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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-10-2013, 09:36 PM Thread Starter
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6/9 Bear Mountain

Got a last minute chance to take a ride up to Bear Mountain this past Sunday. It was a snap decision as I had been waiting for contact from another rider friend to plan a short Sunday ride which never happened and finally made a very late Saturday night phone call to hear about this particular ride. The ride started with an 8:30 AM initial meet in Piscataway and rode to Somerville to catch a few more riders and then up Rt. 287 to Exit 58 and another meet up with more riders after we got something to eat. After a quick rider safety discussion about thirteen of us continued from there to the top of the mountain. There was a nice crowd of bikes and hot cars on top. We met a Cannon Ball Run rider from the first Run a few years ago with his 1915 HD. He built it himself and was the builder for the main person behind Iron Horse magazine. That was an interesting conversation about some of the background of the race and the building of those two bikes and several more he has done over the years. I believe he stated he has a few 1915's right now plus a few newer (1920's). We left the mountain around 3:00 and made a stop at a friends new house and then headed back south towards home. A few stopped for dinner along the way but since I had to work the midnight shift I kept on the road reaching home around 6:15 PM. It was a great ride and the weather was excellent. I am glad I was able to get that time in before all this rain hit as it is likely to continue for a few more days. Final tally was 215 miles and no mechanical or physical problems. I would call that an excellent ride. One of the other riders posted some pictures on http://meetup.com/Jersey-Crew/. This is the first time I rode with the Jersey Crew but my regular riding friends have done this one run with them each of the last three years so I went along. It was a good time and I made some new riding friends. As far as joining a set group I am still staying away from that for the time being as I have seen both the good and bad that can come from such a situation. For now I will just ride if and when I want without restrictions and structure but JMHO.

and always remember, "Ride until you rot!"
**Really not sure if the Big "C" is back right now
but having to face the fact that this is a lifetime routine
going forward. Five operations done and it still continues.

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Wish Idda known...mighta gone...my trip sat was aborted, so i was just ridin local on Sun....

...and here's Sir Edmund Wolfe and his Sherpas on top of the mount last season...





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It was a very last minute invitation and decision to go. As previously written, I had been waiting for information on a Sunday ride with a local forum member but when that did not happen by late Saturday I called my regular riding buddy to set something up and he asked me to join this ride. It was after 10:00 PM on Saturday when I agreed to go. I am sure we will ride together this season before too long. I had not been to the top of Bear Mountain since I was a kid (many, many years ago) and I really enjoyed this trip. I got to get more highway miles in which is one of my goals for this season. I usually avoided that previously if possible and limited myself when I could. I would do this again in the fall to see the changing colors. I also have to take my camera on more rides so I can post some pictures here.

and always remember, "Ride until you rot!"
**Really not sure if the Big "C" is back right now
but having to face the fact that this is a lifetime routine
going forward. Five operations done and it still continues.

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Got a last minute chance to take a ride up to Bear Mountain this past Sunday. It was a snap decision as I had been waiting for contact from another rider friend to plan a short Sunday ride which never happened and finally made a very late Saturday night phone call to hear about this particular ride. The ride started with an 8:30 AM initial meet in Piscataway and rode to Somerville to catch a few more riders and then up Rt. 287 to Exit 58 and another meet up with more riders after we got something to eat. After a quick rider safety discussion about thirteen of us continued from there to the top of the mountain. There was a nice crowd of bikes and hot cars on top. We met a Cannon Ball Run rider from the first Run a few years ago with his 1915 HD. He built it himself and was the builder for the main person behind Iron Horse magazine. That was an interesting conversation about some of the background of the race and the building of those two bikes and several more he has done over the years. I believe he stated he has a few 1915's right now plus a few newer (1920's). We left the mountain around 3:00 and made a stop at a friends new house and then headed back south towards home. A few stopped for dinner along the way but since I had to work the midnight shift I kept on the road reaching home around 6:15 PM. It was a great ride and the weather was excellent. I am glad I was able to get that time in before all this rain hit as it is likely to continue for a few more days. Final tally was 215 miles and no mechanical or physical problems. I would call that an excellent ride. One of the other riders posted some pictures on http://meetup.com/Jersey-Crew/. This is the first time I rode with the Jersey Crew but my regular riding friends have done this one run with them each of the last three years so I went along. It was a good time and I made some new riding friends. As far as joining a set group I am still staying away from that for the time being as I have seen both the good and bad that can come from such a situation. For now I will just ride if and when I want without restrictions and structure but JMHO.
sounds awesome man!

Riding is great.

I am sure we will get together this season.

kenny

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Looking forward to that, Kenny.

and always remember, "Ride until you rot!"
**Really not sure if the Big "C" is back right now
but having to face the fact that this is a lifetime routine
going forward. Five operations done and it still continues.

Tom
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We're still trying to decide on a date for our OCC/Motorcyclepedia ride....lunch at Gullys, then a backroads tour down to Gyps in Sussex Co for dinner....probably in August Im guessing....



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