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newc4
02-11-2019, 01:34 PM
I find it very hard to login in to the site. Anyway . . .

I choose Barre VT as our base, it puts us in the heart of Northern Vermont.

Based on Dean’s input I’ve reserved 12 rooms under my name, Darrell Newcomb, at:
https://www.hollowinn.com/
Hollow Inn & Motel
278 S Main ST
Barre, VT 05641-4829
802-479-9313
barre.hollow@gmail.com

They consist of 2 queens for $109 a night. It’s a very long ride for me to get there so I’ll probably overnight Thursday somewhere along the way.

Marty and I will be reviewing routes this weekend. I’ve done some preliminary mapping of routes, with loops into NH, NY and even northern ME, looks like a whole lot of nothing up in ME. I can put together what I think are interesting rides but it won’t be the hard riding we’ve done in previous years, more of sightseeing rides.

We’ll still have to figure out places to eat, so that’ll be part of the planning. Looks like some sort of eatery right across the street.

Dean mentioned that a very impressive granite quarry is just down the road which may be worth a look.

Now to work on t-shirts. I’m thinking of calling this the Green Mountain G____________ something.

mastan
02-11-2019, 04:29 PM
Darrell:
I just wanted to be the first to point out that you are 90 years ahead of your and our time!
Thanks for the update.
Mark

Radioguylogs
02-11-2019, 08:43 PM
I'll be retired by then so I can join!

madmax-im
02-13-2019, 02:15 AM
Looks like this falls on Fri May 24th -Mon May 27th...;)

newc4
02-22-2019, 07:39 PM
Sorry about the thread title but it seems it can't be changed. I hope to get the t shirt right.

Marty came down last weekend to help set up some routes. Each it about 150 miles, Sat to the north and Sun to the east. I don't know if he can post them to this site. And he showed me how to login.

Is anyone planning on attending this? Dean expressed interest. If this is just a rally of two, I'll do it.

madmax-im
02-24-2019, 05:24 AM
The 2009 VT rally has been my all time favorite XSEast rally..But unfortunately i cant make this one..

earl G
02-24-2019, 06:21 AM
I will ride with you
missed last year
thanks for getting this together, and marty.

MartyA
02-24-2019, 03:04 PM
...some routes. I don't know if he can post them to this site.

I'll send files to Gerald over in CO. Like the past few years he'll whip up a web page with links for downloads, then post a link to his web page here.
Watch for:
PDF files for printing paper maps;
GPX files that you can import into many mapping programs;
GDB files for Garmin GPS;
maybe a couple of JPEG files showing an overview (not too detailed) of the routes.

mastan
02-24-2019, 04:05 PM
Still waiting for final vacation, but I'm 80% sure I'll make it.
Mark

Schming
02-24-2019, 07:22 PM
Most Likely Linda and I will be attending.

The chosen area seems really nice.

We just recently lost the Matriarch of our family and have the necessary tasks to attend to, so I'll confirm asap.

Thank You Darrell and Marty for getting this together.

TTYS

pete_s
03-02-2019, 12:30 PM
Vicky and I will be there, great to visit upstate VT and everyone. Just got the room reserved with no problem.

MartyA
03-03-2019, 11:05 AM
Jerry Fields kindly made up a web page for the XS East 2019 rally. It has the files for you to download, as I mentioned above.

XS East 2019 Information web page (http://www.appleattic.net/xseast2019/xseast.htm)

dpotter58
03-08-2019, 03:15 PM
Daughter just informed me she's graduating from grad school on the 24th...
Looks like I'm out.

madmax-im
03-12-2019, 02:39 AM
Daughter just informed me she's graduating from grad school on the 24th...
Looks like I'm out.
What? Again? Geez you change your mind more than me...:p:p:p

motoman
03-12-2019, 04:15 PM
Not quite Ben...…….he showed and rode at the Colo. rally in Kremmling two summers ago:).

sethhope
03-14-2019, 05:09 PM
I hate to say it but I think im out this year. Just landed a new job driving trucks OTR and time off is slim for the first 6 months or so.

madmax-im
03-16-2019, 04:52 AM
Not quite Ben...…….he showed and rode at the Colo. rally in Kremmling two summers ago:).
Blows raspberries...:p:p:p:p:p:p:p:p:p:p:p:p:p:p:p

Wing30
03-18-2019, 11:17 AM
66 Days to Vermonty

newc4
03-20-2019, 07:18 PM
https://i1191.photobucket.com/albums/z463/newc44/Central%201g.png (https://s1191.photobucket.com/user/newc44/media/Central%201g.png.html)

This is the design or something close. Supposed to be on a dark green t-shirt so the green will be the shirt.

XSEast 2019 Goin to the Green Mountains T-shirts
The design will be on the front, about 10” across
Forest Green #G200 Gildan* Ultra Cotton® 6 oz. T-Shirt
Based on an order of 10 are the following tentative prices, I have to verify these:
Short sleeve, S-XL $21
Short sleeve, XXL $23
Long sleeve, S-XL $25
Long sleeve, XXL $27

Attendees thus far
newc4 1
wings30 1
mastan 0.8
earlG 1
schming 2
pete s 2

That's 7.8, enough for a good poker game

newc4
03-21-2019, 09:21 PM
Let's try this with imgur
http://i.imgur.com/CwxKtsp.png (https://imgur.com/CwxKtsp)

Wing30
03-31-2019, 05:04 PM
Darrell

I'll take a short sleeve xxl

Keith

pete_s
04-04-2019, 06:01 AM
Hi Darrell: Hope you can get a order in as i can get a
1 Medium Short sleave
1 Large Long Sleave, Thanks Pete

newc4
04-09-2019, 09:00 PM
<a href="https://imgur.com/We8eLPX"><img src="https://i.imgur.com/We8eLPX.png" title="source: imgur.com" /></a>

newc4
04-09-2019, 09:02 PM
Can't remember which imgur link to use
https://i.imgur.com/We8eLPX.png

newc4
04-09-2019, 09:03 PM
Maybe this one
http://i.imgur.com/We8eLPX.png (https://imgur.com/We8eLPX)

newc4
04-09-2019, 09:06 PM
I'm seeing how many folks want shirts. At 8, base price will be $24. Another $2 for XXL.

They may be too pricy.

So far 3 have been requested.

TexinMaine
04-21-2019, 09:53 PM
I have stayed at the Hallow Inn. Not a bad place. The owners name is IJ.

TexinMaine
04-26-2019, 06:13 PM
What would be the latest to sign up? If I can get the Venturer up and running I would love to go.

mastan
04-27-2019, 04:56 PM
I just called the hotel to make my reservation and according to the guy I talked to, I was the first to call. The cutoff for the rooms was April 15th. If I don't see some movement on this, I'm going to make alternate plans. I've been attending this rally for 16 years and it breaks my heart to see it die like this.
Mark Stanton

MartyA
04-27-2019, 05:42 PM
I just called the hotel to make my reservation and according to the guy I talked to, I was the first to call. The cutoff for the rooms was April 15th. If I don't see some movement on this, I'm going to make alternate plans. I've been attending this rally for 16 years and it breaks my heart to see it die like this.
Mark Stanton

Yeah, the writing was on the wall last year.....

MaximPhil
04-27-2019, 07:46 PM
Maybe a stalled Forum has contributed to the lack of interest in XSEast.
I too will be missing this one due to other things I have going on.
In the past the strength of the rallies lay in the mix of regulars and newbies.

Phil

TexinMaine
04-27-2019, 09:24 PM
Bummer. I was hoping to do this. my wife and I visit Barre quite often and I was looking forward to the new routes. Well I have the maps and the time I may still make a weekend out of it. not to mention the bonus of stopping at the Wayside Restaurant for a piece of their maple cream pie. Oh Mama!

dpotter58
04-28-2019, 04:22 PM
Family plans prevented me from attending the last couple events. That weekend has become busy wit graduations and weddings. Hope it picks up...

jetmechmarty
04-29-2019, 10:23 AM
The XS650 bunch just had record attendance at the Ozark Rally last weekend. The hobby isn't dead. This forum, might be.

MartyA
04-29-2019, 02:05 PM
Family plans prevented me from attending the last couple events. That weekend has become busy wit graduations and weddings. Hope it picks up...

Like you there is usually a couple of "the usual suspects" who want to but can't make it. But in the past with the usual 25-35 attendees one or two are missed but that still leaves a good-sized group. Well, it was like that. Lately only a couple of folks are posting, not a big group.

I know Darrell will attend, even if he is the only one. He was very earnest in his effort to organize this rally, and proud that he hasn't missed a rally in like forever. And he picked a nice neighborhood for this rally.

However, this fine group of enthusiasts I believe has neared its limit of enthusiasm, of rally expenditure for, and risk of, attending. I get it. These are aging bikes, harder and harder to maintain, and the risk riding to a distant destination increases every year. It's one thing to ride around town a few times each year, another to ride 400-600 miles, pay for several nights at a motel, two days of group rides and meals, and riding back again risking something small but irreplaceable breaking. Even if you attended last year successfully, this year you might break something. Then what? Parts are just not available. Yes some are sufficiently adept and enthusiastic to the point that they can fix some things and/or they spend a lot of money replacing parts or stockpiling old parts, but not many can or want to do this.

And some of us have moved on to other makes and models, some of those folks still attend XS11 rallies. Sally and I continued to attend because we had lots of fun meeting up with you folks! If it wasn't for our 14 day Newfoundland trip this year we were planning on meeting up with you folks once again.

But, based on last year's limited (2 nice XS11 IIRC, 6 bikes total) attendance, and this year's limited show of enthusiasm, I believe we are nearing the end of the XS11 East rally trail.

mastan
04-29-2019, 03:11 PM
Marty, I think that's partially true, but I don't believe it's been about the bike for a long time. I thought that we had evolved into a riding group that just got together for the joy of riding.
In past years, if someone was crazy enough to volunteer to organize a rally, people got in line and showed up no matter the location. Now, if people aren't happy with the location they take their ball and go home. I had concerns about this location and voiced them in the forum, but decided that I would make the effort to attend even though it's out of my usual range. I may still.

IanDMacDonald
04-30-2019, 03:00 PM
Marty- I agree in many ways. I have a few XS's, and use my Standard as a daily. But, being up here in Michigan, I truly dread breaking-down and figuring out how to get home. It's a fun local bike. I truly enjoy riding it. But, I just don't enjoy the 12-hour rides anymore away from home.

dbbrian
04-30-2019, 08:48 PM
Breaking down is a concern for sure, getting home...I get that, but getting a broke down bike home is more perpelxing to me.

My problems is centred around the metaphor for the sure things in life "Death & Taxes" otherwise known as "Time & Money"

Seems that allocating those two precous resources has proven to be too challenging to commit to XS East for me.

jetmechmarty
05-01-2019, 10:47 AM
Seems that allocating those two precious resources has proven to be too challenging to commit to XS East for me.

Breaking down is part of the adventure. It's the stuff that makes memories. It tests us. The time and money thing just doesn't give way.

madmax-im
05-01-2019, 11:48 AM
To me the rallies are both about the XS11s and the friends we make. Bikes may change but the friends i've made are for life. Money and distance for me are the key factors in attending or not...
As Marty said the true adventures are when you ride the old bikes and things dont always go as planned..makes things more memorable than without..
The XSEast 2009 rally in VT was exacttly that for me. I rode the XJ1100 from NJ and it was a weekend of things gone awry..made for some classic memories and laughs to this day... :o

newc4
05-02-2019, 04:25 PM
I got a phone message from Hollow Inn wondering about my reservation. I called back and spoke with Lou, the manager, on 4/30. Eight reservations have been made under my name. I'll confirm that as soon as I can. If this in not the case I let you know.

Evidently, the left hand doesn't know what the right is doing.

I've ordered 10 t-shirts, so I plan on going.

Wing30
05-02-2019, 05:32 PM
How many people does it take to have a rally?

Just like Lay's potato chips...you can't have just 1.

See ya in the green mountains.

newc4
05-03-2019, 03:43 PM
Mastan,

I made a reservation for you under my name. Reservations for 8 so they say.

mastan
05-03-2019, 04:25 PM
Mastan,

I made a reservation for you under my name. Reservations for 8 so they say.

Thanks Darrell. I had made one last week so maybe I'll call and cancel. I didn't give them my CC info so it probably isn't an issue.
I'm looking forward to this once again. :D

RedWing7
05-05-2019, 07:10 AM
Is it too late to sign up for the ride and a shirt(LG Short sleeve) now? Noticed the posts yesterday.

Best regards, Ron

mastan
05-05-2019, 03:14 PM
Is it too late to sign up for the ride and a shirt(LG Short sleeve) now? Noticed the posts yesterday.

Best regards, Ron

Ron, There's no need to sign up for the ride. Just show up, we'd love to have you. As far as the shirt goes, the order went in sometime last month. Hope you can make it.
Mark

RedWing7
05-09-2019, 05:21 AM
Thanks, Mark. My loss on he shirt. I really do need to start earlier in the year to keep up to date on what's going on. Hopefully see you in VT.

Huron52
05-10-2019, 06:30 AM
Doesn't look like we are going to make to XS East this year. Too many things going on at home. Maybe next year!

rbergeman
05-10-2019, 02:40 PM
Hi everyone! Just spoke with Earl G today and I'm going to go. Missed the last two due to work (I was the low man on the Totem pole for time off)! Ready and willing (hopefully the "able part" will all come together at some point!)

Darrell, depending on which way you are coming up (81 or 95) we could hook up and head up to Earl's in Allentown, PA (bout an 1.5 hrs north of my place) if you are coming up on I-95. We can discuss it if You want. My home # is 856-599-1518, cell 856-651-9466.

Earl and I were talking about heading up maybe as far as Albany, NY on Thurs and then the rest on Friday. Should be a sweet and eventful trip!

Please don't hold it against me guys but I may have to ride the HD this year! The Vic developed the dreaded "rear brake failure" and is a real bear to get straightened out! Maybe I'll get lucky and it'll all work out fine!

Thanks Darrell and Marty for pulling this event together!

MartyA
05-11-2019, 05:53 AM
Thanks Darrell and Marty for pulling this event together!

If you have fun it's all on Darrell.... :)

Glad folks are showing interest. Sally and I will miss you guys.

pete_s
05-11-2019, 06:42 AM
Vicky and I are ready! Family stuff comes first but this is our time to get to XS east Barre VT.
Dad passed last year and dear Mom April 15, both at 94 yrs.

Looking forward to seeing all those who can make the trip and share a cold one (or 2) and some stories. Pete

mastan
05-12-2019, 05:43 AM
Hi everyone! Just spoke with Earl G today and I'm going to go. Missed the last two due to work (I was the low man on the Totem pole for time off)! Ready and willing (hopefully the "able part" will all come together at some point!)

Darrell, depending on which way you are coming up (81 or 95) we could hook up and head up to Earl's in Allentown, PA (bout an 1.5 hrs north of my place) if you are coming up on I-95. We can discuss it if You want. My home # is 856-599-1518, cell 856-651-9466.

Earl and I were talking about heading up maybe as far as Albany, NY on Thurs and then the rest on Friday. Should be a sweet and eventful trip!

Please don't hold it against me guys but I may have to ride the HD this year! The Vic developed the dreaded "rear brake failure" and is a real bear to get straightened out! Maybe I'll get lucky and it'll all work out fine!

Thanks Darrell and Marty for pulling this event together!

This is great news! Maybe I can try to meet up with you in Albany.

rbergeman
05-14-2019, 03:46 AM
Sounds good Mark! Let me talk with Earl G today and see what's cooking for an Albany NY stopover.

Haven't heard from Darrell yet on which direction he's coming up.

The channel 6 "Action News" this morning (Phila) actually said that Vermont go some snow and sleet :eek: from this big rain system heading up the east coast.

Hopefully Memorial Day weekend will be a lot better, eh?

rbergeman
05-14-2019, 03:15 PM
Mark,
Spoke with Earl G. today. Looks like Comfort Inn, Glenmont-Albany South, 37 Route 9 West, Glenmont, NY 12077. (518)465-8811. Rooms still avail. for Mem. Day weekend (i.e May 23rd to 24th) as of today at 5pm. $86-107 2 queen non smoke.
Hope the info helps in your planning. I got the time off approved today so I'm pretty stoked! Give me or Earl a call (my # prev posted).

It's like the last hurrah for this old dog! NE rally that is. I'll be moving to FL permanently after the Southeast rally this year.

mastan
05-14-2019, 03:38 PM
Mark,
Spoke with Earl G. today. Looks like Comfort Inn, Glenmont-Albany South, 37 Route 9 West, Glenmont, NY 12077. (518)465-8811. Rooms still avail. for Mem. Day weekend (i.e May 23rd to 24th) as of today at 5pm. $86-107 2 queen non smoke.
Hope the info helps in your planning. I got the time off approved today so I'm pretty stoked! Give me or Earl a call (my # prev posted).

It's like the last hurrah for this old dog! NE rally that is. I'll be moving to FL permanently after the Southeast rally this year.

Ok thanks. I don't know if I can make it that far but if I can I'll find you.

newc4
05-14-2019, 04:45 PM
When I called Hollow Last week to verify reservations, they said they had snow on the ground. Hopefully, it will warm up a tad but be prepared to ride in 50 degree weather.

Ran my bike first time today. Pumped up the tires, battery a bit week, hopefully a good ride will charge it.

T-shirts are complete. I projected some so I may be able to cover everyone. Wife will pick-up later this week.

If any of you have a Garmin or any sort of navigator, could you upload the route? At best I’ll be using Google maps or old fashioned written directions. I’ll have to do some route study. Rides are predicated on a 0900 go.

I plan to leave Thu night but exiting WashDC area may be problematic. Intent is to overnight in Harrisburg and meet up with Wings30. There’s a Motel 6 near Harrisburg South and a little further in town, Quality Inn Enola - Harrisburg. That makes the ride a manageable 8-9 hours on Fri.

Friday plan is to leave NLT 0800, go up I-81 to Scranton, Binghamton; I-88 to Albany, I-87 to Queensbury, then Rt-4 to Killington, Rt 100 to Pittsfield, Rt-107 to I-89. If Earl and rBergeman overnight in Albany, I expect we’d be 5 hours behind you. (MartyA won’t be riding with us this year so we won’t be using the Warp Drive.)

If you’re going through Albany avoid taking Rt-7 through Troy. 2 Lanes each way and plenty of red lights and cars waiting forever to make a left turn. You’re probably better off crossing the Hudson north at Mechanicville on Rt-67. I think going south to cross at I-90 offers no direct east route. Just Rt-4 back up to Troy.

Mastan, we may be able to meet up. At least there is no Lexington on the route; we I guess there is a Lexington, NY but that is the only one.

I got a ClearVoice a couple years ago so I’ll think I finally try it out. If it works, I should have Bluetooth, phone, music and Google Maps. Weak link may be the headphones.

mastan
05-14-2019, 05:00 PM
My new Rider magazine came yesterday and they featured route 100 in Vermont. I'm going to try to pick that up as soon as possible.

DAVINCI
05-16-2019, 11:29 AM
Very nice road, goes past Mad River Glen ski resort, lots of hilly curves. Stop for a great sandwich at the Warren Store warrenstore.com

Enjoy.

So while you guys are enjoying yourselves at another XSEast on Memorial Weekend, we will be moving kit and caboodle down south to NC to start our next adventure.

i will always think of y'all on that weekend. Ride safe

Randy Rago

Schming
05-18-2019, 07:12 PM
Linda and I will not be able to make this years rally :(

Thank You Darrell for the invite and the work you've done to get this together.

I hope you all have a great time and a few XS's show up ;)

Keep your wheels on the ground and your feet on the pegs !!! :)

newc4
05-19-2019, 06:30 AM
Schming, we will miss you.

newc4
05-20-2019, 11:25 PM
Schming, will you be wanting your t-shirts? If so send me your address.

Schming
05-21-2019, 08:39 PM
Darrell,

As we've been consumed over the last six months or so by the loss of Linda's Mom, I hadn't thought to put an order in for shirts. We weren't sure if all the family matters were going to be finalized by the time the rally came about.

I don't want to see you stuck with extra shirts and would be glad to contribute, but if you are running short on shirts for the attending members the extras mayn't be after all.

Either way works for me.

As busy as we've been, the months are sailing by.

XS East "2020" will be here before too long.

newc4
05-22-2019, 03:56 AM
OK, I think there's some folks that will take them.

Darrell,

As we've been consumed over the last six months or so by the loss of Linda's Mom, I hadn't thought to put an order in for shirts. We weren't sure if all the family matters were going to be finalized by the time the rally came about.

I don't want to see you stuck with extra shirts and would be glad to contribute, but if you are running short on shirts for the attending members the extras mayn't be after all.

Either way works for me.

As busy as we've been, the months are sailing by.

XS East "2020" will be here before too long.

earl G
05-24-2019, 06:25 AM
we are on the road. left Thursday in Albany ny now. going to meet up with mark in vt and ride rt. 10.


thanks randy for the tip.

pete_s
05-27-2019, 01:08 PM
Arrived home in CT and all is well. Thanks Darrell and Marty for a super ride and all the great company not to mention the fine food places.

Looking forward to next year!

rbergeman
05-27-2019, 06:51 PM
Arrived home safe to NJ at 8:10. Thanks Darrell for a fantastic XS East Rally and a wonderful weekend! Will be watching for You, Keith and Mark to make it home safe.

Earl and I had to hop off of the NY State thruway - it became a parking lot at exit 20. We did the rest of the trip coming down Route 209. Earl even escorted me over to the PA turnpike for my last leg of the journey (Thanks Earl!!)

Will really be looking forward to the 2020 event. Ride Safe Everyone!

newc4
05-27-2019, 07:52 PM
I rolled in about an hour ago, 8:50. 658 miles. 13 hours. A great adventure. I enjoyed the people, all 8 of us, and the rides. Beautiful area though still on the cool side.

MartyA
05-28-2019, 06:16 AM
Glad everyone is arriving back OK! We missed you guys!

Awaiting photos.

RedWing7
05-28-2019, 07:52 AM
Arrived home safely a little before Pete and Vicky since I was closer.
The ride was great in VT and NH. Very scenic with rides in Northern VT and the White Mountains in NH. Thanks, Darrell and Marty for a greatly planned event. And, thanks to all for helping me with my mishap dumping my ride after hitting the curb at the wrong angle during a turn around. The result was a broken LH drivers peg. Fortunately, Keith offered his LH passenger peg for replacement(Thanks, Keith) and the skills of the surgeon, Pete, had the group back up and running in less than 10 minutes. Maybe more like 5. It was good to see all again. Thanks for a great time.

Huron52
05-28-2019, 12:45 PM
Glad everyone is arriving back OK! We missed you guys!

Awaiting photos.

Yes what Marty said!

earl G
05-28-2019, 02:34 PM
got home yesterday about 6:30. nice ride home some traffic on highway got off took 209 s .

thanks Darrell for all the good roads, except 14, the food stops were great.
the weather was spot on, a little cool one day hot the next but no rain when we were on the road.
nice hotel, big rooms, pool was open heated.

mastan
05-28-2019, 09:45 PM
Got home safe and sound. Thanks Darrell and Marty for planning a great rally. It was good to see everyone again!
Mark

pete_s
05-29-2019, 06:17 AM
Thanks to Darrell, these are getting posted as I am learning to share on Imgur app!
Try
imgure.com

search

@2petes1234

Hope it works, if so I will post Vickys photos also

pete_s
05-29-2019, 06:54 AM
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or

https://m.imgur.com/gallery/gjv2fDu

Wing30
05-29-2019, 07:04 AM
Thanks again to Darrell and everyone who attended.

DeanR
05-29-2019, 06:08 PM
So did that motel/base camp work out ok for you guys?

dbbrian
05-29-2019, 08:55 PM
<blockquote class="imgur-embed-pub" lang="en" data-id="a/gjv2fDu"><a href="//imgur.com/gjv2fDu">XS EAST 2019</a></blockquote><script async src="//s.imgur.com/min/embed.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

or

https://m.imgur.com/gallery/gjv2fDu

Thanks for sharing the pics - nice to everyone and the bikes. :cool:

rbergeman
05-30-2019, 03:10 PM
Dean R.
The motel was great! Very large rooms and convenient to downtown Barre and food places!

Darrell really had some great road rides planned for the group! Thanks Pete for the photo's! Glad that everyone made it home safe!

As I said at the Rally - you've got to come down to the XS Southeast! The Rally, the Lodging, the roads and of course the people are THE BOMB!

Absolutely the BEST way to spend a mid Fall weekend in premium riding territory!

newc4
08-28-2019, 07:26 PM
Wrote this 11 JUN. Thought I'd finally post it. Nothing like a good ride report to help one relive the weekend.

Thursday
I was nervous and anxious in the days leading up to XSEast 2019, it was to be a long ride up, weather called for rain and cold, and I’d be ride captain for the weekend without the benefit of a GPS. I made cards for each day’s ride simplifying routes so I could memorize the turns.

I was leaving WashDC, Thursday evening after work. Heavy t-storms rolled through knocking down a tree on the powerline that feeds our street. Fortunately, I had everything laid out, I just had to pack it. Around 8:00 PM traffic looked to be moving on I-495/I-270 so I was off. As dusk approached north of Frederick I noticed dark grey clouds to the northwest. Hopefully only rain clouds, but a night fell they lit up with lightning. Stopped for gas around Gettysburg and checked WeatherBug. A nasty line of T-storms were bearing down on Harrisburg arriving about the same time as I would. On with the rain gear. I was to meet Keith - Wings30, at the Harrisburg EconoLodge. I arrived in a downpour, and as the parking lot was freshly paved, my foot slide out and the bike slowly went over. To stand up an FJR, turn off the bike, put it in gear, put your back against it and do a squat to get it back up. What I did was left it running trying to pull it up with the handlebars, redlining the throttle. Keith heard that. As he came out, and chuckles at what he saw. I finally got smart, turned off the bike, removed the tank bag, and did the squat.

Friday
Friday morning was bright, sunny and 72°. We took i-83, i-81 then I-88 out of Binghamton, through intermittent rain and then showers. Put rain gear on? All of it? I did. By the time we reached I-90 to Albany it was again bright and sunny. After a short stop at Saratoga Natl Battlefield we were enroute to RT-30 I think, to Brandon where we picked up Rt-73 to Rochester VT. The pavement abruptly stopped and we were making our way on milled dirt. Taking our time so not too much of a problem. Then we started up the hill. Just keep the speed up. Then we were going down a 9% grade. Whoa, pop it in 2nd and let the back wheel hold our speed down. We finally encountered pavement soonafter and were on our way up VT-100 to VT-2 to Montpelier then on to Barre arriving around 5:00 PM. Checked in the Hollow Inn then motored to the back lot to see Mark, Rob and Earl sitting there.

Barre was a great location for our rides and the Hollow Inn was very accommodating to our needs. Though aged, the rooms were huge and had doors to the adjacent rooms. Still, we dragged chairs out to the parking lot for the evening’s sessions. We dined at Ladder1, a converted fire house with great fare, up the street Fri, Sat, and the Quarry Sun. Enroute to Ladder1, I saw an XS1100 and a BMW headed the other way. Part of our party I asked at the diner. Yep. Earl and Rob reported a number of speed traps along VT-100 so I would factor that into the weekend rides. These weren’t going to be a fast ride, we’d observe town speed limits – probably the first XSEast where we stayed under 70mph.

After dinner and quick stop for some fuel and beer it was back to the inn for some libation. I was concerned about rain and cold over the weekend but the weather turned out fine.

Saturday
I met Pete, Ron and Vicky at breakfast the next morning and discussed the days plan with them. Close to 9:00 we met in the parking lot.

At my first stint as cruise director, I gave a morning brief but still forgot some items; I failed to cover lost procedures but the route was simple so I thought it wouldn’t be a problem. Next time I’ll write the brief items down. I found some challenges as Ride Captain. Not having a Garmin, I printed out route directions with time and event. I did review the routes but there were wrinkles each day so I’d have to stop and review Google Maps. The FJR mirrors don’t give good visibility so it was hard to track the back riders, though with on 7 bikes it wasn’t too hard. Fortunately the routes didn’t offer too many opportunities to get lost.

It was 43° Sat morning I had 6 layers plus my coat’s liner on. I was bundled up like Ralphie in Christmas Story. At least the cold kept the bugs down.
These weren’t going to be fast rides. Lots of LE Fri, so we observed town speed limits – probably the first XSEast where we stayed under 70mph. The Sat ride took us north on US-2 to VT-12 to Morristown. This took us through some truly amazing countryside, I’m glad I choose this venue. Next, VT-100 to Eden our first pit stop, then VT-118. Snow covered the top trail of Jay Peak. Yes, we’re in Vermont. VT-105 to Richford for our next fuel stop then lunch at the Crossings. Lunch was ahead of schedule but they could accommodate us – no one else was there.

By then it had warmed up to 72°. We spent about 1.5 hours there, then we prepared for departure. Doing a U-turn in the street Pete hit the curb and dumped his BMW on the street, breaking off the left foot pedal. Dang, he’s going to need that. Ron jumped in with the wrenching but couldn’t get the passenger pedal off the bike. Then we noticed the same part was on Keith’s BMW. His pedal came off easily and we were soon on the road again.

Left on VT-105 towards Jay. I was behind a tanker truck that was taking its time so I passed it with Keith, Earl and Rob. There was a wash-out at the pass with a light for one way traffic so I hoped those behind would catch up. In any case there was no other way. We motored down to VT-101 and waited. And waited and waited. Finally, Earl got a call from Rob saying they’d catch up. I took VT-101 down to Troy then VT-100 to Westfield. This wasn’t the way to go. We waited until everyone was together then returned to Troy to take VT-100 to Coventry to VT-14 south to Barre. We lost Mark and Rob along the way but they had comms and GPS and said they’d find their way back – but not with us. Back at the inn I pushed back dinner so we could enjoy some down time. I was sprinkling with a little rain after dinner.

Afterwards we were out in the parking lot under the eaves drinking whiskey and beer finishing out the day, standing in line much like Hank Hill in King of the Hill.

Sunday
The rain and cold had passed. Sun was warm and sunny. For Sunday I included Got Lost instructions, “Go east/west to NH-10, follow it south to Hanover, lunch at 1250 at Murphy’s on the Green.” It was the first warm weekend so the girls were out in abundance in their short shorts at Dartmouth.
NH-112 is a main highway with just one switchback on this side of Lincoln. The east side, the Kancamagus Highway, or the Kanc as the locals call it, looks a bit more challenging, NH-118 was a bit more our style but not that challenging. I couldn’t stop when I wanted to take pictures and there were many views worth taking. VT is still in early spring with the trees just budding.

Our route planning worked great, checkpoint and stops were pretty much on schedule. The gas stops went pretty quickly and I had to get people moving. I should’ve sighted on Google each intersection where’d we turn, so I didn’t have to slow and search for signs or guess which way to go. We could’ve picked a better place than Wayne’s Market but Lincoln was pretty crowded.

At Wentworth, right on NH-25A to NH-10. Around Lyme I turned off on some planned backroads but that didn’t pan out so back to NH-10. We made Hanover pretty much on schedule for lunch at Murphy’s on the Green, just off the green of Dartmouth. Being a bright and sunny day the coeds were out in force in their short shorts. Oh, to be 40 years younger.

After lunch I said those who wanted to get home fast could take I-89. Otherwise, we’d take the more leisurely VT-14 running along the White River valley. We arrived back at the inn by 3:30 and had some time for the group photo out front. Ladder1 was closed but Ron, Pete and Vicky ate at the Quarry Friday night and said the food was excellent. Reservations were made and we were off to downtown Barre.

Monday
We said our farewells. As Rob and Earl would going south we joined them for the ride to Albany. VT-14 to VT-63 to I-89. We picked up VT-107 at Royalton, to VT-100 to Killington, US-4 to Rutland. A lot of lights there but we continued west to Ft Ann and NY-149 west. Some sort of incident caused a lengthy back-up so we backtracked to US-4 down to NY-32 through Glen Falls. More lights. Finally, I-87 south with all the holiday traffic.
Rob and Earl would continue south on I-87, Keith and I would head west on I-90 to I-88. At the I-90 toll plaza, Rob was already through on the shoulder pointing me to the left for I-90. I thought Keith was right behind me so I zoomed on down I-90. After a several miles I slowed then stopped to wait for him. No sight of him. After another minute I rode to the exit, turned southwest on I-88 and waited, and waited. He took the right fork to I-87 and he had to do a turnaround at the next exit.

I have a UClear that I finally figured out how to get working but it only lasted about two hours. I called Keith. He was heading west on I-90 when just short of the I-88 turnoff but missed the exit. He stayed on I-90 for another 15 miles when I called. He was abreast US-30 but I couldn’t see it on my cellphone so I had him turnaround again to reach I-88. Finally, he blew by me and we continued on I-88 working hard to stay under 80. We saw some LE along the way, didn’t want to push it. I was thinking, this looks like a nice area, maybe we could do another XSEast around Bainbridge.

At Binghamton we jumped on I-81. Everyone was doing 80 even with a 55mph limit. Prior the PA border we made a rest stop. A local church was manning table with food and drink so we took advantage of that. On the lawn we about 50 crosses with hi-vis vests in honor of all the highway workers lost on the job since 1971. We decided we’d just do gas stops from then on.
Scranton, I-81 to Harrisburg. Right before I-78 merges into I-81 one of those electric traffic signs stated “Road incident 4 miles ahead.” Right past the exit and the merge traffic came to a standstill. Five lanes of traffic were merging in to one. A lot of clutching action with the left hand. Several motorcycles road up the shoulder but I wasn’t going to stoop to that. Eventually we came to the incident. A Suburban towing a house trailer had a blowout and jackknifed leaving one lane open. Past that we stopped at the next rest stop to hydrate and prepare for the final legs.

Keith turned off on MD-77 at Catoctin Mountain to head home. I continued on to Frederick then took US-15 south to Point of Rocks. There was slow traffic ahead but I took advantage of the merge lanes in the several roundabouts to pass them. US-15 to Leesburg then Rt-7 to Tyson’s Corner then local roads to home. That was a 13 hour day with about 650 miles. My butt was sore.

Epilogue
I’d say XSEast 2019 was a success even though it only 8 attended.
We talked about next year. I’ll go if I can get just one other. Floated ideas, Bainbridge NY, central PA off of I-80/I-81, western NY or possibly northern VA between the interstates. Or we could rerun Mullens WV. I emailed Marty, he has some ideas. Stay tuned.
Now, I’m looking forward to XSSouth. I hope to see many of you there.

DeanR
08-28-2019, 07:58 PM
Nice write-up Darrell.
I'm happy that XSEast lives on and that Barre worked out well for this one.
Thanks for taking it on.
Hope to see you guys next year.
Just gotta recover from a COMPLETELY and utterly out of the blue open heart surgery last week!

MaximPhil
08-29-2019, 11:14 AM
Nice write-up Darrell.
I'm happy that XSEast lives on and that Barre worked out well for this one.
Thanks for taking it on.
Hope to see you guys next year.
Just gotta recover from a COMPLETELY and utterly out of the blue open heart surgery last week!

Hi Dean,
:eek: Get well soon.
Phil

DeanR
08-29-2019, 11:57 AM
Thanks Phil. This sure was a stunner.

newc4
08-29-2019, 12:19 PM
Good to hear that you dodged that bullet. We're all getting older.

Barre was great, just a very long ride for me. Wouldn't mind exploring Western Vt, eastern NY.

Hope to see you at the next one.

MartyA
08-29-2019, 03:21 PM
Dean - been there, done that. It gets better, but you do need to take care of yourself.

Darrell - good write-up! Surely you left out a few U-turns. Aren't they some sort of tradition, or only when I'm there?

All - keep up the tradition! XSEast should survive, Just takes a few good XSives....

pete_s
09-01-2019, 06:31 PM
Fine finish for a great ride to Darrell!

Here are a second layer of Imgur pics that I'm not sure everyone could see in my gallery.

https://imgur.com/gallery/ri1Qenb

In order of appearance
Darrell
Bruce
Mark and 1/2 Earl, sorry Earl
Ron and Vicky
Pete and more Bruce

Everyone stay healthy till the next ride!

earl G
09-02-2019, 11:48 AM
dean wow wow. get that recovery over.

Darrell great write up. thanks again. the weather turned out to be the best

marty the tradition is a dead end and you waving to us as you ride out., good photo op.

pete s I see you got my good half

2019 xs east barre vt. another pin in the map