Solo adventuring in Upstate NY
Close
    
    
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 12
  1. #1
    Senior Member operose's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Posts
    1,123
    Tuesday I started training for a new job. This meant that nothing productive was going to get done on Monday except motorcycling



    Completed a 162 mile loop which took a duration of 7+hrs ( ) - This included everything from one of the nastiest trails around to some of the largest state highways around. Basically a "true dual sport" trip to clear the mind and prepare mentally for a major life change. Here is a map. Picture it continuing from the end back to the beginning, and me not being too lazy to finish it...



    http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=...04186,1.766052



    Starting off, rode out of town on gravel and secondary roads to get the bike inspected for the year. $6 and 10 minutes later, the tw200 and I were back on the road.







    Stopped to check out an abandoned farm along the way







    After a decent stretch of 55mph county road, it was time to hit the secondary roads again and go searching for the terminus of a road that we used to take on our atv's when we were kids. Did not manage to find that particular road, but did instead find the fabled "Boyd Pond Trail" of our youth, one of the muddiest, rockiest, awesomest atv trails around.



    After some not-so-bad rocky downhill descents, it started to get interesting-er. It dropped down into a beaver pond basin and then had a muddy ascent up into the ridges beyond...











    Now, the pictures don't make it seem that bad. That's because it wasn't that bad yet. This trail however, has an interesting history. It crosses private land but had been open to public use from before the early 1960s until the late 1990s, when the private property changed hands and the trail was gated. It is now open again and being traversed regularly by ATVs.



    Side note: In some of the pics you can see why landowners close trails to public use... The "trail braiding" is terrible on this trail because of the massive amount of mud that is encountered. It seems like everybody wanted to make their own bypasses around mudholes, some of which where then used by others, on and on until the trail was 7 trails wide in some spots, every one of which was just a giant mudhole after some use. If these people spent some time to properly corduroy the trail or dig drainage, this massive attack on the land would not be required, and the trail would be easy to ride. But enough ranting.



    Many travelers have been claimed by this trail:











    Please keep your appendages inside the vehicle at all times while the ride is operating...









    After making it through the rest of the trail, I continued on my way around The North Country.



    This place is very close to my childhood home. We always called it "The Big Mudpuddle" -- water level was up to the fins on the jug of my tw200 today. Amazingly, this is a "dry year" for us



    ITCB

  2. #2
    Senior Member operose's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Posts
    1,123
    Sorry for the humongous pics!!!! I will keep it brief, and you can view ALL of the pics from the day here: http://hijacked.us/~dertow/april30-2012/thumbs.html





    Another must-ride road if you are ever in the area, is the "Tooley Pond Rd." which I took for a ways. Then took a wrong turn and had to backtrack via highway as you can see in the map.



    Eventually managed to get to my trespassing destination of the day: an old iron mine facility.















    From there I hit the highway, and after a brief call home, explored some state forest land/snowmobile trails before slabbing it back to the house.











    Thanks for reading along! Hope you are all doing well and riding often. There are more pics in the link at the top of this post
    ITCB

  3. #3
    Member shiftline's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    B.C. Canada
    Posts
    97
    Looks like an awesome day/ride!



    Pretty cool old mine shots, it looks like a big derailed train.



    Did you you do the 162 miles on a tank of gas (is that the x225 clarke tank?)

  4. Remove Advertisements
    TW200Forum.com
    Advertisements
     

  5. #4
    Senior Member FootDoc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    NYC
    Posts
    196
    Nice pics, Thanks for taking us along for the trip. Your bike looks great with the Clarke tank.
    2002 TW200

    2003 TW200

    2002 Mean Streak

    2002 Speed Four

    2006 FZ6

    1999 Jog

  6. #5
    Senior Member operose's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Posts
    1,123
    Thanks guys! Yup just one tank for the whole ride, clarke xt225 tank I only got 50mpg though????
    ITCB

  7. #6
    Senior Member admiral's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Frosty Hollow
    Posts
    12,983
    Looked like an awesome ride. Wonderful looking trails, if you like water and some very interesting sites. I love the old passenger train cars. Good thing you didn't find skeletal remains in the glove and helmet! Thanks for sharing the rest of your photo's as well. Lots of cool things that one can see in the woods. Oh, and when you say upstate NY, you mean UP. Didn't realize you were that far north. Map was cool too!





    Thanks a ton.
    Hidden Content A ride in the woods helps me relax and release tension. The fact I'm dragging a body should be entirely irrelevant?

  8. #7
    Senior Member evan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Woodland, California
    Posts
    2,126
    Looks like very cool ride and great pics. Taking on those water/mud holes by yourself can get you stuck in some of the places I ride. I always find it amusing when you find dirtbike parts/gloves and such when riding. You know there has to be a great story behind them.
    Mike Carter. Woodland, California (NorCal). '89 Tw200 (Black Widow Edition). Blood red Jimbo shield, Cycleracks, Nuvi 500 GPS, Kolpin fuel pack jr., D shield bark busters, 55t rear sprocket, Golden boy front tire, Ricochet shield.

  9. #8
    Senior Member B-dub's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    Southwest Utah
    Posts
    2,132
    Looks like enough variety in the terrain to keep you on your toes. I too like the railroad cars out in the middle of nowhere. I wish they could tell us their story. The best part is that you made a pretty respectable loop with no problems! Great ride report, thanks for sharing your adventure!
    My handle is B-dub, I ride a T-dub, and drive a V-dub.

  10. #9
    Member Batman1USA's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Ponca City, OK
    Posts
    73
    More Good Stuff !!
    2005 Mini Cooper "S" Liquid Yellow "Tweety"

    2007 Suzuki Kingquad 4x4

    2007 TW200 w/DG slip on

  11. #10
    Senior Member operose's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Posts
    1,123
    Thanks again guys, hope to get out to do a lot more rides to share with you soon!



    importmech: the probability of getting stuck in some of those mudholes was very high. Many of them were in sandy or rocky areas so it didn't really matter, but when you find one with deep mud at the bottom that is made up of years worth of rotting vegetative matter... Well, I guess you know how that goes My rear tire is almost bald now so that made it even worse, really. Trying to make it up a couple of muddy hills was "interesting" to say the least.



    I only had to put my foot down in the water a couple of times though. One of the tricks that I had to get used to with the TW was to actually ride in the CENTER of many of the long water crossings that exist on ATV trails. My reasoning for this is that the suckers are so much deeper in the wheel ruts, it can cause some real problems. When riding in the center though you have to watch out for the "crown" and the very real possibility that you will steer, slide, or get sucked into one of the wheel ruts on either side... All in good fun though!
    ITCB

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Sponosred Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Similar Threads

  1. WTB TW200 in PA, north MD, south upstate NY- (I Found One)
    By koonercat in forum TW200 Classifieds
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 03-19-2012, 03:11 AM
  2. Legal off-roading in upstate ny
    By bikingbiddy in forum General Discussion
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 10-16-2010, 05:58 PM
  3. Solo Seat
    By ktrout01 in forum Performance and Customization
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 07-25-2010, 08:25 AM

Search tags for this page

solo adventure upstate ny

Click on a term to search for related topics.