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« on: November 19, 2012, 10:57:10 am »

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ESTN 2013 will be based at the Capra Inn Motel in Hancock, NY from Sept 20 - 22. This a modest sized hotel, so make your reservations NOW!

Skee is leading the logistics charge for this gathering and has started a thread here:

www.sport-touring.net/forums/index.php/topic,78408.0.html


This was the original discussion thread, before lodging and dates were firmed up. There might be some useful info on the area buried in here...

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Since riding season is winding down here in the mid-Atlantic, thoughts turn toward adventures for next year. There has been some chatter about have a more northerly ESTN in 2013, so here is a suggestion:


Stay at Smith's Colonial Motel in Hancock, NY. Clean, cheap, right on the Delaware River,  a short way outside the (small) town of Hancock. We could pretty much take over the place I think. I have stayed there before (en route to ESTN in Lake Placid) and it's a nice family motel. Not a lot of dining options in Hancock, but I think we can manage for a couple nights.

http://www.smithscolonialmotel.com/



You have the Catskills to the east and the Poconos to the south for day rides.

http://goo.gl/maps/IR2KU


It seems that the Catskills are a busy place in the fall and ESTN seems to be settling into a September time slot (but that can change too). A quick Google search indicates that:

Hancock is home to the "Catskill Chill" jam band festival Sept 6-8.
Some sort of cruiser rally called "Catskill Mountain Thunder" is typically mid September at the Blackthorne Resort in East Durham.
Another cruiser rally called "Colors in the Catskills" is typically the end of the month (hosted at Hunter Mtn)

So maybe targeting the third weekend of September (20-22) would fit between the two cruiser rallies for less traffic on the roads.
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« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2012, 11:26:46 am »

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« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2012, 02:57:25 pm »

I hear Vermont repaved a lot of their roads due to Irene.  Is southern Vermont an option as well?  

I haven't really explored the Catskills either.  Hmmm.
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« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2012, 03:02:31 pm »

Everything is an option :-) After some discussion, a benevolent dictator will emerge, declare the plan, and it will be so.

Just starting some discussion as I was planning a personal long weekend trip to stay in Hancock and ride the Catskills when it occurred to me that it might make a good ESTN location.
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« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2012, 03:46:36 pm »

Garry,
I hereby nominate you as the Benevolent Dictator and support your choice for the Catskills or Poconos.
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« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2012, 03:52:27 pm »

CG, TF.

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« Reply #6 on: November 19, 2012, 03:53:48 pm »

I was thinking CG, TC.
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« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2012, 04:18:03 pm »

Location seems nice 9Motel ) and the place seems ok. My 2 cents maybe August?
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« Reply #8 on: November 19, 2012, 05:56:35 pm »

I could make it. I haven't  hung around a campground while everyone rode since West Virginia.
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« Reply #9 on: November 19, 2012, 06:14:10 pm »


I could make it. I haven't  hung around a campground while everyone rode since West Virginia.

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« Reply #10 on: November 19, 2012, 07:36:34 pm »

Hum.  I still haven't decided where I'm going next fall.  

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« Reply #11 on: November 20, 2012, 09:10:08 am »

I cobbled up a nice all-day ride (325 miles) through the Catskills based on prior experience, epconde's road info (https://www.sport-touring.net/forums/index.php/topic,59299.0.html), misc Google searches, and chaos theory. I suspect most people doing the Catskills ride would do a route based heavily on the same roads as there aren't a ton of other options to work into the mix. Hawks Nest can be included, but it adds about 50 miles.

http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i150/garrysimmons/ReservoirRun.jpg
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« Reply #12 on: November 21, 2012, 10:43:23 am »

I also nominate Garry as B.D. :-) Hancock sounds great, and so does Sept.20-22---that's Jamie's birthday weekend, and she thinks a birthday ride would be just dandy.

BUT...You've already got me paranoid about Catskill roads being clogged with cruisers. Is the fact that there's no established cruiser meet that weekend reasonable assurance the roads will be fairly chrome-free? :-)

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« Reply #13 on: November 21, 2012, 12:46:22 pm »


I also nominate Garry as B.D. :-) Hancock sounds great, and so does Sept.20-22---that's Jamie's birthday weekend, and she thinks a birthday ride would be just dandy.

BUT...You've already got me paranoid about Catskill roads being clogged with cruisers. Is the fact that there's no established cruiser meet that weekend reasonable assurance the roads will be fairly chrome-free? :-)

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My guess is that it will be fine. I've ridden a circuit similar to that up there a couple times, around the reservoirs, and traffic was very light with the exception of some of the towns.
 Just a very few bikes, and they were mostly ST bikes, Beemers and shit believe it or not.
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« Reply #14 on: November 21, 2012, 01:07:00 pm »

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BUT...You've already got me paranoid about Catskill roads being clogged with cruisers. Is the fact that there's no established cruiser meet that weekend reasonable assurance the roads will be fairly chrome-free? :-)

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In my limited experience, the main roads and the cafes in little towns like Phoenicia will be crowded, but the squirmy twistie side roads that we will be riding are fairly deserted, leastways when I've been up there.

I just don't know where we can find a reasonably priced resort type hotel in that neighborhood.
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« Reply #16 on: November 21, 2012, 01:19:04 pm »


I just don't know where we can find a reasonably priced resort type hotel in that neighborhood.


Smith's Colonial Motel in Hancock (see first post). $76 / night per my ESTN 2009 ride report.
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« Reply #17 on: November 21, 2012, 01:19:24 pm »

Sounds like a good idea to me.    Thumbsup  
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« Reply #18 on: November 21, 2012, 01:23:22 pm »


I also nominate Garry as B.D. :-) Hancock sounds great, and so does Sept.20-22---that's Jamie's birthday weekend, and she thinks a birthday ride would be just dandy.

BUT...You've already got me paranoid about Catskill roads being clogged with cruisers. Is the fact that there's no established cruiser meet that weekend reasonable assurance the roads will be fairly chrome-free? :-)

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The cruiser meets tend to be located on the east side of the park. There are tons of county roads up there that probably see very little traffic. I'm sure some are bombed out goat paths, but I bet there are some real gems up there too. We'll need some local guidance on where the good bits are.
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