I exercise the shortcut through Canada to get from New York State to Michigan… and visit some friends along the way.Continue reading Newfoundland Day 22 – Back into Canada
I could have used this “extra” day to rest, but I decided to get in some extra riding in the Adirondacks. What could go wrong?Continue reading Newfoundland Day 20 – Adirondack Storm Dodging
Today we leave the interstate highways and venture across up-state New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and into Maine.Continue reading Newfoundland Day 2 – Crossing New England
After about 15 years of thinking about it, I’m finally going to ride across Newfoundland, with my best riding buddy, but first we have to get there.Continue reading Newfoundland Day 1 – Start of an epic ride
You hit reserve (remember, the Cruiser is an old-school Harley with a carburetor and a gas valve) with the next service plaza on the Thruway 19 miles away and you know you can get 20 miles on reserve.
So, we cruise along with no real worries until the engine starts to stall again. I know the bottom of the tanks are curved and trap usable gas, so I yank on the brakes to slosh some more gas down to the carburetor. A sign for the service plaza appears ahead. Hallelujah! But wait, the sign says the plaza is still one mile ahead. Arrrgh!
We repeat the sputter-brake-run sequence another 15 or so times and glide into the service plaza and directly to an available gas pump as the engine quietly stalls.
We were laughing our asses off.
Lucky. Very lucky.
I had the Cruiser all packed and ready to rock when I was at work on Friday. I needed to get a few things done so I was unable to leave a little early at 3:30pm as planned. Instead, I escaped around 4:10pm and pointed the handlebars up I75 to pick up Karen and head east.
Continue reading Night departure for New England