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Didn't get started until 1pm today.



Not too far away, and the pavement ends....





There's a cool old intersection with stone walls and big white Quartz standing stones.







Dry and dusty conditions... we are in the midst of a drought.....





we alternated between some pavement and some dirt as we rode south...





Falls River Road has Rhode Islands only real switchbacks... 2 of them. Mrs Trip starts to lean in as she climbs the hill....



They are steep, though, and loose, and are followed up by a series of dips up to the top of the hill....



....waiting for me to catch up....



















Woody Hill Schoolhouse.





Past the entrance to Camp Yahgoog.... the boy scout camp...celebrating their 100th year this summer!

 

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The road turns rougher as it heads into Connecticut...









You come up by the back of some fields...







There's fields... corn, hay, and fallow...along both sides of the old road...lined with gnarled old trees...



The roads runs down through one of my favorite old farms...









Turned onto route 201...





And into Buttonwoods Farms.... mmm Ice Cream!



...Ridiculously expensive Ice Cream....



2 cones....$15.00!! and worth it!



it's good ice cream...and they do a good business....

 

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Fattened up, and with my wallet lightened, we headed north through eastern Connecticut...







This is the road to 'One Eyed Mary's House'...





I don't know why its called that, but its suitably creepy for the old farmhouse. It was occupied until just a year or 2 ago.....



Its boarded up now, though the door swings wide open.... but the fields are still being cultivated....



 

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We're heading for home now...



A sugaring operation... no buckets anymore....



A flock of wild turkeys.....



Wilie Schoolhouse.



An old cemetary...in a corn field....



Through Oneco, Connecticut.....



...across the bridge in the center of town....





Broadwall Farms...



Around the pond and over the bridge...don't jump off... and we're home. Thanks for riding along!

 

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A couple of things Rhodetrip, first, that little girl you ride with sure is cute, even in all that motorcycle gear, second, you only buy those ice creme cones when you have no grandchildren with you, and lastly, I love all those old rock fences.
Great pictures, thanks for sharing!
Mel
 

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Rhodetrip ride reports with all of the photo documentation are awesome. Thanks for sharing. With all of the greenery I do question your idea of a drought. Your rhodetrip into California will no doubt expose you to the real thing.
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Thanks, Joe. I'm looking forward to California. I guess the drought thing is relative....all our water levels are down....we went by Step Stone Falls, but I didn't bother with a photo...there's no water. Got a good downpour last night though... that will help.
 

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A couple of things Rhodetrip, first, that little girl you ride with sure is cute, even in all that motorcycle gear, second, you only buy those ice creme cones when you have no grandchildren with you, and lastly, I love all those old rock fences.
Great pictures, thanks for sharing!
Mel
Yes, Mel...she's certainly my better half and I'm lucky she puts up with me.
I would have to sell an organ first to afford ice cream for the kids there. :D
 

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Yet another great trip w Trips. So much of the East is TW country back roads in my book. When I lived there I had a big Ol cruiser and it was a bear on the way back roads n in those days I wasn't mentally ready for TW pace. Thanks for sharing
 

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Very nice ride. If we make it back east with the TW's one day, we will have to enlist you two as tour guides.

I don't think I'm in the correct area, but when I saw this picture I visualized Paul Revere riding through here warning the colony. I did google Paul and discovered he was a Silversmith. Huh, kind of related to your trade & business.;)



I love the stone walls. So historic looking. We have some places out here with stone walls which were mainly used as corrals. The stone walls shown in your ride remind me of early day fences! The stone walls seem to be everywhere you rode. Very cool!


And of course yummy time...ice cream! Too bad you can't easily ship the ice cream cones out here!:p

Awesome ride report!
 

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Those old time farmers sure worked hard clearing their fields of stone and stacking them making the perimeter walls. Frustrating too when annual frost heaves bring new plow busting rocks to the surface.
 

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A friend of mine in New Hampshire had some property with a broken down stone wall on it. We tried to repair it. When we got done it looked like a pile of rocks.

There must be an easy way to do it but we never figured it out.
 

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This says more about New England than I ever could.

"Mending Wall" by Robert Frost

Something there is that doesn't love a wall,
That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it,
And spills the upper boulders in the sun,
And makes gaps even two can pass abreast.
The work of hunters is another thing:
I have come after them and made repair
Where they have left not one stone on a stone,
But they would have the rabbit out of hiding,
To please the yelping dogs. The gaps I mean,
No one has seen them made or heard them made,
But at spring mending-time we find them there.
I let my neighbor know beyond the hill;
And on a day we meet to walk the line
And set the wall between us once again.
We keep the wall between us as we go.
To each the boulders that have fallen to each.
And some are loaves and some so nearly balls
We have to use a spell to make them balance:
'Stay where you are until our backs are turned!'
We wear our fingers rough with handling them.
Oh, just another kind of out-door game,
One on a side. It comes to little more:
There where it is we do not need the wall:
He is all pine and I am apple orchard.
My apple trees will never get across
And eat the cones under his pines, I tell him.
He only says, 'Good fences make good neighbors'.
Spring is the mischief in me, and I wonder
If I could put a notion in his head:
'Why do they make good neighbors? Isn't it
Where there are cows?
But here there are no cows.
Before I built a wall I'd ask to know
What I was walling in or walling out,
And to whom I was like to give offence.
Something there is that doesn't love a wall,
That wants it down.' I could say 'Elves' to him,
But it's not elves exactly, and I'd rather
He said it for himself. I see him there
Bringing a stone grasped firmly by the top
In each hand, like an old-stone savage armed.
He moves in darkness as it seems to me~
Not of woods only and the shade of trees.
He will not go behind his father's saying,
And he likes having thought of it so well
He says again, "Good fences make good neighbors."
 

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Very nice ride. If we make it back east with the TW's one day, we will have to enlist you two as tour guides.
:icon_thumbright: Absolutely!
 

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nice pics...those are the kind of roads I'd prefer, not too much loose gravel. I have friends who lived in CT and MA, and they would run big road bikes on those kinds of roads. My friend rode his Guzzi all over those roads.
 
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