On Golden Pond with Bikers

Trip Start May 11, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Not wanting the road trip to end, we decided to travel to New Hampshire and stay at Pat's dads other house.  On our way we stopped to see a friend of Pat's at Dartmouth University (tuition is ONLY 35 k a year).  Anyway, we rocked up to the school during the summer semester so the university was pretty empty.   Pat's friend (Vanessa) suggested that we go hang out and drink with the Frats. I thought this was a crazy idea because in my college days, dudes from outside the Frat were not welcome (although a 2 - 3 girl offering was normally the cover charge to get in).   Not wanting to go through that old bullshit, I voiced my strong opinion.  Vanessa assured us that the Frats always have beer on hand and give it away for free to anybody that shows up!  I knew this did not sound right, but boy was I wrong!  Somehow Dave, Pat and Vanessa walked right into a frat.  I begrudging followed and was surprised to find a basement full of beer pong table, kegs of beer and binge drinking college students.  Even though the place was vile and the beer was warm the students were friendly and the place was alive.   Here there was no shame in puking.  I found this out by losing badly at beer pong and being forced to drink large quantities of piss warm wheat beer.  I was told to "pull my own trigger" (finger down the throat)  and puke I did while they cheered for me!  It was like an episode of Old School.  The next day we got a tour of this Ivy League University.  Since our host was the head of the Dartmouth gun club we were able to go shoot clay pigeons.  Weird how things end up, one night I'm puking in the basement of a frat and the next day I'm firing shotguns on Dartmouth's dime....
         We finally arrived at Pat's dads house where we got busy planning the next leg of our trip.  Since Pat owned a huge canoe we decided to go float a river.  While we were trying to figure out the logistics of the trip we could not help but notice the constant sound of motorcycles roaring by.   Turns out it was Laconia bike week.  This is the oldest, longest running motorcycle event in the country with attendance between 100,000-400,000.  Obviously we had to check it out.   Basically it boils down to tons of bikes, fair food, packed bars, classic rock and biker gangs.   Hell's Angels, the Outlaws, the Pagans and the Bandidos were all in attendance.  We spent the night checking out all the sights and sneaking into a bar/concert tent  which was staffed by the most scantly clad college chicks.   We tried to get our party on that night but turns out New Hampshire state law closes all bars at 1 am!  Live free or Die is the states motto.....as long as you do that before 1 am your fine!
     One last thing we did was take Pat's boat out on Squam lake.   This is the lake that On Golden Pond was filmed on.   Pat's dad told us he had sat on a dock and watched Jane Fonda practice dives for a scene.   The lake is dotted with little tree filled islands and there are underwater hazards everywhere.   Pat and Dave water skied  while the guy with no ACL (that's me) drank beer.  Not a bad trade off..................
       Once we figured out what river to float we headed over to Pat's childhood house to pick up the canoe.   This house is dubbed Crispy House because it burned to the ground when Pat was in college.  Thankfully no one was hurt but they lost the house and everything in it!  The only thing left is the basement which is where the cat hid  during the fire.  They found it alive in a puddle of water in a depression in the concrete.   The next day the cat got hit by a car.....  ha!  just kidding it lived happily ever after.  Off to Maine!
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