "get lost after the second turn" method.
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Old May 25th, 2018, 10:37 AM   #13
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usually, getting a group of riders improve the quality of the ride a lot....
i donīt usually go alone, because it is a bit boring...

itīs nice to stop, for a drink and coment the road, the bike, even swap bikes to test ride others...
Different strokes. I've come to hate having to gauge my riding by others' pace. Someone is always a dick at some point (me included), and it's hard not to get target fixated. I like making my own riding decisions, and not being taken out of the immediate.

I never get lonely, I just talk a little too fast when I get out of the helmet bubble.
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Old May 25th, 2018, 04:14 PM   #14
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Different strokes. I've come to hate having to gauge my riding by others' pace. Someone is always a dick at some point (me included), and it's hard not to get target fixated. I like making my own riding decisions, and not being taken out of the immediate.

I never get lonely, I just talk a little too fast when I get out of the helmet bubble.
I actually enjoy long rides by myself as there's nothing to distract me from the ride. I'll do group rides on occasion with the expectation that I'll be taking it easy. I have a few people I ride with somewhat consistently but we all ride our own ride anyway so it's almost a solo ride with coffee and conversation breaks.
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Old May 29th, 2018, 09:25 AM   #15
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I've considered the truck idea. Even a trailer hitch and trailer too. It may come to this eventually.

@appliance821
I had suggested a local ride called the Ephrata Breakfast Ride to my coworkers. It's not too far and fairly convenient to the locations of my coworkers and they all "loved" the idea. But every 1st Sunday of the month none of them could go for one reason or another. I gave up.

I guess I could go on that ride by myself but feel a bit paranoid going into such a large crowd without somebody watching my back.

There's also a county motorcycle group here but apparently it is managed by members of the Pagans MC according to my neighbors, many of whom are former Pagans. I don't want to get mixed up with those people having worked with a couple before. Those coworkers brought me to the Wilmington DE chapter headquarters once and I saw things - and guns (pointed at me). You can keep that 1% mess thanks.

@MartyGarrison Hey Marty, how bad are the State Troopers in MD? I hear some real horror stories about them targeting bike riders and except for a few short rides I've tended to avoid that state out of fear of getting pulled over and having my bike impounded.

I tried riding in NJ a few times. The upside is they have much nicer road conditions than PA but the last time I went I got followed at low altitude by a State Police helicopter so now I avoid that state too. The helicopter flew so low overhead I was getting buffeted by rotor wash. It chased me until I headed back to the bridge to PA. Very disturbing experience.

I recently rode down Rt. 9 in DE which follows the Delaware River coast and that was an enjoyable ride. Plenty of other bikes including some guy on a sport bike who rode along with me for many miles. I might go do that ride again soon.
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Old May 29th, 2018, 12:13 PM   #16
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Drove through the backroads of PA in a car - look forward to doing it on a bike - some great roads.

I was camping along the Sierra Nevadas on the eastern side last fall and saw lots of groups of bikers. I liked that it was mixed bag: a group might be made up of a gs, a strada, a harley and a whatever, men and women.

I think bike culture is stronger out there than in the north east/east - maybe because it's year around. There's not even a new bike dealer in Boston proper - My dealer is in mighty Medford, and the other dealer (in Arlington) is owned by a conglomerate that seems to own most shops within reach of Boston.

and so it goes...
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Old May 31st, 2018, 01:39 PM   #17
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So I rode farther West yesterday into Lancaster County. The smell of manure became overpowering at times but as I reached the valley of the Susquehanna the roads became nice and hilly and curvy. I even found a great unpaved road complete with several stream crossings called the Fishing Creek Nature Preserve.
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Fi...9!4d-76.240536

Fishing Creek Road is unpaved from that point all the way down to the river.

I also buzzed around Susquehannock State Park which was very pretty.

I'll need to go explore this area some more. Worthwhile roads and little to no traffic. On my way back I didn't start to hit traffic until Chadds Ford PA. It was a hour from the Fishing Creek to Chadds Ford and then 2 hours of traffic back east into the city from there. The last 3rd of the trip took twice as long as the 2/3rds before it. Damn shame that.

I'm eyeballing state road 441 all along the east bank of the Susquehanna River. Looks to be a promising ride.

Anybody know of a gas mask that fit inside a helmet?
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Old May 31st, 2018, 01:42 PM   #18
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Here's my HS after crossing the stream on Fishing Creek Road.

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Old June 2nd, 2018, 12:10 PM   #19
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Moving to Europe helped with the daily grind lull. I actually used to love my urban commute in Virginia - very short, lot's of lanes, got to use all the contact patch and test the limits of (no) traction control.

In southern Italy, every time we visit a new area, all I can think is "wish I had my bike". I still commute but the rural roads are bombed out worse than Syria and freakishly slick. Seriously, I think they coat the asphalt in lard. There was a couple mile stretch in a beach side town and anything more than 1/2 throttle sent the DTC into overdive on setting 3...in a straight line. This makes every on/ off ramp russian roulette. Everything outside my immediate area gets better and the toll roads are very good. Alas, I actually have the flat spot of shame developing on my rear meat due to lack of corners on my daily commute.

I do like having a riding buddy but, with my profession, I have to be careful how I ride with co-workers. I'm not a total hoon, but I like giving her the beans out of corners and maybe lifting the wheel from time to time. This could get my driving privileges revoked if someone squealed to the right people.
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Old June 5th, 2018, 07:43 AM   #20
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Moving to Europe sure would be nice. Spain possibly. Heck just moving to another state in my own country would be great if it is one that isn't so massively overpopulated as here.

So the Susquehanna valley sure is nice for riding. But realistically how often am I going to be able to ride there. Worst case scenario is 6 hours round trip just to get there and back. Accounting for a rest stop that leaves me about an hour and a half to actually enjoy riding there before I hit 8 hours and start getting punchy.
And getting punchy on the last leg of my trip home is the last place I want to be riding with reduced awareness and slowed reflexes.

So that's West. Next I will try South and then North. My casual rides have brought me nearly to Dover in the South and all the way to Pottstown in the North. I think I'm going to find the same scenario playing out in any direction. If the sum of travel time equals 8 hours it might as well be an overnight trip...
I won't even bother going East. That way lies dragons.
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