Preride of Western Connecticut 2008 Peeper Trip

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Like Joker illustrates in his August 23rd post the preride is an integral part of being a good Road Captain. Leading a ride on roads you are unfamiliar with is chancey. You might not like the roads, they may be unsafe or just plain boring. Who knows? You will only know by doing a preride!

I really enjoy planning seasonal trips for First State HOG. In October I’m leading a group of our members up to western Connecticut and the lower Berkshires for a foliage trip… or a peeper trip. Diana and I just got back from our 4 day preride. We’ll post the pictures and the stories soon. Savor the new pictures because the Dianacam may retire anytime now that she has her own big V-twin.

I am so stoked that I did the preride. Just like my spring trip to Mansfield and my Red Roost ride, I don’t like the original route and am able to change the ride for the better. The new route is kick butt awesome! If we hit the fall colors just right this will be a spectacular trip. By doing the preride I have not only familiarized myself with the route, but I have found the strategic butt breaks, gas stations, lunch spots and even the motel. The Preride is not 100% necessary, but it helps tremendously.

On Friday we rode up to the motel in Bethel, CT. I attempted to meet up with Doorman from the Ghost Chapter in Stamford, CT for dinner, but he couldn’t make it. We ate at the restaurant he suggested and it was incredible! It was called Rosy Tomorrows in Danbury and the Fisherman’s Chowder was to die for! I could eat that chowda everynight and be a happy man. Good thing we were on a motorcycle because parking is scarce at this popular tavern.

On Saturday we rode the scenic route up into the lower Berkshires of Massachusetts and then back down to Kent, Connecticut. After we checked out the 200′ waterfall in Kent Falls State Park and riding all day we met up with my buddy, his family and friends at an Octoberfest. This is my best friend from college who I lost touch with over 15 years ago. It was like we never missed a day. After the Octoberfest we went to a party at one of their friends house.

On Sunday my friends John and Margie had a Labor Day party that was unbelievable. We ate and drank from 2:30 in the afternoon til bedtime. I ate so much I couldn’t move. The food was unbeatable. The weather was great! We didn’t do any riding, but we had a great time!

We rode back today and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky all day. I couldn’t have asked for a better trip. Reconnecting with John and his wife Margie was priceless. Their boys are fantastic. I am so happy for them and how their life turned out. I rode awesome roads and can’t wait to go back for the real deal in October! It’s all good!

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