Gotham City, snapped chains & the first GPS

Where I would love to regale you with tales of amazing offroad adventures, river crossings, defeated mud and sand I can’t…if you’ve even looked at a weather channel in the last few weeks you’ve seen we are in the wrong side of the country at the wrong time for off-road adventure to do at the level we wanted. In two works ‘IT SUCKS’

nothing else for it but to race from place to place, avoid rain clouds that cover whole states and dump for days on end. In turn, it has been the case to wait on a new GPS as the rain destroyed my ever faithful Garmin Montana after over 200,000 miles of riding and now I fear my new DSLR may be going the same way.

Before we even rode mile one we had an agreement that if it was a Sunday we would ride into Manhatten as Egle has never been, it’s all too familiar to me as I used to work out of Hells Kitchen for a while in the mid 90’s…so Gotham on the horizon, here we come

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We stopped to pay out respects at the 9/11 memorial in NJ

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Even Adventure Minion looks happy about our direction and the very rare blue sky outside the city

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…and then down on Wall St.

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It was a quick ride thru the big apple just as an experience and boy did we get some stares riding in full MX gear among a sea of yellow cabs

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A check of the weather leaving NY stopped our plans of heading to Long Island to see friends and hours of riding in the rain so we diverted to VT instead to see other friends for a day which turned into 5 (thx @VTbeemer and Julie) you guys were amazing in more ways than we can ever thank you for and that stop may well keep this RTW on the road for a very, very long time as talk turned from bikes to investments and fingers crossed a very good one was made.

In between working deals, tires were changed and the amazing Metzeler mc360 mid-hard bought for JUST riding dirt managed 5200 miles with only 1000 miles of dirt, you honestly might want to consider it, we’ll be running them again for the TCAT and hopefully all dirt, we can’t wait to see the result.

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A few miles after crossing the NH state line and ‘oh snap’

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This cut short our clear day and dirt options thru New England on a Saturday afternoon with every bike shop in the area closed until Tuesday. With a mishmash of chain parts from my tool kit and an ATV mechanic we found in his garage we pieced it together but with confidence waning we decided the better part of valor was pavement just incase the fix unfixed itself!

We had an invite from @Peculierboy in Bar Harbor but he was heading out of town, we met in the middle of Maine and he told us he left the door open for us and to let ourselves in. This ADV community is amazing and so are you, Steve and Jane.

so a little chill out on the island to sit and wait for new chain and sprockets to arrive

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Down time and brass era cars at the Seal Cove Auto Museum were a good option to see some amazing vehicles from the past and learn a few things, and opinions

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My new Garmin arrived but can you imagine if you were navigating the world with the first ‘GPS’?

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Stopping one afternoon an old man approached us asked us where we are headed – we told him “RTW but firstly Newfoundland then across Canada on dirt roads to the west coast and hopefully, the weather will improve”.

Like a messiah he looked up at the sky and said, “for you and only you I predict fair skies and following winds, your riding will be great from here on out!” and walked away before we could respond.

We’ll see I thought…so it’s goodbye ‘Merica for a while and hello Canada tomorrow…

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  1. Always enjoy following along with your adventures Paul. Shame on that Garmin Montana > I only have about 40K mile on mine so we good. Did finally have my last Garmin 296C go out so that’s trashed after about 150K miles.
    Keep on keeping on. Love the pics by the way.

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  2. Awesome to read about your trip, sometimes when things go pear shaped, it’s life’s way of getting you to have a memorable experience. LOL. Looking forward , to hear about Canada.

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