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Another year, another Americade. I am planning on going this year also. I'll be there from June 9th thru 11th. If anyone is planing to go let me know and we'll meet if possible.
I am SERIOUSLY thinking of going and plan on those exact same days. As of now, the idea would be to spend a night in Binghamton (maybe catch a game at NYSEG), ride to Americade the next morning, find a decent hotel with an open room somewhere nearby, spend half the next day then ride on to visit my uncle & aunt in Shushan. Haven't got it all worked out yet but maybe another 2,000 miles from there before I get home.

Got any recommendations on a good place for that night? My preference would be somewhere outside of Lake George if there is one reasonably close.

If I can work out the details with relatives then there is little that could stop me from going.
 

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I don't know a lot about the Motels around the area Art, but I think if you search here you should find something to your liking and price range.
Ideally I'd find something like these: Hidden Valley Motel and Judy's Motel plus Two Rivers Lodge. Great spots all three. Trouble is you can't be sure it isn't a dump until you get there. Places like that don't tend to sort to the top of the search sites

Getting even more likely. Aunt and uncle in upstate Connecticut (about three hours from ones in Shushan) are dangling out incentives for me to stop by after leaving New York -- which has been part of the plan all along.

Got some homework to do but the trip is going from imagination to reality more every day. The wife has already bought off on it -- typically the hardest part of any adventure when you reach my age.
 

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So now I'm booked for June 9th through 11th about ten miles south of Lake George. Reserved a room in Binghamton the night of the 8th -- about as far as I think I can make in a day. Maybe I'll catch the AA game that night. Binghamton Mets are hosting the Trenton Thunder, the AA affiliate of the Oxymorons.

Anyone else going to Americade?
 

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Posting here rather than PM because maybe someone is lurking.
@Harryc, are you buying a pass for Americade? I see they've got them for $69 to $139 but I don't know if any of them are worth the money.

Plus: What time does it usually wrap up on Saturday? I've got no definite destination until the 14th so I plan on cruising around New England but need to figure out if I'm even going into Lake George on the last day.
 

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The only interest I seem to have in Americade would be to meet up with some fellow HSN members for whatever wherever decided.
Harryc and I are planning to meet there on the 9th. Probably in the parking lot at Scotty's but that's tbd. I'll be staying in Glen Falls because Scotty's wouldn't let me book only 3 nights.

Won't be going to Shushan until the 19th due to scheduling issues so I'm planning to wander around New England for a week. Only definite stops on the itinerary are in Connecticut: Naugatuck (on the 14th?), Milford (the next two days?) and Simsbury (17th & 18th). The rest I'll figure out as I go. Vermont will be a definite; despite growing up in New England I've never set a foot down in VT. Been through it more times than I could count but always inside a car. Not sure if New Hampshire is any different.
 

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Anyone other than me committing to come from a long way off?

My original plan (visiting nearby relatives right after Americade) did not work out at all. Now I'll be at their place (in Shushan, NY) the following weekend and kind of aimlessly wandering (Isn't that the best kind?) around New England until the 14th. (That's when I'll be stopping for the night in Naugatuck, CT to visit relatives. On to the shoreline after that for more relatives before heading back inland.) Have to be in Virginia on the 21st through 25th, heading home on the 26th.
 

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Here I am preparing to leave for Americade with a couple of extra (as yet unplanned) days in New England afterwards when I pull from my mailbox the latest issue of RoadRUNNER magazine featuring Green Mountain State (i.e. Vermont) Shamrock Tour. Perfect timing!
 

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Be careful, and have yourself what we locally refer to as a LARGE time, Art.
Thanks. It will certainly be large. After Americade I'll wander around New England for a week (visiting relatives here and there) then head to Virginia for the ESR. If all goes, well I won't be seeing home until the 26th.
 

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Made it to Binghamton. Long, cold day -- never got past mid 50s. (High of 54?) Was originally thinking of walking to NYSEG to catch a ballgame. Considering temps and (the little bit of) rain I rode through, that idea was scratched. Got to check local forecasts but am not expecting to get started early. Gonna let it warm up a little.
 

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Another 205 miles today, including a cruise on 9N through Lake George. WONDERFUL day for riding excepting the wicked wind. Can't heap enough praise on my lunch stop, the newest favorite.

This part of NY (from Binghamton to Lake George) reminds me of the Appalachians that I love so well. (Should. Same mountains from the collision with Africa. Same 450 million years of erosion. But the Confederate flags up here?)

Meeting with @Harryc in the morning. Any word from @I'mKOHD ?

I got trip$ already planned for this year, BUT would Like to attend one year...
Tell you what: I don't know the local roads yet but I'll bet there are some great ones. You pick the year and I'll do what I can to meet you. ( So maybe you won't want to tell me. :grin: ) I will be back; family is nearby. Closest (geographically speaking) relatives are an hour away; the other kind of closest are 3 - 4 from here.

It's about 160 miles for me with most of it parkway and highway. I would not want to take that trip alone.
Won't admonish you for that because I can remember when I wouldn't ride 120 miles alone. But tell you what: You make it up here some year and if I'm here. too, then I'll escort you back. I've got relatives In Connecticut not too far from you that I will be visiting afterwards. I84 is my route of choice when I can't get around NYC on a Sunday.
 

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Another good report; thanx!

---- from all the members of HSN that are living vicariously, while y'all're 'on tour'!
What, from me? Hardly a report! Maybe this is better:

Bullet points:
o That stretch of US 23 is very nice after the Ann Arbor traffic gets off on I94 west. Hard for me to appreciate because I travel it so often. Sure it doesn't come close to anything better than the ancient bed of Lake Erie but it is a great stretch of flatland e-way.

o If you've driven/ridden that stretch of the Ohio Turnpike then you'll understand why I don't comment. And why my MPG falls. If you haven't then don't be wondering about where to place it on your bucket list. Anagrams from license-plate letters is the most interesting part. And, yes, all the rest stops are laid out exactly the same. Best if you can hold out for one with MCDonald's. (Hate to admit I know them by name. Stopped at Blue Heron and Brady's Leap this trip.)

o The stretch through Pennsylvania got better by the mile. Franklin and Oil City are GREAT in the fall. Kane to Wellsboro on US6 is very good. If I had time to list the hot spots I had to skip it would include PA666 (ironically hard on the Minister Creek Undeveloped Area in the Allegheny National Forest) -- a great road though sometimes the pavement is very rough, the Kinzua Bridge (special) and Dam (not as much) and the Pine Creek Gorge (aka Grand Canyon of PA; take the eastern side -- I forget the name of the state park. The western side has roads never meant for cruisers; learned that the hard way.). Lantz Corners Getaway is a decent low-budget motel though overbooked by frackers last time I stopped. Wellsboro Diner is a good eatery. (Sorry. No links tonight. You can look them up on Google.)

o Can't do justice to the stretch of NY. It was grey. In and out of sprinkles. I was tired. An abundance of lousy drivers. Probably better than I remember but I pushed dozens of miles past comfort.

o Binghamton is not a nice town. Maybe it was. Maybe it will be. Nice people, though -- at least everyone I met. Salim at the Grand Royale Hotel is a good guy and a biker, too. (an 883) The hotel does NOT live up to the name or web presentation but it is decent. I'll stop in B-ham again for another visit because I want to see a AA Mets game someday. Yesterday did NOT deliver a night for sitting in a ballpark.


Bullet points:
o Roads were picked for expeditious travel off e-ways. Still delivered some very nice riding. Based on what I've previously done through the Catskills I don't think it's much of a stretch to say there must be great motorcycle roads here. As stated above, scenery is VERY like the Appalachians down south. Roads should be, too -- allowing for more frost heaves, of course. Saw half a dozen Confederate flags on display, too. Got to wonder about that!

o Several towns along the way have a very "New England" feel to them. That's hard to explain to someone who doesn't understand -- maybe because I grew up in New England (Connecticut) and putting "back home" into words is not so easy. (For tonight I'll blame the bourbon -- Kentucky's greatest gift to modern life.)

o First glimpse of Lake George impresses. Doubt I'll get a good feel for the lake with all the bike-related focus. Maybe another time?

o 9N is a WONDERFUL road. I've ridden a lot of it south of here. Just as good here. GPS keeps trying to put me onto the parallel e-way; I tolerate the nagging because sometimes it's just good to hear a woman's voice after so many solo miles.

o Don't be coming up here with an empty wallet! (Not sure I can add more without getting too far into politics.)

@Harryc (or his friends) will be showing me some good rides tomorrow and Saturday. I can surely post ground tracks and maybe even add some decent comments. Pictures? Might be asking too much. We'll see.
 

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Looking like a hunker-down day shaping up today. Cold. Thunderstorms. More thunderstorms. We'll see soon.

Anyway, yesterday's ride:


o 131 miles (with 20 or so of them my trip to/from HarryC's hotel) mostly around Great Sacandaga Lake. (Not sure the locals use the "Great" but Google Maps tells me it belongs and after seeing the lake I can't argue.) Nice roads. Few idiot drivers though just enough to keep things interesting. Maybe they're fed up with all the bikers in the area.

o Bikers? Wow. Lots and lots. Every time I think I've seen an incredible number I peak into another parking lot and see dozens more. I know I should do better with pictures but sometimes you just need to stand and gawk. Last night's most eye-catching was a Herman-Munster-mobile-like trike with a coffin trailer. There were plenty of Honorable Mentions out there as well.

o Few Shadows spotted. Besides mine and HarryC's (plus I'mKOHD's -- which I have not seen yet) have only spotted two VT750s and a Sabre. Sabre has a Vance & Hines 2-into-1 exhaust that looks like it would fit an 1100 ACE. Clears a LOT of room for the rh saddlebag! Have to take the time to learn more about that. (Not going to post the lousy picture I took. Maybe after I get home and do some editing.)
 

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Well I'll wrap up my 2016 Americade reports by simply explaining that Saturday was a miserable day, raining from mid-morning through mid-afternoon and cold throughout. My riding for the day was limited to 22 miles of e-way for the round trip to Lake George to join HarryC and his traveling companions for dinner. Seems the weather encouraged quite a few folks to leave town.
 

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Harry,

Thanks for letting me tag along. It was fun. Please ensure Gabriella (spelled right?) that I was neither lost nor dismayed with the banter. Not even from J.C. I grew up with that. It's all the years in Michigan that have me quietly taking it in -- that "high nail gets pounded down" thing. (Michigan folk describe it more along the lines of a stone having sharp edges smoothed by a river. Nope. It's pounding. :D )
 
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