Sunday, October 10, 2010

Motorcycling Utopia


A three day weekend in October. Not a cloud in the sky. Temps in the 50's and 60's. Tent, sleeping bag, cameras...check. I rolled the GT out of the garage at 8:00 AM, I could have ridden forever.

Shooting Foliage
I set out to shoot some foliage.

October Morning

In Southern New Hampshire and South West Massachusetts the colors were near peak, still a touch of green amongst the yellow beach & birch, blaze orange oaks and every so often a fire red maple near the water.

Halloween is near
I also made plenty of impromptu stops, such as this well appointed house. I've never seen so many Pumpkin Fests!

Riding alone does have its benefits, when it comes to making lots of stops

Hogback Mt
The crowds were thick on Rte 9 in Vermont, but I quickly dropped off onto Rte 8 south. Bye bye motor homes.

Back Roads New England
A whole day of roads with no lines, little to no traffic. It was a visual candy land out there.

I took a wrong turn that turned out to be right. I enjoyed lunch under this tree, at a country store in Worthington, MA. It's a corner of Massachusetts that should be annexed by Vermont.

Motorcycle Camping
I set up camp, for free, at Beartown State Forest, Great Barrington, MA. It might have been 60 during the day, but it was a crisp 30 degrees overnight...where is my battery operated blanket?

Morning Camp Smoke
I rose early (for me) to capture some pictures around the camp site. There were a half dozen other enthusiasts enjoying the colors. Can you just smell that smoke...glorious!

I hope you have some perfect times this fall. Remember it leaves fast!
Perfect Breakfast Stop


D. Brent Miller said...

Gail, it looks and sounds like it was a glorious weekend. It was 87 here in Cincinnati, today. That is not going to last. We all should get out there as much as possible, right now. --Brent

Chessie (Chesshirecat) said...

I'm jealous. I can only hope I have great weather like you did when I take my 3 day trip next week! Super photos...enjoyed the settings!

GF said...

I was going to do the same, go up to Lake Placid but then I had things to do at home, I'm envious ;-) Nice pictures :-)

RichardM said...

Beautiful colors! We don't get any reds up here just lots of yellow. Unfortunately, now all we have is drab gray starting to get covered with white. I also love to ride on my own, stop whenever, get lost and discover new places.

Nice post.

Richard (my blog)

Bluekat said...

Beautiful photos.
I love riding alone. I don't stop as much when riding with others, even with just my husband along. He knows I may stop at a moments notice, but I hate to do it too much. You have a beautiful area to ride.

Kev said...

Wow, those are absolutely gorgeous pictures! I am envious! Here in Seattle everything has pretty much just gone directly from green to brown, and the rain has hardly let up enough to get the motorcycle out.

SheRidesABeemer said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed the pictures. It was the type of weekend you want to invite all of your riding friends to come along!

irondad said...


Roger said...

Fantastic pics ,

Anthony - Motojournalism said...

You got it!
Solo is really the only way to go to get the best photos. Often times you'll get back on the bike after taking a batch of photos, only to find an even better vista less than a mile down the road!

To keep the peace when riding with others you've got to pass up some great photo-ops!