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Metamorphosis: Skeptic to Motorcycle Momma in 30 Days
Metamorphosis: Skeptic to Motorcycle Momma in 30 Days
A 30 Day 12,000 Mile Cross-Country Odyssey
Published by JimmieS
New York to Massachusetts

DAY 13 - Niagara Falls, New York to Plattsburg, New York

New York is another very big state. We left and re-entered it three times on our excursion. Today we needed to ride through the Adirondack's and try to make it into Vermont for our ride through the New England states. We found upstate New York to be quite pretty, but a bit more boring than what we envisioned. My previous trips to the East Coast had always been south of where we were, so my experience wasn't much help during the route planning. I'm sure we missed a lot, but here is what we did find

A couple of shots as we rode through the Adirondack's:

Then we stopped for gas and noticed these -- looks like some kind of flying grasshopper?? OK, you New Yorkers, what are these things??

Our route today looked much like this!

We stopped in Plattsburg, New York for the night. Plattsburg is right on the border with Canada and New York and Vermont. Very cool place! We were only minutes from Lake Champlain. I thought it was very cool to have both flags flying next to each other.

The day’s route…

DAY 14 - Plattsburg, New York to Andover, Massachusetts

I was really looking forward to our ride through New England. Even though we didn't make it into Maine this trip we were able to ride through and visit Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware and Rhode Island.

However, before we made it out of New York we had our first real detour of the trip. Lynda's brother called us and said, "You're in upstate New York, right? Then you should look up our family's old homestead." So a quick Mapquest check led us 50 miles off route to this:

Yes, her maiden name was Thayer and, according to the genealogy we have so far, her great grandfather was indeed born and raised in Thayers Corners.

Getting to Thayers Corners first found us studying this school house, in excellent repair and quite old. We were very impressed with this imposing structure.

We got back on route and proceeded across the border into Vermont. We wound our way southward as US-2 took us down the center of Lake Champlain. This is really a pretty area, a place we'll come back to again.

We made a stop at a "real" sugar shack and bought some original, verifiable Vermont Maple Syrup, and a for-real Maple Syrup flavored ice cream cone.

Did I mention the roads in Vermont were really beautiful, too?

We did take more pictures of our southerly journey through the New England highways, but I think the ones above are the best. This is again one of those areas where we will definitely come back and spend some time.

We wound up in Andover, Massachusetts at a La Quinta Inn for the night. Darn nice place to stay when you’re hot, tired and sweaty (even if it’s not a Best Western)!

Tomorrow we're headed into New Jersey to see our longtime friend's mother and sister in New Jersey.

The day’s route…

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By Helmetdance on 09-01-2006, 02:05 PM
Re: Metamorphosis: Skeptic to Motorcycle Momma in 30 Days

Wow! Great story Jim and looks like I have the honor of making the first comment. Your trip has enable me to re-live my August 2004 and August 2005 trips. You and I have stopped at so many of the same places all over the country that next time I read your story I'm going to have to count them. You and Lynda obviously had a terrific time. I bet it was really tough to pull in the driveway and close such a great trip, yet so rewarding to look back and enjoy the memories.

Thanks for taking the time and effort to share this story with the rest of us and congratulations on returning home safely from an epic journey of a lifetime!
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By Dep on 09-01-2006, 02:37 PM
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Wow...what a great trip! I hope to be able to do the same thing one day, just travel across the whole country. Come on retirement!

Thanks for sharing the ride with us. I'm looking forward to reading your wife's comments on your website.

Ride Safely,
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By BlackST on 09-01-2006, 08:47 PM
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Great!!!! Fabulous!!!

Thank you for sharing!!!
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By ogmike on 09-02-2006, 05:59 PM
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Excellent trip thanks for sharing
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By JimmieS on 09-02-2006, 09:10 PM
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Hi Mark, Dep, BlackSt, and U2 Mike,

Thanks a LOT for the comments. When Gary told me that they were going to pubish my article I was so Jazzed! It's so hard to believe that we spent thirty days on the road seeing and missing so much. We both want to do it again "Right Now", but know that we'll have to wait a while before that happens. I feel very honored to be amongst a select few in this part of Pashnit to have our journey documented and residing next to Marks, Kimbers, Papa Kens - etc. etc. Thanks again you'all are great!

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By Sbyllek on 09-04-2006, 11:03 AM
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What a great telling of your incredible journey.
It has been a dream of mine for years to do just what you two did...
Some day hubby and I will...
In the meantime, thanx for sharing your experience and making the wait just a little bit harder!!
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By olseng2002 on 09-06-2006, 01:59 PM
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Jim it was great reading your adventure and thank for the help with mine. Sturgis was a blast and I can't remember most of it but the stories sound the same. It's not about the Desitnation, but the Journey to get there. Few Have heard but my Harley broke down in Winnamuka NV where I was forced to buy the only bike in town.'06 Kawasaki Vulcan 1600. There was no way I was going home early. By the way If there is anyone interestted in the bike it is for sale. Thanks again for the story
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By Orson on 09-22-2006, 11:07 PM
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Holy moley!

That's a trip and a half!

No...that's TWO trips and a half!

Thanks for posting all those pictures
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By Papa-Ken on 09-28-2006, 02:14 PM
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What a trip and followed with an article to describe your adventure. You can be very proud of this article Jimmie as it will bring happiness to many that read and ride along on your tour.

Thanks for sharing it with us........Ken
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