New York New York- Quick Motorcycle Tour of the State

View Larger Map Have you ever taken ride on your motorcycle down a road where each exit, gas station, and rest stop is like going through a flip book of your life? Where each page is a memory of a specific event, ride, or vacation? That’s how I feel about rt. 17 (aka “Future 86”) which runs through Western NY. I never totally realized it before, but there has been a lot happen to me and my family over the years all along that highway, and so it seemed to be a great way to spend my first road trip back in the U.S. in over a year and a half. For those who haven’t been reading, I’ve been living (and riding) in China since December 2010. It was my first time back home in a long time and it was a treat to be riding on American pavement again
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Bear Mountain, NY Ride

View Larger Map Start over the RFK (Tri-boro) Bridge (toll) bearing right toward Manhattan, to Harlem River Dr. to GW Bridge upper roadway, rt on Palisades, over to 9W when you leave Jersey and are back into NY. Follow 9W to turn for Bear Mountain State Park (a little past Tompkins Cove). Nice winding road to lookout tower at top of mountain. Back down left on 9W to Bear Mountain Bridge (you’re now on 6), right after bridge. After some twisties you get to a traffic circle; take 9 south. Whenever 9 and 9A diverge, stay to the left to avoid town traffic. 9A leads to the Taconic and after a short bit on that you get on the Bronx Pkwy (same as Bronx River Pkwy), a slower but nicer ride to the Bruckner and the RFK over to Queens. I think the whole ride is about 125 mi. Helps
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Final ride of the season: Night Time Odyssey Through Western New York

Both my bike and I having been idle in Toronto from any long trips for over a month, I decided that I would take the upcoming holiday weekend (thanksgiving in Canada and Columbus day in the states) to take one more trip before it got too cold, and it would probably be my last chance so I was going to go no matter what, premature winter be damned! So I booked off the necessary days from work with the plan to head from Toronto to Oneonta, NY to visit my brother at college. I also invited my girlfriend along, letting her know of course that she would be signing up for nearly 800 miles in 3 days in very cold weather. View Larger Map The trip turned out to be very intense, but just the type of adventure I needed. We left at 7pm on Saturday night after I finished
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