Saturday, August 6, 2011


After breakfast in Lake Placid, while we were putting our helmets on,  Kelly and Ed walked by.
It was great to see them again for the third time on our trip and we wished each other safe travels and exchanged email addresses.  You never know who you'll meet....

One more overnight

Once again, the scenery was amazing , riding through the Green Mountains of Vermont, seeing the back roads in which there are a lot of humble dwellings.  Mixed in those seemingly lonely houses were some large beautiful farms. I could see that in the smaller, unknown towns and villages people have moved out ( vacant homes and businesses), due to the economy.  One place that we noticed, a place to stop in for lunch, was a great business.
the Red Hen Baking Co. on US Route 2 in Middlesex, VT.
Red Hen Baking Company

Home made, organic foods and locally sourced products are used to make this a destination for a light, healthy lunch.
Off came the rain gear and packed away for the next leg of our journey.  Stopping in at Green Mountain H.D.
was great fun because we ran into a couple we met on the Cabot Trail.  Kelly and Ed from Barrie, On,  were making their way home too and planned on visiting Lake Placid, NY.  This was also our last stop before going home,  as it was the perfect way to round off our adventure , in the Adirondacks.
Ed and Kelly told us they would take the ferry to Lake Placid,  we hadn't thought of that option yet.  After looking at the GPS and map,  the ferry was the best way for us given the time of day.  It would take 2.5 hours to ride around Lake Champlain OR half the time taking the ferry.  So, on the boat we go....
On the ferry crossing Lake Champlain,  and the Adirondacks in the
background (loving the birds resting on the rocks). 

On our way to Lake Placid we took more back roads which landed us in Wilmington, NY, the home of Whiteface Mountain, only 20 min from lake Placid.  
We didn't know about the rugby and lacrosse tournaments going on during this week.  That was quickly revealed to us as the NO VACANCY signs were on all the motels. We just kept making our way to Lake Placid and finally an inn!
The Wilderness Inn " roughing it in style" they say.

The Hemlock was the name of our was great, everything  in it and  no one  around.
We would come back again, and really use it to it's full capacity. It was the northern version of  our cabin in Tennessee!!

I know,  who hasn't seen trees,  I just loved how high these were and  that they were our canopy at the cabin.  

Oh,  and the meal at the Wilderness restaurant....amazing, the best,  we will go there again even if it's just a day trip.

This is the patio at the restaurant, we sat in the bottom left corner.  The inside was very clean and fresh!  With a Christmas theme. 

In the morning all we had to travel to make it home was 3 hours.  We took the most scenic way home that we could and once we crossed the border we continued our ride with the country roads.

After 5072 km,  three new tires, a couple of rain encounters oh, and a lost exhaust baffle ( ask us about that one!!) we made it  home safe and sound...and it's good!!!

Hard to say "good bye" , but there's no place like home!!!

While making our way home through the White Mountains (New Hampshire), Green Mountains (Vermont) and Adirondacks (New York), internet connections were nil to none.  It could be because we stayed in smaller motels and cabins :)
Coming into New Hampshire was an amazing sky with the threat of thunder showers, but they stayed away.

The day started out perfect as Jim and I mapped out our first stop at the Bangor H.D. before going on to New Hampshire. The plan was to try to get a new rear tire for Jim's bike this was also wearing down.
Ends up the dealership is only retail and we had to find one with service.  The next closest is  Seacoast H.D. , in North Hampton N.H  supposedly only 2 hours away.  We arrive at the dealership 4 hours later,  we were thankful they could take the bike in the shop as this time of year is crazy busy. Now the service guys tell us it should only take 2 hours to fix....4 hours later we are on the road.  North Conway is where we found our place to sleep and eat. 
Great spot to stay, in the mountains...although the sign says wi-fi,
we couldn't get it!

Our view from the inn

This was on our way to the restaurant down the street, the clouds were very ominous!!