Groceries, Gasoline, Guns and Guitars

Trip Start Jul 29, 2010
Trip End Aug 08, 2010

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Moose River Campground

Flag of United States  , Vermont
Friday, July 30, 2010

Amazingly, after a night of drunken debauchery, we didn't feel that bad.  All of us were up by 7:30 and pretty much ready to go by 8:30.  Ian had an interesting morning trying to find his wallet, which he'd lost the evening before.  We found it under a chair in front of the motel the next morning and gave it back after the obligatory wait time...watching him wander around town retracing his steps from where he last had it was fun.  We had breakfast in "A"bay before hitting the road so we could make time as it was going to be a long trip today.  We were just about to leave and Joe had to duck into the bathroom for a morning constitution.

We made our first stop for refreshments at a variety store called Dick's Country Store and Music Oasis.  This place was like nothing we'd seen before.  The inside of the building was split into three different areas, one selling groceries and other basics, another was a large gun store, and the third was a guitar store...all under one roof.  Fricken amazing!  The gun store had every manner of gun you could think of...hunting rifles, shotguns, assault rifles, name it, there were hundreds.  The guitar store had more instruments than just guitars...including banjos, base guitars, wind instruments, etc.  The more amazing thing was that this store was pretty much in the middle of nowhere.  There was no town within 20 miles.

We travelled good quality state roads, which were a tad straight and boring until we reached the north end of Lake Champlain.  There we turned south and hopped from island to island on nice curvy roads until we reached Burlington, Vermont.  We stopped for a meal just on the other side of Burlington at a Chilly's restaurant.  That was where Steve forgot to put his sidestand down before getting off his bike.  Luckily, he was able to hold it up long enough for Ian and Joe to lend a hand bringing it up was a close call for Dave's bike which was parked right beside.  Of course, we all supported Steve and his minor mishap by laughing at him, which he appreciated.

One thing we noticed was the housing along the roads we were travelling.  Most of them are trailer homes in various states of disrepair.  I'm always amazed at how shabby most of them are and how poor the majority of the people in the US live.

Finally into the hills of Vermont, the roads turned nice and twisty and by 5:30 we reached our destination for the evening, the Moose River campground.  It's a small quaint little place and our sites are right by the river.  We're pretty much the only tent campers in the place as the others look to be annual campers with the usual 30ft trailers.  We all agreed that the nicest one was the Airstream.  After setting up tents, Ian, Dave, Bubba and I ripped the 5kms back into town to grab some hotdogs and condiments for supper by the campfire.  Once the sun started going down it cooled down significantly and we all huddled close to the fire for heat.  After eating and having a few drinks, pretty much everyone called it a night by 11:30pm.  Tomorrow was going to be a long ride, but promised to be a fun one as we would be in the mountains and hills on state and county roads all the way to the Maine coast.

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Janice on

Great to see the shots - thanks Herb!
Hope you men kept warm last night; 'twas a bit chilly here...
Wonder when Canada will be opening their chain of 4G shops!

Lori on

Okay, stop picking on my guy. When his butt and back get sore just give him a little massage. Hope that the weather is good cause it's wonderful here. Stay safe.
Love ya!!

Koch-Webb 9er on

Okay, first off....Steve I know exactly how you feel (just tell Herb that you were just pulling a Connie stunt since I'm not there to do it myself). Secondly, Go figure only in the States can you buy beer, guns and a guitar to get drunk, sing one of those lonely achy breaky heart songs then shoot someone/thing. Looks like a wonderful spot to camp, it's a bit chilly here at night too; lucky for me I have two dogs and a cat to snuggle up to...don't worry Herb I'll make sure there's no Pet hair on the bed when you get home....heeee heee heeee. Love you Sweetie Ride safe Guys! You all look mighty fine.
(oh just joking about the pets in the bed Herb ;-) )

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