a little on the wet side but overall a great ride. i left my house at 645am and got there at 745am. the last few miles before the stateline lookout meeting point was SO foggy i could not see 10ft in front of me. i rode the shoulder for the last .5 mile as i wasn’t familiar with the road, and so i was going really slow… was a bit nervous a car would come from behind me at a faster pace and hit me if i was on the main highway going 20.
i was the first one there, so i snapped a few photos of my bike with the new side cases. that white haze behind me is a cliff, the hudson river, and i assume was upper manhattan or the bronx.. but… we just see a white haze.
after about 45 minutes we had a total of 6 guys ready to ride….a few really nice bikes showed up including a brand new red ducatti multistrada. more photos after the break.
we took the backroads up to Rockwell Cycles which took about an hour. they took it slow due to the wetness of it all, which worked out for me since it was my first ride out with the big boys. lots of twisties, and i could imagine it being a lot more fun in the dry weather. the trees were starting to turn as well … but i could barely enjoy them due to the fogged up visor.
breakfast was great, i met a lot of old timers, we talked tech (iOS vs Android), and gear. great people. they didnt seem to mind that i was half their age ;)
after that i went down with one of the group members to his house to check out his tv / home network so i could make a few recommendations on how he could improve his setup. he also went over my bike and gear and gave me a lot of great advice. after that he drove me out to the main highway to get me started on my journey home. getting home took about an hour and was fun in itself, but not as fun as the twisties from earlier.
i got home around 2:45PM. 6:45AM - 2:45PM and around 145 Miles round trip. fun fun.
the best part was that my new pants and neck wind blocker worked great. i didnt try my new cold weather gloves on this trip since it wasnt really cold out, just wet. my body was 100% dry at the end of the day from head to toe. mostly thanks to rev’it and TCX boots. the boots would have been better a little taller but then i would have looked as weird as the old fogies i was with. i might have to invest in taller boots for future rids, but the TCX sure are great for the city daily grind.
a few more photos: