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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12 Responses to “Preride of Western Connecticut 2008 Peeper Trip”

  1. A preride is a good idea when taking a large group of riders. With a small group, the exploration becomes part of the fun. The U-turns, the back-tracks, a cut through a housing tract, is all part of the mystery that makes it fun to ride with some of your buddies.

  2. Sounds amazing! And when you go in October I’ll bet it will be beautiful! Can’t wait to see the pictures!

  3. Nice to hook up with old friends. I think the pre-ride is essectial. Sounds like it will be a great ride Jay!

  4. oops!
    essential, not essectial.

  5. There’s only one thing I miss about living on the east coast more than the beach: the fall foliage. Sounds like it was a great pre-trip ride. Can’t wait to see the foliage pics in October!

  6. Its funny how the pre-ride was longer than the actual trip will be! LOL We worked out a few kinks and made it a fabulous route. I can’t wait to do it again in October! We also had a wonderful time with old (& new) friends.

    Margie, you are truly the hostess with the most-est! The guest room and bath you had set up for us as well as the wonderful food & company made us feel like honored guests.

    “Little” John and David, keep on rocking…your musical talent is amazing. (I’m putting in a request for Rush for next time)!

    John, I can see why you and Jay got to be such good friends. It was fun to watch the two of you pick up after 15 years as if you hadn’t lost a minute! You have a terrific family. I only met you all a few days ago, and I feel like I have known you all of my life.

  7. Sorry that I couldn’t make it, but really glad you had a good time (Rosy’s was a favorite of mine in the late 80’s, and still holds up today).

    Really hope to be able to hook up in October!

  8. Glad to hear from all of you. Rob, we will try to hook up with you again in October.

  9. If you ever get to Mystic go to Mystic pizza and get me an Italian grinder…Damn I miss those!!

  10. Thanks for the nod.

    We are in total agreement that the pre-ride is the way to go. Like you said, it gives you the chance to change the route, find places for comfort stops, etc. I’m very glad I did my route twice before the actual ride. It went off seamlessly and everyone loved it. Running into construction, pulling over and turning around a lot, and being generally lost or disorganized aggravates people. Get a bad rep as a Road Captain and you’ll either not be one anymore, or not very many people will show up for your rides. I see no need to risk that. A pre-ride is the cheapest insurance for a successful, safe ride there is, in my humble opinion.

  11. A ride looking at fall colors is definitely on my must do list! We have some pretty stuff around here at Mt. Cheaha, but nothing to compare with your area! Getting together with old pals is so rewarding! I’m glad you had a good time with your pal. I’m going to keep this short and sweet, as I have a lot of reading to do. I’ve missed everybody and I will probably have to burn the midnight oil to catch up.

  12. Always glad to hear from you Big D, Joker and Lady R. Welcome back from Milwaukee Joker.

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