Still Winter

Trip Start Mar 01, 2011
Trip End May 15, 2011

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Knights Inn

Flag of United States  , New York
Thursday, March 3, 2011

We awoke to -15 degrees C in Bangor.  Still winter.  Down I-95 and past Lewiston, we decided to take hwy 202 at Gray, to work our way down to hwy 9, which the motorcycle gang is planning to travel from Portsmouth to Troy, NY in July.  After an hour and a half we finally came to 9.  Speeds occasionally approached 50 MPH for no more than 5 minutes at a time, with speeds from 25-40 being the usual.  There was much snow, and some areas looked like Moncton, NB or worse. When we reached 9, I suggested we try it a short way to see if the towns were as close together and the speeds were the same.  After about another 20 miles and 40 minutes travel time, we left 9 at Concord, NH.  Enough.  We worked our way to Lowell, MA, on the Everett TPK, around Boston on 495, to I-84 through Hartford, CT and stopped in Newburgh, NY for the night.  I'm aware that may folks aren't interested in the roads we are taking, but my purpose in detailing this is so I do or don't take these roads again.

Shortly after we started the journey down 202, we came to Gorham, ME and came across Sawyer's Variety Store.  Sawyer (my grand nephew), the photo is for you.

Before we got to Waterbury, we took a detour to search for Prospect, CT.  We found it near  Honeypot Glen.  It was incorporated in 1827, and is much larger that our Prospect.  Doug parked and I took a picture, searching for safe footholds among snow drifts.  Most of the pictures were trashed due to the blurrrrr while riding.  Just outside Prospect, we saw Clark Hill Rd.  Clark, this is the second time I have passed Clark Hill Rd on my travels (may be the same one).  Dusk and a nice sunset saw us out of the Prospect area and back on I-84.

The camera was still in my hands as we drove into the dark, and tail lights, headlights and city lights called attention to themselves.  I am known to shoot lights on Christmas trees while moving the camera, and the results of shooting lights from a moving vehicle at night produce similar results. I have been accused of doing this when I have had a little too much of something. I admit to having too much of a long day riding.

The Knights Inn in Newburgh was fine, but with no internet or fridge.  They actually do a better job of vacuuming in the corners than the Econolodge the night before.  There was no internet to keep me up late, so we crashed early to arise for a 5AM start on Friday.

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Gail on

Newburgh is also the home of Orange County Choppers.. Visited there on our way home from Fla last year. You should soon be out of the snow.

Cheryl Whytock on

Prospect CT, the town, doesn't impress me, but Prospect CT, source of spectacular blurry light photos grabs my interest :) Those shots are fantastic.

djpass on

Like we needed a fridge in Newburgh.

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